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Sonny Rollins
Way Out West

  (Item #: rolliwayou_1808_1) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • An excellent copy, earning Double Plus (A++) grades, or close to it, on both sides
  • This stereo pressing has superb 1957 Contemporary sound -- big, open and natural throughout
  • One of our favorite Rollins records, this copy will show you everything we love about the recording
  • 5 Stars: "The timeless Way out West established Sonny Rollins as jazz's top tenor saxophonist"
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Dave Brubeck
Time Out

  (Item #: brubetimeo_1808_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An exceptional pressing -- solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout, big and open, with note-like bass and huge amounts of studio space
  • 5 stars on Allmusic, an audiophile favorite and a great example of what's phenomenally good about 1959 All Tube Analog recordings
  • "Dave Brubeck's defining masterpiece, Time Out is one of the most rhythmically innovative albums in jazz history, the first to consciously explore time signatures outside of the standard 4/4 beat or 3/4 waltz time."
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Donald Byrd
A New Perspective

  (Item #: byrd_newpe_1808_) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding stereo pressing of one of our all-time favorite Blue Note albums with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • The gospel vocals are amazingly well recorded (thanks RVG!) - with the transparency of this copy, you can easily pick out and follow each voice
  • To hear the real RVG magic, play Beast of Burden on side one - that's some real audiophile Demo Disc sound
  • 5 stars: "One of the most successful uses of a gospel choir in a jazz context. This is a memorable effort that is innovative in its own way, a milestone in Donald Byrd's career."
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The Mahavishnu Orchestra
Birds of Fire

  (Item #: mahavbirds_1801_1808) 

Our Price: $79.99
Sale Price: $59.99 (You save $20.00 / 25%)


  • This superb copy has excellent Double Plus (A++) sound throughout- it's so smooth and natural you can just turn up your volume and let it rock
  • The overall sound here is big and bold with excellent bass - it's as powerful and captivating as the music itself
  • It's hard to think of another record that rocks as hard, and it's not even a real rock record!
  • Clearly one of the All Time Greats in the world of Jazz/Rock, as well as the band's Masterpiece - 5 stars on Allmusic
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Dave Brubeck Quartet
Time Further Out

  (Item #: brubetimef_1808) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this 360 label stereo copy was one of the better pressings we played in our recent shootout - it's on quiet vinyl too
  • These early sides are incredibly tubey - rich, full-bodied and warm - yet clear, lively and dynamic
  • This copy demonstrates the big-as-life Fred Plaut Columbia Sound at its best - better even than Time Out(!)
  • "Brubeck treats the fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth tunes in corresponding meters, to particular effect on the 7/4 hoedown of "Unsquare Dance," the 8/8 barrelhouse changes of "Bru's Boogie Woogie" and the engaging dissonances of his 9/8 mood piece "Blue Shadows in the Street.""
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Milt Jackson & Ray Charles
Soul Brothers

  (Item #: jackssoulb_1808) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A KILLER sounding Atlantic stereo copy with shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • As Good As It Gets -- incredibly rich, full and Tubey Magical with lots of energy and a nice extended top end
  • "This one is a real historical curiosity. Not only does vibraphonist Milt Jackson double here on piano but he plays guitar (for the only time on record) during "Bags' Guitar Blues." In addition Ray Charles is heard in a purely instrumental role on piano and, during two songs, on alto sax. Charles's fine playing makes one wonder why he so rarely picked up the horn in later years." - All Music
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Sonny Rollins
On Impulse

  (Item #: rollionimp_1804_1808) 

Our Price: $179.99
Sale Price: $149.00 (You save $30.99 / 17%)


  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish; this was one of the better copies in our most recent shootout
  • Some of the best Sonny Rollins sax sound we've EVER heard! Both sides are super big, full and lively with a huge bottom end
  • 4 Stars: "This date is significant for the manner in which Rollins attacks five standards with a quartet that included pianist Ray Bryant, bassist Walter Booker and drummer Mickey Roker."
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Miles Davis
Bitches Brew

  (Item #: davisbitch_1803_1808) 

