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Duke Ellington
Up In Duke's Workshop

  (Item #: ellinupind_1712_1804) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) Ellington Big Band sound from 1969-1972 is found on both of these wonderful sides
  • Pablo has here compiled some of Ellington's best later music and mastered and pressed it wonderfully as well
  • "At first listen it is rougher, seems to be less evolved than his earlier easier-to-notice stylistic approach. If you give this a couple of plays, you will find it totally mesmerizing."
  • "Duke Ellington was the most important composer in the history of jazz as well as being a bandleader who held his large group together continuously for almost 50 years."
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John Coltrane
Standard Coltrane

  (Item #: coltrstand_1804_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this remarkable vintage reissue, remastered correctly
  • Big, lively, present and dynamic, this is a killer '58 Rudy Van Gelder Golden Age recording that sounds the way it should
  • Should easily qualify as one of the better sounding Coltrane albums you've ever heard
  • Down Beat gives it Four Stars - it's another fine example of Coltrane's unique take on classic material
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Art Pepper
Landscape

  (Item #: peppelands_1712x) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides of this 1979 Art Pepper classic
  • One of the few copies of Landscape to hit the site in a very long time - relatively quiet vinyl too
  • George Cables, Art's longtime collaborator on piano, is nothing less than amazing on this record - this is the best I’ve ever heard him play
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Altoist Art Pepper was in inspired form during this Tokyo concert. This particular LP features Pepper on memorable versions of "True Blues," "Sometime" (during which Pepper switches to clarinet), "Landscape" and "Over the Rainbow." Pepper's intensity and go-for-broke style are exhilarating throughout.
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Joni Mitchell
Mingus

  (Item #: mitchmingu_1711s) 

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


  • A stunning copy, with amazing Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides
  • Rich, dynamic and natural sounding with more energy than almost every other copy we played
  • If you're a fan of Joni's more adventurous work you'll find a lot to like here
  • Herbie Hancock and some of Weather Report join Mingus in helping Joni bring these jazzy works to life
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Wes Montgomery
Full House

  (Item #: montgfullh_1804) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides of this copy of Wes Montgomery's first live album
  • Open, clear, and present, the sound on this pressing highlights every instrument in this stellar quintet
  • 5 Stars on AMG, this live performance was captured at in Berkeley, where Montgomery teamed up with the Wynton Kelly Trio to create some serious jazz MAGIC
  • "Throughout the entire album [Montgomery's] virtuosity seems effortless, which is why he has been so loved through the decades to the present day." -- Adam Maiorano
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Duke Ellington
Masterpieces By Ellington

  (Item #: ellinmaste_1804) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • You'll find DEMO quality sound on this 6 Eye pressing, boasting outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides
  • For his first LP, Ellington is freed from prior 3-minute constraints and the results are nothing short of breathtaking on a record this good
  • The early mono sound is shockingly real - not for the era, but for any era - it's remarkably big, rich and Tubey Magical
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...he and the band rose to the occasion with extended (11-minute-plus) "uncut concert arrangements" of "Mood Indigo," "Sophisticated Lady," and "Solitude,""
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John Coltrane
My Favorite Things

  (Item #: coltrmyfav_1804) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this 1961 Coltrane classic
  • Dramatically more richness, fullness and presence than most copies
  • An exceptionally difficult album to find with top quality sound and decent surfaces
  • 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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Cannonball Adderley
Cannonball's Bossa Nova

  (Item #: addercanno_1804) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • An exceptionally rare and amazing sounding early stereo pressing - it boasts Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last
  • These originals are by far the best way to go, in stereo of course, putting Cannonball's breathy, melodic sax right between your speakers, with the rest of the band - including Sergio Mendes on keys - spread out around him
  • Truly an undiscovered gem in the Adderley catalog - the audiophiles here at Better Records were digging both the music and especially the superb sound
  • Another top quality recording from the superbly talented Ray Fowler, the house engineer for Riverside and the man behind many of the best Thelonious Monk and Cannonball Adderley recordings done for that great jazz label
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Dave Brubeck Trio Featuring Gerry Mulligan
Compadres

  (Item #: brubecompa_1711s) 

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


  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this Brubeck Mulligan Masterpiece
  • The fullness of the lower midrange on this Columbia 360 Stereo pressing brings out all the magic of this pair's piano and baritone, respectively
  • Recorded in Mexico, the superb sound captured here was no easy feat, but the Columbia engineers were clearly up to the challenge
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "This fine LP was the debut of Brubeck's new Quartet, a group featuring baritonist Gerry Mulligan... this enjoyable set showed that for Brubeck there was life after Paul Desmond."
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Deodato
Prelude

  (Item #: deodaprelu_1712_1804) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This killer pressing earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • 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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Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery
The Dynamic Duo

  (Item #: smithdynam_1804) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Two excellent Double Plus (A++) sides for this classic jazz collaboration - one of the better copies from our most recent shootout
  • Big, rich and lively throughout with very good presence, this is a fun album and an outstanding recording - thanks RVG
  • About as quiet as we can find them, one of the reasons it's been years since we offered one - Mint Minus Minus
  • "The results are incendiary -- a near-ideal meeting of yin and yang." -- Allmusic, 5 stars
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Art Pepper + Eleven
Modern Jazz Classics

  (Item #: peppemoder_1804_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A Big, Bold and Lively copy, with both sides rating Double Plus (A++) for this album, one of Art Pepper's true Must Owns
  • This is one DYNAMIC jazz record -- drop the needle on any track and prepare yourself to be very impressed
  • Here is the Tubey Magic of the originals without the problems that make the average original so much less involving
  • A longtime audiophile favorite - 5 stars on Allmusic: "This is a true classic. Essential music for all serious jazz collections."
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Cannonball Adderley
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy!

