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John Coltrane
Black Pearls

  (Item #: coltrblack_1605s) 

Our Price: $249.99
Sale Price: $199.00 (You save $50.99 / 20%)


  • This superb 1958 stereo LP boasts two Triple Plus (A+++) sides - the sound of this copy simply cannot be beat
  • It's big, lively, tubey, present and very transparent - nothing we played could compete with it
  • A great Rudy Van Gelder recording that hits a whole nother level on a copy like this
  • 4 stars on Allmusic: "...captures Coltrane at the height of perfecting the intense volley that would garner the name 'sheets of sound.' "
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Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays
As Falls Wichita...

  (Item #: metheasfal_1706_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side two and a Double Plus (A++) side one, this copy is going to be very hard to beat
  • An exceptionally huge soundfield with layered depth for days make this a special pressing indeed
  • You will be very hard-pressed to find another copy demonstrating as many audiophile qualities as this one does
  • Allmusic 5 Stars: "In the process of stretching out away from the confines of the quartet setting of prior albums, Metheny and Mays presage the sleeker and more ethereal sound of the band's Geffen years..."
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George Benson
Breezin'

  (Item #: bensobreez_1706) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A killer 2-pack - Triple Plus (A+++) on the two good sides, perhaps the first and only Triple Triple copy to hit the site
  • The sides opposite the shootout winners aren't necessarily bad, but boy, flip them over and what a difference!
  • Thanks to the superb engineering of Al Schmitt you can be sure this album has the sonic goods like no other
  • A crossover smash that even went all the way to Number One on the pop charts, featureing the hit "This Masquerade"
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Grover Washington
Feels So Good

  (Item #: washifeels_1611s) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $149.00 (You save $50.99 / 25%)


  • Top A+++ sound on side one and Double Plus on side two - who knew this was such a well recorded album?
  • So much like live music -- uncompressed, present, full of energy, with the instruments clearly located and surrounded by the natural space of the studio
  • An RVG recording (and mastering) from 1975 that is a KNOCKOUT on a copy like this
  • "Its shimmering, soulful grooves refute the argument that smooth jazz is little more than mere ambience, combining expert playing and intricate songwriting to create music that is both compelling and comforting." Allmusic 4 Stars
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Gabor Szabo with Gary McFarland
Gypsy ’66

  (Item #: szabogypsy_1610x) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) Hot Stamper sound on both sides this copy is killer from first note to last
  • Both sides are relaxed and natural, with strong bass and an extended top end
  • The credit must go to one of, if not THE Greatest Jazz Engineers of all time, Mr. Rudy Van Gelder
  • "Szabo's original sound, the unusual instrumentation (two or three guitars, Sadao Watanabe on flute, Gary McFarland on marimba, bass, drums and percussion) and McFarland's clever arrangements uplift the music."
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The Three
The Three (45 RPM)

  (Item #: threethree_45_1606x) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Demo Disc Quality - Triple Plus on side two and close to it on side one - incredibly dynamic and immediate
  • And it's not the Direct Disc. It's better than the direct to disc. It's live to TAPE, mastered at 45 RPM
  • "You Are There" Live sound, almost impossible to come by on any other record
  • Sample, Brown and Manne here play the best piano trio jazz we have ever heard
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Shorty Rogers Big Band
Jazz Waltz

  (Item #: rogerjazzw_1606x) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Triple Triple -- both sides earned our top A+++ grade with crazy good West Coast Jazz sound
  • The overall sound is sweet, airy and huge - the brass just jumps out of the soundfield
  • Engineered by the great Bones Howe, who got the most out of these swingin' Big Band waltzes
  • This Discovery reissue from 1981 positively murders every original we've ever played and proves that to know what a record sounds like you really have to play it
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Chuck Mangione
Children of Sanchez

  (Item #: mangichild_1611s) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $99.00 (You save $50.99 / 34%)


  • Four excellent sides, two Double Plus (A++) and two just shy of that grade
  • Super rich and full-bodied with tons of fat, funky bass, the kind we just can't get enough of
  • Recorded at Kendun and mastered by Robert Ludwig, the audiophile sound should come as no surprise
  • "Mangione's own performance... is frequently riveting, a darkly expressive, soulful element that conveys undiluted passion, sorrow, and joy."
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Return to Forever
Romantic Warrior

  (Item #: returroman_1706) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Triple Triple! Two superb Triple Plus (A+++) sides for one of our favorite fusion albums; this is some real Demo Disc sound
  • Both sides here are huge and lively with incredible dynamics and rich, warm tonality
  • Our favorite Jazz Rock Fusion Album of All Time - none rocks harder!
  • An amazingly well-recorded album of instrumental pyrotechnicians - the band is absolutely on fire like no other
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Count Basie
Basie Big Band

  (Item #: basiebasie_1705) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Double Plus (A++) sound on side one, with a side two that's nearly as good (A+ to A++)
  • Rich, lively and clear - musically and sonically this is a Top Basie Big Band record
  • Guaranteed to be dramatically livelier and more dynamic than any Basie title you've heard
  • Lots of tight, deep, note-like bass and mostly correct timbre for the brass throughout
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Al Dimeola
Elegant Gypsy