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


  • An amazing sounding pair of vintage 360 pressings, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound on all four sides - quiet vinyl too
  • Recorded in the legendary 30th St studios, the sound is spacious and real, a clear step up from any Red Label copy we played
  • Miles is joined by a litany of greats including Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Billy Cobham, Joe Zawinul, John McLaughlin, et al., all of whom would go on to pursue this style of jazz for decades to come
  • "Thought by many to be the most revolutionary album in jazz history, having virtually created the genre known as jazz-rock fusion..." - 5 Stars
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Cannonball Adderley
Cannonball's Bossa Nova

  (Item #: addercanno_1804_1808) 

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


  • An exceptionally rare and superb sounding early stereo pressing - it boasts Double 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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Art Pepper + Eleven
Modern Jazz Classics

  (Item #: peppemoder_1804_1808_1) 

Our Price: $169.99
Sale Price: $149.00 (You save $20.99 / 12%)


  • 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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Miles Davis
Someday My Prince Will Come

  (Item #: davissomed_1808_) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • A KILLER copy of this Davis classic, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from start to finish
  • Our Hot Stamper Six Eye Stereo pressing is Tubey Magical, full-bodied and high-rez, not to mention uncannily present - Miles is in the room with you
  • 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 Miles albums - the sound is Demo Disc Quality on the copies that sound the way this one does
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Wes Montgomery
Bumpin'

  (Item #: montgbumpi_1808_2) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides; this is one of the best copies to hit the site in many many years
  • The overall sound here is super big, full-bodied, spacious and present with lots of space around all of the players
  • It’s transparent, as well as tonally correct from top to bottom; this is THE copy to have -- we guarantee it will CRUSH the MoFi pressing
  • "Not only is his brilliant command of the six-string present here, so is the vivid color tones of notes and blue notes played between. Backed up by a hauntingly beautiful and mesmerizing orchestra conducted and arranged by Don Sebesky, the music almost lifts the listener off his feet into a dreamy, water-like landscape." - All Music
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Wes Montgomery
Boss Guitar

  (Item #: montgbossg_1804_1808) 

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


  • This is one of Wes Montgomery's best albums from his prime '60s period, if not THE best
  • With Double Plus (A++) 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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Dave Brubeck Trio Featuring Gerry Mulligan
Compadres

  (Item #: brubecompa_1711_1808) 

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


  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this 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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Cannonball Adderley and His Orchestra
African Waltz

  (Item #: adderafric_1805_1808) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This copy of Cannonball's crazy-fun 1961 album offers outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or better
  • ALIVE with musical energy, there's also plenty of space for the players to occupy, a quality vital to this big group's big sound
  • "The surging, compelling, thoroughly earthy sound of this orchestra, led by CANNONBALL ADDERLEY and including as impressive a roster of jazz stars as has ever been assembled, has already been responsible for a major breakthrough on the musical front... In March of 1961, the issuance on a 45-rpm single record of the rip-snorting Adderley performance of African Waltz caused a swift and totally unlooked-for upheaval. Quickly and enthusiastically accepted by a wide public, it leaped almost overnight into the bestseller category."
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Milt Jackson & John Coltrane
Bags & Trane

  (Item #: jacksbagsa_1804_1808) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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The Oscar Peterson Trio
The Trio

  (Item #: peterthetr_1808) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Incredible sound on both sides of this Pablo LP; Triple Plus (A+++) or very close to it throughout
  • The overall sound here is super rich and full-bodied with plenty of extension on both ends
  • "Peterson really flourished during his years with Norman Granz's Pablo label, and this was one of his finest recordings of the period." - All Music, 5 Stars
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Charles Mingus
Mingus Revisited

  (Item #: mingurevis_1708_1808) 

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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Miles Davis
Workin' and Steamin'

  (Item #: davisworki_1805_1808) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A MONSTER Double Album with a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side two and three other sides with outstanding grades as well
  • The best sounding tracks here can hold their own with ANY Miles Davis vinyl we've ever heard, and that's a whole lot of Mile Davis albums
  • 5 Stars: "This two-LP set combines a pair of classic albums by the Miles Davis Quintet of 1956, the group that also featured John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones. ...the music has plenty of variety and does not sound rushed. Davis's beautiful muted statements made these two of his most popular albums."
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Bob Cooper
Coop! The Music Of Bob Cooper