  (Item #: addermercy_1804_1) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • Exceptional Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this 1965 release, one of the better copies from our shootout - quiet vinyl too
  • One of the man's most enjoyable albums - the sound is bigger and livelier and above all balanced, avoiding many of the problems we heard on the originals
  • 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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Milt Jackson & John Coltrane
Bags & Trane

  (Item #: jacksbagsa_1804) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find outstanding sound on this vintage stereo pressing, with both sides rating a solid Double Plus (A++)
  • One of Tom Dowd's many excellent recordings of John Coltrane at the height of his powers - the sound is to die for
  • Relatively quiet for a vintage jazz album such as this - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • 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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Al Dimeola
Elegant Gypsy

  (Item #: dimeoelega_1804) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this Fusion Guitar Jazz Classic is practically a Demo Disc
  • Both sides are lively, full-bodied, open and present -- the sound is big and bold and the music rocks
  • If you're going to buy one Al Dimeola record, his sophomore effort is clearly the one to have - it's an indisputable masterpiece
  • 5 stars: "Generally an explosive affair, although it does have a fair amount of variety. A near classic in the fusion vein."
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Miles Davis
Quiet Nights

  (Item #: davisquiet_1804) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • A Shootout Winning copy of this Miles Davis-Gil Evans classic and one of only a handful to hit the site in years
  • Side one earned our top grade of Triple Plus (A+++), side two was close behind at Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++)
  • About as quiet as they come -- Mint Minus Minus on both sides
  • Fred Plaut engineered the sessions, and on this amazing early pressing they sound rich, warm, smooth and clear
  • 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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Cannonball Adderley
Somethin' Else

  (Item #: addersomet_1803x) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout with both sides rating a solid Double Plus (A++) and playing reasonably quietly
  • A triumph for Rudy Van Gelder, a Top Blue Note title, and as much a showcase for Miles Davis as it is for Cannonball
  • Tonally correct from top to bottom, the best copies of this album set a standard that 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."
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Chet Baker
Plays The Best Of Lerner And Loewe

  (Item #: bakerplays_1804) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) side one and an excellent Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy is one of the BEST we have ever heard
  • 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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Paul Quinichette
On The Sunny Side

  (Item #: quinionthe_1708_1804) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Both sides of this long out of print OJC title boast lively, big and clear Double Plus (A++) sound quality
  • With three saxophones and a trombone, this is a fresh combination that really brings out the best in all the players during this Prestige jam session, a format for which they are justly famous
  • I raved about this album when it was in print many years ago - it's solidly swinging jazz that belongs in your collection
  • Allmusic 4 Stars: "Waldron's three originals (highlighted by "Cool-Lypso") allow plenty of room for swinging, and Quinichette (who also performs "On the Sunny Side of the Street") sounds comfortable interacting with the younger musicians. An enjoyable and underrated release."
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Chet Baker
You Can't Go Home Again

  (Item #: bakeryouca_1801x) 

Our Price: $119.99

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

  (Item #: brubetimeo_1804_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An exceptional pressing - Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) on side one, an excellent Double Plus (A++) side two, big and open, with note-like bass and huge amounts of studio space
  • Original Six Eye stereo LPs in playable condition are getting tough to find nowadays - even this one has issues
  • 5 stars on Allmusic, an audiophile favorite and a great example of what's phenomenally good about 1959 All Tube Analog recordings
  • "Dave Brubeck's defining masterpiece, Time Out is one of the most rhythmically innovative albums in jazz history, the first to consciously explore time signatures outside of the standard 4/4 beat or 3/4 waltz time."
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Ramsey Lewis
Maiden Voyage

  (Item #: lewismaide_1804) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A shootout winning side two (A+++) backed with a side one that's almost every bit as good (A++ to A+++), this one will be tough to beat
  • The overall sound here is incredibly big, rich and full with huge amounts of energy and deep punchy bass
  • Pretty darn quiet on both sides - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • A wonderful sounding record with the Ramsey Lewis Trio at the top of their game
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Charles Mingus
Tijuana Moods

  (Item #: mingutijua_1804) 

Our Price: $649.99

  • This stunning sounding copy has an amazing Triple Plus (A+++) side one backed with an excellent Double Plus (A++) side two
  • The overall sound here is incredibly big, rich and Tubey Magical with tons of energy and presence
  • About as quiet as these Black Label originals come -- Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • "Mingus at the time said that this was his greatest recording, and it certainly ranks near the top." -- Allmusic, 5 stars
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Art Pepper + Eleven
Modern Jazz Classics

