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White Hot Stamper

Charles Mingus
Three Or Four Shades Of Blues

  (Item #: minguthree_1907_10) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An incredible sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last
  • These sides are KILLER -- clean, clear and full-bodied with a big bottom end and lots of space around all of the players
  • Robert Christgau called it the best composed bebop he’d heard in 1977; if you’re a bebop fan, we're sure you'll agree!
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Miles Davis
Sketches Of Spain

  (Item #: davissketc_1905_7_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A wonderful Miles Davis Columbia Six Eye stereo pressing with superb Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound throughout, just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • With the amazing All Tube Analog chain Columbia was using back in 1960, the sound is sublimely Tubey Magical, yet big and clear, with almost no trace of smear
  • Balanced, tonally correct and undistorted, this 30th Street recording is a showcase for Columbia's engineering prowess
  • 5 stars: "Sketches of Spain is the most luxuriant and stridently romantic recording Davis ever made. To listen to it in the 21st century is still a spine-tingling experience..."
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Lee Morgan
The Gigolo

  (Item #: morgagigol_1910_) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Lee Morgan's 1968 release comes to the site with superb Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound, right up there with our shootout winner
  • Fans of The Sidewinder and Rumproller will immediately recognize this horn sound heard here - rich, big and full-bodied, with clarity and energy to spare
  • Another triumph for Rudy Van Gelder - he refined a "live-in-the-studio" jazz sound that still sounds fresh to us audiophiles more than fifty years on
  • 4 1/2 stars: "There are no weak selections on this set and the playing by the leader, Wayne Shorter on tenor, pianist Harold Mabern, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Billy Higgins is beyond any serious criticism."
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Gene Ammons
The Gene Ammons Story: Gentle Jug

  (Item #: ammongenea_1901_7_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish for this Moodsville Classic - on exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • These two killer Rudy Van Gelder recordings capture the truly wonderful sound of Ammons' smooth, rich, breathy, bluesy sax
  • We love the reverb RVG placed on the drums here - it's sounds just right for a classic jazz album from the '60s
  • "...the tradition of the tenor ballad was fully defined by Gene Ammons and Ben Webster... this [album] is the source of a tradition. One of the absolute necessities to any jazz collection."
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Sonny Rollins
Saxophone Colossus

  (Item #: rollisaxop_1910) 

Our Price: $899.99

  • KILLER sound for this Prestige Gold Label Mono pressing with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to it
  • This one has been a long time coming but boy was it worth the wait -- full-bodied, Tubey Magical and super dynamic with tight note-like bass, this is by far the best copy we have ever played
  • About as quiet a vintage copy as we are ever likely to find - this pressing plays Mint Minus Minus, which in our experience is practically a miracle
  • 5 Stars: "Sonny Rollins recorded many memorable sessions during 1954-1958, but Saxophone Colossus is arguably his finest all-around set... Essential music"
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Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

  (Item #: daviskindo_1910) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find very good Hot Stamper grades on both sides of this 1959 classic by the great Miles Davis
  • KOB is the purest embodiment of the big-as-life, spacious and timbrally accurate 30th Street Studio Sound Fred Plaut was justly famous for
  • Clarity and transparency, correct tonality, and in-the-room immediacy are a few of the many qualities to be found on the better copies we offer
  • 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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Eric Dolphy
Caribé

  (Item #: dolphcarib_1910) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • KILLER sound on both sides of this later Prestige pressing with each earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • Both sides here are incredible -- big, rich, and full-bodied with tons of energy and lots of space around all of the players
  • "This record is the equivalent of throwing a stick of dynamite into a sedate, well-ordered dinner party, having the dynamite go off with a bang, and somehow leaving everything in its place... fascinating without a doubt." - All Music
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Bill Evans
The Paris Concert: Edition One

  (Item #: evansparis1_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of this live album, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - reasonably quiet vinyl for this kind of quiet piano music
  • These sides are doing pretty much everything right - as befits a live concert, there's an overall unprocessed quality to the sound and good space around all three players
  • 4 1/2 stars: "With bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Joe La Barbera, Evans had one of the strongest trios of his career... The close communication between the players is reminiscent of Evans' 1961 unit with Scott LaFaro and Paul Motian."
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Art Pepper
Smack Up

  (Item #: peppesmack_1910) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding Contemporary stereo pressing boasting Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • This is a classic from Pepper - all the songs were written by saxophonists and he tears into them with gusto and naked emotion (the two hallmarks of his playing style)
  • One of the best Contemporary titles for sound quality - as usual you can thank the brilliant engineering of Roy DuNann
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Pepper is very much on top of his game throughout, ably demonstrating a capacity for precision and intimidating passion. Nowhere is proof more readily available than on these sides, which project Pepper at the peak of his craft."
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Benny Carter
Swingin' the '20s

  (Item #: carteswing_1907_1_1910_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Dave Brubeck
Time Out