  (Item #: coopecoopt_1708_1808) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy was one of the best we played in our recent shootout
  • 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
  • An amazing 1958 All Tube Live-in-the-Studio Jazz recording by the legendary Roy DuNann
  • "Tenor saxophonist Bob Cooper's only Contemporary album is a near-classic and one of his finest recordings ...This set is an underrated gem."
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John Coltrane
More Lasting Than Bronze

  (Item #: coltrmorel_1806_1808) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This superb Prestige Two-Fer boasts solid Double Plus (A+++) sound from top to bottom
  • Full-bodied, tonally correct from top to bottom and ALIVE, these pressings really bring Coltrane's music to life
  • Compiled from two Classic Coltrane albums, Lush Life and Coltrane, this collection boasts masterful sound - thanks RVG!
  • 4 stars: "Rarely does a single performance uncover the essence of an artist with such aptness."
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Vince Guaraldi
Jazz Impressions Of Charlie Brown

  (Item #: guarajazzi_charl_1804_1808) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding pressing boasts excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • 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, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus - they don't survive 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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Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

  (Item #: daviskindo_1804_1808) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An outstanding pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last, guaranteed to handily beat any copy you've ever heard
  • KOB is the purest embodiment of the big-as-life, spacious and timbrally accurate 30th Street Studio Sound Fred Plaut was justly famous for
  • Clarity and transparency, correct tonality, and in-the-room immediacy are a few of the many qualities to be found on this copy - quiet vinyl too
  • "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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Lee Morgan
The Sidewinder

  (Item #: morgasidew_1804_1808) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • 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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Freddie Hubbard
Straight Life

  (Item #: hubbastrai_1801_1808) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound, or close to it, for this 1971 Five Star Freddie Hubbard album on CTI
  • The best pressings are big, clear and lively - they're like live music when the levels are way up (and we mean way up)
  • A prime example of the kind of spacious, low-distortion, dynamic and energetic sound Rudy Van Gelder was getting in the early '70s
  • 5 Stars: "Straight Life is actually arguably Hubbard's greatest recording ... Hubbard is frequently astounding on "Straight Life" (check out that introduction) and "Mr. Clean," constructing classic solos."
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Art Pepper + Eleven
Modern Jazz Classics

  (Item #: peppemoder_1804_1808) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • 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, yet both clear and open - the brass is phenomenal on this fairly quiet pressing
  • Here is the Tubey Magic of the originals without the problems that make the average original 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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Wes Montgomery
Bumpin'

  (Item #: montgbumpi_1808_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding sound on both sides with each rating a solid Double Plus (A++); fairly quiet vinyl too!
  • The overall sound here is super big, full-bodied, and present with lots of space around all of the players
  • It’s transparent, as well as tonally correct from top to bottom; this is THE copy to have -- we guarantee it will CRUSH the MoFi pressing
  • "Not only is his brilliant command of the six-string present here, so is the vivid color tones of notes and blue notes played between. Backed up by a hauntingly beautiful and mesmerizing orchestra conducted and arranged by Don Sebesky, the music almost lifts the listener off his feet into a dreamy, water-like landscape." - All Music
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Miles Davis
Someday My Prince Will Come

  (Item #: davissomed_1807x) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An outstanding copy of this Davis classic, close to the best we heard all day, with nearly Triple Plus grades (A++ to A+++) on both sides
  • This original Six Eye Stereo pressing is Tubey Magical, full-bodied and high-rez, not to mention uncannily present - Miles is in the room with you
  • 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 Miles albums and the sound is Demo Disc Quality on the best copies
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Mose Allison
Mose Alive!

