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Super Hot Stamper

Charles Mingus
Oh Yeah

  (Item #: minguohyea_1903x) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This surprisingly good sounding reissue of Mingus's brilliant Oh Yeah from 1962 boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Tubey Magical, lively and clear, with three-dimensionality that will fill your listening room from wall to wall
  • Phil Iehle and Tom Dowd made up the engineering team for these sessions, which explains why the best copies of the album sound so damn good
  • A raucous (and ROCKIN') deviation from traditional jazz, this compilation incorporates R&B and soul influences - Mingus even lends his rich vocal stylings to a few songs
  • 5 stars: "Oh Yeah is probably the most offbeat Mingus album ever, and that's what makes it so vital."
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Shelly Manne
Manne - That's Gershwin!

  (Item #: mannemanne_1904_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • KILLER sound from start to finish with each side earning a Triple Plus (A+++) or very close to it
  • Both sides here are incredibly big, clean, clear and present with plenty of bottom end weight
  • "The Gershwin program includes some of the typical familiar standards but also versions of the lesser-known "By Strauss," "The Real American Folk Song," "Prelude #2" and "Theme from Concert in F... this music generally swings, leaves space for concise solos and is fairly fresh." - All Music
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Sonny Rollins
Alfie (Original Music From The Score)

  (Item #: rollialfie_1902_1904) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from the first note to the last
  • Even though I've been playing this album for more than 25 years, for some reason this is one of the few truly killer copies to ever hit the site
  • A triumph for Rudy Van Gelder, a Top Impulse title, and as much a showcase for Oliver Nelson (+11) as it is for Sonny Rollins
  • 4 1/2 Stars: " Rollins attempts to capture the textures of life through his incisive and energetic playing, his coherent improvisations, and variations on musical themes."
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Miles Davis
Miles: The New Miles Davis Quintet

  (Item #: davismiles_new_miles_1904_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent sounding pressing with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or very close to it throughout - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides here are big, clean, clear and present with a nice bottom end
  • "[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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Thelonious Monk
Monk's Dream

  (Item #: monk_monks_1904_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An insanely great sounding copy with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Both sides here are super full, rich, spacious, big and present, with none of the smear that plagues other copies
  • Classic Columbia 360 Label sound from their legendary 30th Street studio!
  • 5 stars: "Although he would perform and record supported by various other musicians, the tight -- almost telepathic -- dimensions that these four shared has rarely been equalled in any genre... Monk's Dream is recommended, with something for every degree of Monk enthusiast."
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Count Basie
Basie Big Band

  (Item #: basiebasie_1904_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • Both sides are super big and full-bodied with a lovely bottom end - musically and sonically this is one of the best Basie Big Band records!
  • 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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Herbie Hancock
Speak Like a Child

  (Item #: hancospeak_1904) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades from the first note to the last
  • Both sides sound great here -- big and full-bodied with well-defined bass, and nice leading edge transients on the brass
  • "The key to Speak Like a Child is in Hancock's graceful, lyrical playing and compositions, which are lovely on the surface and provocative and challenging upon closer listening." - All Music
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Horace Silver
Serenade to a Soul Sister

  (Item #: silveseren_1904) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • Both sides are super clean, clear and present with plenty of Tubey Magic and a solid bottom end
  • "One of the last great Horace Silver albums for Blue Note, Serenade to a Soul Sister is also one of the pianist's most infectiously cheerful, good-humored outings... it's hard to argue with musical results as joyous and tightly performed as Serenade to a Soul Sister." - All Music, 4 1/2 Stars
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Coleman Hawkins and Clark Terry
Back In Bean’s Bag

  (Item #: hawkibacki_1810_1904) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • A wonderful pressing of Back In Bean's Bag with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • All Tube, Live in the Studio Columbia Sound from 1962 - it makes a mockery of most jazz recordings
  • What a swingin' group - there is simply not a false step to be found anywhere on either side of this wonderful record
  • "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"... but Hawkins's playing (particularly on the trumpeter's ballad "Michelle") is also in fine form."
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Paul Desmond
Take Ten

  (Item #: desmotaket_1902_1904) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Paul Desmond's 1963 Cool Jazz Classic arrives with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The brilliant Ray Hall engineered - anyone hearing this copy will understand exactly why we love his fabulous '60s recordings here at Better Records
  • Desmond joins forces with longtime collaborator Jim Hall, whose guitar stylings perfectly complement Paul's velvety sax tone
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Everyone wanted Desmond to come up with a sequel to the monster hit "Take Five"; and so he did, reworking the tune and playfully designating the meter as 10/8. Hence "Take Ten," a worthy sequel... There is not a single track here that isn't loaded with ingeniously worked out, always melodic ideas."
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Sonny Rollins
The Bridge

  (Item #: rollibridg_1901_1904) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout
  • This killer Living Stereo pressing is wonderfully Tubey Magical, full-bodied and solid, with note-like, clear bass
  • The brilliant Ray Hall engineered this Demo Disc quality recording using nothing but tubes back in 1962, and it's glorious to hear that sound in 2019 on modern hi-rez equipment
  • 4 1/2 stars: " Rollins explores four standards (including "Without a Song" and "God Bless the Child") plus two fiery originals (highlighted by the title cut). The interplay between Rollins and Hall is consistently impressive, making this a near-classic and a very successful comeback."
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Coleman Hawkins
Coleman Hawkins All Stars