  (Item #: brubetimeo_1910_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This outstanding White 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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Harry Edison & Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
Simply Sweets

  (Item #: edisosimpl_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding copy of Simply Sweets boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound of this superb jazz quintet is big, lively, open and clear with Tubey Magical richness you will not find anywhere but on these vintage pressings
  • The legendary engineer Val Valentin put this one on tape, brilliantly - he's the man behind some of our All Time Pablo favorites
  • "Trumpeter Harry 'Sweets' Edison and tenor saxophonist Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis always made a potent pair. They both possessed immediately identifiable sounds, were veterans of Count Basie's Orchestra and never had any difficulty swinging."
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Bill Evans
Quintessence

  (Item #: evansquint_1910) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound can be found on both sides of this wonderful Bill Evans album - a Better Records favorite
  • Evans is joined here by an all-star lineup of Harold Land, Kenny Burrell, Ray Brown and the great Philly Joe Jones
  • Sonic highlights include a breathy, full sax; a big, solid piano; well-defined acoustic bass; and guitar tone that's tubey and warm
  • "Most of pianist Bill Evans' recordings were in a trio format, making this quintet date a nice change of pace... the results are quite tasteful and explorative in a subtle way."
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Chet Baker
Plays The Best Of Lerner And Loewe

  (Item #: bakerplays_1910) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from start to finish, this was the best copy we played in our recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Big, rich, smooth, open, natural, with plenty of tight bass - what's not to like? This copy is killin' it
  • Some of the best jazz guys of the day back up Chet on this one: Zoot Sims, Pepper Adams, Bill Evans, Herbie Mann and more
  • "...the timelessness of the melodies, coupled with the assembled backing aggregate, make Chet Baker Plays the Best of Lerner and Loewe (1959) a memorable concept album."
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Oliver Nelson
More Blues and the Abstract Truth

  (Item #: nelsomoreb_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Nelson's 1964 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • If you love hearing INTO a recording, actually being able to "see" the performers, and feeling as if you are sitting in the studio with the band, this is the record for you
  • 4 stars: "... there are some strong moments from such all-stars as trumpeter Thad Jones, altoist Phil Woods, baritonist Pepper Adams, pianist Roger Kellaway and guest tenor Ben Webster (who is on two songs)."
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Duke Ellington
Indigos

  (Item #: ellinindig_1910) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • With incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish, this early pressing has the magic of analog in its grooves
  • This Six Eye Stereo Columbia impressed us with its superbly well recorded big band jazz, in the romantic style Ellington had truly mastered
  • A near-perfect demonstration of just how good 1958 All Tube Analog sound can be - no modern record can hold a candle to a pressing as good as this one
  • If you like your jazz ballads performed with deep feeling, by a road-tested group of virtuoso players, this record is going to be hard to beat
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Count Basie & Oscar Peterson
Yessir, That’s My Baby

  (Item #: basieyessi_1902_5_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Both sides of this wonderful Basie/Peterson record are out of this world: Triple Plus (A+++) on the first side, Double Plus (A++) on the second - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Jazz records don't get a whole lot bigger, clearer or more full-bodied. Man, that is the glorious sound of ANALOG!
  • Guaranteed to blow the doors off any Heavy Vinyl pressing AP will ever do, at any speed, and of course any pressing by Pablo
  • "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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Charles Mingus
Oh Yeah

  (Item #: minguohyea_1903_10) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • 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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Miles Davis
Quiet Nights

  (Item #: davisquiet_1910) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • 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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Miles Davis
In Person - Friday Night

  (Item #: davisinper_1905_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Superb sound throughout for this Columbia reissue pressing with each side rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or very close to it
  • Love the sound of vintage tube jazz recordings? This copy delivers like very few records can
  • Rich, smooth, and above all Tubey Magical, here is the ideal sound for this very special live date
  • 4 1/2 stars: Davis himself has never played with more intensity and muscularity on record than he does here. He is absolutely fierce ... an underappreciated group because of its relatively short life, but as evidenced here, the bandmembers swung fast and hard and never looked back. Miles fans will need both [Friday and Saturday Night] to fully appreciate how special this engagement with this particular band was."
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Miles Davis
Someday My Prince Will Come

  (Item #: davissomed_1906_10) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • A KILLER copy of this Davis classic, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Our Six Eye Stereo pressing is Tubey Magical, full-bodied and high-rez, not to mention uncannily present - Miles will be in the room with you
  • Musically this is one of our favorite Miles albums - the sound is Demo Disc Quality on the copies that sound the way this one does
  • "The set opens with the title, a lilting waltz that nonetheless gets an original treatment here... Davis waxes light and lyrical with his Harmon mute... [Hank] Mobley plays a strictly journeyman solo, and then Coltrane blows the pack away with a solo so deep inside the harmony it sounds like it's coming from somewhere else."
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Dave Brubeck
Brubeck a La Mode

  (Item #: brubealamo_1904_7_10) 

