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Johnny Hartman
I Just Dropped By To Say Hello

  (Item #: hartmijust_1802_) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This classic Male Vocal album from the Golden Age of Recording (in this case 1963) boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Rudy Van Gelder worked his engineering magic here - the sound is full-bodied, spacious and present, with gobs of Tubey Magic
  • If you want to hear a living, breathing Johnny Hartmann singing live in your listening room, this album can make that happen
  • 4 1/2 stars:"Hartman is heard in peak form throughout these 11 pieces... This is one of his finest recordings."
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Illinois Jacquet
Bottoms Up

  (Item #: jacqubotto_1801) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With seriously good Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last, this copy of Bottoms Up has much to recommend it
  • Big, full and present, the sound is natural and balanced throughout
  • "Even in 1968 when the jazz avant-garde was becoming quite influential, tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet played in his own timeless style, performing in an idiom little changed during the previous 20 years."
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Illinois Jacquet - How High The Moon

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: jacquehowhi_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

This Prestige Two-Fer Jazz Double LP has three great sides, including a DEMO DISC side one! The album combines material from four different Illinois Jacquet albums (Bottoms Up, The King, The Soul Explosion, and The Blues; That's Me!). The sound is AMAZING and Jacquet plays beautifully. He's one of the creators of the big soulful tenor sax sound. I don't know of anyone who does it better.

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Illinois Jacquet - Illinois Jacquet

Classic Records - Reviewed in the '90s

  (Item #: jacquillin_17033_classic) 



Sonic Grade: C or Better

My guess is this is still a fairly good Classic Records jazz album. Years ago we wrote the following:

"This is actually one of the best Classic Jazz albums they released back in the '90s. Both the music and sound are excellent. Jacquet is one of the creators of the big soulful tenor sax sound. I don't know of anyone who does it better."

We can't be sure that we would still feel the same way. My guess is that this is still a good record if you can get one for the 30 bucks we used to charge.

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Johnny Hartman - I Just Dropped By To Say Hello

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: hartmijust_2013) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

Folks, the best Stereo Impulse pressings are so Tubey Magical, RICH yet CLEAR, and above all shockingly natural, I defy you to find a Male Vocal record produced in the last thirty years that can hold a candle to it (outside of the Coltrane-Hartman record from the year before of course).

The Bennett-Evans record we love so much here at Better Records would qualify as a contender, but that album was recorded in 1975. And it doesn't have half the Tubey Magic this Hartman album from 1963 does.

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