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The Blue Note 7: Mosaic: A Celebration of Blue Note Records

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Venerable old Blue Note Records, one of the last “major” jazz labels standing, has assembled in-house/road-show projects in the past, but this year’s “Blue Note 7” counts for something special. Here we have a versatile and hot aggregation of players, ably led by pianist Bill Charlap, fully up to the task at hand: celebrating the label’s 70th anniversary by revisiting classic tunes from the deep annals of Blue Note’s catalog and demonstrating the all-important axiom that jazz is both a profound historical foundation and an in-the-moment event.

With the album Mosaic: A Celebration of Blue Note Records, the old-meets-new equation is impressive and laid out from the first few fanfare-like measures of Cedar Walton’s driving title track (which also niftily ties in with the name of co-producer Michael Cuscuna’s respected reissue-minded label).

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