  (Item #: hawkicolem_1902_1904) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Stunning sound throughout with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades - 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 1960 recorded by none other than Rudy Van Gelder, this very pressing is the way to go
  • "Hawkins proves again and again why his sound is not only the epitome of jazz, but forever timeless... The demonstrative yet subtle Hawkins is in full flight here, with the equally elegant Thomas and naturally subdued Dickenson in lock step. What a joy they must have been to hear together at a club or concert date, if in fact it happened in this small-group setting."c
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Art Pepper
Intensity

  (Item #: peppeinten_1904) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • KILLER sound throughout with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • Intensity is right -- this is some SERIOUSLY GOOD SOUNDING alto saxophone led quartet jazz
  • AMG was right to give this one 4 1/2 stars -- the musicianship is top notch and Pepper’s playing is INSPIRED throughout.
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Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

  (Item #: daviskindo_1904_3) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An outstanding pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER, guaranteed to beat any copy you've ever heard
  • KOB is the purest 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 just a few of the many qualities to be found on this pressing
  • 5 stars: "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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Cannonball Adderley
Somethin' Else

  (Item #: addersomet_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Miles Davis
Miles: The New Miles Davis Quintet

  (Item #: davismiles_new_miles_1904) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A KILLER sounding pressing with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it throughout - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides are big, rich and full-bodied with a lovely bottom end and lots of space around all of the players
  • "[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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Gene Ammons
Blue Gene

  (Item #: ammonblueg_1904) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This wonderful Prestige jazz classic 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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Ted Heath
Swing Session

  (Item #: heathswing_1904) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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Miles Davis
Quiet Nights

  (Item #: davisquiet_1803_1904) 

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


  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this oh-so-spacious Miles Davis-Gil Evans classic
  • Fred Plaut engineered the sessions, and on this amazing early pressing the sound is rich, warm, smooth and clear
  • This copy plays about as quiet as we can find these early pressings, Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • In the Saturday Review, Quiet Nights received praise for Davis' "wonderfully songful trumpet in a Latin-American vein", set against "piercingly lustrous curtains of tone and discreet Caribbean rhythms."
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Duke Ellington
At the Bal Masque

  (Item #: ellinbalma_1901_1904) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • 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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Cannonball Adderley
In San Francisco

  (Item #: adderinsan_1805_1904) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this groundbreaking live jazz album - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound on this Riverside Stereo LP is shockingly good for a live album, and the vinyl is as quiet as we can find it
  • Cannonball joins forces here with his brother, cornetist Nat Adderley, at The Jazz Workshop in San Francisco, to create an album Orrin Keepnews lauded as, "the birth of contemporary live recording"
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Both Cannonball and Nat Adderley play with stunning, bluesy brilliance here... Outside of Somethin' Else, Adderley's 1958 masterpiece, In San Francisco may be the saxophonist's defining moment."
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Miles Davis
Miles Davis

  (Item #: davismiles_1903x) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Two Miles Davis classics, representing another remarkably good sounding find from the relentless Record Hunting Audiophiles here at Better Records - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Triple Plus (A+++) sound on sides one and three and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the other two sides, there was no other copy 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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Kenny Burrell
Out Of This World

  (Item #: burreoutof_1904) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This outstanding copy of Out Of This World boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from top to bottom
  • Both sides of this superb RVG recording are simply amazing sounding - full-bodied yet clear, and above all, lively (RVG's trademark sound)
  • This collaboration between Burrell and Coleman Hawkins highlights the blues roots of these two jazz greats, veterans who can swing with the best of them (which is why their discographies run for pages)
  • "Bluesy Burrell combines the finest elements of blues and bebop jazz into a blend that demonstrates just how well the styles fit together and proves that blues need not be minimalist in nature, and jazz can be a bit less rigid, allowing breathing space amidst perfect chord work and superb rhythm."
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John Coltrane
Ballads

  (Item #: coltrballa_1901_1904) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from start to finish on this superb stereo pressing of Ballads
  • Rudy Van Gelder was masterful at this is the kind of spacious, low-distortion, dynamic and energetic sound
  • If you're tired of hearing the newest veiled, ambience-challenged, recessed, lifeless Heavy Vinyl pressing to be produced from the 55 year old tapes (or the digital copies made from them), this is the record for you
  • 4 stars: "... a perfectly fine album of Coltrane doing what he always did -- exploring new avenues and modes in an inexhaustible search for personal and artistic enlightenment."
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Jimmy Smith
Bashin'

  (Item #: smithbashi_1812_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • One of the better copies from our most recent shootout of this Big Band Jazz classic led by Jimmy Smith's organ; Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • If you choose to only own one Jimmy Smith album, make it this one - the first side swings like you will not believe
  • A Five Star album on Allmusic: "On the first half of the program, Smith was for the first time joined by a big band. Oliver Nelson provided the arrangements, trumpeter Joe Newman and altoist Phil Woods have a solo apiece, and "Walk on the Wild Side" became Smith's biggest hit up to that point."
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Lee Morgan
The Cooker

  (Item #: morgacooke_1804_1904) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This copy of The Cooker boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The best sides of this Blue Note pressing are open, spacious and transparent, with a lovely, extended top end
  • "...a particularly strong set that is highlighted by a lengthy and fiery 'Night in Tunisia'... Morgan plays remarkably well for his age (already ranking just below Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis), making this an essential acquisition."
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Oscar Peterson
Put On A Happy Face