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


  • KILLER sound throughout with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the first
  • Wonderfully Tubey Magical and natural - this may not be an original, but it sure sounds like a good All Tube recording from 1960 should
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout with both sides playing Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - they didn't press them any quieter
  • "One of Brubeck's three recordings of the 1959-61 period that featured clarinetist Bill Smith in the place of altoist Paul Desmond with the Quartet, this one finds Smith contributing ten originals that use various modes and unusual scales. The music generally swings and there are some fine solos..."
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Gerry Mulligan
The Concert Jazz Band

  (Item #: mulliconce_1905_7_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish, the "big band" sound here is really jumping out of the speakers
  • Huge space, size and clarity, with Tubey Magical richness befitting the 1960 recording dates of these sessions
  • "My idea is not so much that we are a big band with a small-band feel, but that we have a big-band feel in the way that a big band ought to be." -- Gerry Mulligan.
  • "Mulligan stages a thrilling musical spectacle in which fierce rivalry, song-like harmony and refined counterpoint play the main roles."
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Super Hot Stamper

Herbie Hancock
Speak Like a Child

  (Item #: hancospeak_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding copy of Hancock's 1968 release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from start to finish
  • These sides are big and full-bodied with well-defined bass, with lively transient energy on the brass instruments, a signature sound of our man RVG's
  • Featuring Hancock's arrangements for an unusual front line of alto flute, bass trombone and flugelhorn, none of which solo (!)
  • 4 1/2 stars: "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."
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Charles Mingus
Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus

  (Item #: mingumingumingu_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding vintage stereo copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound, or close to it, from start to finish
  • Impulse released a Heavy Vinyl pressing in 1995, as did Speakers Corner in 2003, but neither can hold a candle to the real thing
  • Mingus was a genius and the original music on this record is just one more album's worth of proof of the undeniability of that fact
  • 5 stars: "It closes out the most productive and significant chapter of his career, and one of the most fertile, inventive hot streaks of any composer in jazz history."
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George Benson
White Rabbit

  (Item #: bensowhite_1910) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • An outstanding copy of Benson's 1972 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from top to bottom
  • Open and transparent on both sides, with wonderfully full-bodied guitars, solid bass and huge amounts of swingin' jazz energy
  • Superb engineering by Rudy Van Gelder - White Rabbit features jazz legends Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, Airto, and more
  • 4 stars: "For George Benson's second CTI project, producer Creed Taylor and arranger Don Sebesky successfully place the guitarist in a Spanish-flavored setting full of flamenco flourishes, brass fanfares, moody woodwinds and such... In this prime sample of the CTI idiom, everyone wins."
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Art Blakey Jazz Messengers
Free For All

  (Item #: blakefreef_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout for this Blue Note pressing with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER - mostly quiet vinyl too
  • This LP was simply bigger, richer and clearer, with more Tubey Magic, less smear and distortion, and on and on down the list
  • A Van Gelder recording from 1964 is hard to beat for you-are-there immediacy, and this pressing delivers that qualitiy like no other copy you've heard - we guarantee it
  • "Free for All is a high point in drummer Art Blakey's enormous catalog. This edition of the Jazz Messengers had been together since 1961 with a lineup that would be hard to beat: Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor sax, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Cedar Walton on piano, and Reggie Workman on bass."
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Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto
Getz - Gilberto #2

  (Item #: getz_getz_gilberto_2_1910) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An outstanding copy with Double Plus (A++) Live Jazz sound from start to finish
  • This original stereo pressing is one of just a few to make it to the site in years - boy are these hard to find in this kind of clean condition with good quality sonics
  • Rich, tubey and musical, the sound is wonderful for these live performances of two very different groups, one featuring Getz, the other Jobim
  • 4 stars: "Getz/Gilberto #2 holds its own with an appealing selection of fine jazz and bossa nova cuts."
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Shelly Manne
2-3-4

  (Item #: manne234_1910_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This superb 1962 release boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) stereo sound from first note to last
  • Huge, Tubey Magical and lively, with solid weight for Manne's kick and lots of space around all the other instruments, this Van Gelder recording is guaranteed to fill your listening room with brilliant modern jazz music
  • Shelly Manne is one of our favorite drummers - here he reunites with the great Coleman Hawkins, as well as Hank Jones, Eddie Costa and George Duvivier
  • 4 stars: "This unusual set has five selections from a date featuring the great tenor Coleman Hawkins, pianist Hank Jones, bassist George Duvivier, and drummer Shelly Manne... A very interesting set with more than its share of surprises."
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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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Cannonball Adderley - Bill Evans
Know What I Mean?