  (Item #: dimeoelega_1705_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • The single best copy of this phenomenal Fusion Guitar Jazz Classic to ever hit the site
  • Side two here rates Triple Plus (A+++) with side one close behind at (A++ to A+++)
  • Both sides are incredibly lively, full-bodied, open and present -- the sound is HUGE and WEIGHTY and it rocks
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "Generally an explosive affair, although it does have a fair amount of variety."
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Dave Brubeck Trio Featuring Gerry Mulligan
Compadres

  (Item #: brubecompa_1705_) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side one and a better than Double Plus (A++ to A+++) side two, this copy is practically as good as it gets
  • Shockingly well recorded considering it's live from Mexico, but the Columbia engineers were clearly up to the challenge
  • The notes on the best copies read "big, open and real" - exactly the sound that makes this record so special
  • Allmusic 4 1/2 Stars: This fine LP was the debut of Brubeck's new Quartet, a group featuring baritonist Gerry Mulligan, bassist Jack Six and drummer Alan Dawson. Recorded live in Mexico ... this enjoyable set showed that for Brubeck there was life after Paul Desmond."
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Jimmy Smith
Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf

  (Item #: smithwhosa_1705_) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side two and a superb Double Plus (A++) side one, this copy could not be beat
  • If you dig Oliver's Nelson's swingin' BIG BRASS as much as we do you are in for a treat with this stereo pressing
  • The best sides have the kind of analog richness, warmth and smoothness that make listening to records so involving
  • Slaughter On Tenth Avenue is the monster track leading off here, and it swings the way Walk on the Wild Side does - like crazy, man!
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Sonny Rollins
On Impulse

  (Item #: rollionimp_1705_) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side two and a superb Double Plus (A++) side one, this copy could not be beat
  • As good as side one was, when we got around to side two we were knocked out by some of the best Sonny Rollins sax sound we've EVER heard
  • Side two was so much bigger, fuller and richer than the other side twos we heard, and his sax was really jumpin' out of the speakers
  • Allmusic 4 Stars: "This date is significant for the manner in which Rollins attacks five standards with a quartet that included pianist Ray Bryant, bassist Walter Booker and drummer Mickey Roker."
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Illinois Jacquet
Bottoms Up

  (Item #: jacqubotto_1607x) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $169.00 (You save $30.99 / 15%)


  • This is clearly the best sounding copy of Bottoms Up to ever hit the site - Double Plus (A++) on side one, Triple Plus (A+++)on side two!
  • Both sides played a True Mint Minus, which means this copy is not only exceptionally good sounding, but exceptionally quiet to boot
  • On side two this pressing showed us that the perfect balance of clarity and richness was possible, the only side that managed that feat
  • "Even in 1968 when the jazz avant-garde was becoming quite influential, tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet played in his own timeless style, performing in an idiom little changed during the previous 20 years."
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Freddie Hubbard
The Body & The Soul

  (Item #: hubbabodya_1705_) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side one and a superb Double Plus (A++) side two this copy could not be beat
  • Big, open, clear, with space and three-dimensionality that modern pressings can only dream of, this copy was hard to fault
  • With so many instruments to deal with the mastering and pressing have to be stellar, and here they are
  • Allmusic 4 Stars: "Utilizing a septet, 16-piece big band, and orchestra plus strings to play concise, tight tunes, Shorter provides the backdrop to employ Hubbard's bold toned trumpet and all of its devices in a full display of his powerful melodic talents."
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Paul Quinichette
On The Sunny Side

  (Item #: quinionthe_1705) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Both sides of this long out of print OJC title boast lively, big and clear Double Plus (A++) sound quality
  • With three saxophones and a trombone, this is a fresh combination that really brings out the best in all the players during this Prestige jam session, a format for which they are justly famous
  • I raved about this album when it was in print many years ago - it's solidly swinging jazz that belong in your collection
  • Allmusic 4 Stars: "Waldron's three originals (highlighted by "Cool-Lypso") allow plenty of room for swinging, and Quinichette (who also performs "On the Sunny Side of the Street") sounds comfortable interacting with the younger musicians. An enjoyable and underrated release."
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Red Mitchell Quartet
Red Mitchell Quartet

  (Item #: mitchredmi_1705_) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side one and a superb Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy could not be beat
  • This Better Records favorite has some of the best upright bass reproduction we've ever heard - top quality West Coast Jazz too
  • Impeccable All Tube engineering by Roy Dunann in the store room of Contemporary Records, 1957 (sixty years ago!)
  • Allmusic 4 Stars: "Easily recommended to collectors of straight-ahead jazz."
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Laurindo Almeida
Virtuoso Guitar

  (Item #: almeivirtu_1705) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound for both the Jazz and Classical sides; it's not too often these hit the site
  • Both sides are rich, warm and musical with lots of Tubey Magic and a huge bottom end
  • It has the kind of sound I prefer, with none of the razor sharpness that you get on some direct discs
  • This is the best Almeida album I know of and probably the best Crystal Clear title.