  (Item #: allismosea_1808_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or very close to it on both sides
  • Both sides are rich, full and tonally right on the money with a nice extended top end
  • Pretty darn quiet -- Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout, these are tough to find in this shape!
  • "Allison was one of the finest songwriters in blues of the 20th and early 21st centuries." - All Music Bio
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Charles Mingus
Mingus Dynasty

  (Item #: mingumingu_dynasty_1808) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Superb sound on both sides, with each rating nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++), right up there with our shootout winner (!)
  • The Six Eye original Stereo pressing is rich and solid, yet still clean, clear and spacious, with a rock-solid bottom end to capture the beauty of Mingus's double bass
  • Bucketfuls of studio ambience, and Tubey Magic to die for - 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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Art Pepper
Today

  (Item #: peppetoday_1710_1808) 

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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Coleman Hawkins Sextet
Desafinado

  (Item #: hawkidesaf_1802_1808) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • 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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Stan Getz
Getz Au Go Go

  (Item #: getz_getza_1803_1808) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Coleman Hawkins and Clark Terry
Back In Bean’s Bag

  (Item #: hawkibacki_1803_1808) 

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


  • 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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Bill Evans
Moon Beams

  (Item #: evansmoonb_1808) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides, this is a superb copy of Bill Evans' 1962 classic
  • Full-bodied and warm, exactly the way vintage analog should sound, yet as clear and as open as any pressing you've heard (or your money back)
  • The first album Evans recorded after Scott LaFaro's death and it is deeply immersive experience
  • Allmusic raves it's "...so well paced and sequenced the record feels like a dream ... Moonbeams was a startling return to the recording sphere and a major advancement in his development as a leader."
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Sonny Rollins
What's New?

  (Item #: rolliwhatsn_1807_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Two superb sounding sides with each rating a Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++), just shy of our shootout winner!
  • The sound here is vintage 1962 Living Stereo at its best - big, rich, relaxed, tonally correct and full of Tubey Magic
  • This copy is pretty quiet for a Black Label stereo original - it's Mint Minus Minus with no audible marks of any kind
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Rollins' characteristically huge tone, relentless harmonic and rhythmic inventiveness, and fierce solos were consistently impressive. Not only did he state the melody clearly and superbly, but his ideas and pacing were remarkable; no solo rambled and his phrases were lean, thick and furious."
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Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto
Getz - Gilberto

  (Item #: getz_getzg_1807_1) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • With stunning Double to Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades on both sides, this copy came in just behind our shootout winner
  • An all-time Brazilian jazz classic that shows you just how lovely this music can sound when properly mastered
  • Almost impossible to find these with great sound and reasonable surfaces; this is one of the quieter copies from our recent shootout
  • 5 stars: "One of those rare jazz records about which the purist elite and the buying public are in total agreement. Beyond essential."


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Illinois Jacquet
How High The Moon

  (Item #: jacquhowhi_1805_1807) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This superb Prestige Two-Fer boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side two and outstanding double plus (A++) sound on the other three
  • Compiled from four Jacquet albums released in 1968 and 1969, including favorites like "Bottoms Up,"The Blues; That's Me", and "The King"
  • Jacquet's one of the creators of the big, soulful tenor sax sound - I know of no one who does it better
  • "... a fine sampler to Jacquet's music... it features Illinois in a variety of settings (ranging from a quartet to a mini-big band)..." -- Allmusic
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Charles Mingus
Tijuana Moods

  (Item #: mingutijua_1807_2) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • 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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Johnny Hodges / Wild Bill Davis
Blue Rabbit

  (Item #: hodgebluer_1806x) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This KILLER jazz pressing boasts shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last
  • The sound here is Tubey Magical, lively and clear, with three-dimensionality that goes deep and fills the listening room from wall to wall
  • This copy plays on relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • "One of altoist Johnny Hodges' many solo records in the 1960s... Tasty and swinging music." - Allmusic
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Herbie Hancock
Mwandishi

  (Item #: hancomwand_1803_1807) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • 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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Duke Ellington
Up In Duke's Workshop

  (Item #: ellinupind_1712_1807) 

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


  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) Ellington Big Band sound - taken from 1969-1972 recordings - can be found on both of these outstanding 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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Dave Brubeck
Time In

  (Item #: brubetimei_1803_1807) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • 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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The Mahavishnu Orchestra
The Inner Mounting Flame

  (Item #: mahavinner_1709_1807) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $79.99 (You save $20.00 / 20%)


  • 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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Louis Armstrong
The Essential Louis Armstrong

  (Item #: armstessen_1803_1807) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • 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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Oliver Nelson's Big Band
Live From Los Angeles

