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Benny Carter
Swingin' the '20s

  (Item #: carteswing_1907_1_1910) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With two superb sides each rating a Double Plus (A++) or BETTER, this Contemporary pressing was one of the better we played in our recent shootout
  • These excellent sides are so much bigger and more open, with more bass and energy - the saxes and trumpets are immediate and lively
  • Mr. Earl Hines himself showed up, a man who knows this music like nobody's business - Leroy Vinnegar and Shelly Manne round out the quartet
  • "Great musicians produce great results, and most of the LP's tracks were done in one or two takes. The result is 'a spontaneous, swinging record of what happened' when Carter met Hines 'for the first time. . . .'"


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Gene Ammons
Blue Gene

  (Item #: ammonblueg_1904_7_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This wonderful Prestige recording from 1958 boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • One of the best sounding Ammons records we know of - it's huge, rich and Tubey Magical, with a solid bottom end and energy to beat them all
  • Clean and clear and open are nice qualities to have, but rich and full are harder to come by on this record - this pressing has it all
  • "Some ballad performances in his oeuvre are a testament to an exceptional sense of intonation and melodic symmetry, powerful lyrical expressiveness, and mastery both of the blues and the bebop vernacular that can now be described as, in its own way, 'classical.'"
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Benny Carter
Jazz Giant

  (Item #: cartejazzg_1907_10) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With two excellent sides each rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or BETTER, this was one of the best sounding copies from our recent shootout - super quiet vinyl too!
  • If you still think that Analogue Productions is remastering records properly, you have definitely never heard a real Contemporary that sounds like this(!)
  • The sound of Contemporary Records is alive on this copy, with space, size, clarity and richness that no other pressing can match
  • "Benny Carter had already been a major jazz musician for nearly 30 years when he recorded this particularly strong septet session for Contemporary ... This timeless music is beyond the simple categories of "swing" or "bop" and should just be called "classic."
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Miles Davis
The Beginning (aka: The Musings of Miles)

  (Item #: davisbegin_1910_) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Here is a killer early pressing of Miles' 1955 Prestige album with superb Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides and vinyl that is going to be very hard to find any quieter
  • Unusually rich, full-bodied, lively and present, sound that brings out the best in Miles' music
  • Recorded in All Tube Mono, this is the real sound of these four jazz giants playing live-in-the-home-studio of none other than a Mr Rudy Van Gelder
  • "Miles Davis was in the process of forming his first classic quintet when he recorded this date... The trumpeter is featured with pianist Red Garland, bassist Oscar Pettiford, and drummer Philly Joe Jones, playing four standards plus a blues ("Green Haze") and "I Didn't," his answer to Monk's "Well, You Needn't.""
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Ray Charles & Milt Jackson
Soul Meeting

  (Item #: charlsoulm_1905_10) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • This outstanding pressing of Ray Charles and Milt Jackson's 1958 collaboration boasts solid Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them on both sides - exceptionally quiet too
  • Wonderful sound from start to finish -- full-bodied and warm with wonderfully sweet vocals
  • Kenny Burrell lends his innovative guitar stylings to this soulful jazz collaboration
  • 4 1/2 stars: "With Oscar Pettiford, Connie Kay, and Kenny Burrell in the various lineups, this is bluesy jazz in a laid-back manner; it surprised many hardcore R&B fans when these albums were originally issued."
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Julie London
Lonely Girl

  (Item #: londolonel_1910_1ex) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This KILLER early mono pressing boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Shockingly Tubey Magical and solid, with huge amounts of studio space - the vocals are sweet and breathy and the overall sound is rich and full
  • One of the best Sultry Female Vocal recordings ever made - Julie is practically holographic
  • 4 stars: "Lone guitarist Al Viola plays gentle Spanish-tinged acoustic behind the hushed vocalist, and it suits London perfectly. While the singer was often chided for her beauty and lack of range, she deftly navigates these ballads without any rhythmic underpinnings to fall back on. London's intense focus on phrasing and lyrics recalls Chet Baker's equally telescopic approach."
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Julie London
Lonely Girl

  (Item #: londolonel_1910) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A superb early mono pressing which offers outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl for this title too
  • Julie is in the room with you - intimate, breathy and Tubey Magical like nothing you've ever heard (especially if you own the Heavy Vinyl reissue)
  • One of the best Sultry Female Vocal recordings ever made - Julie is practically holographic
  • 4 stars: "Lone guitarist Al Viola plays gentle Spanish-tinged acoustic behind the hushed vocalist, and it suits London perfectly. While the singer was often chided for her beauty and lack of range, she deftly navigates these ballads without any rhythmic underpinnings to fall back on. London's intense focus on phrasing and lyrics recalls Chet Baker's equally telescopic approach."
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Julie London
Make Love To Me

  (Item #: londomakel_1811_4_10) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This outstanding original Liberty Turquoise mono pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) grades, or close to them, on both sides
  • Thanks to superb engineering and vintage All Tube mastering, this 1957 LP is wonderfully rich and sweet, with a breathy, intimate Julie London performing live in your listening room
  • It's also pressed on unusually quiet vinyl - Mint Minus Minus, with no issues to speak of - they don't come quieter
  • 4 stars: "Julie London's concise and melodic versions of standards were quite popular during the latter half of the 1950s. Her subtle sensuality and lightly swinging style made for a potent combination."
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Louis and the All Stars
The Best of Louis Armstrong

  (Item #: armstbesto_1902_7_10) 

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


  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • This is an outstanding recording, bringing Armstrong's "some like it hot" live-in-the-studio New Orleans Creole Jazz music to life like nothing you've heard
  • "The sextet, including veterans Peanuts Hucko on clarinet and Trummy Young on trombone, relaxes into a perfect New Orleans groove, allowing Armstrong to stretch out to especially good effect on the haunting dirge "St. James Infirmary" "
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Count Basie
Basie Plays Hefti

  (Item #: basiebasie_plays_1905_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - super quiet vinyl too!
  • If all you've ever heard is the Roulette original (or the wacky MoFi, or whatever current Heavy Vinyl pressing is being made, this LP is guaranteed to knock your socks off
  • Basie Plays Hefti catches Basie's band at the peak of their powers in 1958, and in this All Tube Recording you get every bit of the magic they made in the studio
  • "The Count Basie Orchestra was in top form for this set of Neal Hefti arrangements. Hefti had been one of the main architects of the new Basie sound of the '50s... "Cute" (heard here in its initial recording) became a standard."
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Hampton Hawes
Everybody Likes Hampton Hawes...

  (Item #: hawesevery_volume_3_1910_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Superb sound throughout for this Contemporary Yellow Label stereo pressing with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades
  • Note how correct the sound of the instruments is on these sides - dead-on instrumental timbre is unquestionably the hallmark of any Contemporary recording, and this one is as right sounding as any we have ever played
  • "The third of three Hampton Hawes trio dates with bassist Red Mitchell and drummer Chuck Thompson is on the same high level as his first two... [he] comes up with consistently creative ideas throughout this swinging bop date."
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Hampton Hawes
Everybody Likes Hampton Hawes...

