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Mosaic Brings Forth More Teagarden

If you’re like us, you love yourself some Jack Teagarden, whether he be wielding the slide trombone or rocking the microphone-elegantly, with a bow tie under his chin and a tube of Brylcreem in his hair. Until now we’ve always used Mosaic’s 4-CD Teagarden set The Complete Capitol Fifties Jack Teagarden Sessions to fix our perennial Dixieland jones. Though we could never tire of Teagarden’s Capitol output, that out-of-print box set will for the time being take a backseat to its sequel, The Complete Roulette Jack Teagarden Sessions, released this week.

The next four CDs in Mosaic’s Teagarden saga follow the trombonist-singer’s move to the Roulette label, where he made four records from 1959-’61. What separates these sessions from the Capitol dates that preceded them, and the Verve dates that followed, was Teagarden’s exclusive use of his working sextet on the Roulette recordings. At the time many of Teagarden’s contemporaries were recording with groups of star players in order to make their albums more lucrative. From the box set’s press release:

“No super group could blend so beautifully and stay on the same emotional page as these six men doing on, say, the previously un-issued “My Romance”, to cite a minor example.” We agree that the music is beautiful and emotional but refuse to acknowledge the previously un-issued “My Romance” as a “minor example” of anything. Heretofore unearthed rarities of this kind-which abound throughout the new Teagarden set, 21 in all-are what make us come to work every day.

Michael Cuscuna, a Santa Claus to every jazz fan when it comes to reissues, produced The Complete Roulette Jack Teagarden Sessions and saw that each tune was remixed and remastered in 24-bit from the original master tapes, which is Mosaic’s customary practice. Trouble is, you can’t go the store to acquire this Teagarden treasure trove. Mosaic makes us order online at or by telephone at (203) 327-7111.

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