Mosaic Records, the jazz world’s premier reissue label, recently celebrated its 100th release. We decided to catch up with Mosaic’s Michael Cuscuna, who has run the label for almost 20 years with partner Charlie Lourie. (At press time, we learned that Lourie passed away Dec. 31, 2000, from cardiac arrest. He had been suffering from sclera-derma the past three years. Log onto Jazztimes.com for more info.)
JazzTimes: What’s your favorite Mosaic reissue?
For both Charlie and me, the Herbie Nichols and Tina Brooks sets meant a lot to us personally because we deeply love their music and they are so neglected. These were rare instances where reissues created a new sense of awareness and new interest in these artists. I’m also very proud of the T-Bone Walker and HRS sets because those legacies were in such bad shape.