  (Item #: adderknoww_1904_10) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • 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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Rob Wasserman
Duets

  (Item #: wasseduets_1901_7_10) 

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


  • This rare and wonderful album from 1988 on the original MCA label offers outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • In-the-room vocal presence (Jennifer Warnes is stunning on Leonard Cohen's Ballad Of The Runaway Horse) and tight, note-like bass are key to the best pressings
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - they don't come quieter in our experience
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Some amazing duets and a great lineup that includes Aaron Neville (v), Stephane Grappelli (violin), Dan Hicks (v, g), and so on. The jazz community missed this one." [But the audiophile community loved it.]
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Blue Mitchell
Blue's Moods

  (Item #: mitchblues_1905_10) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • A superb copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - xceptionally quiet vinyl throughout
  • Yet another remarkable disc from the Golden Age of Vacuum Tube Recording, with the added benefit of mastering using the more modern cutting equipment of the '70s and '80s
  • (We are of course here referring to the good modern mastering of 35+ years ago, not the generally opaque, veiled and lifeless mastering so common today)
  • "Of trumpeter Blue Mitchell's seven Riverside recordings, only this set -- along with three numbers on Blue Soul -- feature Mitchell as the only horn. Joined by pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Roy Brooks, the trumpeter is typically distinctive, swinging, and inventive within the hard bop genre."
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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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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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Charles Mingus
Mingus Moves

  (Item #: mingumingu_moves_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding copy of Mingus Moves boasts 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
  • 4 stars: "Together this excellent quintet performed seven recent compositions... Only three of the pieces are by Mingus but all of the music is greatly influenced by his searching and unpredictable style."
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Art Blakey
Meet You At The Jazz Corner... Volume 2

  (Item #: blakemeety_vol2_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • The second in this superb 2-volume live set makes its Hot Stamper debut here with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • 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
  • A dynamic and energetic recording by Rudy Van Gelder that really jumps on a copy like this
  • 4 stars: "The band reels under the authoritative beat of Blakey, who grounds the emerging leadership of Morgan and Shorter... the pair seem to be likewise learning from the experience of simply interacting with each other. This sort of ‘on-the-job training' became an essential element in the Messengers and propelled the likes of Shorter into the orbit of Miles Davis."
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Art Blakey
Meet You At The Jazz Corner... Volume 1

  (Item #: blakemeety_vol1_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • The first in this superb 2-volume live set makes its Hot Stamper debut here with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Tubier, more present, more alive, with more of that "jumpin' out of the speakers" quality that only The Real Thing (an old record) ever has
  • Credit goes to RVG once again for the huge space that the superbly well recorded combo occupies
  • "Here all ears are tuned to the proverbial "jazz corner of the world," better known as Birdland, where the quintet serves up a healthy sampling of its concurrent catalog... a welcome addition to the library of most any jazz lover."
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Sonny Rollins & Coleman Hawkins
Sonny Meets Hawk

  (Item #: rollisonny_1811_7_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two and a side one that's close to it, this copy is going to be tough to beat
  • 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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Kenny Burrell
Guitar Forms

  (Item #: burreguita_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Burrell's 1965 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Balanced, musical and full throughout - this pressing is a big step up from most other copies we played
  • We agree with the Allmusic reviewer, this album is every bit as the groundbreaking work Evans did with Miles, and for our money, makes for an even more enjoyable album length listen
  • 4 stars: "His landmark 1965 collaboration with Gil Evans, Guitar Forms rivals anything the arranger did with Miles Davis. Indeed, the track "Lotus Land" has a bolero form very reminiscent of Sketches of Spain. Throughout, Burrell takes thoughtful, concise, and utterly musical solos, and even switches to acoustic classical guitar on Prelude #2 and Loie."
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Bud Shank & Clare Fischer
Bossa Nova Jazz Samba

  (Item #: shankbossa_1903_10) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This superb collaboration from 1962 makes its Hot Stamper debut with stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout
  • With a breathy sax, lively and present piano, clarity, space and timbral accuracy, this is guaranteed to be one of the best sounding jazz records you've heard
  • A wonderful Bossa Nova classic that shows you just how lovely this music can sound when properly mastered and pressed
  • This is vintage Sixties Pacific Jazz Stereo at its best - big, rich and Tubey Magical like you will not believe
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Milt Jackson & John Coltrane
Bags & Trane

  (Item #: jacksbagsa_1812_5_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding sound on this vintage stereo pressing, with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grades and playing fairly quietly
  • One of Tom Dowd's many excellent recordings of John Coltrane at the height of his powers - the sound is to die for
  • If you think the originals of Classic Jazz Albums such as this one are the only ones with the "right sound," this Hot Stamper pressing will surely be a revelation - it's guaranteed to MURDER any early pressing you play it against
  • 5 stars: "Vibraphonist Milt Jackson and tenor saxophonist John Coltrane make for a surprisingly complementary team on this 1959 studio session, their only joint recording."
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Wes Montgomery
Goin' Out of My Head

  (Item #: montggoino_1906_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides, this early stereo copy blew the competition away with its size, Tubey Magical richness and vibrant jazz energy
  • Once again Oliver Nelson's Big Band arrangements take the music to another level - the guy's a genius
  • "...it's a classic big-band album, with smart charts by Nelson and stolen moments of Montgomery's guitar grandeur and romantic truth scattered throughout.
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Jimmy Smith
Bashin'

