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Mosaic Records Unearths A Wealth of Unissued Material on "The Complete Roulette Jack Teagarden Sessions"


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Mosaic Records announces the March release of The Complete Roulette Jack Teagarden Sessions, a 4-CD set that is the chronological sequel to the label’s successful collection of Capitol sessions by this great trombonist and vocalist.

Produced for release by Michael Cuscuna, the set contains his four Roulette albums with a plethora of unissued music, all remixed and remastered in 24-bit by Malcolm Addey from the original tapes.

From Southwest territory bands in ‘20s to tenures with the orchestras of Ben Pollack and Paul Whiteman and small group work with Frankie Trumbauer and members of the Condon Mob, Teagarden was ubiquitous in the early decades of jazz. He led his own orchestra from 1939 to 1947 before joining Louis Armstrong and his All Stars for five years. When he formed his own sextet in 1951, it was patterned in instrumentation and repertoire after Armstrong’s group.

Teagarden was a musician beyond category, admired by critics, musicians and listeners alike for the gorgeous, delicate solos he fashioned in the trombone’s upper register, working his slide with a loping gait all his own. While many musicians appreciated his gift, none could approach his uncomplicated virtuosity, his clarity of musical thought, and his graceful phrasing. And when he sang, his style was simple, languid and smokey.

The set begins with the July 1959 live session at the Roundtable in New York City, which produced the first album by Jack’s sextet. Mosaic uncovered such a trove of unreleased material from that night has mushroomed to two CDs with 21 previously unissued tunes that include his only recorded appearance on baritone horn.

Trumpeter Don Goldie, clarinetist Henry Cuesta, pianist Don Ewell, bassist Stan Puls and drummer Ronnie Greb comprised the band for this and Tea’s aptly titled studio album “Jazz Maverick."

The esteemed Barrett Deems took over the drum chair in 1961 in time for a series of Chicago studio sessions that produced The Dixie Sound Of Jack Teagarden, the posthumously released A Portrait Of Mr. T. and five more tunes issued here for the first time.

Teagarden could wrap that signature sound around any kind of tune -- a New Orleans jazz classic, a Tin Pan Alley song or a Hoagy Carmichael gem and make it his own. He proves that here on 63 excellent performances that include originals by Don Ewell and Don Goldie.

On May 20, Mosaic Records will release The Complete Brunswick, Parlophone and Vocalion Bunny Berigan Sessions, a 7-CD collection, and Mosaic Select sets by Bennie Green and Randy Weston.

It is requested that all reviews or articles include the following: “All recordings are available solely through Mosaic Records, 35 Melrose Place, Stamford, CT 06902; (203) 327-7111. Please check their website at for more information."

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