Johnny Richards ‎– Mosaic Select

Mosaic Records (2) ‎– MS-017
Mosaic Select – 17
Box Set, Compilation, Limited Edition
3 × CD

Companies, etc.



#1-1 to 1-3
Recorded in New York City on February 22, 1955
Originally issued as ANNOTATIONS OF THE MUSES (Legende LP 1401).

#1-4 to 1-15
Recorded in New York City on June 27, July 8 & 11, 1957
Originally issued as Johnny Richards And His Orchestra - Wide Range (Capitol T-885)
Binaural takes originally issued on WIDE RANGE (Capitol tape ZC-16)

#1-16 & 1-17
Recorded in New York City on July 30, 1957
Previously unissued

#2-1 to 2-10
Recorded in New York City on January 14-16 or April 28 & 29, 1958
Originally issued as Johnny Richards - Experiments In Sound (Capitol T-981)

#2-11, 2-12, 2-14, 2-15
Recorded at Webster Hall, New York City on March 25 & 28, 1958
#2-13 & 2-16
Recorded at Webster Hall, New York City on April 17, 1958
Originally issued on Johnny Richards - The Rites Of Diablo (Roulette SR-52008)

#3-1 to 3-8
Recorded at Capitol Studios, New York City on September 9 & 17, 1964
Produced by Hugo & Luigi
Recording engineer: Bob Arnold
Originally issued as MY FAIR LADY - MY WAY (Roulette SR 52114)

#3-9 to 3-17
Recorded at Capitol Studios, New York City in December 6 & 8, 1966
Originally issued as AQUI SE HABLA ESPANOL (SPANISH SPOKEN HERE) (Roulette SR 25351)


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January 7, 2014
Description from Mosaic website:
"Johnny Richards is best known as for his composing and arranging for Stan Kenton (most notably Cuban Fire) and for co-writing "Young At Heart." But Richards' talent went well beyond Kentonia and songwriting. As Victor Young's assistant at Paramount Studios, he learned the art of film scoring; under Arnold Schoenberg's tutelage, he acquired a taste for dissonance; his knowledge of and penchant for Latin rhythms came, no doubt, from his Mexican Heritage. When the jazz bug bit him in the '40s, he amalgamated all these properties into a unique musical language of his own.
This set celebrates his forgotten work of the '50s and '60s, beginning with the programmatic piece "Annontation Of The Muses" for nonet in 1955, issued briefly on a Legende 10" LP. His 1957-58 orchestra is represented by Wide Range and Experiments In Sound (Capitol) and The Rites Of Diablo (Roulette). Keeping an 18-piece band together proved daunting and the ensemble folded in 1960. Richards regrouped in 1964, long enough to produce My Fair Lady - My Way and Aqui Se Habla Espanol, both for Roulette.

These six outstanding albums, all on CD for the first time, capture every aspect of Richards' art. Soloists include Gene Quill, Clifford Jordan, Seldon Powell, Burt Collins, Ray Copeland, Marvin Stamm, Jimmy Cleveland, Bill Watrous and Hank Jones."