  (Item #: smithbashi_1910) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • One of the better copies from our most recent shootout of this Big Band Jazz classic led by Jimmy Smith - Double Plus (A++) or BETTER sound throughout
  • If you own only one Jimmy Smith album, make it this one - with Oliver Nelson's arrangements ferociously blasting away, at good loud levels the first side here has the power to swing like you will not believe
  • 5 stars: "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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Dave Brubeck
Brubeck a La Mode

  (Item #: brubealamo_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find superb sound on this very well-recorded Fantasy session from 1960 - both sides earned Double Plus (A++) sonic grades
  • Wonderfully Tubey Magical and natural - this may not be an original, but it sure sounds like a good All Tube recording from 1960 should
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout with both sides playing Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - they didn't press them any quieter
  • "One of Brubeck's three recordings of the 1959-61 period that featured clarinetist Bill Smith in the place of altoist Paul Desmond with the Quartet, this one finds Smith contributing ten originals that use various modes and unusual scales. The music generally swings and there are some fine solos..."
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Louis and the All Stars
The Best of Louis Armstrong

  (Item #: armstbesto_1902_7_10) 

Our Price: $199.99
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  • 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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Kenny Burrell
God Bless The Child

  (Item #: burregodbl_1910) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • With a Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grade on side one and a solid Double Plus (A++) grade on side two, this one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout
  • One of our favorite CTI albums, and surely one of the best sounding, especially on this pressing
  • Credit goes to RVG once again for the huge space that the superbly well recorded orchestra occupies
  • AMG raves: "This is Burrell at his level best as a player to be sure, but also as a composer and as a bandleader. Magnificent."
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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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Vince Guaraldi
Jazz Impressions Of Charlie Brown

  (Item #: guarajazzi_charl_1910) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from top to bottom, this copy has a lot going for it
  • Richer, warmer, more natural, more relaxed, this is what vintage analog is all about, that smooth sound that never calls attention to itself and just lets the music flow
  • Guaraldi introduced the world to his unique, melodic, elegantly simple style with this very album - only a pressing this good does the timeless score justice
  • 5 stars: "The most remarkable thing, besides the high quality of Guaraldi's whimsically swinging tunes, is that he did not compromise his art one iota for the cartoon world; indeed, he sounds even more engaged, inventive, and lighthearted in his piano work here than ever."
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John Klemmer
Touch

  (Item #: klemmtouch_1810_4_10) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • 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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Stanley Turrentine
Sugar

  (Item #: turresugar_1906_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last, this copy is rich, musical and, above all, enjoyable - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • A dynamic and energetic recording by Rudy Van Gelder that really jumps on a copy like this
  • With top talent like Freddie Hubbard and George Benson, you will have a hard time finding a funkier Soul Jazz record
  • AMG raves: "If jazz fans are interested in Turrentine beyond the Blue Note period — and they should be — this is a heck of a place to listen for satisfaction."
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Milt Jackson Quintet
That's The Way It Is

  (Item #: jacksthats_1904_6_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound and fairly quiet vinyl on both sides of this is a killer live jazz album from Shelly's Manne-Hole
  • 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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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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Miles Davis
Decoy

  (Item #: davisdecoy_1907_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • STUNNING sound throughout with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to it
  • Fans of Bitches Brew will find much to like here, and at least in most ways, this is actually a better sounding album
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Mr. Davis has made tasteful creative use of synthesizers, drum machines and other modern gizmos, voicing them with saxophone, guitar and other traditional instruments without letting them dominate the music." - NY Times
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Clark Terry
The Happy Horns of Clark Terry

  (Item #: terryhappy_1902_6_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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Rob Wasserman
Duets

  (Item #: wasseduets_1906_10) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This rare and wonderful album from 1988 on the original MCA label offers KILLER Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side one backed with a superb Double Plus (A++) side two
  • In-the-room vocal presence (Jennifer Warnes is stunning on Leonard Cohen's Ballad Of The Runaway Horse) and tight, note-like bass are key to the best pressings
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Some amazing duets and a great lineup that includes Aaron Neville (v), Stephane Grappelli (violin), Dan Hicks (v, g), and so on. The jazz community missed this one." [But the audiophile community loved it.)
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Sonny Rollins
Alfie (Original Music From The Score)

  (Item #: rollialfie_1902_6_10ex) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb copy of Sonny Rollins' Alfie, boasting outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides
  • 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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Dave Brubeck
Countdown - Time In Outer Space

  (Item #: brubecount_1906_10) 