  (Item #: nelsolivef_1807) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An incredible sounding copy and the first to ever hit the site; Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side, Double Plus (A++) on the second
  • The overall sound here is super rich and high-rez with tons of Tubey Magic and energy
  • Fairly quiet throughout with both sides playing Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Here's a driving high flying record from start to finish. It's jazz at it's exciting best as Nelson's arranging conducting and zippy sax work lead real quality playing..." - Billboard
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Stanley Turrentine
Sugar

  (Item #: turresugar_1807) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last, this copy is rich, musical and enjoyable
  • A dynamic and energetic recording by Rudy Van Gelder that really jumps on a copy like this
  • With top talent like Freddie Hubbard and George Benson, you will have a hard time finding a funkier Soul Jazz record
  • AMG raves: " If jazz fans are interested in Turrentine beyond the Blue Note period — and they should be — this is a heck of a place to listen for satisfaction."
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The Three
The Three
(33 RPM)

  (Item #: threethree_33_1807) 

Our Price: $179.99

  • A true Demo Disc, with outstanding nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from first note to last
  • The transients are uncannily lifelike - listen for the huge amounts of kinetic energy produced when Shelly whacks the hell out of his cymbals
  • My favorite Piano Trio Jazz Album of All Time; every one of those six tracks is brilliantly arranged and performed (if you have the right takes of course; more about that later)
  • 4 Stars: "One of Joe Sample's finest sessions as a leader" - with Shelly Manne and Ray Brown, we would say it's clearly his finest session, as a leader or simply as the piano player in a killer trio
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Thelonious Monk
Criss-Cross

  (Item #: monk_criss_1807_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This Columbia 360 pressing had superb Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • Columbia records produced by Teo Macero in the early '60s have consistently open, natural sound - this one from '63 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." -- Allmusic
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Thelonious Monk
Straight, No Chaser

  (Item #: monk_strai_1807_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Superb sound for both sides of this excellent recording; Double Plus (A++) or better throughout
  • If you want to hear just how good Monk's great big rich piano sounds, this copy can show you
  • Four Stars in Allmusic, with Teo Macero producing and top Columbia engineering
  • "Thelonious Monk’s Straight, No Chaser is the pinnacle of his recordings for Columbia Records..." — TheAudioBeat.com
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Charles Mingus
Mingus Ah Um

  (Item #: minguahum_1807) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • A superb sounding copy with both sides rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or BETTER
  • Another amazing 30th Street Studio recording by the legendary Fred Plaut - if you like Kind of Blue, here's another album with that sound (same year, same studio, same engineer)
  • Pretty darn quiet throughout - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • 5 stars: "Mingus Ah Um is a stunning summation of the bassist's talents and probably the best reference point for beginners... Mingus' compositions and arrangements were always extremely focused, assimilating individual spontaneity into a firm consistency of mood, and that approach reaches an ultra-tight zenith on Mingus Ah Um"
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Miles Davis
Sketches Of Spain

  (Item #: davissketc_1805_1807) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • Triple Plus (A+++) sound on second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first, making this a truly killer copy!
  • Tons of ambience and Tubey Magic - this 30th Street recording shows just how good Columbia's engineers were back then
  • This copy gives Davis's horn breath and bite, revealing the sound of the real instrument as only the best pressings can
  • 5 stars on Allmusic: "The most luxuriant and stridently romantic recording Davis ever made"
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Gerry Mulligan Quartet
Spring Is Sprung

  (Item #: mullisprin_1804_1807) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With shootout-winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades on both sides, it just doesn't get any better than this copy of Mulligan's superb sounding and Hard To Find 1963 release on Philips
  • Quincy Jones directed, and Phil Ramone made sure the album would be exceptionally well-recorded, which it is!
  • Big, rich, and Tubey Magical, this pressing let us hear Mulligan's quartet with the energy and clarity these classic jazz performances deserve
  • 4 Stars: "Mulligan and Brookmeyer always seem to stimulate one another's playing to a high level, and this album is no exception. The group gets into a swinging groove right away with its updated treatment of a Count Basie favorite, "Jive at Five," followed by Mulligan's brisk yet intricate jazz waltz "Four for Three.""
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Charles Mingus
Tijuana Moods