  (Item #: hawesevery_volume_3_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb sound throughout for this Contemporary Yellow Label stereo pressing with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Note how correct the sound of the instruments is on these sides - dead-on instrumental timbre is unquestionably the hallmark of any Contemporary recording, and this one is as right sounding as any we have ever played
  • "The third of three Hampton Hawes trio dates with bassist Red Mitchell and drummer Chuck Thompson is on the same high level as his first two... [he] comes up with consistently creative ideas throughout this swinging bop date."
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John Coltrane
On A Misty Night

  (Item #: coltronami_1902_6_10) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Coltrane's superb compilation of two complete and very rare mono dates finally arrives on the site with oustanding nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound an all four sides
  • Huge, Tubey Magical and lively, with solid weight down low and lots of space around all the instruments, this copy is guaranteed to fill your listening room with truly brilliant jazz music
  • This copy had more energy and more immediacy, as well as real analog richness, the one quality that makes the '50s sound like the '50s
  • 4 stars: "Coltrane incorporates a wider range of sound to a tremendous emotional effect.... [he] give[s] the performance a bit of a lift that may be part of the reason for its well-deserved placement in the rarefied strata of Coltrane's most revered works."
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Charles Mingus
Tijuana Moods

  (Item #: mingutijua_1807_7_10) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This stunning sounding original copy has amazing Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - it's guaranteed to blow your mind
  • The sound here is vintage Living Stereo at its best - big, rich and Tubey Magical like you will not believe
  • These Black Label originals can rarely be found any quieter than this one - it plays Mint Minus Minus for the most part
  • 5 stars: "Mingus at the time said that this was his greatest recording, and it certainly ranks near the top."
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Perez Prado
Pops and Prado

  (Item #: pradopopsa_1910) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Incredible sound for this Living Stereo pressing with each side earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades and playing about as quietly as any RCA from 1959 ever does
  • These sides are unbelievably Tubey Magical, dynamic and spacious - this is vintage Analog Exotica at its best
  • Credit for the Demo Disc sound of this one must go to one of our favorite engineers, Bob Simpson, here working with the glorious acoustics of Webster Hall
  • "... the use of two organs, or double the signature sound of the next phase of Prado, is significant and very effective. This is more fun than any of his previous attempts at safe commercialism."
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Ella Fitzgerald
Sings The Rodgers And Hart Song Book

  (Item #: fitzgsings_rodgers_and_hart_1910ex) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Fitzgerald's second Songbook release finally arrives on the site with stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on all four of these wonderful mono sides
  • There's real Tubey Magic on this album, along with breathy vocals, in-your-listening-room midrange presence and no shortage of swingin' energy
  • We would love to find you a quiet, amazing sounding copy, but that just does not seem to be in the cards
  • 5 stars: "The second of Ella Fitzgerald's famed Songbook series features her singing 34 of the best songs co-written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. The arrangements by Buddy Bregman for the string orchestra and big band only border on jazz but she manages to swing the medium-tempo numbers and give sensitivity to the ballads. "
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Dave Brubeck
Time Out

  (Item #: brubetimeo_1906_10) 

Our Price: $549.99

  • Out of this world Demo Disc Sound, earning our top Triple Plus (A+++) grade or something close to it - Time Out captures the ambience and huge space of Columbia's studio like no other record has
  • A knockout pressing of Brubeck's astonishingly well recorded Jazz Classic, a record that belongs in every audiophile's collection
  • Early stereo LPs in clean condition like this one are getting awfully tough to find nowadays...
  • "Buoyed by a hit single in Desmond's ubiquitous Take Five, Time Out became an unexpectedly huge success, and still ranks as one of the most popular jazz albums ever. That's a testament to Brubeck and Desmond's abilities as composers, because Time Out is full of challenges both subtle and overt -- it's just that they're not jarring."
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Joe Williams
Sings About You

  (Item #: williabout_1907_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • KILLER sound throughout with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • We have a devil of a time finding good sounding Joe Williams records - discovering that this title was so well recorded was a very pleasant surprise, and this copy takes the record about as far as we think it can go, hence the very high sonic grades
  • "Joe Williams was the last great big-band singer, a smooth baritone who graced the rejuvenated Count Basie Orchestra during the 1950s and captivated audiences well into the '90s." - All Music, Biography
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Jackie McLean
4, 5 and 6

  (Item #: mclea45and_1910) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Amazing sound throughout for this Prestige/OJC pressing with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to it
  • Both of these sides are incredibly full-bodied, musical and natural sounding with a huge bottom end and lots of space around all of the players
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl on both sides -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "4, 5 and 6 presents McLean's quartet on half the date, and tunes with an expanded quintet, and one sextet track -- thus the title... [it] does foreshadow the future of McLean as an innovative musician in an all-too-purist mainstream jazz world." - All Music
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Dave Brubeck
Time Out

  (Item #: brubetimeo_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding early Black Print 360 Stereo pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and fairly quiet vinyl
  • Spacious and transparent, this copy has the big three-dimensional soundstage that makes this record such a joy to listen to
  • Brubecks's piano is solid, the drums are big and dynamic, and everything is relaxed and sweet - this copy is doing what we want a top quality Time Out to do
  • 5 stars: "Buoyed by a hit single in Desmond's ubiquitous "Take Five," Time Out became an unexpectedly huge success, and still ranks as one of the most popular jazz albums ever. That's a testament to Brubeck and Desmond's abilities as composers, because Time Out is full of challenges both subtle and overt -- it's just that they're not jarring."
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Lem Winchester/Ramsey Lewis Trio
Perform a Tribute...

  (Item #: lewisperfo_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding jazz collaboration finally arrives on the site with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • Surprisingly present, immediate and REAL - musically and sonically, this is a wonderful jazz album
  • A superb tribute to the late jazz trumpet great Clifford Brown
  • 4 stars: "A good example of Ramsey Lewis' original piano style, the little-known set is actually excellent and would be easily recommended to straight-ahead jazz fans if it could be found."
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Count Basie
April In Paris

  (Item #: basieapril_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • April in Paris makes its Hot Stamper debut with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound fon this vintage mono pressing
  • This pressing showed us the sound we were looking for - big, bold, full-bodied mono, the kind they knew how to record in 1957
  • Here is the MIDRANGE MAGIC that’s surely missing from whatever modern reissue has been made from the 60+ year old tapes (or, to be clear, a modern digital master copied from those tapes)
  • 5 stars: "April in Paris is one of those rare albums that makes its mark as an almost instant classic in the jazz pantheon... The title track has come to define elegance in orchestral jazz... Recorded in 1955 and 1956, April in Paris proved Count Basie's ability to grow through modern jazz changes while keeping the traditional jazz orchestra vital and alive."
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Dave Brubeck
Time Out

  (Item #: brubetimeo_1905_10ex) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding Six Eye Stereo pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • A wonderful copy of this Must Own Jazz Classic - big and open, with note-like bass and huge amounts of studio space
  • 5 stars on Allmusic, an audiophile favorite and a great example of what's phenomenally good about 1959 All Tube Analog recordings
  • "Dave Brubeck's defining masterpiece, Time Out is one of the most rhythmically innovative albums in jazz history, the first to consciously explore time signatures outside of the standard 4/4 beat or 3/4 waltz time."
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Charles Mingus
Mingus Dynasty