Our Price: $199.99
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  • A KILLER 6-Eye original stereo pressing of this wonderful recording, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side one, followed by an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side two
  • An incredibly Tubey Magical disc, exactly what would be expected with Teo Macero producing and Fred Plaut engineering in the Jazz Golden Age
  • Reasonably quiet playing surfaces considering that we're dealing here with a more than 50 year old Six Eye Columbia pressing
  • 4 Stars: "One of Dave Brubeck's more adventurous albums... Highly recommended along with Brubeck's other Time recordings."
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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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Woody Herman
Swing Low, Sweet Clarinet

  (Item #: hermaswing_1910_) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A stunning Hot Stamper original stereo pressing of Woody Herman's highly regarded 1962 Philips release, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it
  • The Tubey Magical richness of some of the better Philips pressings from this era have really taken us by surprise - these are some amazingly good recordings!
  • Exceptionally spacious and three-dimensional, as well as relaxed and full-bodied, this is by far the best sounding Woody Herman record we have ever run acrossl
  • "Sticking exclusively to clarinet, he shows himself to be a fine improviser and an expressive player who gives fresh interpretations to a variety of standards, some closely associated with Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw [whose good records we never seem to find]. ...[an] out-of-print but worthy LP."
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Ornette Coleman
Ornette On Tenor

  (Item #: colemornet_1910) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A KILLER sounding Atlantic pressing with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it throughout
  • Both sides here are super rich and Tubey Magical yet still clean and clear with tons of energy and plenty of extension on both ends
  • "It's an understatement to say that Ornette Coleman's stint with Atlantic altered the jazz world forever, and Ornette on Tenor was the last of his six LPs (not counting outtakes compilations) for the label, wrapping up one of the most controversial and free-thinking series of recordings in jazz history... far ahead of its time." - All Music
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Shorty Rogers
Bossa Nova Exciting Jazz Samba Rhythms

  (Item #: rogerbossa_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Shorty's 1961 Bossa Nova exploration finally makes its Hot Stamper debut with STUNNING Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades on both sides
  • Rich, smooth, sweet, and wonderfully natural, this is the sound we love here at Better Records
  • This is swingin’ West Coast jazz at its best - a highly recommended jazz album for those of you who care to explore artists out of the jazz mainstream
  • Rogers assembled a top-notch ensemble for this wonderful Bossa Nova album, including Bud Shank and Shelly Manne
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Kenny Burrell
Guitar Forms

  (Item #: burreguita_1909_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Amazing Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side two and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on one - a truly killer copy from our most recent shootout
  • Gil Evans wrote the orchestral arrangements and Rudy captured them on lovely analog tape - what's not to like?
  • We agree with the Allmusic reviewer, this album is every bit as the groundbreaking work Evans did with Miles, and for our money, makes for an even more enjoyable album length listen
  • "His landmark 1965 collaboration with Gil Evans, Guitar Forms rivals anything the arranger did with Miles Davis. Indeed, the track "Lotus Land" has a bolero form reminiscent of Sketches of Spain. Burrell takes thoughtful, concise, and utterly musical solos, and even switches to acoustic classical guitar on [two tracks]."
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Kenny Burrell
Out Of This World

  (Item #: burreoutof_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding copy of Out Of This World boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • This superb RVG recording comes to life on this pressing - it's full-bodied and above all, lively (Rudy'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
Sun Ship

  (Item #: coltrsunsh_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Coltrane's final album finally arrives on the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Huge space, size and clarity, with Tubey Magical richness befitting the 1965 recording date of this session at RCA studios
  • Released posthumously, this superb release captures one of the last recording dates for the Classic Quartet: drummer Elvin Jones, pianist McCoy Tyner, and bassist Jimmy Garrison
  • 4 stars: "While a summation for this quartet, Sun Ship is also an exciting if unfinished prelude to Coltrane's final period of transformation."
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Art Blakey Quartet
A Jazz Message

  (Item #: blakejazzm_1907_10) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This original Impulse stereo pressing has stunning nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish, nearly as good as our Shootout Winner
  • These sides show off Rudy Van Gelder's engineering chops to full effect - they're big, full-bodied and lively, with good studio space around all the players
  • "Art Blakey took time off from his busy schedule to participate in this quartet session with saxophonist Sonny Stitt, pianist McCoy Tyner and bassist Art Davis. Although this session was under Blakey's leadership, Stitt (on both tenor and alto) emerges as the main soloist, playing his trademark bebop lines with creativity and typical enthusiasm."
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Duke Ellington
Piano In The Background

  (Item #: ellinpiano_1902_5_10) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This original Six Eye has a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Full-bodied and warm, exactly the way you want your vintage analog to sound - the piano is surprisingly real here, solid and dynamic
  • Classic Records remastered the album in the 2000s, as has Speakers Corner, but if you think either one of those versions can hold a candle to the real thing from 1960, let us send you this record and disabuse you of that notion
  • 4 stars: "One of Ellington's rarer studio sessions... Ellington's solo abilities were always a bit underrated due to his brilliance in other areas, but this set shows just how modern he remained through the years as a player."
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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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Kenny Burrell
Midnight Blue