  (Item #: mingutijua_1807_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Two outstanding sides each rating a solid Double Plus (A++)
  • Both sides here are super big, rich and full with plenty of Tubey Magic and bottom end weight
  • 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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Miles Davis
Green Haze

  (Item #: davisgreen_1806x) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb sounding Mono pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound or better on all four sides; mostly quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is spacious, sweet and positively dripping with ambience - talk about Tubey Magic, the liquidity of the sound here is positively uncanny
  • This Prestige Two-Fer simply combines two complete Miles Davis titles recorded by Rudy Van Gelder in 1955 - 'The Musings of Miles' and 'Miles'
  • "... it is for the excellent rhythm sections and the playing of Miles Davis that this two-fer is highly recommended." - All Music
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John Coltrane
My Favorite Things

  (Item #: coltrmyfav_1804_1806) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • You'll find excellent Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this 1961 Coltrane classic
  • You'll also find dramatically more richness, fullness and presence than most copies have to offer
  • An exceptionally difficult album to find with top quality sound and decent surfaces, but here one is!
  • 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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John Coltrane
The Stardust Session

  (Item #: coltrstard_1802_1807) 

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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Count Basie And His Orchestra
I Told You So

  (Item #: basieitold_1801_1807) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy was one of the better we played in our recent shootout, only our second since 2012
  • A Top Basie Big Band title in every way - musically, sonically, you name it, this album has got it going on!
  • This is the way it must have sounded in 1976, in the New York studios where the famous RCA engineer Bob Simpson was still behind the board
  • 4 stars: "This is one of Count Basie's best big-band studio recordings for Norman Granz during his Pablo years. The arrangements by Bill Holman are both challenging and swinging, containing enough surprises to make this session a real standout."
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The Pat Metheny Group
The Pat Metheny Group

  (Item #: methepatme_1806) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound, or close to it, on both sides of this copy of the group's debut album
  • This pressing is clean, clear, solid and energetic, with great bass and wonderful transparency - just the right sound for this music
  • About as quiet as we can find them - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • 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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John Coltrane
Giant Steps

  (Item #: coltrgiant_1802_1806) 

Our Price: $169.99
Sale Price: $149.00 (You save $20.99 / 12%)


  • 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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John Coltrane
John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman

  (Item #: coltrjohnc_1802_1806) 

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


  • 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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Count Basie Meets Oscar Peterson
The Timekeepers

  (Item #: basietimek_1709_1806) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • 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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Herbie Mann
Live At The Village Gate

  (Item #: mann_livea_1802_1806) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • 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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Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington
The Great Reunion

  (Item #: armstgreat_1803_1806) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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Airto
Fingers

  (Item #: airtofinge_1710_1806) 

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


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

  (Item #: bonfasoftl_1708_1806) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • This original Epic pressing has superb Shootout Winning sound, earning a Triple Plus (A+++) grade on side one and close to that 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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Milt Jacskon
Sunflower

  (Item #: jackssunfl_1801_1806) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - this copy of Sunflower is exceptionally musical and enjoyable
  • So open, with an extended top end, not gritty or crude, always resolving the musical information in a natural way - we loved it
  • These superstars guarantee this is real jazz: Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, Freddie Hubbard et al.
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Recorded over two days in December of 1972 at Rudy Van Gelder's home studio, vibraphonist Milt Jackson's Sunflower is the first - and best - of his three albums for Creed Taylor's CTI imprint. (And one of the finest offerings on the label.)"
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Oliver Nelson
The Blues and the Abstract Truth

  (Item #: nelsoblues_1804_1806) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Oliver Nelson's masterpiece returns to the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Clean, clear and present with a solid bass foundation, as well as the big stage this many musicians need
  • If all you know is Van Gelder's original cutting, you will surely learn a thing or two from this wonderful Hot Stamper
  • Allmusic calls this album "...his triumph as a musician for the aspects of not only defining the sound of an era... but on this recording, assembling one of the most potent modern jazz sextets ever." 5 Stars (of course)
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Freddie Hubbard
Sky Dive

  (Item #: hubbaskydi_1802_1806) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Miles Davis
Quiet Nights

  (Item #: davisquiet_1803_1806) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • 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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Miles Davis
Porgy and Bess