  (Item #: mingumingu_dynasty_1909) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This outstanding Columbia Stereo pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • You could easily spend a hundred bucks buying a copy off the web that would not sound as good or play as quietly as this vintage pressing
  • Studio ambience and Tubey Magic is already baked in - this 30th Street recording shows just how good Columbia's engineers were back then
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Mingus Dynasty is still an excellent album; in fact, it's a testament to just how high a level Mingus was working on that an album of this caliber could have gotten lost in the shuffle."
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Billie Holiday
All Or Nothing At All

  (Item #: holidallor_1909) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • A superb copy of this outstanding double album with solid Double Plus (A+++) sound or BETTER on all four sides
  • This 2 LP set features most of the tracks from the original release plus another handful of recordings from the same period (1955-1956)
  • It's one of the better sounding Billie Holiday records we've heard, any guaranteed to beat any Heavy Vinyl reissue you've wasted your money on
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... features some of Billie Holiday's top Verve performances from the mid-'50s... she runs the emotional gamut from summery optimism to pathos-rich musings. Befitting her perennial after-hours mood, the majority of songs here feature Holiday in a low-down mood of the highest order."
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Andre Previn & His Pals
Gigi

  (Item #: previgigi_1904_9) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • A superb sounding Contemporary Yellow Label Stereo pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from the first note to the last
  • If you have never heard an All Tube Analog piano trio recording by Roy DuNann from the Golden Age of Tape, you are really in for a treat with this phenomenal sounding LP
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "André Previn's ten records for Contemporary during 1957-1960 were among the finest jazz recordings of his career... Best known among the songs are "I Remember It Well" and "Thank Heaven for Little Girls," but the trio also uplifts and swings the other lesser-known tunes."
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Debussy / Clair de Lune / Agoult

  (Item #: debusclair_1907_9) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • These sides are incredibly rich, sweet and full-bodied yet still very clean, clear and spacious; Demo Disc sound throughout!
  • I can't imagine a more beautiful record, both in terms of the programme and the sound; this record is a wonderful example of what the Decca recording engineers (Kenneth Wilkinson in this case) were able to capture on tape
  • This is the exact same recording as the famous Living Stereo Clair De Lune, LSC-2326, but with a couple of extra tracks included
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Tchaikovsky / Concerto for Violin / Campoli / Argenta / LSO

  (Item #: tchaiconce_6011_1909_) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • Another Blockbuster classical recording comes to the site - a rare and amazing Blueback pressing with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • One of the best sounding copies of the work we have ever played - the orchestra is big, rich and tubey, yet the dynamics and transparency are first rate
  • The violin here is superb, as good as we've heard -- rich, smooth, clear, resolving
  • What sets the truly killer pressings apart is the depth, width and three-dimensional quality of the sound
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Art Pepper
Meets The Rhythm Section

  (Item #: peppemeets_1909_1) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find very good Hot Stamper sound on both sides of this wonderful pressing - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Widely considered Art Pepper's masterpiece and we couldn't agree more
  • 5 stars: "... this recording convinced [Pepper] that emotion was the paramount impulse of jazz performance... a diamond of recorded jazz history."
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John Coltrane
On A Misty Night

  (Item #: coltronami_1909) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This copy of Coltrane's superb compilation of two complete, rare mono dates boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it an all four sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Huge, Tubey Magical and lively, with solid weight down low and lots of space around all the instruments, this copy is guaranteed to fill your listening room with truly brilliant jazz music
  • This copy excelled in the area of real analog richness, which is the one quality that makes the '50s sound like the '50s
  • 4 stars: "Coltrane incorporates a wider range of sound to a tremendous emotional effect.... [he] give[s] the performance a bit of a lift that may be part of the reason for its well-deserved placement in the rarefied strata of Coltrane's most revered works."
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Art Pepper
... The Way It Was

  (Item #: peppethewa_1909_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • It’s airy, open, and spacious with superb clarity and an extended top end - the beautiful reading of Autumn Leaves on side two is demo disk quality
  • Excellent music, including numerous tracks featuring renowned tenor Warne Marsh
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Despite his very erratic lifestyle, altoist Art Pepper never made a bad record. The first four titles team together Pepper with tenor-saxophonist Warne Marsh... for generally intriguing explorations of four standards..."
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Shelly Manne & His Friends
My Fair Lady

  (Item #: mannemyfai_1904_6_9) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This early Black Label Stereo pressing earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides and offers practically unheard of quiet vinyl for an original!
  • This Contemporary pressing has the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records can barely BEGIN to reproduce
  • Recorded entirely in one session, this album was the first jazz recording comprised entirely of songs from a Broadway musical - the results are decidedly provocative
  • 5 stars: "This trio set by Shelly Manne & His Friends... was a surprise best-seller and is now considered a classic...The result is a very appealing set that is easily recommended."
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Miles Davis
Miles: The New Miles Davis Quintet

  (Item #: davismiles_new_miles_1904_9) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • An excellent sounding pressing with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or very close to it throughout - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - if you want to hear the Tubey Magic, size and energy of this wonderful session from 1956, this is the way to go
  • "[Miles] made simple, but emotionally powerful statements, knowing just when to step away, having said exactly enough. This material, recorded in big batches, is all of a piece, and it's all killer." - Stereogum
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Art Pepper
... The Way It Was

  (Item #: peppethewa_1909_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • This KILLER stereo pressing boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from first note to last
  • It’s airy, open, and spacious with superb clarity and an extended top end. The beautiful reading of Autumn Leaves on side two is DEMO DISC QUALITY!!
  • Excellent music, including numerous tracks featuring renowned tenor Warne Marsh
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Despite his very erratic lifestyle, altoist Art Pepper never made a bad record. The first four titles team together Pepper with tenor-saxophonist Warne Marsh... for generally intriguing explorations of four standards..."
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Miles Davis
Birth of the Cool

  (Item #: davisbirth_1904_7_9ex) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A killer pressing of this Groundbreaking Jazz Classic, with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and Double Plus (A++) on the second
  • This vintage mono pressing will show you just how well-recorded these 1949-50 sessions were
  • It's the records they made from these tapes (more often from the dubs of them) that have given everybody the wrong idea about these wonderful recordings
  • 5 stars: "So dubbed because these three sessions are where the sound known as cool jazz essentially formed, Birth of the Cool remains one of the defining, pivotal moments in jazz. This is where the elasticity of bop was married with skillful, big-band arrangements and a relaxed, subdued mood that made it all seem easy, even at its most intricate."
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Tchaikovsky / 1812 Overture / Marche Slave and More / Alwyn

  (Item #: tchai1812o_decca_1812_1906_9) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades or BETTER from start to finish - hear Tchaicovsky's 1812 with Demo Disc sound - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The 1812 is found on the better sounding side here - with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound this British LP is guaranteed to rock your world
  • This UK pressing is BIG, lively, clear, open and resolving of musical information like no copy of the 1812 you've heard
  • The two coupling pieces, Marche Slave and the Capriccio Italien, also have rich, powerful, weighty brass and lower strings
  • The most exciting and beautifully played 1812 we know of - we encourage you to compare this to the best recording in your collection
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Sonny Rollins
Alternate Takes