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Kenny Burrell
Midnight Blue

  (Item #: burremidni_1705_1) 

Our Price: $279.99

  • An excellent copy with Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • One of our all-time favorite Blue Note albums for both music and sound -- is there a better bluesy Jazz Guitar album?
  • Both sides are big, full and solid with a punchy bottom end and plenty of energy
  • Five stars on Allmusic and the recording is every bit as good as the music -- don't miss this one
  • Jazz Improv Magazine puts the album among its Top Five recommended recordings for Burrell, indicating that "[i]f you need to know 'the Blue Note sound', here it is."
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Dave Brubeck
Time Out

  (Item #: brubetimeo_1705) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An excellent pressing of this jazz classic and the first to hit the site in over a year; these are getting harder and harder to find
  • Both sides here rated a strong Double Plus (A++) -- big and open with great bass and plenty of space
  • About as quiet an original Six Eye Stereo pressing as we can find - Mint Minus Minus on both sides
  • 5 stars on Allmusic, an audiophile favorite and a great example of what's good about 1959 All Tube Analog
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Chet Baker
You Can't Go Home Again

  (Item #: bakeryouca_1705) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side one and a Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy could not be beat
  • If you like the kind of music Grover Washington was making around the time of Mister Magic, this sis the album for you
  • This kind of funky Soul Jazz is not for everyone but Chet is such a great player he makes it work
  • "...one of Baker's most important latter-day albums."
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Oscar Peterson
The Trio

  (Item #: petertrio_1705) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A stunning copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish; you'll have a hard time finding better sound than this!
  • Both sides here are out of this world -- big, rich and Tubey Magical with a HUGE punchy bottom end
  • The trio is made up of Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen, here recorded live at the height of their respective powers
  • About as quiet as we can find them -- Mint Minus Minus throughout
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Andre Previn & His Pals
West Side Story

  (Item #: previwests_1608s) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $79.00 (You save $20.99 / 21%)


  • With grades of A+ to A++ this real Contemporary pressing has excellent sound
  • Clean and clear, with no smear on the piano and surprisingly big bass, this is a very good way to hear this wonderful music
  • This is yet another Demo Disc for Contemporary, the brilliant work of the engineer Roy Dunann
  • One of Andre Previn's better jazz performances - his pals Manne and Mitchell are no slouches either
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Weather Report
Tale Spinnin'

  (Item #: weathtales_1704_) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With two Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning sides, this copy of the band's 1975 release simply could not be beat
  • Recorded by Bruce Botnick at Wally Heider's, this is one of the few Weather Report albums that has anything close to audiophile sound
  • So solid, spacious, and rich, this copy has the room the myriad instruments and recorded effects need to open up and soar
  • "'Spinnin’ convinces once again that Weather Report is the most adventurous, meticulous and consistently stimulating band working in the electric-jazz idiom.” Rolling Stone
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Gabor Szabo
More Sorcery

  (Item #: szabomores_1704) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Triple Plus (A+++) on side one, Double Plus (A++) on side two, this is clearly the best copy to ever hit the site
  • If you like the sound of Small Club Live Jazz, you can't do much better than More Sorcery
  • Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds runs almost ten minutes and gives everybody a chance to stretch out. People is also exceptionally good here
  • Allmusic 4 1/2 Stars: "A live album, Sorcery features this band at its best. This excellent LP is well worth searching for."
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Airto
Fingers

  (Item #: airtofinge_1610s) 

Our Price: $119.99
Sale Price: $99.00 (You save $20.99 / 17%)


  • Excellent from first note to last - Double Plus sound (A++) on both sides, on fairly quiet vinyl
  • Great bass, solid weight to the all the drums, clarity and presence, and most important of all, energy
  • Sonically impressive funky Brazilian jazz sound with tons of lifelike percussion - thanks RVG!
  • 4 1/2 stars in the All Music Guide; a longtime Better Records favorite and Desert Island Disc
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The Mahavishnu Orchestra
Birds of Fire

  (Item #: mahavbirds_1704) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Side two is close to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) - it's so smooth and natural you can just turn up your volume and let it rock
  • Huge and clear, this copy has dangerous amounts of energy - it's as powerful and captivating as the music itself
  • Side one is also seriously good, earning a Double Plus (A++) grade, and making this a True Demo Disc of Jazz Fusion
  • Clearly one of the All Time Greats in the world of Jazz/Rock, as well as the band's Masterpiece - 5 stars on Allmusic
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Hampton Hawes
Vol 2: The Trio

  (Item #: hawesvol2t_1704) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) pressing from '55/'56 mono tapes is EVERYTHING that's good about mono
  • The size, the weight, the solidity, the clarity, the energy, the rhythmic drive - it's all here and more
  • This is some of the best sound and the best music we have ever heard on any Hampton Hawes album - a true Must Own
  • 4 1/2 Stars [but we give it 5]: "... this Hampton Hawes date would certainly make good company for any other top jazz piano trio records in your collection."
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Grover Washington
Winelight

