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Mosaic Begats Mosaic Select

Mosaic Records has been stocking hardcore jazz fans’ shelves with meticulously thorough box sets of up to 12 CDs since 1983. Only now does it occur to them that some of us don’t need every take such and such saxophonist eked out in a Blue Note-, Roost-, or Okeh-rented studio. The label, which still refuses to slap a barcode on their monstrous sets and sell them in actual stores, will launch a new imprint in January, Mosaic Select, dedicated to releasing more diminutive packages of music by forgotten or nearly forgotten jazzers.

Unlike Mosaic’s regular collections (which they will continue to release), Mosaic Select will release sets of two or three CDs, in standard jewel cases. Sometimes these releases will simply be material from out-of-print albums and will include original liner notes. Also, the new releases will be available in stores, albeit somewhat delayed, hitting retail one year after being distributed solely through Internet, phone and mail order.

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