  (Item #: rollialter_1901_5_9) 

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


  • A stunning sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • One of our favorite Sonny Rollins records for sound - both sides here are incredibly big, full-bodied and Tubey Magical
  • 4 1/2 stars: "This LP contains alternate versions of selections from two famous Sonny Rollins albums: Way out West and Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary Leaders. These "new" renditions of "I'm an Old Cowhand," "Come, Gone," "Way out West" "The Song Is You," "You" and "I've Found a New Baby" hold their own against the classic versions. ...the music is hard-swinging and frequently superb."
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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Porgy and Bess

  (Item #: fitzgporgy_1904_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent sound throughout this Ella & Louis classic with all four sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades
  • Spacious, full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with Ella and Louis front and center, this is the sound you want for their brilliant collaboration from 1958
  • Two vocal giants came together to perform Gershwin's timeless opera, revered by both music lovers and audiophiles to this day
  • 4 1/2 stars: "What's really great about the Ella and Louis version is Ella, who handles each aria with disarming delicacy, clarion intensity, or usually a blend of both."
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Jackie McLean
A Long Drink of the Blues

  (Item #: mclealongd_1904_9) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Superb sound throughout with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Shockingly good All Tube Mono sound from 1957 courtesy of Rudy Van Gelder, and the high-rez, tonally correct and wide-bandwidth mastering brings out even the most subtle nuances of the sound of this superb sextet
  • McLean's sax is joined on the first side by Curtis Fuller on trombone and Webster Young on Trumpet
  • 4 stars: "Although not quite as intense as McLean's later Blue Note dates, the ballad renditions show just how mature and original a soloist he was even at this early stage."
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Frank Sinatra
Close To You

  (Item #: sinatclose_1906_9) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This early mono pressing of Sinatra's 1957 release boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides here are wonderful - full, musical and Tubey Magical with excellent clarity
  • Rich, sweet, and completely free of phony EQ, this record will put a living, breathing Sinatra standing right there between your speakers
  • 4 stars: "...one of Frank Sinatra's most gentle and intimate albums... has a delicate, lovely quality..."
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Cannonball Adderley
Somethin' Else

  (Item #: addersomet_1904_9) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • You'll find outstanding sound throughout, with both sides of this 1958 release rating a solid Double Plus (A++)
  • A triumph for Rudy Van Gelder, a Top Blue Note title, and as much a showcase for Miles Davis as it is for Cannonball
  • The best copies of this album set a standard that practically no other jazz record we're aware of can meet
  • 5 stars: "Both horn players are at their peak of lyrical invention, crafting gorgeous, flowing blues lines."
  • "...signs of Milesian influence are the calm, conversational delivery of the title track and the newfound lyricism in Adderley’s playing that followed from his nightly experience at the trumpeter’s side."
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Art Pepper
Meets The Rhythm Section

  (Item #: peppemeets_1909) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • You'll find superb Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this wonderful pressing
  • The Contemporary stereo sound here is completely natural in all respects - rich, warm and smooth, the sound we love
  • Widely considered Art Pepper's masterpiece and we couldn't agree more
  • 5 stars: "... this recording convinced [Pepper] that emotion was the paramount impulse of jazz performance... a diamond of recorded jazz history."
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Nat King Cole
This Is Nat "King" Cole

  (Item #: cole_thisi_1909) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This vintage '50s Capitol pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • These sides are insanely good -- BIG, rich and Tubey Magical, yet clear and not the least bit thick or opaque
  • Turn down the lights, gently drop the needle at the start of side one and you will soon find a living breathing Nat King Cole standing between your speakers
  • "Cole as usual gives warm, confident readings of all this material, and fans welcomed the packaging of some songs previously available only on singles..."
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Frank Sinatra
Only The Lonely

  (Item #: sinatonlyt_1909_1) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades
  • Both sides are clean, clear and present with breathy vocals, lots of rich texture to the strings and no shortage of orchestral detail
  • Full of Sinatra classics such as What's New?, Willow Weep for Me, Blues in the Night, One for My Baby and six more
  • 5 stars: "Sinatra never forces emotion out of the lyric, he lets everything flow naturally, with grace. It's a heartbreaking record, the ideal late-night album."
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Ella Fitzgerald
The Rodgers & Hart Song Book, Vol. 1

  (Item #: fitzgsings_rodgers_1_1909) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • A superb copy with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • The 1956 recording quality is excellent, with space and midrange richness that might just take your breath away
  • 5 stars: "With such songs as "You Took Advantage of Me," "The Lady Is a Tramp," "It Never Entered My Mind," "Where or When," "My Funny Valentine," and "Blue Moon," it is not too surprising that these recordings were so popular."
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Marty Robbins
Gunfighter Ballads & Trail Songs

  (Item #: robbigunfi_1901_4_9) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides, this Six-Eye Columbia pressing was one of the better sounding copies from our most recent shootout
  • The sound here is amazingly clear and open, superior to most in that regard, with fairly smooth and rich vocals to boot
  • Is the original Six Eye stereo the only way to go on this record? We discuss the subject in detail below
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The single most influential album of Western songs in post-World War II American music. The longevity of the album's appeal is a result of Marty Robbins' love of the repertory at hand and the mix of his youthful dynamism and prodigious talent..."
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Billie Holiday
Music For Torching

  (Item #: holidmusic_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Holiday's 1955 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • A superb recording of jazz standards with a great lineup and Billie in top form - plenty of Tubey Magic and especially breathy vocals as well
  • Great performances with stellar sound for It Had to Be You, Come Rain or Come Shine, A Fine Romance and too many more to list
  • "The overall feeling on this 1955 recording is strictly after-hours: the party is long over but a few close friends remain for nightcaps and, is that the sun peeking through the windows?"
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Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

  (Item #: daviskindo_1909) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An outstanding pressing with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The pure embodiment of the big-as-life, spacious and timbrally accurate 30th Street Studio Sound Fred Plaut was justly famous for
  • Space, clarity, transparency, and in-the-room immediacy are some of the qualities to be found on this pressing - it's guaranteed to beat any copy you've ever heard
  • 5 stars: "KOB 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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Nat "King" Cole
Love Is The Thing

  (Item #: cole_lovei_1905_9) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • A lovely pressing of this audiophile favorite, with Double Plus (A++) sound and fairly quiet vinyl on both sides to rival the best pop vocal recordings we know of
  • Nat himself sounds especially immediate and real, and the strings are much less of a problem here than they are on most pressings
  • If all you know of this album is the weirdly unnatural remix DCC did (on Analogue Productions vinyl too) this pressing will be nothing less than a revelation
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Nat King Cole's collaborations with Gordon Jenkins rank among the finest from either artist or arranger. 1957's Love Is the Thing remains the epitome of the pair's undeniable compatibility, and it topped the album charts for eight weeks."
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Miles Davis
Milestones

