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Chuck Nessa

The face of a jazz artist kept "alive" by a record label.

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Early Monk, Herbie Nichols and  Andrew Hill for starters on BN. Other labels as well.

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I assume someone like Wilbur Harden on Savoy?

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I gather from what I've read that no other label wanted to have anything to do with Ornette when Contemporary signed him.  True?

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Given that the word "alive" is specifically in quotes in the thread title...

Tina Brooks -- though not by BN -- but Mosaic stepped up decades after the fact and certainly lifted his notoriety considerably (arguably by leaps and bounds).

He's sort of a half semi-legendary figure now (by which I don't mean to damn him with faint praise, but I also don't want to overstate his overall notoriety either).  But I'm sure he's WAY better known today (or at least 10 or 20 years ago), than he would have been but for the Mosaic.

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The old founder of a well established publishing house told me that several times a single book saved the business and added that publishing poor books who sell well was the only way to publishing great books that usually didn’t sell at all at times of first edition but in the long run. So I assume there is a mutual interest between producers and artists if we’re talking about small companies, major’s are a different animal.

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