  (Item #: davisporgy_1806_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A truly killer pressing with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Both sides are incredibly spacious and textured with rich, natural tonality and a great bottom end
  • If you're in the market for a stunningly natural, lifelike jazz recording, you can't do much better than this album
  • "No collection of American jazz can be deemed complete without this recording..." -- All Music Guide, 5 stars
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Stan Getz
What The World Needs Now

  (Item #: getz_whatt_1803_1806) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • 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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Ben Webster
The Warm Moods

  (Item #: webstwarmm_1802_1806) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • 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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Milt Jackson Quintet
That's The Way It Is

  (Item #: jacksthats_1806_1) 

Our Price: $169.99

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

  (Item #: davisineur_1806) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on side one and a solid Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy of Miles Davis in Europe will be hard to beat
  • This vintage Columbia 360 Label Stereo LP captures the magic of Miles' 1963 live performances with big, clear, lively sound from first note to last
  • 4 stars: "The band, including tenor saxophonist George Coleman, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Tony Williams had recorded Seven Steps to Heaven a few months earlier ... the band's adventurous, avant-garde leanings are on display with the young Williams propelling Davis to scorching heights..."
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Sonny Rollins & Coleman Hawkins
Sonny Meets Hawk

  (Item #: rollisonny_1806_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Only the second copy to hit the site in over four years and boy is it a good one! Double Plus (A++) from start to finish!
  • Both sides here are incredibly big, full-bodied and Tubey Magical with plenty of bottom end weight
  • Amazing music from two saxophone masters on one of the most exciting jazz records we've heard in some time!
  • 4 stars in the AMG: "... a deliciously exciting experience."


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Al Dimeola
Elegant Gypsy

  (Item #: dimeoelega_1804_1806) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this Fusion Guitar Jazz Classic is a Big As Life 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 here 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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Chet Baker
Plays The Best Of Lerner And Loewe

  (Item #: bakerplays_1801_1806) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy was one of the best we played in our recent shootout
  • 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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Art Pepper
Smack Up

  (Item #: peppesmack_1803_1806) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • 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
  • "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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Kenny Burrell
God Bless The Child

  (Item #: burregodbl_1711_1806) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on side one and solid Double Plus (A++) grades on side two make this one of the better copies we've found
  • 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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Sonny Rollins
The Bridge

  (Item #: rollibridg_1711_1806) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An excellent stereo copy of this Rollins classic, earning nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades or close to it on both sides
  • The 1962 sound is wonderfully Tubey Magical, full-bodied and solid, the bass note-like and clear
  • This is the kind of Demo Disc sound that the brilliant Ray Hall was able to engineer with tubes back in 1962, and it's glorious to hear in 2017
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The interplay between Rollins and Jim Hall [on guitar] is consistently impressive, making this a near-classic and a very successful comeback."
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Gabor Szabo with Gary McFarland
Gypsy ’66

  (Item #: szabogypsy_1802_1806) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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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Harry Edison & Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
Simply Sweets

  (Item #: edisosimpl_1804_1806) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last, this copy of Simply Sweets simply blew away every other pressing in our recent shootout
  • This is one of the best sounding small group Pablo recordings we have played in quite a while - the sound of this superb jazz quintet is lively and real like you will not believe
  • 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." -- Allmusic
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Miles Davis
Basic Miles

  (Item #: davisbasic_1803_1806) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Demo Disc Jazz sound for this wonderful collection, with both sides coming in right behind our Shootout Winner at nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++)
  • The 9+ minute On 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
The Body & The Soul

  (Item #: hubbabodya_1806) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on this copy of Hubbard's straight ahead jazz outing from 1963
  • This copy was hard to fault - big, open, clear, with space and three-dimensionality that modern pressings can only dream of
  • With so many instruments to deal with the mastering and pressing have to be stellar, and here they are
  • 4 Stars: "Utilizing a septet, 16-piece big band, and orchestra plus strings to play concise, tight tunes, Shorter provides the backdrop to employ Hubbard's bold toned trumpet and all of its devices in a full display of his powerful melodic talents."
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Count Basie Big Band
Farmers Market Barbecue

  (Item #: basiefarme_1806_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from beginning to end on this famous Pablo, one we called The Best Basie Big Band Record We've Ever Played
  • Musically, FMB is a Top Basie Big Band title in every way
  • Demo Disc sound - guaranteed to beat the pants off of any Heavy Vinyl pressing, at any speed, of any title
  • Allmusic: "This was an excellent outing by the Count Basie Orchestra during its later years."
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Cannonball Adderley
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy!