  (Item #: davismilestones_1903_6_8ex) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This original Columbia Mono Six-Eye pressing has STUNNING Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • This one has some condition issues (see below), so we're discounting it accordingly
  • The All Tube recording chain at their 30th Street studios allowed Columbia's engineers to do some amazing work back then - here's the proof
  • 5 stars: "What is immedately noticeable upon listening to Miles Davis' classic first -- and only -- album with his original sextet is how deep the blues presence is on it. Though it's true that the album's title cut is rightfully credited with introducing modalism into jazz, and defining Davis' music for years to come, it is the sole selection of its kind on the record. The rest is all blues in any flavor you wish you call your own."
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Sonny Rollins
Rollins Plays For Bird

  (Item #: rolliplays_1901_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound throughout making this one of the better copies from our most recent shootout
  • Both sides are super clean, clear and full-bodied with a lovely bottom end
  • It's beyond difficult to find good sound for the music of Charlie Parker, but this Sonny Rollins Hot Stamper LP gives you just that for some of Bird's music, backed with excellent performances!
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Ben Webster
Soulville

  (Item #: webstsoulv_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout for this Verve Two-Fer set with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on all four sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Unlike the Speakers Corner versions from a few years back, this is the real thing, mastered by real pros, not audiophiles
  • This reissue combines the albums Soulville and Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson
  • With rave reviews for both albums, AMG lauds Soulville is, "one of the highlights of that golden '50s run," and notes the collaboration as "one of the jazz legend's all-time great records."
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Andre Previn & His Pals
Pal Joey

  (Item #: previpaljo_1902_1908) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides - this copy is truly a knockout Piano Trio record
  • Our best Hot Stamper copies will show you just how good Fifties All Tube Analog can sound
  • Yet another Demo Disc for Contemporary, the brilliant work of the engineering team of Dunann and Holzer
  • One of Andre Previn's better jazz performances on record - his pals Manne and Mitchell are no slouches either
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Milt Jackson
Plenty, Plenty Soul

  (Item #: jacksplent_1812_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding vintage stereo pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - if you want to hear the Tubey Magic, size and energy of this wonderful session from 1957, this is the way to go
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The first side of Plenty, Plenty Soul, which features a nine-piece group, is highlighted by the contributions of the exuberant altoist Cannonball Adderley, while the flip side has a sextet that is not hurt by the solos of tenor-saxophonist Lucky Thompson. With pianist Horace Silver helping out on both sessions, these all-star dates still sound fresh and enthusiastic decades later."
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Hampton Hawes
All Night Session!, Vol. 3

  (Item #: hawesall_night_3_1903_1908) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Hampton Hawes Quartet's third All Night Session! album finally arrives on the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last
  • Clean, clear, spacious and present yet still super rich and full - just the right sound for this wonderful quartet
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "... more than two hours of exceptionally fine quartet jazz. "
  • "From gently swinging to more uptempo songs this group plays almost telepathically... When people speak of jazz -- this is what should come to mind."
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Sonny Rollins
Alternate Takes

  (Item #: rollialter_1901_1908) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding vintage pressing which earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • If you want to know just how amazing some of the tracks recorded during the Way Out West sessions can sound, this is the album that can show you
  • Big, rich and Tubey Magical, here is the natural tonality that's the hallmark of the best Contemporary recordings by Roy DuNann in the '50s
  • 4 1/2 stars in the AMG: "Hard-swinging and frequently superb."
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John Coltrane
The Stardust Session

  (Item #: coltrstard_1903_1908) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An excellent copy of this Coltrane double album - recorded in one day! - with all four sides rating Double Plus (A++) or close to it - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Spacious, open, transparent, rich and sweet, it's a remarkable disc from the Golden Age of Jazz with the benefits brought about by lower-distortion, wider-bandwidth cutting equipment in the '70s
  • Superb sound quality courtesy of Rudy van Gelder's engineering (1958/1963) and the talented mastering of David Turner at Fantasy (1972)
  • 4 Stars: "...Coltrane is heard near the end of his 'sheets of sound' period, perfecting his distinctive style and taking colorful and aggressive solos."
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Count Basie
Chairman of the Board

  (Item #: basiechair_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of Chairman Of The Board, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Forget the honky, hard-sounding Roulette originals, and of course the second-rate Classic Records pressing - this reissue is the way to go
  • From first note to last, this copy is big, clear, rich and lively, with huge amounts of space around the band
  • 4 1/2 stars: "This 1958 date for Roulette was a rare chance for the orchestra to perform on its own, and listeners to hear how powerful the band could be when its concentration was undiverted... The record is admittedly heavy on the blues, but it's a brassy, powerful vision of the blues... A dynamic date, it shows the "new testament" edition of Basie's orchestra in top form."
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Miles Davis
Porgy and Bess

  (Item #: davisporgy_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - you will have a very hard time finding a better Porgy and Bess than this one
  • This 30th Street recording shows just how good Columbia's legendary engineers were back then
  • If you're looking for a stunningly natural, lifelike large group jazz recording, you can't do much better than this album
  • 5 stars: "The musical and social impact of Miles Davis, his collaborative efforts with Gil Evans, and in particular their reinvention of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess are indeed profound... It was Evans' intimate knowledge of the composition that allowed him to so definitively capture the essence... No collection of American jazz can be deemed complete without this recording..."
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Donald Byrd
House of Byrd

  (Item #: byrd_house_1906_1908) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Two rare Donald Byrd albums in one, both with stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on one side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on the other
  • The Tubey Magic is fully intact, making these two albums sound just the way a pair of classic All Tube 1956 Rudy Van Gelder jazz albums should
  • Composed of two superb LPs - 2 Trumpets and The Young Bloods - these wonderful pressings capture some of Byrd's best music and sound
  • "Art and Donald are in fine form, and if there is any competition it serves only to increase the musical yield."
  • "... These blowing sessions (typical of Prestige's albums of the 1950s) have their enjoyable moments with Farmer and Woods taking overall solo honors.
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Ornette Coleman
Tomorrow Is The Question

  (Item #: colemtomor_1812_1903_1908) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding copy of Coleman's sophomore release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • Our Contemporary Yellow Label Stereo LP here has have breathy, full-bodied brass and lots of tight, well-defined bass
  • The top end is nicely extended, which results in excellent space, transparency and clarity
  • 4 stars: "...this is one of the things that came to define Ornette -- his willingness to let simplicity and its bright colors and textures confound not only other players and listeners, but also him too."
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Modern Jazz Quartet
Django

  (Item #: moderdjang_1906_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER!
  • The sound here is super clean, clear and full-bodied with a big bottom end and plenty of space around all of the players
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "The MJQ maneuver with unquestionable grace, alternately supporting and soloing, each taking the reigns as the others construct their contributions around the respective soloist... it is hard to exceed the variety of styles and performances gathered on Django." - All Music, 4 Stars
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Nat "King" Cole
Love Is The Thing

  (Item #: cole_lovei_1908) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • A lovely pressing of this audiophile favorite, with KILLER Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides; one of the best pop vocal recordings we know of!
  • With the biggest, clearest, richest, most present and most natural vocal reproduction, this copy took Nat's performance to another level
  • If all you know of this album is the weirdly unnatural remix DCC did (on Analogue Productions vinyl too) this pressing will be nothing less than a revelation
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Nat King Cole's collaborations with Gordon Jenkins rank among the finest from either artist or arranger. 1957's Love Is the Thing remains the epitome of the pair's undeniable compatibility, and it topped the album charts for eight weeks."
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Thelonious Monk
Misterioso