  (Item #: burremidni_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding copy of this amazing RVG recording with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • One of our All Time Favorite Blue Note albums for music and sound - is there a better bluesy Jazz Guitar album?
  • Rich, smooth and Tubey Magical, this pressing has a lovely musical quality that's missing from most of the copies we played
  • AMG 5 Stars - if there were a Top 100 Jazz List on our site, Midnight Blue would be right up at the top of it
  • Jazz Improv Magazine puts the album among its Top Five recommended recordings for Burrell, indicating that "[i]f you need to know 'the Blue Note sound', here it is."
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Count Basie
Me and You

  (Item #: basiemeand_1907_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent sounding copy of Basie's 1983 release, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER 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 1983, this is the only way to go
  • This is the Basie Big Band album that came out right after 88 Basie Street, a hard act to follow - top engineering by Dennis Sands
  • "... recorded only a little more than a year before his death. However, the spirit of this music (helped out by some Ernie Wilkins) arrangements) make Count Basie seem ageless."
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Cannonball Adderley
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy!

  (Item #: addermercy_1910) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Exceptional Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this 1965 release, one of the better copies from our shootout
  • One of the man's most enjoyable albums - the sound here is bigger and livelier than most, and above all it's balanced, avoiding many of the problems we heard on other pressings
  • Joe Zawinul (Weather Report) wrote the title song, which became a big hit for Adderley (and later The Buckinghams), and he plays on the album
  • 5 Stars: "Adderley's irrepressible exuberance was a major part of his popularity, and no document captures that quality as well -- or with such tremendous musical rewards -- as Mercy, Mercy, Mercy."
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Donald Byrd
Royal Flush

  (Item #: byrd_royal_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb sounding copy of Royal Flush, with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or very close to them
  • 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
  • Byrd's trumpet sounds wonderful here, with just the right amount of bite
  • "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."
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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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Cannonball Adderley
Domination

  (Item #: adderdomin_1907_9) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - mostly quiet vinyl too
  • This is an AMAZINGLY well-recorded album - big, rich, and positively exploding with the fun jazz energy Adderley is known for
  • And don't forget Oliver Nelson's swinging arrangements for this group, surely a match made in Heaven
  • Why isn't this LP better known? It's one of the best jazz albums we've "discovered" recently, with the Big Sound we Big Speaker guys flip for
  • "Both Adderleys feature through a series of monumental sounding charts by Oliver Nelson on some very enterprising material"
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Airto
Fingers

  (Item #: airtofinge_1909) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Excellent from first note to last - Double Plus sound (A++) on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Incredibly impressive funky Brazilian jazz sound with HUGE lifelike percussion - thanks RVG!
  • "Produced by Taylor and recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's famous New Jersey studio, this LP demonstrates just how exciting and creative 1970s fusion could be. When Moreira and his colleagues blend jazz with Brazilian music, rock and funk on such cuts as "Wind Chant," "Tombo in 7/4" and "Romance of Death," the results are consistently enriching. Fingers is an album to savor."
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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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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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Horace Silver
Serenade to a Soul Sister

  (Item #: silveseren_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding pressing of Silver's 1968 release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from first note to the last - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • This copy was clearly cut with super-low distortion mastering equipment, and boy does it help the sound
  • Rudy Van Gelder did an outstanding job as usual engineering these 1968 quintet sessions, some of which include one of our favorite tenor men, Stanley Turrentine
  • 4 1/2 stars: "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."
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Charles Mingus
Tijuana Moods

  (Item #: mingutijua_1909) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This outstanding copy of Mingus' 1962 release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • This is vintage Sixties Living Stereo at its best - big, rich and Tubey Magical like you will not believe
  • 5 stars: "Mingus at the time said that this was his greatest recording, and it certainly ranks near the top. The passionate playing, exciting ensembles, and high-quality compositions make this a real gem, and it represents one of Charles Mingus' finest hours."
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Oliver Nelson
More Blues and the Abstract Truth

  (Item #: nelsomoreb_1909) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Nelson's 1965 release makes its Hot Stamper debut with stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout - 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 album, a vintage pressing like this one is the only way to hear it
  • 4 stars: "... there are some strong moments from such all-stars as trumpeter Thad Jones, altoist Phil Woods, baritonist Pepper Adams, pianist Roger Kellaway and guest tenor Ben Webster (who is on two songs). The emphasis is on blues-based pieces and there are some strong moments even if the date falls short of its predecessor."
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Gene Ammons/Sonny Stitt
Prime Cuts

  (Item #: ammonprime_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This copy of Ammons and Stitt's 1972 soulful mainstream bop collaboration boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on all four sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Remarkable Tubey Magical richness, as well as the kind of immediacy and transparency that most copies failed to match
  • We've known this was a great sounding record for a very long time, and now we have the copy to prove it
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt always made for a perfect team... The two tenors (with Stitt doubling on alto) are heard at their most combative during these consistently exciting performances"
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Horace Silver
Song For My Father