  (Item #: peppemoder_1804) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A Big, Bold and Lively copy of this exceptional album with a Triple Plus (A+++) side two and a Double Plus (A++) side one
  • The sound is rich, warm and full-bodied, both clear and open -- the brass sounds phenomenal on this pressing
  • Here is the Tubey Magic of the originals without the problems that make the average original so much less involving
  • A longtime audiophile favorite - 5 stars on Allmusic: "This is a true classic. Essential music for all serious jazz collections."
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Lee Morgan
The Sidewinder

  (Item #: morgasidew_1804) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This wonderful copy of this Blue Note classic earned Double Plus (A++) grades or close to it on both sides and plays on relatively quiet vinyl
  • Unusually rich, full-bodied, lively and present sound which brings out the best in this music
  • It's nearly impossible to find clean vintage pressings of Blue Notes these days, let alone copies that sound as good as this one does
  • 5 stars: "Carried by its almost impossibly infectious eponymous opening track, The Sidewinder helped foreshadow the sounds of boogaloo and soul-jazz with its healthy R&B influence and Latin tinge... The group works together seamlessly to create an album that crackles with energy while maintaining a stylish flow."
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Wes Montgomery
Boss Guitar

  (Item #: montgbossg_1804) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: monk_monks_1804) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with each side rating a Double Plus (A++) or close to it
  • We wish more Blue Note records had this kind of sound - natural, full-bodied, and sweet up top
  • This is a very well recorded Big Band album with great arrangements by Oliver Nelson
  • Relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
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The Pat Metheny Group
The Pat Metheny Group

  (Item #: methepatme_1711s) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides, this was one of the better pressings we played in our recent shootout
  • A solid and energetic pressing, with great bass and wonderful transparency
  • 5 Stars: "The music is quite distinctive, floating rather than swinging, electric but not rockish, and full of folkish melodies... This music grows in interest with each listen."
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Art Pepper
Living Legend

  (Item #: peppelivin_1710x) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side two and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side one, this copy will be very hard to beat
  • His classic return to the recording studio in 1975, boasting his usual top quality sound, and the vinyl is fairly quiet too
  • The lineup on this LP is stellar, with Hampton Hawes on piano and keys, Shelly Manne on drums, and the great Charlie Haden on bass.
  • "Polish is for shoes and fingernails: by the late '70s Pepper was rough, raw, and nakedly vulnerable. Every solo this late in his career was an adventure." AMG
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Weather Report
Heavy Weather

  (Item #: weathheavy_1711s) 

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


  • A Triple Plus (A+++) side one is mated with a strong Double Plus (A++) side two - you will not believe how BIG and BOLD this copy is
  • Birdland on this copy has some of the most dynamic, wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling jam-packed sound ever committed to vinyl
  • Joe Zawinul and Jaco Pastorius are both here and at the absolute peak of their creative powers - this is a work of GENIUS
  • Allmusic 5 Stars: '"Birdland" is a remarkable bit of record-making, a unified, ever-developing piece of music that evokes, without in any way imitating, a joyous evening on 52nd St. with a big band."
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Al Dimeola
Elegant Gypsy

  (Item #: dimeoelega_1803) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • One of the best copies of this phenomenal Fusion Guitar Jazz Classic to ever hit the site, Triple Plus (A+++) throughout
  • Both sides are incredibly lively, full-bodied, open and present - the sound is HUGE and WEIGHTY and it rocks
  • There is a mark that plays during track one on side one so we've discounted this one accordingly
  • 5 stars: "Generally an explosive affair, although it does have a fair amount of variety. A near classic in the fusion vein."
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Miles Davis
Sketches Of Spain

  (Item #: davissketc_1803_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This superb Miles Davis pressing boasts excellent Double Plus (A++) sound and relatively quiet vinyl on both sides
  • This copy gives Davis's horn breath and bite, revealing the sound of the real instrument as only the best pressings can
  • Balanced, clear and undistorted, this 30th Street recording shows just how good Columbia's engineers were back then
  • 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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Thelonious Monk
Monk's Blues

  (Item #: monk_monks_1803_1) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • Stunning sound from start to finish with each side rating a Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it
  • We wish more Blue Note records had this kind of sound - natural, full-bodied, and sweet up top
  • This is a very well recorded Big Band album with great arrangements by Oliver Nelson
  • Relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
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Paul Desmond & Gerry Mulligan
Two Of A Mind

  (Item #: desmotwoof_1803) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • If you're looking to demonstrate just how good 1962 All Tube Analog sound can be, this is the record that can do it
  • For a vintage RCA pressing it's hard to imagine a copy any quieter - this one plays Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Altoist Paul Desmond and baritonist Gerry Mulligan always made for a perfect team during their infrequent collaborations."
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Kenny Burrell
Midnight Blue

  (Item #: burremidni_1801_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of this amazing RVG recording, offering Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from first note to last
  • One of our All Time Favorite Blue Note albums for music and sound - is there a better bluesy Jazz Guitar album?
  • 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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Weather Report
Sweetnighter

