Mosaic Select Series: Paul Chambers & John Patton


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Mosaic Records Announces Two New Releases in Its Mosaic Select Series Featuring the Work of Paul Chambers and John Patton

Following up on its first four releases in its Mosaic Select series (Grachan Moncur, Carmell Jones, Bennie Green and Randy Weston), Mosaic Records is proud to showcase two more great artists, Paul Chambers and John Patton.

Chambers emerged from the fertile Detroit scene and came to New York at age 19. A year later, he was a member of Miles Davis¹s quintet. And why not? He had it all: a beautiful tone, a fluid technique, a great choice of notes, impeccable time and a magnificent sense of swing. He could even take a bowed solo and keep it interesting and in tune.

On March 2, 1956, just seven weeks shy of his twenty-first birthday, he made his first album as a leader for Aladdin¹s Jazz West label while the Miles Davis Quintet was ensconced at Jazz City in Los Angeles. For Chambers¹ Music, he used Coltrane, pianist Kenny Drew and Philly Joe. Two days before his April 22 birthday, Chambers, Coltrane, Jones, Curtis Fuller and Pepper Adams went into a Boston studio for the fledgling Transition label; of the three extended pieces made that day only “Trane¹s Strain" was released at the time.

That September, Paul signed with Blue Note and recorded the compositionally-rich Whims Of Chambers with Donald Byrd, Coltrane, Kenny Burrell, Horace Silver and Jones. His next album Paul Chambers Quintet was a Detroit reunion with Byrd, Tommy Flanagan and Elvin Jones plus Chicagoan Clifford Jordan.

With his third Blue Note album Bass On Top, Chambers made a career masterpiece. With the sensitive, swinging support of Burrell, Hank Jones and Art Taylor, he moved the bass to the forefront in its role in the arrangements as well as solo space and proved himself to be consistently creative and exceptionally equipped.

After years as Lloyd Price¹s pianist, John Patton emerged in 1962 as an explosive organist who could swing as hard as Jimmy Smith and who had the creative curiosity of Larry Young. He joined Lou Donaldson¹s quartet which promptly brought him to the attention of Blue Note Records where he became part of an unbeatable funky rhythm section with guitarist Grant Green and drummer/composer Ben Dixon.

Among this rhythm section¹s great achievements were Patton¹s first three albums as a leader: Along Came John with the tenors of Harold Vick and Fred Jackson, The Way I Feel with Jackson and trumpeter Richard Williams and Oh Baby! with Vick and trumpeter Blue Mitchell. Along Came John is a testament to the infinite variety that creative musicians can extract from the blues form.

This Mosaic Select set is built upon those three initial John Patton classics and includes two underrated 1968 gems: That Certain Feeling with tenor saxophonist Junior Cook, guitarist Jimmy Ponder and drummer Clifford Jarvis and Understanding with tenor saxophonist Harold Alexander and drummer Hugh Walker. The former is a swinging hard bop session with a decidedly smooth groove, while the latter is a stripped-down, cutting edge date with everyone pushing the boundaries.

Mosaic Select is a new series launched in 2003 that presents numbered, limited-edition reissues of neglected jazz recordings. These are issued in standard CD packaging; 3 jewel cases in a slip case with a separate CD-size booklet and are attractively priced at $39 direct from Mosaic Records. The booklet includes the original album liner notes, selected original album cover art and session photographs from the archives.

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.

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