  (Item #: peterputon_1902_1904) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • On a live jazz club recording such as this, the transparency of this killer analog pressing has the power to transport you to the front row of a small jazz club circa 1962 - what a thrill!
  • Peterson's live album from 1962 was recorded at the London House jazz club in Chicago and features Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums
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Count Basie Meets Oscar Peterson
The Timekeepers

  (Item #: basietimek_1709_1904) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish, this copy was one of the best we heard in our most recent shootout
  • Basie and Peterson recorded five albums together, and this may very well be the best of the bunch, though I have yet to hear one that I didn't enjoy the hell out of
  • Wonderful engineering from the legendary Val Valentin, the man behind some of the best sounding jazz records of all time
  • "... this quartet date features the two pianos of Oscar Peterson and Count Basie collaborating and interacting on swing standards and blues. Any of their five albums together are worth acquiring."
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Sonny Rollins
The Standard Sonny Rollins

  (Item #: rollistand_1904) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • This superb original stereo pressing of The Standard Sonny Rollins from 1965 boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Once again the brilliant engineering of Ray Hall for RCA conveys the vitality of live music for these sessions (which were undoubtedly recorded live)
  • Includes superstars like Herbie Hancock, Jim Hall, and Bob Cranshaw, who've lent their talents to some of the greatest jazz recordings of all time
  • Allmusic user rating: 4 stars - "Like The Sound Of Sonny some eight years ago, here’s another classic standard album from The Saxophone Colossus that will remain as bright and timeless as ever."
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Count Basie
Basie Big Band

  (Item #: basiebasie_1904) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An insanely good copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it throughout
  • Both sides are incredibly rich, lively and clear - musically and sonically this is one of the best Basie Big Band records!
  • 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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Miles Davis
Birth of the Cool

  (Item #: davisbirth_1904) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • An incredible pressing of this Groundbreaking Jazz Classic, with Shootout Winning 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 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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Clark Terry
The Happy Horns of Clark Terry

  (Item #: terryhappy_1902_1904) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Clark Terry's three horn lineup album finally arrives on the site with stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from beginning to end AND exceptionally quiet vinyl
  • Big and lively, rich and full, no other copy in our shootout impressed us the way this killer pressing did
  • Credit goes to Rudy Van Gelder once again for the huge space this superbly well-recorded ensemble occupies
  • 4 stars: "This all-star LP has plenty of memorable moments... The lively music is quite enjoyable."
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Count Basie & Oscar Peterson
Yessir, That’s My Baby

  (Item #: basieyessi_1903x) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Both sides of this wonderful Basie/Peterson record earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for their audiophile quality sound
  • Jazz records don't get a whole lot bigger, clearer or more full-bodied - man, this is the glorious sound of ANALOG
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout - this record plays Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus, as quiet as any copy we've ever heard
  • "The two pianists (backed by bassist John Heard and drummer Louis Bellson) play five standards and three blues with predictable swing, finding much more in common with each other than one might have originally suspected."
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Oscar Peterson
The Trio

  (Item #: petertrio_1812_1904) 

Our Price: $199.99
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  • This you-are-there live jazz classic on the rare early Strobe label earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl
  • The piano sounds wonderfully full-bodied, warm, rich, and smooth - like a real piano, not a recorded one
  • Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen are The Trio, recorded here in 1961 at the height of their formidable powers
  • Peterson "...sticks to standards on this live [album] (a good example of the Trio's playing), stretching out 'Sometimes I'm Happy' creatively for over 11 minutes and uplifting such songs as 'In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning,' 'Chicago' and 'The Night We Called It a Day.'"
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John Coltrane
My Favorite Things

  (Item #: coltrmyfav_1904) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner
  • We guarantee you will hear a dramatic increase in richness, presence and musical energy relative to any copy you've auditioned - or your money back
  • A difficult album to find with this kind of top quality sound and audiophile playing surfaces - we're happy to report that this pressing plays exceptionally quietly
  • 5 stars: "The unforced, practically casual soloing styles of the assembled quartet allow for tastefully executed passages a la the Miles Davis Quintet, a trait Coltrane no doubt honed during his tenure in that band."
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Thelonious Monk
Misterioso

  (Item #: monk_misterioso_1958_1904) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • 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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Duke Ellington
Ellington '66

  (Item #: ellinellin_1902_1904) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Insanely good shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout and the first copy to ever hit the site!
  • Both sides here are incredibly clean, clear, spacious and dynamic with a solid bottom end and plenty of energy
  • This Grammy award winning title features Ellington performing some of the biggest pop hits of the day: Red Roses For a Blue Lady, I Want to Hold Your Hand, All My Loving, and more
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John Klemmer
Touch

  (Item #: klemmtouch_1810_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides, this is an outstanding copy of the best MoFi title to ever hit the site - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Musically and sonically this is the pinnacle of Klemmer's smooth jazz - we know of none better
  • The best sounding Smooth - But Real - Jazz Album ever made, and the only vintage MoFi we know of that deserves a place in your collection
  • "Klemmer sets up the mellow grooves that we have come to associate with smooth jazz. But there are no cliche blues licks, none of the crap that players in this genre try to foist upon as "hip.""
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George Benson
White Rabbit

  (Item #: bensowhite_1902_1904) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Open and transparent with wonderfully full-bodied guitars, solid punchy bass and huge amounts of energy
  • Superb engineering by Rudy Van Gelder - features jazz legends Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, Airto, and more
  • "In this prime sample of the CTI idiom, everyone wins." -- Allmusic, 4 stars
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Cal Tjader
In a Latin Bag