  (Item #: weathsweet_1709s) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • This outstanding pressing of Sweetnighter earned very strong Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • Boogie Woogie Waltz was one of the most mindblowing tracks found on any album from 1973
  • The sound is huge, spacious, lively, transparent and punchy - this is jazz fusion that really rocks
  • 4 stars: " It is the groove that rules this mesmerizing album, leading off with the irresistible 3/4 marathon deceptively tagged as the 'Boogie Woogie Waltz' and proceeding through a variety of Latin-grounded hip-shakers."
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Art Pepper
Today

  (Item #: peppetoday_1710s) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Excellent sound from beginning to end with both sides earning outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades
  • The 10 minute long emotionally powerful ballad Patricia is simply phenomenal here
  • Musically the best of Pepper's later period, and exceptionally well recorded by Baker Bigsby
  • 4 stars and a personal favorite for close to 30 years - if you want to hear what made Art Pepper was one of the greats, plays this album
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Hampton Hawes
The Green Leaves of Summer

  (Item #: hawesgreen_1803_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An incredible sounding copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first
  • This '70s pressing was our Shootout Winner on side two for its clean, clear and lively sound, with lovely space around all of the instruments
  • Not an easy title to find, and this one is quieter than most of what we played - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Hawes had lost nothing of his swinging style while in prison, as can be heard on such numbers as "Vierd Blues," "St. Thomas" and "Secret Love," and he was just starting to hint at moving beyond bop. Recommended." - All Music
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Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington
The Great Reunion

  (Item #: armstgreat_1803_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side two and a solid Double Plus (A++) side one, this vintage stereo pressing was one of the best in our most recent shootout
  • So big, so rich, so Tubey Magical, we doubt you have ever heard Louis Armstrong sound remotely as good as he does here
  • We remember the Classic pressing as being a very good sounding record but make no mistake, this is a GREAT sounding one
  • "One of the best things about this configuration is the sound of the Duke’s piano -- an underrated pianist, he seldom recorded in such an intimate context."
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Louis Armstrong
The Essential Louis Armstrong

  (Item #: armstessen_1803) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout, this original stereo copy will be hard to beat
  • Big, rich, and Tubey Magical, Louis Armstrong has rarely sounded this good on record - we should know, we've played his albums by the score
  • This pressing boasts rich lower mids and nice extension up top, critical to getting the right sound for this vintage recording
  • "... a definitive look at the Louis Armstrong All-Stars in their later years, when Tyree Glenn was on trombone and the group was riding high from the success of "Hello Dolly." - All Music
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Miles Davis
Bitches Brew

  (Item #: davisbitch_1803) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An amazing sounding copy, with excellent Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • All four sides here have that tubey magical Columbia jazz sound that we recall from our best pressings of Kind Of Blue and Brubeck's Time Out
  • About as quiet as we can find them - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • "Thought by many to be the most revolutionary album in jazz history, having virtually created the genre known as jazz-rock fusion..." - All Music
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Dave Brubeck
Time In

  (Item #: brubetimei_1803) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of this pressing of Time In, the last album recorded in Brubeck's "Time" series
  • This 360 Stereo pressing boasts the clean, clear, solid, lively piano sound we love about Brubeck's records from this era
  • The best vintage pressings of Brubeck's Columbia albums from the '50 through the '60s are exceptionally natural, with unerringly correct sound from top to bottom
  • 4 stars: "The last of pianist and composer Dave Brubeck's "Time" recordings, and one of his most musically adventurous. Though it is seldom celebrated as such, this is one of Brubeck's finest moments on Columbia."
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Charles Mingus
Mingus Revisited

  (Item #: mingurevis_1708x_) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding sound on this wonderful original Limelight LP - both sides earned Double Plus (A++) sonic grades
  • This copy sounds like a big room full of musicians (25 in all!) playing live, which is exactly what it was
  • The Tubey Magical richness of this 1960 recording is breathtaking - no modern record can touch it
  • Allmusic gives it 4 stars and we think it's maybe even a bit better than that
  • Two tracks are contrapuntal arrangements of two swing era pieces, whereby "Take the "A" Train" (left channel) is paired with a simultaneous "Exactly Like You" (right channel), and likewise "Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me" with "I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart".
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Grover Washington
Feels So Good

  (Item #: washifeels_1611_1803) 

Our Price: $99.99

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

  (Item #: peppesmack_1803_2) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding Contemporary stereo pressing boasting Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and fairly quiet vinyl
  • 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
  • "Pepper is very much on top of his game throughout, ably demonstrating a capacity for precision and intimidating passion." - All Music
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Coleman Hawkins
Hawk Eyes!