  (Item #: washiwinel_1704) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A killer 2-pack - Triple Plus (A+++) on the second side, nearly as impressive (A++ to A+++) on the first
  • A SHOCKINGLY good recording that really comes to life on these two discs
  • What's unusual about this album - shocking really - is how MEATY the bottom end is
  • You've heard of the so-called "Hot Mix" for Zep II? Well, this is the "Fat Mix" for Winelight, and it's awesome
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Grover Washington Jr.
All The King’s Horses

  (Item #: washiallth_1608s) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $79.00 (You save $20.99 / 21%)


  • An excellent pressing of a wonderful RVG Large Group recording - both sides rate a strong Double Plus (A++)
  • Huge, spacious, solid, present and punchy - this is how Grover Washington's band ought to sound!
  • If you like soul jazz with more of a pop mentality, you're sure to enjoy this classic album
  • Without a doubt the best album Washington ever made, a desert island disc and a true Must Own
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Weather Report
Sweetnighter

  (Item #: weathsweet_1704) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A killer copy hasn't hit the site in a while, but here's one with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) Demo Disc sound on both sides
  • Boogie Woogie Waltz was one of the most mindblowing tracks found on any album from 1973
  • The sound is huge, spacious, lively, transparent and punchy - this is jazz fusion that really rocks
  • " It is the groove that rules this mesmerizing album, leading off with the irresistible 3/4 marathon deceptively tagged as the "Boogie Woogie Waltz" and proceeding through a variety of Latin-grounded hip-shakers." 4 stars
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Miles Davis
In Person - Friday Night

  (Item #: davisinper_1703) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Both sides of this original Six-Eye pressing earned strong Double Plus (A++) grades
  • Love the sound of vintage tube jazz recordings? This copy delivers like very few records will
  • Both sides here are clean, clear and open with plenty of presence and energy
  • Relatively quiet vinyl too -- good luck finding a copy that sounds like this and plays so well
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McCoy Tyner
Extensions

  (Item #: tynerexten_1703) 

Our Price: $139.99

  • With nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on side one this copy has the real Blue Note magic
  • The sound on side one was bigger, clearer, less boxy and simply more relaxed and musical than almost any other side we heard
  • The really good RVG pressings like this one sound shockingly close to live music
  • AMG 4 1/2 Stars: "The all-star sextet stretches out on lengthy renditions of four of Tyner's modal originals, and there is strong solo space for the leader and the two saxophonists. Wayne Shorter in particular is often quite intense. Stimulating music."
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Coleman Hawkins and Clark Terry
Back In Bean’s Bag

  (Item #: hawkibacki_1703) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • The best copy we have ever heard - Triple Plus (A+++) on side two and nearly as good on side one (A++ to A+++)
  • This is the kind of classic All Tube, Live in the Studio Columbia Sound from 1962 that makes a mockery of most jazz recordings
  • What a swingin' group - there is simply not a false step or false note to be found anywhere on either side of this wonderful recording
  • Hawkins teamed up with the personable trumpeter Clark Terry for this upbeat set of of solid swing. Terry in particular is in exuberant form on "Feedin' the Bean" and a delightful version of "Don't Worry About Me," but Hawkins's playing (particularly on the trumpeter's ballad "Michelle") is also in fine form."
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Stanley Turrentine
Sugar

  (Item #: turresugar_1703) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Double Plus (A++) on both sides, this copy is rich, musical and especially enjoyable
  • A dynamic and energetic recording by Rudy Van Gelder that really jumps on a copy like this
  • With top talent like Freddie Hubbard and George Benson, you will have a hard time finding a funkier Soul Jazz record
  • AMG raves: " If jazz fans are interested in Turrentine beyond the Blue Note period — and they should be — this is a heck of a place to listen for satisfaction."
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Ted Heath
Swings In High Stereo

  (Item #: heathswing_1703) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Triple Plus (A+++) DEMO DISC SOUND on side one, the best sound we heard for this album in our shootout all day
  • Kingsway Hall, Wilkinson and the Decca Tree add up to Audiophile Quality Big Band sound, on this copy anyway
  • Heath and his group play with all the energy and verve essential to this joyful Big Band music - he really does swing in high stereo
  • We consider Ted Heath's early London recordings to be some of the best big band ever recorded
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Duke Ellington
Up In Duke's Workshop

  (Item #: ellinupind_1703) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) Ellington Big Band sound from 1969-1972 can be heard on both sides here
  • The overall sound is clean, clear and open yet still pretty big and full with a solid bottom end
  • Pablo has here compiled some of Ellington's best later music and mastered and pressed it wonderfully as well
  • "Duke Ellington was the most important composer in the history of jazz as well as being a bandleader who held his large group together continuously for almost 50 years."
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Thelonious Monk
Criss-Cross