  (Item #: tjadeinala_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy of Tjader's 1961 album for Verve boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Unusually rich, full-bodied, lively and present, the All Tube Analog sound here brings out the best in Cal's music
  • A classic in the Latin jazz genre, with the unbeatable combination of Tjader's vibes, Paul Horn's flute and Lonnie Hewitt's piano on most of the tracks, backed by Al McKibbon on bass and Wilfredo Vicente (Conga) and Johnny Rae (Timbales) on percussion
  • "Cal Tjader recorded prolifically for Verve during the first half of the 1960s, though this is one of his lesser-known dates ... it is well worth snapping up if found"
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Oscar Peterson Trio
West Side Story

  (Item #: peterwests_1904x) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • An incredible copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish - this copy is huge and ALIVE like no other Peterson record you have ever heard
  • Rich, solid bass; you-are-there immediacy; sound that's just jumping out of the speakers - this copy was doing it all
  • Which wouldn't mean much if the music wasn't swingin,' but it is - this could very well be the best record Oscar Peterson ever made
  • Credit engineer Bob Simpson, the man behind the legendary Belafonte at Carnegie Hall recording from a couple of years before
  • This pressing just happens to be one of the quietest copies we've heard in a long time as well
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The Oscar Peterson Trio
We Get Requests

  (Item #: peterweget_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding pressing of Peterson's 1964 release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides
  • One of the best sounding Oscar Peterson records we've ever played, right up there with the equally amazing West Side Story
  • Full-bodied, smooth, clear piano reproduction, sounding remarkably like the ones we've all heard in piano bars and restaurants
  • Bob Simpson (Belafonte at Carnegie Hall) recorded this set - he knows how to get music to sound live on disc about as well as anyone ever did
  • "...the group demonstrates some of the qualities that made it among the most influential piano trios in jazz, a group that could generate tremendous rhythmic energy and a sense of developing musical detail."
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Count Basie
Chairman of the Board

  (Item #: basiechair_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Donald Byrd
The Cat Walk

  (Item #: byrd_catwa_1904) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Donald Byrd's brilliant 1962 release finally arrives with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Credit must go to Rudy Van Gelder once again for capturing the jazz energy of this superbly sympathetic ensemble
  • These sides are lively and fun, with the kind of sound the man consistently managed to get on tape, and other engineers struggled to find
  • 4 stars: "Donald Byrd and baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams worked together on several recordings between 1958 and 1961, and The Cat Walk (released on LP in 1962) is among the best. Byrd's playing throughout is typically sleek and lyrical, and Adams' sturdy, husky baritone sound is the perfect counterbalance, making The Cat Walk an essential Byrd purchase."
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Horace Silver
Song For My Father

  (Item #: silvesongf_1904_1) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on this Blue Note Jazz classic
  • The piano is clear and clean here, with much more weight and solidity than one would expect from an RVG recording
  • This copy was obviously cut with super-low distortion mastering equipment, and boy does it help the sound
  • 5 Stars: "Horace Silver's signature LP and the peak of a discography already studded with classics. Silver was always a master at balancing jumping rhythms with complex harmonies for a unique blend of earthiness and sophistication, and Song for My Father has perhaps the most sophisticated air of all his albums..."
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Coleman Hawkins
Today and Now

  (Item #: hawkitoday_1904) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this superbly engineered recording by Rudy Van Gelder
  • This vintage Impulse stereo LP has plenty of Tubey Magic and driving energy - we expect nothing less from RVG in 1962, and this pressing delivers
  • Tommy Flanagan on piano provides fine support for Mr. Hawkins' breathy stylings - both Down Beat and Allmusic awarded Today and Now 4 Stars!
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Milt Jackson Quintet
That's The Way It Is

  (Item #: jacksthats_1904) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Double Plus (A++) on both sides, this is a killer live jazz album from Shelly's Manne-Hole - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is big, rich and real, with the kind of relaxed Tubey Magical sound that not many live albums achieve
  • Wally Heider engineered and he knocked it out of the park - You Are There, and even better, it's 1969
  • "This is not experimental jazz. It's beyond that, or as they say in New York, outside that. This is solid, rooted, sweet-smelling earth of an enduring style, as played by masters."
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Jackie McLean
A Long Drink of the Blues

  (Item #: mclealongd_1904_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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Cannonball Adderley - Bill Evans
Know What I Mean?

  (Item #: adderknoww_1904) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this wonderful copy of one of our favorite Cannonball Adderley albums
  • 1961 recording technology coupled with the mastering technology used by the gifted George Horn results in top quality sound
  • These guys are playing live in the studio and you can really feel their presence on every track -- assuming you have a copy that sounds like this one
  • 4 stars: "It's hard to imagine any fan of mainstream jazz not finding much to love on this very fine recording."
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Miles Davis
Sorcerer

  (Item #: davissorce_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good sides each rating a Double Plus (A++) or BETTER, this was one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout
  • Sorcerer demonstrates the big-as-life, spacious and unerringly accurate 30th Street Studio Sound Fred Plaut was justly famous for
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Sorcerer, the third album by the second Miles Davis Quintet, is in a sense a transitional album, a quiet, subdued affair that rarely blows hot, choosing to explore cerebral tonal colorings."
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Miles Davis
Filles de Kilimanjaro