  (Item #: hawkihawke_1702s_) 

Our Price: $99.99

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

  (Item #: addermercy_1710x) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • With Hot Stamper grades on both sides of this 1966 release, this is a very good sounding copy from first note to last
  • One of the man's most enjoyable albums - the sound is balanced, avoiding many of the problems of the originals
  • 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
  • AMG 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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Weather Report
Tale Spinnin'

  (Item #: weathtales_1704x) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: davissorce_1803_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An excellent sounding early pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout -
  • Sorcerer demonstrates the big-as-life, spacious and unerringly accurate 30th Street Studio Sound Fred Plaut was justly famous for
  • Dead quiet for a Columbia 360 label pressing - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus, they don't play any quieter
  • 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
Sketches Of Spain

  (Item #: davissketc_1803) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This Miles Davis pressing offers very good Hot Stamper sound from first note to last
  • This copy plays on relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • 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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Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

  (Item #: daviskindo_1803_2) 

Our Price: $749.99

  • A stunning copy with KILLER jazz sound like you have never heard; 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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Ray Charles
The Best Of

  (Item #: charlbesto_1803_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • The overall sound here is big, clean and clear with plenty of presence and energy
  • This comp gives you a taste of Ray's great instrumental tracks with surprisingly good sound
  • It's been a while since we've had a copy on the site, so don't expect to see too many of these if you miss this one!
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Miles Davis
Basic Miles

  (Item #: davisbasic_1803_2) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Great Classic Jazz sound for this wonderful Miles Davis collection, with both sides coming in right behind our Shootout Winners at nearly Triple Plus (A++ to 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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Freddie Hubbard
Sky Dive

  (Item #: hubbaskydi_1803) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Off the charts "Triple Triple" (A+++) sound for this classic Freddie Hubbard CTI album - both sides won our shootout, earning our top grade of Triple Plus
  • This is the kind of spacious, low-distortion, dynamic and energetic sound Rudy Van Gelder was getting in the early '70s
  • Hubbard got together a great group of Funky Jazz players to support him here, with Don Sebesky doing his usual inventive arrangements
  • 4 Stars: "Freddie Hubbard's fourth CTI recording certainly has a diverse repertoire. The charts for the brass and woodwinds are colorful; there is a fine supporting cast that includes guitarist George Benson, Keith Jarrett on keyboards, and flutist Hubert Laws; and Hubbard takes several outstanding trumpet solos."
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Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays
As Falls Wichita...

  (Item #: metheasfal_1707x) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side one and a better than Double Plus (A++ to A+++) side two, this copy took top honors in our first-ever shootout
  • An exceptionally huge soundfield with layered depth for days make this a very special pressing indeed
  • You will be very hard-pressed to find another copy with as many audiophile qualities as this one
  • 5 Stars: "In the process of stretching out away from the confines of the quartet setting of prior albums, Metheny and Mays presage the sleeker and more ethereal sound of the band's Geffen years..."
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Miles Davis
Quiet Nights

  (Item #: davisquiet_1803) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this Miles Davis-Gil Evans classic
  • This copy plays about as quiet as we can find these early pressings, Mint Minus Minus througout
  • Fred Plaut engineered the sessions, and on this amazing early pressing they sound rich, warm, smooth and clear
  • 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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George Benson
Tell It Like It Is

  (Item #: bensotelli_1803) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • With seriously good Double Plus (A++) sound, or close to it, this is an excellent copy of this Benson album from 1969
  • We guarantee you have never heard this music sound better than it does here, or your money back
  • Allmusic loves Benson's playing here, noting his "...often brilliantly tasty guitar fills and brief solos in many styles and three reverb-heavy vocals."
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Luiz Bonfa
Softly

  (Item #: bonfasoftl_1708x) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This original Epic pressing has superb Shootout Winning sound, earning a Triple Plus (A+++) grade on side one and close to it on side two
  • If you're looking to demonstrate just how good 1966 All Tube Analog sound can be, this copy is just the record that can do it
  • The soundstage, depth and height of this recording are as huge and three-dimensional as any you've heard
  • "One of the better early bossa albums by Bonfa, and one that doesn't have the sleepy quality that you find on some of his other records. Luiz' guitar is backed by a nice little combo, and the tracks have a lively rhythm, with occasional vocals, and some nice flute solos from time to time."
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Thelonious Monk
Misterioso (Recorded On Tour)

  (Item #: monk_miste_1803_1) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This early stereo pressing had excellent sound throughout with each side rating a solid Double Plus (A++)
  • The overall sound here is super big and full with a lovely bottom end and plenty of energy; Monk's passionate playing really shines
  • Pretty darn quiet throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • This is an excellent collection of live material recorded on tour from 1963 - 1965
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Marty Paich Big Band
What's New

  (Item #: paichwhats_1710x) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With seriously good Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides, this copy has Tubey Magical Big Band sound to die for
  • If you large group swinging West Coast Jazz is your thing - think Art Pepper Plus Eleven - you will really get a kick out of this one
  • With All Tube 1957 engineering from the legendary Bones Howe at Radio Recorders, this record's audiophile credentials are fully in order
  • Amazon 5 Stars: "...there's a wonderful, almost nostalgic, fifties West Coast Jazz vibe warmly glowing throughout."
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Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays
As Falls Wichita...

