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Re: A note from Mosaic Records

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Paul Jackson <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 4 May 2017 14:25:41 -0700

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OOPS.  The message from Mosaic was from them. I don't represent them nor 
have any dealings with them. I was just passing this along for those 
working with or having connections with these. An FYI forwarding thing. 
That (my) message seemed to disappear.

On 5/4/2017 2:10 PM, Lou Judson wrote:
> Thanks Paul! Nice to know some of the background of Mosaic. I look forward to each issue and all the wealth of information and images!
>
> I must say though, that for me a complete set of anyone’s music is a rare and expensive thing. As wonderfuly important as that is, one thing that stops me a lot is that you have no 30 second free listening samples - how can I buy something without knowing a little of how it sounds?
>
> I would suggest that you find a way to morph your business into quality downloads, and single sales. It is the way of the business in this century, and I guarantee you I’d be buying some of your stiuff as downloads. I rarely buy CDs any more, except form the artists I work with as a live sound engineer, and simply could not afford a box set of almost anyone. The only box sets I have bought were Miles Davis and Peggy Lee, and once loaded into the computer there is no use for the CDs any more! I can hardly even sell them used…
>
> You have a fabulous collection, so if you can bring your business model into the present time, you can survive as well as providing an important service to music lovers everywhere! Perhaps you could partner up with Pro Studio Masters, or HDTracks, and everyone will benefit…
>
> All the best,
> <L>
> Lou Judson
> Intuitive Audio
> 415-883-2689
>
> On May 4, 2017, at 1:51 PM, Paul Jackson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
>> Dear Mosaic Friend,
>>
>> In this time and place, the Mosaic business model is becoming harder and harder to sustain in this rapidly changing world. We aren't sure what the future will hold for us, but we want to let all of you know how much we appreciate that your support has allowed us to constantly make our dreams come true with set after set and that we intend to persevere. The way we operate may change but our mandate remains steadfast.
>>
>> Charlie Lourie and I started Mosaic Records in 1982 and our first releases were in 1983. The company was almost an afterthought. The idea of definitive boxed sets of complete recordings by jazz masters at a crucial time in their careers was a small part of a proposal that we made to Capitol Records in 1982 to relaunch the Blue Note label. Even before Capitol turned us down, it occurred to me one night that the release of these boxed sets could be a business unto itself if we made them deluxe, hand-numbered limited editions sold directly to the public.
>>
>>
>> Our first release was The Complete Blue Note Recordings of Thelonious Monk, which came about because I'd found about 25 minutes of excellent unissued Monk on Blue Note. It was too short for an album and I was obsessed with how to get this music released. . It then dawned on me that all of this important material needed to be retransferred and assembled in chronological order as a significant historic document. I solved my problem of releasing those 25 minutes of Monk music and Mosaic Records was born. We had a wonderful run of projects. The Tina Brooks, Herbie Nichols, Serge Chaloff,  Count Basie and Nat Cole sets were among those that were especially near and dear to our hearts.
>>
>>
>> Charlie was my best friend and working together was a joy. Mosaic was slow getting started and it took a few years before we could even draw a meager salary. I remember during those lean years worrying if we could afford to put out a Tina Brooks set. Charlie looked at me in amazement. "Isn't that why we started this thing - to do what's important without anyone telling us no?!" He only had to say it once.
>>
>>
>> In 1989, we moved out of Charlie's basement and into our own facility. Scott Wenzel joined us in 1987. We added employees as the business grew. We started issuing sets on CD as well as LP and eventually had our own website.
>>
>>
>> We lost Charlie to scleroderma on December 31, 2000. We managed to keep the tone and spirit of the company up to the level that Charlie created and continued to put out thoroughly researched vital sets of importance in jazz history. But in the early 2000s, the record business began to shrink and morph for a variety of reasons and we were forced to downsize our staff, move to smaller quarters and reduce the flow of sets.
>>
>>
>> We've always tried to be diligent about warning you when sets were running low so you wouldn't miss out on titles that you wanted. But at this point, some sets which are temporarily out of stock may not be pressed again. We are not certain  how Mosaic Records will continue going forward or how many more sets we will be able to create and release. We've got a lot of great plans but few resources.
>>
>>
>> Scott and I want to thank every single person who has supported us, made suggestions, given advice and shown us such love and affection. If you are thinking about acquiring a certain set, now's the time.
>>
>>
>> - - Michael Cuscuna
>>
>>
>>
>> Thank you for your support. Sincerely, All of us at	Mosaic Records <http://click.umusic-mail.com/?qs=b9e8e97d8b46d7aab6aab01cd07bed0550337da1fca59ce3575787348ddcfbf5aa38714a45ae7c05266cba99ae2c1d1cda185b6878699315>
>>
>> -- 
>>
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> ---
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