  (Item #: davisfille_1904) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A KILLER sounding stereo pressing with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish, just shy of our Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This Columbia 360 Label LP boasts rich, full-bodied, clear sound with the space and three-dimensionality that was difficult to find on the later pressings we played
  • "... this middle ground between the adventurous bop of the mid-'60s and the fusion of the late '60s is rewarding in its own right, since it's possible to hear great musicians find the foundation of a new form. For that alone, Filles de Kilimanjaro is necessary listening." - All Music, 4 1/2 Stars
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Dave Brubeck
Brubeck a La Mode

  (Item #: brubealamo_1904_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb sound throughout with both sides earning a solid Double Plus (A++) or better
  • The overall sound here is super rich and full with plenty of energy
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout with both sides playing Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "One of Brubeck's three recordings of the 1959-61 period... The music generally swings and there are some fine solos..." - All Music
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Gary Burton
Who Is Gary Burton?

  (Item #: burtowhois_1904_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Burton's sophomore release finally arrives on the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • This is vintage 1963 Living Stereo sound at its best - big, rich, relaxed, tonally correct and full of Tubey Magic - thanks Ray Hall!
  • In this stellar septet, Burton includes veteran musicians Clark Terry, Phil Woods, and Joe Morello, as well as Tommy Flanagan
  • 4 stars: "The playlist is anything but predictable... Although Burton is obviously a very confident soloist, he feels no need to hog the spotlight (a common mistake by young jazz musicians in later decades), as he is happy to step back and let the veterans take center stage."
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Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

  (Item #: daviskindo_1904_2) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • A stunning copy with KILLER Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • Striking clarity and transparency, correct tonality, and in-the-room immediacy are just some of the qualities to be found here
  • Kind of Blue demonstrates the big-as-life, spacious and unerringly accurate 30th Street Studio Sound Fred Plaut was justly famous for
  • "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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Miles Davis
Filles de Kilimanjaro

  (Item #: davisfille_1901_1904_1) 

Our Price: $199.99
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  • A superb sounding stereo pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This Columbia 360 Label LP boasts rich, full-bodied, clear sound with the space and three-dimensionality that was difficult to find on the later pressings we played
  • "... this middle ground between the adventurous bop of the mid-'60s and the fusion of the late '60s is rewarding in its own right, since it's possible to hear great musicians find the foundation of a new form. For that alone, Filles de Kilimanjaro is necessary listening." - All Music, 4 1/2 Stars
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Milt Jackson
Plenty, Plenty Soul

  (Item #: jacksplent_1812_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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
Vol 2: The Trio

  (Item #: hawesvol2t_1901_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Miles Davis
Cookin'

  (Item #: daviscooki_1904) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • Both sides here are big, full-bodied, clear and present with plenty of energy
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "As these recordings demonstrate, there is an undeniable telepathic cohesion that allows this band to work so efficiently both on the stage and the studio... Davis' pure-toned solos and the conversational banter that occurs with Coltrane, and later Garland during "When the Lights Are Low," resound as some of these musicians' finest moments." - All Music, 4 1/2 Stars
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Oscar Peterson Trio
West Side Story

  (Item #: peterwests_1904_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • Both sides here are super big, rich and full-bodied with plenty of energy and bottom end weight
  • Credit engineer Bob Simpson, the man behind the legendary Belafonte at Carnegie Hall
  • Which wouldn't mean much if the music wasn't swingin', but it is - this trio's on fire
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Shelly Manne & His Friends
My Fair Lady

  (Item #: mannemyfai_1904_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This early Black Label Stereo pressing earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl
  • 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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Andre Previn & His Pals
Gigi

  (Item #: previgigi_1904_1) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • 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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Hampton Hawes
Everybody Likes Hampton Hawes...

  (Item #: hawesevery_volume_3_1904_1) 

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
  • 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." -- All Music
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Herbie Mann
Live At The Village Gate

  (Item #: mann_livea_1802_1904) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • This outstanding vintage pressing of Herbie Mann's Live Must Own Classic boasts excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • One of the better flute jazz albums we've heard, both in terms of sonics and music
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Mann's hit version of "Comin' Home Baby" from this live set became his first big hit. In addition to 'Comin' Home Baby,' Mann and his men perform memorable versions of 'Summertime' and 'It Ain't Necessarily So'; the latter is 20 minutes long."
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John Coltrane
A Love Supreme

  (Item #: coltrloves_1810_1904) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb sounding early stereo copy - each side earned solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grade or BETTER
  • Here's the explosive improvisational energy that made the album such a revelation in 1964 - copies of A Love Supreme that sound as good as this one are rare indeed
  • 5 stars: "Trane's classic quartet of Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, and Jimmy Garrison stepped into the studio and created one of the most thought-provoking, concise, and technically pleasing albums of their bountiful relationship (not to mention his best-selling to date)... It is almost impossible to imagine a world without A Love Supreme having been made, and it is equally impossible to imagine any jazz collection without it."
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Ellington-Basie
The Count Meets the Duke

  (Item #: ellinfirst_1805_1904) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Two stunning nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, both coming in just shy of our amazing sounding Shootout Winner
  • Huge amounts of three-dimensional space and ambience, and Tubey Magic by the boatload - this 30th Street recording shows just how good Columbia's engineers were back then
  • Fairly quiet throughout - good luck finding a Six Eye Stereo pressing this nice on your own, they sure don't grow on trees
  • "... a very successful and surprisingly uncrowded encounter... Ellington and Basie both play piano (their interaction with each other is wonderful) and the arrangements allowed the stars from both bands to take turns soloing." - 4 1/2 Stars
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Kenny Burrell
Blues — The Common Ground