  (Item #: monk_criss_1703) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A wonderful Top Copy -- Triple Plus (A+++) on the first side and Double Plus (A++) on the second
  • The overall sound is very rich and full-bodied with excellent energy and presence
  • The piano sounds amazing here -- natural and dynamic, letting Monk's passionate playing shine
  • "This is prime Monk for any degree of listener." -- Allmusic, 4 stars
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Donald Byrd
A New Perspective

  (Item #: byrd_anewp_1703) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A KILLER copy of one of our all-time favorite Blue Note albums and only the second White Hot copy to hit the site in years!
  • Side two rates Triple Plus (A+++) and side one earned a strong Double Plus (A++)
  • The sound is exceptionally rich, warm and lively with excellent bass and wonderfully full vocals
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "One of the most successful uses of a gospel choir in a jazz context"
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Miles Davis
Seven Steps to Heaven

  (Item #: davisseven_1703_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from beginning to end make this a Must Own Miles Davis album from 1963
  • The brilliant 30th street recording is characteristically HUGE, rich, full, sweet, as well as tonally correct and lively as can be
  • The clarity, transparency, and freedom from smear and distortion are what really set these top quality pressing apart
  • "Some of his most introspective, romantic ballad playing" -- Allmusic, 4 1/2 stars
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Duke Ellington
Up In Duke's Workshop

  (Item #: ellinupind_1702_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Superb Triple Plus (A+++) Ellington Big Band sound from 1969-1972 can be heard on this side one
  • Side two was excellent as well, earning a sonic grade of Double Plus (A++) for its remarkably richness and Tubey Magic
  • Pablo has here compiled some of Ellington's best later music and mastered and pressed it wonderfully as well
  • "Duke Ellington was the most important composer in the history of jazz as well as being a bandleader who held his large group together continuously for almost 50 years."
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The Three
The Three
(33 RPM)

  (Item #: threethree_33_1702) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A true Demo Disc - both sides of this shockingly good sounding pressing earned a sonic grade of Double Plus (A++) or better
  • The transients are uncannily lifelike - listen for the huge amounts of kinetic energy produced when Shelly whacks the hell out of his cymbals
  • My favorite Piano Trio Jazz Album of All Time; every one of those six tracks is brilliantly arranged and performed (if you have the right takes of course; more about that later)
  • 4 Stars: "One of Joe Sample's finest sessions as a leader" - with Shelly Manne and Ray Brown, we would say it's clearly his finest session, as a leader or simply as the piano player in a killer trio
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Airto
Fingers

  (Item #: airtofinge_1702) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Airto's true Masterpiece returns to the site with killer sound - Triple Plus (A+++) on side one and Double Plus (A++) on side two
  • This is one of the best copies to ever hit the site - the sound is big, open and resolving like you will not believe
  • Incredibly impressive funky Brazilian jazz sound with HUGE lifelike percussion - thanks RVG!
  • 4 1/2 stars in the All Music Guide; a longtime Better Records favorite and Desert Island Disc
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Barney Kessel
Vol. 3: To Swing Or Not To Swing

  (Item #: kessetoswi_1702) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Great Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and only the second copy to hit the site in many years
  • Clean, clear and lively with a big bottom end and lots of energy
  • Relatively quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Guitarist Barney Kessel's string of recordings for Contemporary in the 1950s included some of the finest work of his career ... highly recommended to fans of straight-ahead jazz." - All Music
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Cannonball Adderley - Bill Evans
Know What I Mean?

  (Item #: adderknoww_1702) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • The sound is superb on this Double Plus (A++) copy of one of our favorite Cannonball Adderley albums - QUIET vinyl too
  • 1961 recording technology coupled with the mastering technology used by the gifted George Horn results in top quality sound
  • Based on what I'm hearing most of the sound of the album -- natural, full-bodied, smooth and sweet -- must be on the master tape that way
  • "It's hard to imagine any fan of mainstream jazz not finding much to love on this very fine recording."
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Sonny Rollins
The Bridge

  (Item #: rollibridg_1702) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb sounding stereo copy of this Rollins classic: Triple Plus (A+++) on side one, Double Plus (A++) on side two
  • The 1962 sound is wonderfully Tubey Magical, full-bodied and solid throughout, the bass note-like and clear
  • This is the kind of Demo Disc sound that Ray Hall was able to engineer with tubes back in 1962, and it's glorious to hear in 2017
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic: "The interplay between Rollins and Jim Hall [on guitar] is consistently impressive, making this a near-classic and a very successful comeback."
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Herbie Hancock
My Point of View

  (Item #: hancomypoi_1702) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Two killer sides for one of Herbie's best albums - both clock in at or better than Double Plus (A++)
  • The sides here are wonderful - rich and warm with a huge bottom end and lots of space around the instruments
  • The lineup here includes Grant Green, Donald Byrd, Tony Williams, Hank Mobley and more
  • AMG: "It's a little more relaxed than Takin' Off, but in its own way My Point of View is nearly as stunning."
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Coleman Hawkins
Hawk Eyes!