  (Item #: monk_misterioso_1958_1905_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Monk's live 1958 release makes its Hot Stamper debut, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last
  • Big, lively, open and clear with Tubey Magical richness - just the right sound for this masterful quartet
  • Recorded live at the Five Spot Cafe in New York City, the energy here is palpable - according to Orrin Keepnews, Monk "played more distinctly here than on his studio albums in response to the audience's enthusiasm during the performance"
  • 5 stars: "[The quartet's] overwhelming and instinctual capacities directly contribute to the powerful swingin' and cohesive sound they could continually reinvent."
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Billie Holiday
All Or Nothing At All

  (Item #: holidallor_1908) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding original pressing of Holiday's 1958 release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • This vintage pressing is well balanced, yet big and lively, with such wonderful clarity in the mids and highs as well as deep punchy bass and a big open and spacious soundfield
  • It's one of the better sounding Billie Holiday records we've heard, any guaranteed to beat any Heavy Vinyl reissue you've wasted your money on
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... features some of Billie Holiday's top Verve performances from the mid-'50s... she runs the emotional gamut from summery optimism to pathos-rich musings. Befitting her perennial after-hours mood, the majority of songs here feature Holiday in a low-down mood of the highest order."
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Billie Holiday
Lady In Satin

  (Item #: holidladyi_1802_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and exceptionally quiet vinyl, this Billie Holiday classic will be hard to beat
  • Dramatically richer, fuller and more Tubey Magical than most, with breathy vocals and rosiny, fairly smooth strings
  • I'm a Fool to Want You on this copy may just send chills racing up and down your spine
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Lady Day herself said that this session was her personal favorite."
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Miles Davis
Porgy and Bess

  (Item #: davisporgy_1908) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Incredible Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish - you will have a very hard time finding a better Porgy and Bess
  • This 30th Street recording shows just how good Columbia's legendary engineers were back then
  • If you're looking for a stunningly natural, lifelike large group jazz recording, you can't do much better than this album
  • 5 stars: "The musical and social impact of Miles Davis, his collaborative efforts with Gil Evans, and in particular their reinvention of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess are indeed profound... It was Evans' intimate knowledge of the composition that allowed him to so definitively capture the essence... No collection of American jazz can be deemed complete without this recording..."
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Art Pepper
Meets The Rhythm Section

  (Item #: peppemeets_1908_1) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • Amazing Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and solid Double Plus (A++) on the first, this is one of the best copies to hit the site this year!
  • The stereo sound is incredibly rich and full with wonderful immediacy, a lovely breathy sax sound and none of the bloated bass and murky mids of the originals
  • Widely considered Art Pepper's masterpiece and we couldn't agree more
  • 5 stars: "... this recording convinced [Pepper] that emotion was the paramount impulse of jazz performance... a diamond of recorded jazz history."
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Hampton Hawes
Vol 2: The Trio

  (Item #: hawesvol2t_1901_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) pressing from '55/'56 mono tapes is EVERYTHING that's good about mono
  • Finishing right behind our Shootout Winner, here is the size, the weight, the solidity, the clarity, the energy, the rhythmic drive, and more!
  • Some of the best sound and the best music we have ever heard on any Hampton Hawes album
  • 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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Nat King Cole
Just One of Those Things

  (Item #: cole_justo_1901_1908) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This outstanding vintage Stereo Capitol pressing earned solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides
  • This is the sound we love at Better Records -- these sides are full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with especially smooth, present vocals
  • "Cole gives an assured, unhurried performance. And that's the point: that Cole has tamed the rambunctious May does not mean he doesn't give wonderful interpretations to some wonderful songs: 'Don't Get Around Much Anymore,' 'Just One of Those Things,' 'The Song Is Ended (But the Melody Lingers On).' And the light-handed swing supports those efforts well." - All Music
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Duke Ellington
At the Bal Masque

  (Item #: ellinbalma_1901_1908) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A stunning sounding Six-Eye Columbia pressing with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • Here are boatloads of the kind of Tubey Magical richness that make these vintage Columbia recordings the uniquely satisfying listening experience we know them to be
  • More superb sound from the legendary CBS 30th street studios in New York - the size and power of a jazz orchestra in glorious all ANALOG sound
  • "Ellington and his all-star orchestra manage to transform what could be a set of tired revival swing into superior dance music and swinging jazz... a surprise success."
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Ella Fitzgerald
The Rodgers & Hart Song Book, Vol. 2

  (Item #: fitzgsings_rodgers_2_1908_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • An incredible sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from the first note to the last
  • The 1956 recording quality is excellent, with space and midrange richness that might just take your breath away
  • 5 stars: "With such songs as "You Took Advantage of Me," "The Lady Is a Tramp," "It Never Entered My Mind," "Where or When," "My Funny Valentine," and "Blue Moon," it is not too surprising that these recordings were so popular." - All Music (Vol. 1 & Vol. 2)
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Gerry Mulligan Quartet
Reunion With Chet Baker

  (Item #: mullireuni_1908_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy of Mulligan's superb collaboration with Chet Baker boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Remarkable Tubey Magical richness, as well as the kind of immediacy and transparency that few copies have - all qualities essential to reproducing both the trumpet and the baritone sax with exceptional fidelity
  • The sound of a vintage Pacific Jazz recording from 1957, on the rare stereo pressing no less, is really something to hear - you can be sure that no reissue can hold a candle to this LP
  • 4 stars: "The Gerry Mulligan Quartet of 1952-53 was one of the best-loved jazz groups of the decade and it made stars out of both the leader and trumpeter Chet Baker... the music is quite enjoyable and the interplay between the two horns is still special."
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Art Pepper + Eleven
Modern Jazz Classics

  (Item #: peppemoder_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Both sides of this Art Pepper Must Own album earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • If you buy only one Large Group Hot Stamper jazz record from us, make it this one - the music is swingin' fun and the sound is going to be very impressive, especially compared to any modern reissue
  • Rich, warm and full-bodied, the brass is phenomenal on this pressing - here is the Tubey Magic of the originals without the problems that cause many originals to be opaque and uninvolving
  • A personal favorite - 5 stars: "This is a true classic. Essential music for all serious jazz collections."
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Thelonious Monk
In Person

  (Item #: monk_inper_1908) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • In Person makes its Hot Stamper debut with stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on all four sides
  • Unusually rich, full-bodied, lively and present sound which brings out the best in this music
  • Features incomparable jazz greats Donald Byrd and Joe Gordon
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The first half of In Person contains the pianist/composer's famous Town Hall concert of 1959... The second half of this two-fer finds Monk leading a strong sextet with trumpeter Joe Gordon and tenors Rouse and Harold Land live..."
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Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

  (Item #: daviskindo_1908) 

Our Price: $699.99

  • A stunning copy with KILLER Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • The pure embodiment of the big-as-life, spacious and timbrally accurate 30th Street Studio Sound Fred Plaut was justly famous for
  • Space, clarity, transparency, and in-the-room immediacy are some of the qualities to be found on this pressing - it's guaranteed to beat any copy you've ever heard
  • 5 stars: "KOB 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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Muddy Waters
The Best of Muddy Waters

