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Mosaic Records Launches New Imprint, Opens Vault for Reissues

On Jan. 30 we reported on Mosaic Records’ new Mosaic Contemporary label. This new story includes additional information.

Mosaic Contemporary will feature a slew of modern jazz artists, beginning with Ultimate, a series of greatest hits compilations. However, the label says it will also deal with straight reissues of “important recordings in contemporary jazz and adult music.”

“Our goal is to fill a significant void that exists in the jazz business,” said Mosaic Contemporary Label Director Matt Pierson in a press release. “Due to the major labels either pulling back drastically in this area or leaving the business altogether, there is an opening for us to set the record straight, musically speaking.”

To mark the unveiling of the label imprint, Mosaic Contemporary has released best-of compilations from Jaco Pastorious (pictured), Earl Klugh and Alex Bugnon as a part of the Ultimate series, as well as reissues of Freddie Hubbard’s Super Blue and Hubert Laws’ Afro-Classic. Mosaic Contemporary has been able to license and collect tracks across various labels, making these some of the most thorough single-disc collections available.

The Mosaic edition of Hubbard’s 1978 album marks the first time Super Blue has been available on CD, augmented by three previously unreleased alternate takes.

On May 8, the next slew of reissues will kick off featuring David Sanborn’s Heart to Heart and new 24-bit masters of Klugh’s Nightsongs and Wishful Thinking. On May 22, Mosaic will release two George Benson albums, Beyond The Blue Horizon and In Concert – Carnegie Hall.

Specializing in jazz and blues reissues presented in limited edition-box sets, Mosaic records was founded in 1983 by Charles Lourie and Michael Cuscuna to reach out to a newer jazz audience. For more information visit

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