  (Item #: burreblues_1812_1904) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides of this original Verve pressing
  • The sound is wonderful -- big, lively, open and clear with Tubey Magical richness that only these good early pressings can show you
  • "Blues - The Common Ground finds Burrell backed by lots of brass and wind instruments for most of the album, hardly his usual setting. But his guitar successfully weaves in and out of songs... blending with the band and creating a pleasant balance". - All Music
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Miles Davis
Miles In The Sky

  (Item #: davismiles_in_1811_1904) 

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


  • Miles Davis' 1968 release returns to the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound and exceptionally quiet vinyl (for an original)
  • This Columbia 360 LP boasts rich, full-bodied, clear sound with the space and three-dimensionality that we had trouble finding on later pressings - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Excellent sound courtesy of Arthur Kendy's and Frank Laico's engineering at the famed Columbia Studio B in NYC
  • Miles here is backed by his classic '60s All Star crew - Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter & Tony Williams
  • "...Miles Davis explicitly pushed his second great quintet away from conventional jazz, pushing them toward the jazz-rock hybrid that would later become known as fusion... intriguing music..."
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Thelonious Monk
The Riverside Trios

  (Item #: monk_rivers_1902_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This Milestone 2 LP set has superb Double Plus (A++) sound on all four sides and plays about as quietly as these pressings ever do
  • We know of no better way to hear these legendary mono recordings - these are by far the best sounding pressings of both these albums we've yet to play
  • 4 1/2 stars: "When Thelonious Monk first signed with Riverside Records in 1955, producer Orrin Keepnews thought that it would be a good idea for the unrecognized giant to record an album of Duke Ellington compositions and follow it up with a set of standards so as to discount his eccentric and forbidding image. The results were quite satisfying, trio performances that made Monk's playing seem more accessible to the regular jazz audience without watering down his style."
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Hampton Hawes
Everybody Likes Hampton Hawes...

  (Item #: hawesevery_volume_3_1904) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Insanely good sound throughout for this Contemporary Yellow Label stereo pressing with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple 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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Andre Previn & His Pals
Gigi

  (Item #: previgigi_1904) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • 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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Charles Mingus
Mingus Ah Um

  (Item #: minguahum_1812_1904) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $119.00 (You save $30.99 / 21%)


  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout
  • Another amazing 30th Street Studio recording by the legendary Fred Plaut - if you like Kind of Blue, here's another album with that sound (same year, same studio, same engineer)
  • The rich, sweet, spacious sound of the vintage tubes used to record the session is reproduced faithfully here
  • 5 stars: "Mingus Ah Um is a stunning summation of the bassist's talents and probably the best reference point for beginners... Mingus' compositions and arrangements were always extremely focused, assimilating individual spontaneity into a firm consistency of mood, and that approach reaches an ultra-tight zenith on Mingus Ah Um"
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Miles Davis
Basic Miles

  (Item #: davisbasic_1901_1903) 

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


  • Insanely good Classic Jazz sound for this wonderful Miles Davis collection, with both sides rating Triple Plus (A+++)
  • The nine minute plus Green Dolphin Street that opens side two has some of the coolest jazz you will ever hear, on any record, at any price
  • If you want to know what the best copies of Kind of Blue sound like, this pressing will tell you, because it has that sound
  • We're talking Bill Evans, John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley in their prime, 1958, with top 1958 sound to match
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Dave Brubeck Quartet
Time Further Out

  (Item #: brubetimef_1904) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Stunning! With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one mated to a Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy has the magic of 1961 in its grooves - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • These original 6 Eye stereo sides are exceptionally tubey - rich, full-bodied and warm - yet clear, lively and dynamic
  • This copy clearly demonstrates the big-as-life Fred Plaut Columbia Sound at its best - better even than Time Out in our opinion, and that's saying something
  • 4 1/2 stars in the All Music Guide and a True Jazz Classic with Demo Disc sound - Unsquare Dance is crazy good here
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Dave Brubeck Quartet
Time Further Out

  (Item #: brubetimef_1810_1904) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two outstanding Double Plus (A++) sides, this was the best sounding Red Label pressings of Time Further Out we have ever played - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • These sides are clear, lively and dynamic, without sacrificing very much of the Tubey Magic that makes this record so enjoyable
  • This recording demonstrates the big-as-life Fred Plaut Columbia Sound at its best - better even than Time Out (!)
  • "Brubeck treats the fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth tunes in corresponding meters, to particular effect on the 7/4 hoedown of 'Unsquare Dance.' the 8/8 barrelhouse changes of 'Bru's Boogie Woogie' and the engaging dissonances of his 9/8 mood piece 'Blue Shadows in the Street.'"
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Shelly Manne & His Friends
My Fair Lady

  (Item #: mannemyfai_1904) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • This early Black Label Stereo pressing earned KILLER Triple Plus (A+++) grades from start to finish
  • It's taken us a long time to find an early stereo copy that sounds this good!
  • 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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John Coltrane
More Lasting Than Bronze

  (Item #: coltrmorel_1812_1904) 

Our Price: $169.99
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  • This superb Prestige Two-Fer offer outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from top to bottom - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Compiled from two nearly complete Classic albums, Lush Life and Coltrane, this collection boasts masterful sound - thanks RVG!
  • Full-bodied, energetic, and tonally correct from top to bottom and, these pressings are guaranteed to bring Coltrane's music to life
  • "Rarely does a single performance uncover the essence of an artist with such aptness. The well-crafted melody is treated above all with dignity, which may be part of the reason it remains flawless."
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Leroy Vinnegar Sextet
Leroy Walks!