  (Item #: metheasfal_1711x_) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy was one of the best we played in our recent shootout
  • This pressing boasts hard-to-find relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • Huge amounts of reproducible recording space bring life to this spacey music
  • 5 Stars: "In the process of stretching out away from the confines of the quartet setting of prior albums, Metheny and Mays presage the sleeker and more ethereal sound of the band's Geffen years..."
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Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane
Burrell / Coltrane

  (Item #: burrekenny_1803) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A superb sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • Both sides here are clean, clear and lively with deep punchy bass and a nice extended top end
  • Pretty darn quiet throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Burrell and Coltrane are captured in a once-in-a-lifetime duet. Together they weave an uncanny and revealing sonic tapestry that captures a pure and focused intimacy." - All Music
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Thelonious Monk
Underground

  (Item #: monk_under_1803) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An outstanding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides - quiet vinyl too
  • Charlie Rouse's sax is just right - natural with lots of body and breath - we love that sound
  • So many copies just sound like an old jazz record, but this one lets you feel like you are right there as the music happens
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The instantly recognizable stride piano lines are delivered with the same urgency and precision that they possessed over two decades earlier..."
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Count Basie Meets Oscar Peterson
The Timekeepers

  (Item #: basietimek_1803) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • With Hot Stamper grades on both sides, this is a very good copy of Timekeepers
  • This copy plays on relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • 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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Wes Montgomery
A Day In The Life

  (Item #: montgdayin_1801x) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound, or close to it, on both sides of this jazz favorite
  • Another triumph for Rudy Van Gelder and his unerring skill at getting all the musical elements to work together
  • The first album Creed Taylor produced for A&M was A Day in the Life with Wes Montgomery, just days after the release of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper (and which Wes never heard before recording this album!)
  • "There is a notable quality that each Wes recording seems to retain - they just seem to be getting better as the years go by." Pat Metheny
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Coleman Hawkins Sextet
Desafinado

  (Item #: hawkidesaf_1802x) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Amazing sound throughout this Impulse stereo pressing, with sides that rate a solid Double Plus (A++) or better
  • Another knockout recording from Rudy Van Gelder - he captures the preternaturally breathy quality of Hawkins' sax like nobody can
  • Pretty damn quiet on both sides - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - you won't find one that plays any better
  • "There have been some gimmicky bossa nova albums issued recently, but this one features music of high and enduring quality." Down Beat (1963)
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Jimmy Smith
Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf

  (Item #: smithwhosa_1710) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and one of the better copies from our most recent shootout
  • If you dig Oliver's Nelson's swingin' BIG BRASS as much as we do you are in for a treat with this stereo pressing
  • The best sides have the kind of analog richness, warmth, and smoothness that make listening to records so involving
  • Slaughter On Tenth Avenue is the monster track leading off here, and it swings the way Walk on the Wild Side does - like crazy, man!
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Stan Getz
Getz Au Go Go

  (Item #: getz_getza_1803_1) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • Truly superb sound for this incredible recording, Triple Plus (A+++) on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first
  • Amazingly present, immediate and REAL -- musically and sonically, this is one of our favorite jazz albums
  • This is an incredibly tough album to find with the right sound and decent surfaces, which is the main reason it's been years since we did the shootout
  • 4 stars on Allmusic: "Highly recommended for all dimensions of jazz enthusiasts." [We would of course give it the full 5 Stars]
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Chuck Mangione
Feels So Good

  (Item #: mangifeels_1803) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • One of the best sounding copies to hit the site in a long time -- Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) on the first side, excellent Double Plus (A++) on the second
  • The overall sound is incredibly big and bold with a rock solid bottom end and plenty of space around all of the instruments
  • The title track comes alive here in a way that the average copy can't even begin to hint at
  • "... stronger from the jazz standpoint than Mangione's subsequent dates." - All Music
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Stan Getz
Getz Au Go Go

  (Item #: getz_getza_1803) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • Excellent sound for this incredible recording with both sides rating a Double Plus (A++) or very close to it
  • Musically and sonically, this is one of our favorite jazz albums
  • This is an incredibly tough album to find with the right sound and decent surfaces, which is the main reason it's been years since we did the shootout
  • 4 stars on Allmusic: "Highly recommended for all dimensions of jazz enthusiasts." [We would of course give it the full 5 Stars]
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Duke Ellington
Yale Concert

  (Item #: ellinyalec_1803) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from first note to last on this "live" recording
  • Superb Ellington Big Band sound from 1968 - remarkably rich and real sounding for the time
  • This copy plays on relatively quiet vinyl (for '70s Fantasy), Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • "The great Duke Ellington Orchestra was still intact and in its late prime at the time of this performance from 1968... even as he neared 70, [Ellington] was still at his peak. "
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Herbie Hancock
Mwandishi

  (Item #: hancomwand_1803) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This killer 5 Star Jazz Fusion album returns to the site, with excellent grades of Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) on side one and very good sound on side two
  • This is a superb recording, with plenty of open space and especially rich keyboards, the kind they knew how to capture on tape in 1971
  • A remarkably clear and real sounding bass clarinet is just one of the many high points of the first track
  • 5 Stars: "The group's collective empathy is remarkable, and Hancock had only begun to probe the outer limits with this extraordinary music."
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Coleman Hawkins and Clark Terry
Back In Bean’s Bag

  (Item #: hawkibacki_1803) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two and a side one that's right up there with it, this copy has the sound we love
  • All Tube, Live in the Studio Columbia Sound from 1963 - 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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Stan Getz
What The World Needs Now

