Michael Cuscuna

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Michael Cuscuna (born September 20, 1949 in Stamford, Connecticut) is an American jazz record producer and writer. He is the co-founder of Mosaic Records and a leading discographer of Blue Note Records.

Cuscuna played drums, saxophone and flute while young, but placed his emphasis on starting his own record label. He had a jazz show on WXPN and worked for ESP-Disk late in the 1960s, in addition to writing for Jazz & Pop Magazine and Down Beat . He moved from WXPN to WMMR in 1970, then onto WABC-FM (now WPLJ) as a progressive rock DJ at both stations. He took a position as a producer with Atlantic Records in the 1970s, recording Dave Brubeck and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Not forgetting his popular music interests, in the early 1970s he also produced albums by Bonnie Raitt ( Give It Up ) and Chris Smither. He also worked at Motown, ABC (doing reissues of Impulse! albums), Arista, Muse, Freedom, Elektra and Novus. From 1975 to 1981, he went through the Blue Note archives and recovered many sessions which are now prized. [1]

Along with Charlie Lourie, [2] he founded Mosaic Records in 1983 specializing in jazz reissue box sets, still continuing as of 2018. Artists surveyed include highly visible masters like Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, and Nat "King" Cole, and lesser known artists such as Tina Brooks and Ike Quebec. [3] Cuscuna has won three Grammy Awards for his releases. [4] Since 1984, Cuscuna has been a special consultant, producer, and reissue director of Blue Note Records.

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References

  1. Michael Cuscuna at Allmusic
  2. "Charlie Lourie, 60, a Founder of Mosaic, a Distinctive Jazz Reissue Label". NYTimes.com (Official site). January 4, 2021. Retrieved July 3, 2001.
  3. Grammy Awards, Allmusic.com