  (Item #: vinneleroy_1904) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Leroy Vinnegar's debut album finally arrives on the site with a KILLER Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side two and a truly oustanding Double Plus (A++) side one
  • The Contemporary LP stereo sound here is completely natural in every respect, yet still rich, warm and smooth
  • Roy DuNann and Howard Holzer engineered some of the best sounding records we have ever heard - here's a textbook example of what the audiophiles at Contemporary were able to achieve in the studio
  • 4 stars: "...Vinnegar generously features his talented sidemen... A fine, straight-ahead session."
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Bill Evans
California Here I Come

  (Item #: evanscalif_1904) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This wonderful live double album boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl on three sides too
  • You'd be hard-pressed to find a copy that's this well balanced, yet big and lively, with such wonderful clarity in the mids and highs
  • Recorded live at Village Vanguard in New York City in August of 1967, this LP captures this stellar trio's superb sound
  • 4 1/2 stars: "[Evans] trades introspection for upbeat on this entertaining live set featuring the propulsive drumming of 'Philly' Joe Jones and Evans' new young bassist Eddie Gomez... This trio swings and sparkles through a varied song-list that includes show tunes, some jazz standards and a few originals."
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Miles Davis
Quiet Nights

  (Item #: davisquiet_1803_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this oh-so-spacious Miles Davis-Gil Evans classic
  • Fred Plaut engineered the sessions, and on this amazing early pressing the sound is rich, warm, smooth and clear
  • This copy plays about as quiet as we can find these early pressings, Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • In the Saturday Review, Quiet Nights received praise for Davis' "wonderfully songful trumpet in a Latin-American vein", set against "piercingly lustrous curtains of tone and discreet Caribbean rhythms."
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Clark Terry
The Happy Horns of Clark Terry

  (Item #: terryhappy_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Clark Terry's three horn lineup album finally arrives on the site with superb Double Plus (A++) sound from beginning to end
  • Both sides here are clean, clear and present with a solid bottom end and plenty of energy
  • Credit goes to Rudy Van Gelder once again for the huge space this superbly well-recorded ensemble occupies
  • 4 stars: "This all-star LP has plenty of memorable moments... The lively music is quite enjoyable."
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Duke Ellington
Duke's Big 4

  (Item #: ellindukes_1903_3) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This is an exceptionally well recorded small group date, with KILLER Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side two and a Double Plus (A++) side one
  • I don't know of any other Pablo recording of the Duke from this era that has such big, open, clear, solid sonics
  • Val Valentin did the engineering - as he often did over the course of his long and storied career, he knocked this one out of the park
  • 4 1/2 stars: "One of Duke Ellington's finest small group sessions from his final decade was this frequently exciting quartet date with guitarist Joe Pass, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Louie Bellson ... Highly recommended."
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Sonny Rollins & Coleman Hawkins
Sonny Meets Hawk

  (Item #: rollisonny_1903_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side one and a Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy is practically as good as it gets
  • Exceptionally big, rich and Tubey Magical, here is the natural tonality that's a hallmark of Living Stereo in 1963
  • Amazing music from two saxophone masters on one of the most exciting jazz records we've heard in some time
  • 4 stars: "Coleman Hawkins and Sonny Rollins each virtually defined the tenor saxophone for his respective generation. To hear the two of them interacting freely is a deliciously exciting experience. Hawkins is able to cut loose like never before. "
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Charles Mingus
Mingus Dynasty

  (Item #: mingumingu_dynasty_1903) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding original 6 Eye Stereo pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or better from first note to last
  • 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 original
  • 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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John Coltrane
John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman

  (Item #: coltrjohnc_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of this classic Jazz Vocal album, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • The sound is huge and spacious with richness and Tubey Magic like nothing you've heard
  • I defy you to find a Male Vocal record produced in the last thirty years that can hold a candle to this one, sonically or musically
  • A wonderful collaboration between a horn player and a singer, perhaps the greatest one of all time
  • "John Coltrane's matchup with singer Johnny Hartman works extremely well. Hartman was in prime form on the six ballads, and his versions of "Lush Life" and "My One and Only Love" have never been topped. Classic, essential for all jazz collections" - 5 stars
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Donald Byrd
Royal Flush

  (Item #: byrd_royal_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb sounding copy with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or very close to it
  • Both sides here are big, full-bodied and lively with plenty of top end extension
  • "Donald Byrd was at his peak as a straight-ahead hard bop band leader in the early '60s, turning a series of remarkably solid, enjoyable sessions for Blue Note. Royal Flush is no exception to the rule." - All Music
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Hampton Hawes
All Night Session!, Vol. 1

  (Item #: hawesall_night_1_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Hampton Hawes Quartet's first volume from his All Night Session! series makes its Hot Stamper debut with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • A wonderful sounding Contemporary title - as usual you can thank the brilliant engineer Roy DuNann, who clearly knew what he was doing recording in stereo all the way back in 1956, when these sessions were taped over the course of a single night
  • 4 1/2 stars: "A remarkable freshness and spontaneity prevailed throughout the session... The interplay between these four men is marvelous, particularly when heard with headphones or through a sound system allowing for a full appreciation of the stereophonic balance achieved by the recording engineers."
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Miles Davis
Birth of the Cool