  (Item #: waterbesto_1908_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding copy of The Best of Muddy Waters boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from top to bottom
  • Huge, Tubey Magical and lively, with solid weight down low and lots of space around all the instruments
  • Comprised of twelve killer tracks, all originally released as singles, including Rollin' Stone, Long Distance Call, Hoochie Coochie, and many more
  • 5 Stars: "The material this artist cut for Chess during this period is nothing short of a blues revelation. There has never been anything quite like it, before or after, and when one has heard Muddy Waters from this period, one has simply heard the best blues has to offer."
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Miles Davis
Birth of the Cool

  (Item #: davisbirth_1810_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of this Groundbreaking Jazz Classic, with seriously good Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • This vintage mono pressing will show you just how well-recorded these 1949-50 sessions were
  • It's the records they made from these tapes (more often from the dubs of them) that have given everybody the wrong idea about these wonderful sounding recordings
  • 5 stars: "So dubbed because these three sessions are where the sound known as cool jazz essentially formed, Birth of the Cool remains one of the defining, pivotal moments in jazz. This is where the elasticity of bop was married with skillful, big-band arrangements and a relaxed, subdued mood that made it all seem easy, even at its most intricate."
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Milt Jackson
Bags & Flutes

  (Item #: jacksbagsa_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This original Atlantic stereo pressing has Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Both sides are super rich and full-bodied with a huge bottom end and tons of Tubey Magic
  • "Jackson is partnered alternately with Frank Wess and Bobby Jaspar -- two of the leading pioneers that helped bring the flute into the mainstream of jazz. For these performances, the rhythm section blends and balances superbly, creating supple, meaty, hard bopping grooves for Jackson's limitless capacity for invention and for the stellar, swinging performances of Jaspar and Wess." - All Music
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Mel Torme
With The Marty Paich Dek-tette

  (Item #: tormewitht_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A KILLER copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • This vintage Bethlehem pressing has the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records rarely BEGIN to reproduce
  • If don't know that sound, you are missing one of the greatest pleasures an audiophile can experience
  • 5 stars: "Mel Tormé with the Marty Paich Dek-tette is a vocal masterpiece, an extremely satisfying record achieved only by a fusion of an excellent voice, an excellent band, and excellent material."
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Frank Sinatra
No One Cares

  (Item #: sinatnoone_1908) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish, this vintage stereo pressing sounds just right
  • This orchestrated album of ballads boasts superb 1959 Sinatra Capitol sound
  • Both sides get the breathy immediacy to the vocals overlaying tubey rich arrangements better than all others
  • "Jenkins gives the songs a subtly tragic treatment, and Sinatra responds with a wrenching performance."
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Thelonious Monk
Brilliant Corners

  (Item #: monk_brill_1907_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • KILLER nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish; exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Rich, full-bodied and present yet still very clean, clear and spacious - the mastering is near perfection
  • With masterful horn playing from Sonny Rollins and Clark Terry, and a rhythm section that can actually keep up with Monk, made up of Max Roach, Oscar Pettiford and Paul Chambers, this is a groundbreaking Must Own for any music loving audiophile
  • 5 Stars: "Brilliant Corners may well be considered the alpha and omega of post-World War II American jazz. No serious jazz collection should be without it."
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John Coltrane
Soultrane

  (Item #: coltrsoult_1907) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This Prestige "stereo" pressing boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side one followed by an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side two
  • Unlike most versions of this album, these sides are full-bodied, relaxed, Tubey Magical and tonally correct
  • Here is the palpable jazz energy, the life of the music, that's sure to be missing from whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl pressing is being stamped out these days
  • "... a classic of the 20th century jazz canon and an essential point of reference in Coltrane's own tumultuous career.... this is the album on which Coltrane first emerged as the primary innovator of the jazz world, wielding an astonishing technical virtuosity and a blinding vision of the possibilities of the tenor sax."
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Ted Heath
Swing Session

  (Item #: heathswing_1904_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Ted Heath Swing Session makes its Hot Stamper debut with KILLER Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This pressing is bigger, bolder and richer, as well as more clean, clear and open than any copy we played (which is of course the way it earned those Triple Plus grades)
  • These original pressings are ridiculously hard to come by with this kind of superb sound AND quiet vinyl - this one has it all!
  • "... the sound is open and airy with great separation of instruments and very much alive. The band is tight and the music is energetic."
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The Chico Hamilton Quintet
Chico Hamilton Quintet

  (Item #: hamilchico_1903_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This superb live recording finally makes its Hot Stamper debut, boasting a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side two and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side one
  • A killer mono pressing, with solid weight, lovely richness and warmth, real separation between the instruments and wonderful immediacy throughout
  • Recorded live at The Forum Theater in Los Angeles in 1956, this vintage pressing boasts exceptionally natural sound, as well as the energetic live interplay of these five musicians (including a cellist)
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June Christy
Fair And Warmer!

  (Item #: chrisfaira_1907_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER from the first note to the last - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • If you want to hear just how good an All Tube Capitol recording, in mono, from 1957 can sound, this record is guaranteed to do the trick
  • All the top West Coast Cool School jazz vets are here: Shelly Manne, Bud Shank, Bob Cooper, and the arrangements are by the wonderfully talented Pete Rugolo
  • "... the cool-toned singer is the main star. Highlights include a definitive "I Want to Be Happy," "Imagination," "When Sunny Gets Blue," and "It's Always You." All of June Christy's Capitol dates are well worth picking up."
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John Coltrane
John Coltrane

  (Item #: coltrjohnc_1972_1905_1907) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This Prestige 2 disc set from 1972 has very good Hot Stamper sound on three sides and even better Double Plus (A++) sound on the 4th
  • Combining Traneing In and Soultrane, this album gives you some of the best of Coltrane's late '50s music, complete in every way
  • Four Stars for Soultrane: "Not indicative of the quality of this set is the observation that, because of the astounding Coltrane solo works that both precede and follow Soultrane -- most notably Lush Life and Blue Train -- the album has perhaps not been given the exclusive attention it so deserves."
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The Curtis Counce Group
Vol 2: Counceltation

  (Item #: counccounc_1907) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Insanely good sound throughout for this Contemporary Yellow Label pressing with both sides earning nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades, just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • These sides are superb -- clean, clear, full-bodied and dynamic with tons of energy
  • Counce is a wonderful bassist and here he's joined by Jack Sheldon, Harold Land, Carl Perkins and Frank Butler; I think you'll be very impressed with how good this music from the late '50s still sounds today
  • "Bassist Curtis Counce led one of the finer West Coast-based groups of the 1950s, a quintet that was greatly underrated... This excellent music falls somewhere between hard bop and cool jazz." - All Music, 4 1/2 Stars
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Count Basie
Basie Plays Hefti

  (Item #: basiebasie_plays_1905_1907) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • The first copy to hit the site in years and boy does our Shootout Winner here have STUNNING sound - it earned Triple Plus (A+++) grades from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • If all you've ever heard is the Roulette original (or the wacky MoFi, or whatever current Heavy Vinyl pressing is being made, this LP is guaranteed to be a REVELATION
  • Basie Plays Hefti catches Basie's band at the peak of their powers in 1958, and in this All Tube Recording you get every bit of the magic they made in the studio
  • "The Count Basie Orchestra was in top form for this set of Neal Hefti arrangements. Hefti had been one of the main architects of the new Basie sound of the '50s... "Cute" (heard here in its initial recording) became a standard."
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June Christy
Fair And Warmer!