  (Item #: getz_whatt_1803) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This 1968 jazz classic boasts excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from first note to last
  • Stan interprets these songs beautifully - for those who don't mind a bit of easy listening from time to time, this is music worth playing
  • Another top jazz recording from Rudy Van Gelder - big, bold and lively, just the right sound for this music
  • "Forget those snobs who dismiss this album, Getz does a wonderful job interpreting some of Bacharach's hits. He "jazzes" up A House is not a Home" with a nice upbeat tempo and "Alfie" is lush with his wonderful tenor sax."
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Oscar Peterson
The Trio

  (Item #: petertrio_1803) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This jazz classic earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades or close to it on both sides
  • The piano sounds wonderfully full-bodied, warm, rich, and smooth, like a real piano, not a recorded one
  • The trio is made up of Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen, here recorded live at the height of their formidable powers
  • About as quiet as we can find them, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
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Freddie Hubbard
Ready For Freddie

  (Item #: hubbaready_1802_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A killer copy of this Freddie Hubbard classic with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Both sides here are super clean, clear and open with plenty of extension on both ends
  • Pretty darn quiet throughout -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "... it's one of the trumpeter's most rewarding Blue Note albums." - All Music
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Freddie Hubbard
Sky Dive

  (Item #: hubbaskydi_1802_2) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Excellent sound for both sides of this classic Freddie Hubbard CTI album with each side rating a Double Plus (A++) or BETTER
  • This is the kind of spacious, low-distortion, dynamic and energetic sound Rudy Van Gelder was getting in the early '70s
  • Hubbard got together a great group of Funky Jazz players to support him here, with Don Sebesky doing his usual inventive arrangements
  • 4 Stars: "Freddie Hubbard's fourth CTI recording certainly has a diverse repertoire. The charts for the brass and woodwinds are colorful; there is a fine supporting cast that includes guitarist George Benson, Keith Jarrett on keyboards, and flutist Hubert Laws; and Hubbard takes several outstanding trumpet solos."
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Ray Charles & Milt Jackson
Soul Meeting

  (Item #: charlsoulm_1802_3) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Excellent sound for this meeting of Ray Charles and Milt Jackson with Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • The overall sound here is big, full and Tubey Magical with a nice bottom end and plenty of energy
  • About as quiet as the come -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • One jazz icon and one giant of American music combine on this seminal album from 1961
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Return to Forever
Romantic Warrior

  (Item #: returroman_1802) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • A KILLER copy with both sides rating Double Plus (A++) - on the right stereo this is a true Demo Disc
  • Rockin' dynamic energy as well as huge amounts of studio space on both sides make this copy the one to own
  • Our favorite Jazz Rock Fusion Album of All Time - none rocks harder - and of course we love the music
  • These are four instrumental pyrotechnicians - the band is absolutely on fire like no other album they recorded together
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Art Pepper
Today

  (Item #: peppetoday_1802) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • Hot Stamper grades and relatively quiet vinyl make this a very good copy of Art Pepper's 1978 release
  • This Jazz favorite includes the 10 minute long, emotionally powerful ballad Patricia
  • Musically the best of Pepper's later period, and exceptionally well recorded by Baker Bigsby
  • 4 stars on Allmusic and a personal favorite for close to 30 years
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Bill Evans & Toots Thielemans
Affinity

  (Item #: evansaffin_1802) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this unique jazz outing
  • Evans on piano is joined by Toots on harmonica as well as flute and saxes
  • The superb sound is courtesy of Frank Laico engineering at the famed Columbia 30th Street studios
  • Fans of Bill Evans and/or Toots Thielemans should find much to like here
  • "Excellent if not essential music that Evans generally uplifts." AllMusic
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Duke Ellington
Indigos

  (Item #: ellinindig_1802_3) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • You'll find very good Hot Stamper sound from first note to last on this Red Label pressing of Ellington's 1958 Masterpiece
  • It also plays quite a bit better than practically any Six-Eye pressing ever will , Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • If you like your jazz ballads performed with deep feeling, by a road-tested group of virtuoso players, this record is for you
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John Coltrane
The Stardust Session

  (Item #: coltrstard_1802) 

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
  • Spacious, open, transparent, rich and sweet, it's a remarkable disc from the Golden Age with the added benefit of mastering using the more modern cutting equipment of the '70s.
  • Superb sound quality courtesy of Rudy van Gelder's engineering (1958/1963) and the superior mastering of David Turner (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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Gabor Szabo with Gary McFarland
Gypsy ’66

  (Item #: szabogypsy_1802) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides this copy is superb from first note to last
  • This copy plays on relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • The credit must go to one of, if not THE Greatest Jazz Engineers of all time, Mr. Rudy Van Gelder
  • "Szabo's original sound, the unusual instrumentation (two or three guitars, Sadao Watanabe on flute, Gary McFarland on marimba, bass, drums and percussion) and McFarland's clever arrangements uplift the music."
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The Mahavishnu Orchestra
The Inner Mounting Flame

  (Item #: mahavinner_1709s) 

Our Price: $119.99
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  • With a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side one and a side two that's close to it, this copy has much to recommend it
  • The band's debut here is a true Jazz/Rock Fusion Demo Disc with the Big Sound we love here at Better Records
  • This album was recorded in 1973, only a year after Bitches Brew single-handedly created the genre of Jazz Fusion itself
  • 5 Stars "...a furious, high-energy, yet rigorously conceived meeting of virtuosos that, for all intents and purposes, defined the fusion of jazz and rock..."
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Chuck Mangione
Children of Sanchez

