Charles Tolliver Big Band ‎– Mosaic Select

Mosaic Records (2) ‎– MS-037
Mosaic Select – 37
Box Set, Compilation, Limited Edition
3 × CD

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1-1 Ruthie's Heart 6:13
1-2 Brilliant Circles
Written-By – Stanley Cowell
1-3 Abscretions
Written-By – Stanley Cowell
1-4 Household Of Saud 6:39
1-5 On The Nile 9:45
1-6 Departure
Written-By – Stanley Cowell
2-1 Impact 7:59
2-2 Mother Wit 8:22
2-3 Grand Max 6:21
2-4 Plight 9:45
2-5 Lynnsome 7:23
2-6 Mournin' Variation 8:04
3-1 Ruthie's Heart 8:41
3-2 Mother Wit 7:11
3-3 Plight 6:24
3-4 Lynnsome 7:06
3-5 Grand Max 6:11
3-6 Rejoicin' 6:55
3-7 Impact 7:06

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#1-1 to 1-6
Recorded at Media Sound, New York City on November 11, 1970
Originally issued as Music Inc.* - Music Inc. (Strata-East SES1971)

#2-1 to 2-6
Recorded at Sound Ideas, New York City on January 17, 1975
Originally issued as Charles Tolliver / Music Inc & Orchestra* - Impact (Strata-East SES 19757)

#3-1 to 3-7
Recorded at the Funkhaus des NDR, Hamburg, Germany on February 19-23, 1979.
Previously unissued.

Limited edition of 5000.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 8920 9400



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January 27, 2014
Description from Mosaic website:
"The Charles Tolliver Big Band has come to be known for its intricate, layered writing, charging rhythms and exciting soloists. The band's roots trace back to 1970 when Tolliver recorded "Music Inc. & Big Band" for his Strata-East label. He and Stanley Cowell were the composers and principal soloists for this ground-breaking album, which represented the new approach to big band writing since the emergence of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra five years earlier.

Their second album "Impact" expanded the big band's sound with eight strings on several tunes. James Spaulding, Charles McPherson and George Coleman join Tolliver and Cowell as soloists.

From these, it was thought that the trail ran cold for this band until the mid 2000s. But in preparation for this reissue, Charles ran across a tape of a big band workshop/broadcast that he did in 1979 with NDR Big Band in Hamburg, Germany. He secured the rights and the master tape and is released for the first time in this set.

In recent year, the band has reformed and returned with a vengeance, touring and recording for Blue Note (2007) and Half Note (2009). Its legacy begins with this Mosaic Select."