  (Item #: chrisfaira_1907) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An incredible sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • If you want to hear just how good an All Tube Capitol recording, in mono, from 1957 can sound, this record is guaranteed to do the trick
  • All the top West Coast Cool School jazz vets are here: Shelly Manne, Bud Shank, Bob Cooper, and the arrangements are by the wonderfully talented Pete Rugolo
  • "... the cool-toned singer is the main star. Highlights include a definitive "I Want to Be Happy," "Imagination," "When Sunny Gets Blue," and "It's Always You." All of June Christy's Capitol dates are well worth picking up."
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Debussy / Clair de Lune / Agoult

  (Item #: debusclair_1907_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • These sides are rich, sweet and full-bodied yet still very clean, clear and spacious; Demo Disc sound throughout!
  • I can't imagine a more beautiful record, both in terms of the programme and the sound; this record is a wonderful example of what the Decca recording engineers (Kenneth Wilkinson in this case) were able to capture on tape
  • This is the exact same recording as the famous Living Stereo Clair De Lune, LSC-2326, but with a couple of extra tracks included
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Hampton Hawes
All Night Session, Vol. 2

  (Item #: hawesall_night_2_1902_1907) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout
  • Both sides here are rich, full and Tubey Magical with tons of bottom end weight and an energy level that's off the charts
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Although Hampton Hawes spontaneously created five original tunes at this extraordinarily inspired date, everything on Vol. 2 comes directly out of the standard bop musician's working repertoire."
  • "It's hard to put into words how good it feels to play jazz when it's really swinging...I've reached a point where the music fills you up so much emotionally that you feel like shouting hallelujah -- like people do in church when they're converted to God. That's the way I was feeling the night we recorded All Night Session!""
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Andre Previn & His Pals
Gigi

  (Item #: previgigi_1904_1907) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A KILLER sounding original Black Label Stereo pressing with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last
  • If you have never heard an All Tube Analog piano trio recording by Roy DuNann from the Golden Age of Tape, you are really in for a treat with this phenomenal sounding LP
  • Exceptionally (I'm tempted to write impossibly) quiet vinyl throughout - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "André Previn's ten records for Contemporary during 1957-1960 were among the finest jazz recordings of his career... Best known among the songs are "I Remember It Well" and "Thank Heaven for Little Girls," but the trio also uplifts and swings the other lesser-known tunes."
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Miles Davis
Green Haze

  (Item #: davisgreen_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A wonderful collection on 2 Prestige LPs, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them on all four sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Green Haze combines two complete Miles Davis albums recorded by RVG in 1955 - 'The Musings of Miles' and 'Miles'
  • Talk about Tubey Magic, the liquidity of the sound here is positively uncanny
  • 4 stars: "This set could have been retitled 'The Birth of a Quintet.' The great trumpeter is featured in top form with pianist Garland, bassist Pettiford and drummer Jones for the first session, and with Garland, Jones, bassist Chambers and a tentative-sounding tenor-saxophonist named Coltrane a few months later... it is for the excellent rhythm sections and the playing of Miles Davis that this two-fer is highly recommended."
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Miles Davis
Miles Davis

  (Item #: davismiles_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Two Miles Davis classics, representing another remarkably good sounding find from the relentless Record Hunting Audiophiles here at Better Records - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side four preceded by three outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, there were few copies in our shootout that could begin to do what this pressing was doing
  • Must Own Music with top sound - the better tracks here can hold their own with virtually any Miles record we know of
  • "[These two discs present] the Miles Davis Quintet from a pair of legendary recording dates which would generate enough music to produce four separate long-players ... Each is considered not only to be among the pinnacle of Davis' work, but of the entire bop subgenre as well."
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Sarah Vaughan
Golden Hits

  (Item #: vaughgolde_1812_1907) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Excellent sound throughout with each side rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or BETTER - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Surprisingly dynamic on both sides - this pressing lets you hear The Divine One when she really was that good
  • The best sounding copies are the ones that put Sarah right in front of you - the average copy with its typically veiled vocal can't create the illusion that there is living, breathing person between the speakers the way this one can
  • This is Sarah in her prime, presenting the listener with an especially good overview of her best Mercury recordings from 1954-58
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Harry Belafonte
Belafonte at Carnegie Hall

  (Item #: belafbelaf_1907) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This White Dog stereo (not Living Stereo) pressing has superb Double Plus (A++) sound or very close to it on all four sides
  • You'll hear a very large group of musicians bring their wonderful energy to this music, all backing Harry live on stage in real time and in ANALOG
  • HP made his reputation bringing this kind of live-in-your-listening-room record to the attention of the audiophile public, and for that we owe him a debt of gratitude
  • 5 stars: "The granddaddy of all live albums, this double-LP set captures the excitement of a Harry Belafonte concert at the height of his popularity."
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Benny Carter
Jazz Giant

  (Item #: cartejazzg_1907_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two excellent sides each rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or BETTER, this was one of the better copies from our recent shootout; super quiet vinyl too!
  • If you still think that Analogue Productions is remastering records properly, you have definitely never heard a real Contemporary that sounds like this(!)
  • The sound of Contemporary Records is alive on this copy, with space, size, clarity and richness that no other pressing can match
  • "Benny Carter had already been a major jazz musician for nearly 30 years when he recorded this particularly strong septet session for Contemporary ... This timeless music is beyond the simple categories of "swing" or "bop" and should just be called "classic."
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Leonard Bernstein
West Side Story

  (Item #: bernswests_1907_3) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with DEMO DISC quality sound on a huge stage -- solid Double Plus (A++) on both sides
  • These sides are full, rich, spacious, dynamic and just plain more REAL - from 1957! Exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • Another engineering triumph for Fred Plaut at Columbia's legendary 30th Street Studios - the man is a genius
  • "... a score that is infused with Bernstein's classical sensibility, even as it deliberately draws in influences from jazz and Latin music... a landmark among Broadway cast albums as well as Broadway musicals." - All Music
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Barney Kessel
Let's Cook

  (Item #: kesseletsc_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • We were impressed with this Contemporary stereo pressing - we gave it outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades in our shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The transparency and clarity are SUPERB - there's plenty of Tubey Magic, and good bottom end weight as well
  • If you like guitar jazz, do not miss out on this album. I guarantee you will be absolutely knocked out by the sound of this pressing, not to mention the wonderful music
  • Ben Webster on sax, Hampton Hawes on the piano, Victor Feldman on vibes, Shelly Manne on drums - they're all here and havin' a good time
  • "This is an excellent session from guitarist Barney Kessel... [he] keeps up with the other all-stars, swinging hard while paying tribute to the legacy of Charlie Christian."
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