  (Item #: silvesongf_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of 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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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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Bud Shank
Windmills Of Your Mind

  (Item #: shankwindm_1909) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Bud Shank's 1969 release makes its Hot Stamper debut with a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side two and outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on side one
  • Fully extended from top to bottom with a wide-open soundstage - for this music this is the right sound
  • Features a collection of compositions by jazz great Michel Legrand, who lends his talents here on piano and harpsichord as well
  • "Every track is a French twist on the swinging '60s, with superb arranging by Legrand and crisp playing by Bud and the orchestra."
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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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Vince Guaraldi
Jazz Impressions Of Charlie Brown

  (Item #: guarajazzi_charl_1909) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find very good Hot Stamper sound on both sides of this wonderful pressing
  • Guaraldi introduced the world to his unique, melodic, elegantly simple style with this very album - only a pressing this good does the timeless score justice
  • This copy is exceptionally QUIET for a Vince Guaraldi album, playing Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - they don't get any quieter in our experience
  • 5 stars: "The most remarkable thing, besides the high quality of Guaraldi's whimsically swinging tunes, is that he did not compromise his art one iota for the cartoon world; indeed, he sounds even more engaged, inventive, and lighthearted in his piano work here than ever."
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Ellington-Basie
First Time - The Count Meets the Duke

  (Item #: ellinfirst_1909) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • You'll find Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides of this stunning Six Eye Stereo pressing of First Time!
  • Three-dimensional space and ambience, rich Tubey Magic by the boatload - this 30th Street recording shows just how good Columbia's engineers were back then
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Ellington's elegance and unique voicings meet Basie's rollicking, blues-based Kansas City swing, and it works gloriously. The Duke and his band accentuate their swinging dance band side, while Basie and company have never sounded as suave and exotic as when playing Billy Strayhorn arrangements. Everyone has a good time, and that joy infuses this album from start to finish."
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Thelonious Monk
Criss-Cross

  (Item #: monk_criss_1811_7_9) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This early stereo pressing won our shootout - it has insanely good Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides
  • Columbia's recordings produced by Teo Macero in the early '60s have consistently open, natural sound - this one from 1963 is no exception
  • The piano sounds amazing here - natural and dynamic, letting Monk's passionate playing shine
  • "Thelonious Monk's second album for Columbia Records features some of the finest work that Monk ever did in the studio with his '60s trio and quartet ... This is prime Monk for any degree of listener."
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Stanley Turrentine
Joyride

  (Item #: turrejoyri_1909) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Joyride finally arrives on the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Exceptionally spacious and three-dimensional, as well as relaxed and full-bodied - this pressing was a noticeable step up over many of the copies we played
  • The really good RVG pressings like this one sound shockingly close to live music
  • 4 stars: "Stanley Turrentine is the featured artist in this big band session with an all-star orchestra arranged and conducted by Oliver Nelson. While Nelson's charts are funky and easygoing... they serve the purpose to inspire the tenor saxophonist."
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Stanley Turrentine
The Spoiler

  (Item #: turrespoil_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • The Spoiler makes its Hot Stamper debut with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades throughout - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • Another triumph for Rudy Van Gelder - he refined a "live-in-the-studio" jazz sound that still sounds fresh to this day, even after 50+ years
  • Surprisingly dynamic, with great energy, this copy brought Stanley Turrntine's music to life right in our listening room
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Turrentine is in fine form throughout the date, even finding something to say on 'Sunny.' 'La Fiesta' (no relation to the later Chick Corea tune) is the highpoint of a largely enjoyable set."
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Ramsey Lewis
Maiden Voyage

  (Item #: lewismaide_1806_1_9) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This copy of Lewis' 1968 release boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound, or close to it, from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • A wonderful sounding record and all but Forgotten Classic, with Ramsey Lewis and his Trio at the top of their game
  • Maurice White of Earth, Wind and Fire fame was Ramsey's drummer back in the day
  • "The remarkable Charles Stepney production and arrangement and the brilliant rhythm section means this album is not just another jazz covers record. Highly recommended." - Allmusic Review
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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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John Coltrane
More Lasting Than Bronze

  (Item #: coltrmorel_1909) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This superb Prestige Two-Fer offer outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from top to bottom
  • 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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John Coltrane
John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman

  (Item #: coltrjohnc_1903_9_1909) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding copy of this classic Jazz Vocal album, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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
  • 5 stars: "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"
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Leroy Vinnegar Sextet
Leroy Walks!

  (Item #: vinneleroy_1909) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This KILLER copy of Leroy Vinnegar's debut album has Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides
  • The Contemporary stereo sound here is completely natural in all respects - rich, warm and smooth, the sound we love
  • I had no idea this record was a Top Contemporary Title, but I sure know it now. After playing this copy, I would put it up against practically any jazz record from the era
  • 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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