  (Item #: mangichild_1611x) 

Our Price: $69.99

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

  (Item #: hancoheadh_1802_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with each side rating a Double Plus (A++) or better
  • The overall sound here is super clean, clear and spacious with a nice bottom end and tons of presence
  • Pretty darn quiet -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Head Hunters still sounds fresh and vital decades after its initial release, and its genre-bending proved vastly influential on not only jazz, but funk, soul, and hip-hop." - All Music
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Shorty Rogers Big Band
Jazz Waltz

  (Item #: rogerjazzw_1802) 

Our Price: $79.99

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

  (Item #: mann_livea_1802) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This excellent copy of Herbie Mann's classic boasts excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • This copy plays on relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • One of the better flute jazz albums we've heard, both in terms of sonics and music
  • 4 1/2 stars: "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. Recommended."
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Andre Previn & His Pals
West Side Story

  (Item #: previwests_1802) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • With excellent Hot Stamper grades on both sides this real Contemporary pressing has the sound we love
  • Clean and clear, with practically no smear on the piano and surprisingly big bass, this is a good way to hear these bouncy tunes
  • Yet another Demo Disc for Contemporary, and more of the brilliant work of their legendary engineer, Roy Dunann
  • One of Andre Previn's better jazz performances - his pals Manne and Mitchell are no slouches either
  • "As usual, the melodies are treated respectfully yet swingingly, and Andre Previn in particular excels in this setting."
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Duke Ellington
Indigos

  (Item #: ellinindig_1802_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two outstanding sides rating a Double Plus (A++) for sound, this was one of the better copies in our most recent shootout
  • This original 6-Eye Stereo pressing blew us away with its superbly well recorded romantic big band jazz, of which Ellington was a true master
  • 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 for you
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John Coltrane
John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman

  (Item #: coltrjohnc_1802) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding copy of this classic Jazz Vocal album, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound 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 example 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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Vince Guaraldi
Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus

  (Item #: guarajazzi_1802) 

Our Price: $229.99

  • This Superb pressing boasts Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from first note to last
  • Only the third copy of this classic audiophile favorite to hit the site in two years!
  • Sublime, practically magical jazz trio sound (and music!) that belongs in every audiophile's collection
  • 5 Stars: "evokes the ambience of San Francisco's jazz life in the 1960s as few others do."
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John Coltrane
Giant Steps

  (Item #: coltrgiant_1802) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) sound, or close to it, on both sides, this is an excellent copy of Giant Steps
  • Close your eyes and Coltrane is right in the room with you, front and center. How can you put a price on that?
  • Naima is surely the most emotionally powerful ballad the man ever wrote, and MAN does sound good here!
  • 5 Stars: "History will undoubtedly enshrine this disc as a watershed"
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Ben Webster
The Warm Moods

  (Item #: webstwarmm_1802) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • This Ben Webster and Strings 2 pack boasts excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • With a wonderful combination of material, performance, and sonics, this is an album you'll want to play again and again
  • The sound is rich, warm and full-bodied, with you-are-there immediacy and impressive dynamics
  • If your collection could use some romantic jazz ballads, look no further -- this is the album for you
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Miles Davis
Someday My Prince Will Come

  (Item #: davissomed_1801_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding copy of this Miles Davis classic with Double Plus grades (A++) for sound on both sides
  • This stereo pressing is Tubey Magical, full-bodied and high-rez, not to mention uncannily present
  • Another engineering triumph for Fred Plaut at Columbia's legendary 30th Street Studios - the man is a genius
  • Musically this is one of our very favorite Classic Jazz albums - the sound is Demo Disc Quality on the better copies
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Ben Webster
The Warm Moods

  (Item #: webstwarmm_1801_3) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A very good copy of this great jazz "plus strings" album starring our man Ben Webster, with Hot Stamper sound on both sides
  • Calm, relaxed jazz performed expertly by Webster and backed by a small orchestra, capably conducted by Johnny Richards
  • With a wonderful combination of material, performance, and sonics, this is a record you'll want to play again and again
  • If your collection could use some romantic jazz ballads, look no further, this is the album for you
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Dave Brubeck Quartet
Time Further Out

  (Item #: brubetimef_1801_2) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • You'll find very good Hot Stamper sound on both sides of this copy - a Brubeck favorite
  • More varied and, in our opinion, even more musically interesting than Time Out
  • This recording demonstrates the big-as-life Fred Plaut Columbia Sound at its best
  • "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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Miles Davis
Seven Steps to Heaven

  (Item #: davisseven_1801) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This Must Own Miles Davis album from 1963 has Hot Stamper sound from beginning to end
  • Jazz LPs on Columbia from the '60s are some of the best sounding jazz albums ever made - this is a perfect example of what is right with their sound
  • Listen to the masterful piano stylings of both Victor Feldman and Herbie Hancock, as they share duties here
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Some of his most introspective, romantic ballad playing"
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Count Basie Meets Oscar Peterson
The Timekeepers

  (Item #: basietimek_1709x) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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