  (Item #: addermercy_1804_1806) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Barney Kessel
Music To Listen To (in Stereo)

  (Item #: kessemusic_1806) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This Minty Original Black Label Contemporary Stereo LP from 1958 boasts Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • How can you beat a Roy DuNann recording of five reeds, piano, guitar and a rhythm section that includes Shelly Manne and Red Mitchell?
  • The timbre of the instruments is so spot-on it makes all the hard work and money you've put into your stereo more than pay off
  • Barney Kessel and his five reed players take these standards and make magic with them on this, one of our favorite jazz records
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Benny Carter
Swingin' the '20s

  (Item #: carteswing_1806) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side two and a Double Plus (A++) side one, this copy took top honors in our recent shootout
  • These good 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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Jimmy Smith
Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf

  (Item #: smithwhosa_1710_1806) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • 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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Jimmy Smith
Hobo Flats

  (Item #: smithhobof_1806) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Incredible shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last
  • Both sides are insanely big, rich and full with tons of Tubey Magic and a big fat bottom end
  • "Smith bubbles and bounces through all of it at the B-3 while Nelson proceeds to fill every available corner with huge, sweeping orchestral washes and crescendos. The clear highlight, though, is the lead and title track, "Hobo Flats," which moves at a languid but wonderfully funky pace and establishes a groove as wide as the Mississippi River." - All Music
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Thelonious Monk
Underground

  (Item #: monk_under_1803_1806) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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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Thelonious Monk
Misterioso (Recorded On Tour)

  (Item #: monk_miste_1803_1806) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Count Basie
Chairman of the Board

  (Item #: basiechair_1806_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: gordoonefl_1806) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of this vintage Blue Note pressing
  • With its presence, clarity, space and timbral accuracy, this is guaranteed to be one of the best sounding jazz records you've heard in a very long time
  • One of our very favorite Blue Note recordings for both music and sound, a Dexter Gordon Classic of soulful hard bop
  • Turn it up good and loud and it's as if you are right up front at one of the best '60s jazz concerts imaginable
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Ramsey Lewis
Maiden Voyage

  (Item #: lewismaide_1806) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This copy of Lewis' 1968 release boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound, or close to it, from first note to last
  • 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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Gerry Mulligan Quartet
Spring Is Sprung

  (Item #: mullisprin_1806) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This copy of Mulligan's superb sounding and Hard To Find 1963 release boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last
  • This pressing managed to find the ideal tonal balance - it's clean and clear yet rich and sweet
  • Quincy Jones was the Musical Director, and Phil Ramone made sure the album would be exceptionally well-recorded
  • 4 Stars: "Mulligan and Brookmeyer always seem to stimulate one another's playing to a high level, and this album is no exception. The group gets into a swinging groove right away with its updated treatment of a Count Basie favorite, 'Jive at Five,' followed by Mulligan's brisk yet intricate jazz waltz 'Four for Three.'"
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Harry Edison & Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
Simply Sweets

  (Item #: edisosimpl_1806) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This outstanding copy of Simply Sweets boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides and relatively quiet vinyl too
  • The sound of this superb jazz quintet is big, lively, open and clear with Tubey Magical richness
  • 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." -- Allmusic
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Al Dimeola
Elegant Gypsy

  (Item #: dimeoelega_1803_1806) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Barney Kessel
Vol. 3: To Swing Or Not To Swing

  (Item #: kessetoswi_1702_1806) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Great Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - only the second copy to hit the site in many years
  • Clean, clear and lively with a big bottom end and loads of Contemporary's trademarked Tubey Magic
  • Relatively quiet vinyl throughout for a recording from 1955 - Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Guitarist Barney Kessel's string of recordings for Contemporary in the 1950s included some of the finest work of his career ... highly recommended to fans of straight-ahead jazz."
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