Mosaic Records has announced the launch of Mosaic Contemporary, an imprint label that will specialize in reissues and compilations from the annals of contemporary jazz. Mosaic Contemporary will be spearheaded by producer Matt Pierson, formerly of Warner Bros. Records, and will begin with the release of four titles on March 6th. The four releases that will mark the label’s beginning are as follows: new comprehensive compilations titled Ultimate Jaco Pastorius and Ultimate Earl Klugh, and reissues of Freddie Hubbard’s Super Blue and Hubert Laws’ timeless CTI recording of Afro-Classic.
Decisions on which albums to release will be made based on an artist’s contribution to the music and the recording’s place in the pantheon of American music. In a press release, label director Matt Pierson explained, “Our goal is to fill a significant void that exists in the jazz business.” Added Mosaic Records President Michael Cuscuna, “Since Mosaic is an independent company with independent distribution, we are in a position to give great jazz and adult music the treatment it deserves.”