  (Item #: hawkihawke_1702_2) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish and fairly quiet vinyl too
  • A wonderful ballad session from 1959 that has to be seen as yet another triumph for Rudy Van Gelder
  • Miles Davis once said: "When I heard Hawk, I learned to play ballads." He clearly learned that lesson well
  • "With such superior songs as "Through for the Night," "I Never Knew" and "La Rosita," in addition to long jams, plenty of fireworks occur during this frequently exciting session."
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Return to Forever
Romantic Warrior

  (Item #: returroman_1702) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • A KILLER copy with both sides rating Double Plus (A++) - this is some real Demo Disc sound
  • Rockin' dynamic energy as well as huge amounts of studio space on both sides
  • Our favorite Jazz Rock Fusion Album of All Time - none rocks harder!
  • An amazingly well-recorded album of instrumental pyrotechnicians - the band is absolutely on fire like no other
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Gabor Szabo with Gary McFarland
Gypsy ’66

  (Item #: szabogypsy_1702) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Triple Plus (A+++) on side one, A+ to A++ on side two, these are some of the highest grades we've ever given out for Gypsy ’66
  • Both sides are especially relaxed and natural, with strong bass and an extended top end
  • The credit must go to one of, if not THE Greatest Jazz Engineers of all time, Mr. Rudy Van Gelder
  • "Szabo's original sound, the unusual instrumentation (two or three guitars, Sadao Watanabe on flute, Gary McFarland on marimba, bass, drums and percussion) and McFarland's clever arrangements uplift the music."
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Gerry Mulligan
And His Concert Jazz Band On Tour

  (Item #: mulliandhi_1702) 

Our Price: $139.99

  • Double Plus (A++) on side one, nearly as good on side two, this live album is crazy good sounding on this copy
  • Huge space, size and clarity, with Tubey Magical richness befitting its 1960 recording dates
  • On the second track of side two the swingin' Zoot Sims is as immediate and real as any sax player can be
  • 4 1/2 Stars in Allmusic and "highly recommended."
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Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

  (Item #: daviskindo_1702) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A KILLER copy with excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • The sound is super rich, smooth, musical and full of the vintage 30th Street Studio Magic we've come to love here at Better Records
  • "Kind of Blue isn't merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it's an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album, a universally acknowledged standard of excellence."
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Thelonious Monk
Monk's Blues

  (Item #: monk_monks_1702) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Side one is superb, with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) Hot Stamper sound
  • We wish more Blue Note records had this kind of sound - natural, full-bodied, and sweet up top
  • This is a very well recorded Big Band album with great arrangements by Oliver Nelson
  • Relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
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Gerry Mulligan
Jeru

  (Item #: mullijeru_1608s) 

Our Price: $99.99
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  • This Black Print 360 original stereo pressing put most copies we played to shame with wonderful Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Tubier, more transparent, more dynamic, with that "jumpin' out of the speakers' quality that only The Real Thing (an old record) ever has
  • Hard to imagine any reissue, vintage or otherwise, can beat the sound of this LP - we sure couldn't find one
  • "Jeru flawlessly swings with a relaxed, throbbing, positive life force."
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Count Basie
Kansas City 5

  (Item #: basiekansa_1702) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Presenting yet another amazingly well recorded Count Basie album, with Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • It's bigger, more solid and rich, with extension on both ends of the spectrum most of the other copies we played
  • A great session with a fresh sound for Basie, with two top players at his side: Milt Jackson on vibes and Joe Pass on guitar
  • "It is always interesting to hear Basie in a hornless setting like this one where he gets opportunities to stretch out on the piano."
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Coleman Hawkins
Hawk Eyes!

  (Item #: hawkihawke_1702_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This killer pressing earned Triple Plus (A+++) grades or something close to them (A++ to A+++) on both sides
  • A wonderful Saxophone Ballad session from 1959 that has to be seen as yet another triumph for Rudy Van Gelder
  • Miles Davis once said: "When I heard Hawk, I learned to play ballads." He clearly learned that lesson well
  • "With such superior songs as "Through for the Night," "I Never Knew" and "La Rosita," in addition to long jams, plenty of fireworks occur during this frequently exciting session."
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Kenny Burrell
God Bless The Child

  (Item #: burregodbl_1702) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Amazing sound from start to finish on this nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) copy, close to the best we've heard
  • One of our favorite CTI albums, and surely one of the best sounding, especially on this pressing
  • Credit goes to RVG once again for the huge space that the superbly well recorded orchestra occupies
  • AMG raves "This is Burrell at his level best as a player to be sure, but also as a composer and as a bandleader. Magnificent."
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John Coltrane
Olé Coltrane

  (Item #: coltrole_1702) 

Our Price: $299.99
Sale Price: $249.00 (You save $50.99 / 17%)