  (Item #: davisbirth_1810_1903) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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Herbie Hancock
Head Hunters

  (Item #: hancoheadh_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy with each side rating seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades or better for sound
  • If you've been disappointed by the sound of the album in the past, here's a copy that can show you a whole new Head Hunters
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • 5 stars: "It had all of the sensibilities of jazz, particularly in the way it wound off into long improvisations, but its rhythms were firmly planted in funk, soul, and R&B, giving it a mass appeal that made it the biggest-selling jazz album of all time (a record which was later broken)."
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Bud Shank
Brazilliance Vol. 2

  (Item #: shankbrazi_1903) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Shank's 1962 collaboration with Laurindo Almeida arrives with a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side one and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side two - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Another superb Rickard Bock production from the early '60s, with huge amounts of studio space and Tubey Magic to die for
  • The combination of Shank's sax and flute with Almeida's Brazilan folk-influenced guitar creates a delightful and unique fusion of bossa nova-influenced jazz
  • These two would go on to form the L.A. 4, but we much prefer their earlier work on this album
  • 4 stars: "...once again combining Brazilian rhythms and folk melodies with cool bop improvising... highly recommended."
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Duke Ellington
Duke's Big 4

  (Item #: ellindukes_1903_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This is an exceptionally well recorded small group date, with wonderful Double Plus (A++) sound throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • I don't know of any other Pablo recording of the Duke from this era that has such sound this big, open, clear and solid
  • Val Valentin did the engineering - as he often did over the course of his long and storied career, he knocked this one out of the park
  • 4 1/2 stars: "One of Duke Ellington's finest small group sessions from his final decade was this frequently exciting quartet date with guitarist Joe Pass, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Louie Bellson ... Highly recommended."
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John Coltrane
The Stardust Session

  (Item #: coltrstard_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Miles Davis
Miles Davis

  (Item #: davismiles_1903_1x) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Two Miles Davis classics, representing another remarkable find from the relentless Record Hunting Audiophiles here at Better Records
  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound or very close to it on all four sides!
  • 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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Miles Davis
Milestones

  (Item #: davismilestones_1903_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This original Columbia Mono Six-Eye pressing has superb Double Plus (A++) sound or better from the first note to the last
  • 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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Bill Evans
At The Montreux Jazz Festival

  (Item #: evansmontr_festival_1903x) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Evan's Classic Live album from the Montreux Jazz Festival returns to the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last
  • A killer Verve stereo pressing, with lovely richness and warmth, real space and wonderful immediacy throughout
  • Recorded live in 1968, this superb release pairs Evans' unique piano improvisations with bandmates Eddie Gomez and Jack DeJohnette
  • 4 stars: "Evans, famous for a soft-spoken pianistic touch, seems driven to new vistas on this album. He experiments more with harmonic dissonance and striking rhythmical contrasts, making this his most extroverted playing since his freshman release, New Jazz Conceptions."
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Hampton Hawes
All Night Session!, Vol. 3

  (Item #: hawesall_night_3_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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The Three
The Three
(33 RPM)

  (Item #: threethree_33_1801_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • A true Demo Disc, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound or BETTER on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too!
  • 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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Freddie Hubbard
Red Clay

  (Item #: hubbaredcl_1902x) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Hubbard's funkiest record - this classic earned shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or close to them throughout
  • One of our favorite CTI albums for sound and music - it's Hubbard's Soul Jazz Masterpiece, and it's a record that belongs in any audiophile's jazz collection
  • Lenny White (Return to Forever) drums up a storm on this album - with sound this good, he is playing right in the room with you!
  • 5 Stars: "This may be Freddie Hubbard's finest moment as a leader, in that it embodies and utilizes all of his strengths as a composer, soloist, and frontman. This session places the trumpeter in the company of giants such as tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Lenny White... This is a classic, hands down."
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Deodato
Prelude

  (Item #: deodaprelu_1712_1903) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This killer pressing earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The brass and percussion are amazing on 2001 (and every other track) - thanks RVG
  • We had no idea there was space this huge in the recording until we heard the best copies
  • "Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)," won the 1974 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance
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Joe Newman Quintet
Jive At Five

  (Item #: newmajivea_1903_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding copy of Jive At Five boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This Prestige reissue LP is big, spacious, swinging with energy and absolutely jumping out of the speakers
  • 4 stars: "...[this music] is very much in the Count Basie vein. That fact is not too surprising when one considers that the quintet includes three members of Basie's men: trumpeter Joe Newman, tenor saxophonist Frank Wess and bassist Eddie Jones. Joined by the complementary pianist Tommy Flanagan and drummer Oliver Jackson, Newman and his friends swing their way through four vintage standards and a couple of the leader's original blues..."
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The Three Sounds
Coldwater Flat

  (Item #: threecoldw_1903_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides and only the second copy to ever hit the site
  • A shockingly well recorded album, with Oliver Nelson's arrangements exploding from the speakers with all the brilliant energy and color we've come to expect from the man
  • "For this date, the group decided to emphasize its pop side, recording the record with the lush Oliver Nelson Orchestra and choosing to cover such pop hits as "The Look of Love" and "Last Train to Clarksville"... the glossy production has its appealing moments..."
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