  • The highest rated copy to ever make it to the site, and the first copy to do so since 2013!
  • This exceptional pressing earned a Triple Plus (A+++) on the first side and a Double Plus (A++) on the second
  • The sound is big, rich, open and full-bodied with a strong bottom end -- important since there are two bassists here!
  • 4 stars on Allmusic: "His sheer ability as a maverick -- over and beyond his appreciable musical skills -- guides works such as this to new levels"
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Wes Montgomery
Boss Guitar

  (Item #: montgbossg_1610s) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $129.00 (You save $20.99 / 14%)


  • This is one of Wes Montgomery's best albums from his prime '60s period, if not THE best
  • With Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides, you're hearing the album sound the way it should sound
  • Rich and full-bodied but clear and spacious, the 1963 All Tube Analog sound is perfect for Wes's organ trio format
  • "If you are looking for some smooth jazz that’s not somnambulant, passionate yet relaxed, intimate without being overly dramatic ... in other words, if you are looking for cool, this is the place to find it."
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Kenny Dorham
Una Mas

  (Item #: dorhaunama_1610s) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • Side one was the best we heard in our shootout, earning a grade of nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++)
  • It's clear yet rich- the horns are full-bodied and warm, and the top is fairly extended
  • Side two earned a Double Plus (A++) grade - by track two it's full, smooth and natural
  • Both sides are exceptionally quiet, playing a true Mint Minus - for Blue Note that's rare!
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Gary McFarland
Does The Sun Really Shine On The Moon

  (Item #: mcfardoest_1702) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding Triple Triple (A+++) sound on the first Gary McFarland Hot Stamper to ever hit the site
  • If you love the sound of small group vibes-led jazz in Tubey Magical, spacious, natural sound, this album is for you
  • Pop Jazz is perhaps more accurate, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable, especially when it sounds this good
  • Love the material: God Only Knows; Here, There and Everywhere; Lady Jane; By the Time I Get to Phoenix, and more
  • An "adult prodigy," McFarland was an ingenious composer whose music could reveal shades of complex emotional subtlety and clever childlike simplicity."
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Sonny Rollins
Alternate Takes

  (Item #: rollialter_1701) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) or better sound on both sides on very quiet vinyl - this copy plays a true Mint Minus
  • One of our favorite Sonny Rollins records for sound, and this side two nearly earned a Triple Plus grade
  • Great alternate takes from the Way Out West and Contemporary Leaders sessions
  • 4 1/2 stars in the AMG: "Hard-swinging and frequently superb."
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Count Basie / Kansas City 3
For The Second Time

  (Item #: basieforth_1701) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this wonderful piano trio record
  • It's a joy to hear Basie perform as a frontman, stretching out on tunes that were no doubt dear to him
  • Veterans of hundreds of sessions, Ray Brown and Louis Bellson are just as interesting as Basie, high praise
  • Recorded by the legendary engineer Ed Greene (Stan Getz/Charlie Byrd - Jazz Samba) which surely accounts for the exceptional sound quality
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Duke Ellington
Duke's Big 4

  (Item #: ellindukes_1701) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Wonderful Super Hot Stamper here! Double Plus (A++) on both sides, satisfaction guaranteed
  • Super solid and punchy with open, detailed sound
  • Both sides are full-bodied and rich with excellent presence and energy
  • "One of Duke Ellington's finest small group sessions from his final decade..." Allmusic
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Miles Davis
Workin' and Steamin'

  (Item #: davisworki_1701) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A wonderful copy with a stunning Triple Plus (A+++) side two and Double Plus (A++) sound for the rest
  • The best sounding tracks here can hold their own against ANY Miles Davis record we've ever heard
  • You might be surprised that a "2-fer" reissue can beat the originals, but play this pressing and hear it for yourself
  • Two classic albums from Miles's 1956 quintet that included John Coltrane -- important, essential jazz
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Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

  (Item #: daviskindo_1701) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A wonderfully musical Hot Stamper copy, with both sides earning excellent sonic grades
  • This beauty is tonally correct and just full of vintage 30th Street Studio Magic
  • This properly mastered '70's reissue is your chance to hear KOB sound right for a change
  • "Kind of Blue isn't merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it's an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album, a universally acknowledged standard of excellence."
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Art Pepper + Eleven
Modern Jazz Classics

  (Item #: peppemoder_1701) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An incredibly Big, Bold and Lively copy, with each side rating a strong Double Plus (A++)
  • The sound is rich, warm and full-bodied, with great clarity and openness -- the brass sounds phenomenal
  • The Tubey Magic of the better Black Label originals with none of the problems that make the average original less involving
  • A longtime audiophile favorite - 5 stars on Allmusic: "This is a true classic. Essential music for all serious jazz collections."
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Sonny Rollins
Way Out West

  (Item #: rolliwayou_1701) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Superb 1957 Contemporary sound on this impressive stereo pressing - very quiet vinyl too, a true Mint Minus
  • Both sides are outstanding, earning Double Plus (A++) grades for their Tubey Magical richness, transparency and spaciousness
  • One of our favorite Rollins records for sound - this copy will show you everything we love about the recording
  • 5 Stars: "The timeless Way out West established Sonny Rollins as jazz's top tenor saxophonist"
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Al Dimeola
Elegant Gypsy

  (Item #: dimeoelega_1701_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Killer sound for this phenomenal Fusion Guitar Jazz Classic
  • Two Double Plus (A++) sides and relatively quiet vinyl
  • Fantastic clarity and dynamics throughout, with plenty of weight and energy
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "Generally an explosive affair, although it does have a fair amount of variety."
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Chet Baker & Art Pepper
Playboys

  (Item #: bakerplayb_1701) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Killer Triple Plus (A+++) quality on side two, with plenty of amazing sounding, swingin' West Coast Jazz from 1956
  • These 1983 reissues on Boplicity can be dynamic and lively, perfectly suited to the energy of the music
  • This All Tube mono recording has these cats' Hot/Cool jazz sounding the way it should
  • Allmusic: "Baker and Pepper have an instinctual rapport that yields outstanding interplay."
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Jimmy Smith
Bashin'

  (Item #: smithbashi_1701) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • One of the best copies of this Big Band Jazz classic led by Jimmy Smith's organ to ever hit the site!
  • An amazing Triple Plus (A+++) side two backed with an excellent Double Plus (A++) side one
  • It's super rich, full and Tubey Magical with tons of bottom end weight and a nice extended top end
  • A Five Star album on Allmusic, featuring arrangements by the legendary Oliver Nelson
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Miles Davis
Sketches Of Spain

  (Item #: davissketc_1701_1) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides make this a truly outstanding reissue pressing, guaranteed to beat anything you've heard
  • Both of these stereo sides were exceptionally clear and open, never lean or bright
  • With superb ambience and three-dimensionality, this 30th St. recording shows just how good Columbia's engineers were back then
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "The most luxuriant and stridently romantic recording Davis ever made"
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Weather Report
Heavy Weather

  (Item #: weathheavy_1612_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A Top Copy - Triple Plus (A+++) on side one and very close to it (A++ to A+++) on side two - killer throughout!
  • Birdland on this copy has some of the most dynamic, wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling jam-packed sound ever committed to vinyl
  • Joe Zawinul and Jaco Pastorius are both here and at the absolute peak of their creative powers - this is a work of GENIUS
  • Allmusic 5 Stars: '"Birdland" is a remarkable bit of record-making, a unified, ever-developing piece of music that evokes, without in any way imitating, a joyous evening on 52nd St. with a big band."
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Weather Report
Heavy Weather

  (Item #: weathheavy_1612) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from beginning to end for the band's Masterpiece - the sound is BIG and BOLD
  • Some of the most dynamic, wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling jam-packed sound ever committed to vinyl
  • Joe Zawinul and Jaco Pastorius are both here and at the absolute peak of their creative powers - this is a work of GENIUS
  • Allmusic 5 Stars: '"Birdland" is a remarkable bit of record-making, a unified, ever-developing piece of music that evokes, without in any way imitating, a joyous evening on 52nd St. with a big band."
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Barney Kessel
Barney Kessel Plays Carmen

  (Item #: kessebarne_1605s) 

Our Price: $99.99
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  • Super Hot on side one - listen to all that room around the drums
  • Nearly Super Hot on side two with prodigious amounts of deep bass
  • Not the quietest copy - these original Contemporary pressings rarely are
  • Kessel and his good-sized group have a lot of fun with the wonderful themes of Bizet
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Miles Davis
E.S.P.

  (Item #: davisesp_1612) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides, a big step up over most of what we played in our shootout
  • There's plenty of 1965 Columbia 360 Label Tubey Magic - the analog sound is real, tonally correct, and above all, natural
  • Miles fronts his second classic quintet here - saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams
  • "They created a unique sound that came to define the very sound of modern jazz ... ESP remains one of their very best albums." -- Allmusic, 4 1/2 stars
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Grover Washington
Winelight

  (Item #: washiwinel_1611) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $79.00 (You save $20.99 / 21%)


  • Excellent Hot Stamper sound from beginning to end on this very good sounding original Elektra pressing
  • Rich and full with excellent bass -- essential for this funky music
  • We've called this album a Demo Disc for Bass and any Hot Stamper copy will show you why
  • "Winelight is one of his finest albums, and not primarily because of the Bill Withers hit "Just the Two of Us." It is the five instrumentals that find Washington (on soprano, alto, and tenor) really stretching out..."
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Shorty Rogers Big Band
Jazz Waltz

  (Item #: rogerjazzw_1609) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • Killer sound for this fun Big Band music, with Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - open and clear, with solid bass throughout
  • This is swingin' West Coast jazz at its best. Of course, the arrangements are done in waltz time, but that doesn't keep them from swingin'
  • Engineered by the great Bones Howe, a man who knows Tubey Magic like practically no one else in the world
  • 4 Stars on Allmusic - this Discovery reissue from 1981 positively murders every original we've played
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