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John Coltrane
A Love Supreme

  (Item #: coltrloves_1910_12_3_6) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • With two Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sides, this is a truly killer early stereo pressing - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Here's the explosive improvisational energy that made the album such a revelation in 1964 - copies of A Love Supreme that sound as good as this one are rare indeed
  • 5 stars: "Trane's classic quartet of Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, and Jimmy Garrison stepped into the studio and created one of the most thought-provoking, concise, and technically pleasing albums of their bountiful relationship (not to mention his best-selling to date)... It is almost impossible to imagine a world without A Love Supreme having been made, and it is equally impossible to imagine any jazz collection without it."
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Horace Silver
Horace-Scope

  (Item #: silvehorac_2007) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This superb pressing boasts nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish - just shy of our Shootout Winner, with fairly quiet vinyl for a vintage Blue Note pressing
  • This shootout was years in the making - few copies survived in this kind of audiophile playing condition, and fewer still - far fewer still - sound as good as this one does (thanks RVG!), so Silver fans should get while the gettin' is good
  • 4 stars: "...every selection is full of soulful grooves and well-honed group interplay, the qualities that made this band perhaps the top hard bop outfit of the early '60s. Silver was in the midst of a hot streak that wouldn't let up for another few years, and Horace-Scope is another eminently satisfying effort from that period."
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Freddie Hubbard
Red Clay

  (Item #: hubbaredcl_2003_7) 

Our Price: $299.99
Sale Price: $249.99 (You save $50.00 / 17%)


  • With Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides, we guarantee you've never heard Red Clay sound remotely as good as it does here
  • It's one of our Five Favorite CTI albums - Red Clay is Hubbard's Soul Jazz Masterpiece, and it's a record that belongs in every audiophile's jazz collection
  • Lenny White drums up a storm on this album - with sound this good, he is playing right in the room with you
  • 5 Stars: "This may be Freddie Hubbard's finest moment as a leader, in that it embodies and utilizes all of his strengths as a composer, soloist, and frontman. [It] places the trumpeter in the company of giants such as saxophonist Joe Henderson, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Lenny White... This is a classic, hands down."
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Grant Green
Green Is Beautiful

  (Item #: greengreen_2007_1) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Green Is Beautiful finally arrives on the site, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • A copy like this is a real audiophile treat - here is the punchy, clear, natural and lively sound you want for Green Is Beautiful
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl they're making - the Tubey Magic, size and rock and roll energy of this very special vintage pressing simply cannot be beat
  • Rudy Van Gelder was masterful at this kind of spacious, low-distortion, dynamic, energetic sound
  • "Green Is Beautiful is still explicitly commercial and accessible to non-jazz audiences, and (purist objections notwithstanding) that's not necessarily a bad thing."
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Grant Green
The Latin Bit

  (Item #: greenlatin_2003_6) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Stunning sound for this original NY label Blue Note stereo pressing with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to it
  • Rudy Van Gelder did an outstanding job as usual engineering these 1962 sessions - his live-in-the-studio approach using an All Tube Recording Chain is tough to beat
  • Exceptionally quiet for an original NY label pressing - both sides play Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • "Pianist Johnny Acea, long an underrated jazzman, is the nucleus of this session, grounding it with witty chops, chordal comping, and rhythmic meat. The Latino rhythm section of drummer Willie Bobo and conga player Carlos "Patato" Valdes personify authentic, seasoned spice..."
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Jackie McLean Quintet / Bill Hardman
Jackie's Pal

  (Item #: mcleajacki_2008_) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Jackie's Pal makes its Hot Stamper debut here with STUNNING Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from top to bottom - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Dynamic, transparent, spacious and musical throughout - you won't believe how good this Jazz Classic from 1956 sounds
  • Another top jazz recording from Rudy Van Gelder - big, bold and lively, just the right sound for this music
  • "... no one could execute complex melodic lines with the speed and precision of Bill. He was a human "bebop machine," a player who could improvise for hours on a single chord and not run out of ideas..."
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Wes Montgomery
California Dreaming

  (Item #: montgcalif_2006) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This excellent Wes Montgomery title returns to the site for the first time in two years with a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side one and outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on side two
  • Both sides here are OUT OF THIS WORLD, incredibly big, bold, clear, rich and dynamic - this is DEMO DISC Quality Big Production Guitar-led Jazz
  • Credit goes to Rudy Van Gelder once again for the huge space that the superbly well-recorded group occupies
  • Forget the critics, this is one of Wes's Best Albums of All Time I tell you!
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Sonny Rollins
Alfie (Original Music From The Score)

  (Item #: rollialfie_2001) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A superb copy of Sonny Rollins' Alfie, boasting outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Even though I've been playing this album for more than 25 years, for some reason this is one of the few truly killer copies to ever hit the site
  • A triumph for Van Gelder, a Top Impulse title, and as much a showcase for Oliver Nelson (+11) as it is for Sonny Rollins
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail vinyl they're pressing these days - if you want to hear the Tubey Magic, size and energy of this wonderful album, an early pressing is the only way to go
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Rollins attempts to capture the textures of life through his incisive and energetic playing, his coherent improvisations, and variations on musical themes."
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Bill Evans
Montreux II

  (Item #: evansmontr_2006) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • This epic live jazz recording finally returns to the site with incredible Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sides or close to them
  • A killer pressing, with a very strong bottom end, lovely richness and warmth, real space and separation between the instruments and wonderful immediacy throughout
  • Recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, this 1970 release showcases Evans stylings alongside the brilliant talents of Eddie Gomez and Marty Morell
  • "Bill Evans' second recording at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1970 was a highly anticipated concert, finding the pianist in peak form, accompanied by bassist Eddie Gómez and drummer Marty Morell. "
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Donald Byrd
A New Perspective

  (Item #: byrd_newpe_2003) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • An STUNNING stereo pressing of one of our all-time favorite Blue Note albums with Shootout Winning Triple 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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Donald Byrd
Blackjack

  (Item #: byrd_black_1910_01) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • KILLER sound throughout for this later Blue Note pressing with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the first - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - if you want to hear the Tubey Magic, size and energy of this wonderful album, a vintage Blue Note pressing like this one is the only way to get there
  • "This recording features altoist Sonny Red, tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley, Cedar Walton, Walter Booker, and Billy Higgins. The six tunes are to one extent or another quite explorative. The music does swing and highlights include "West of the Pecos" and "Beale Street"; Byrd and Red in particular are in excellent form throughout the date."
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Horace Silver
Serenade to a Soul Sister

  (Item #: silveseren_2003_7) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from the first note to the last
  • This copy was clearly cut with super-low distortion mastering equipment, and boy does it help the sound
  • Rudy Van Gelder did an outstanding job as usual engineering these 1968 quintet sessions, some of which include one of our favorite tenor men, Stanley Turrentine
  • 4 1/2 stars: "One of the last great Horace Silver albums for Blue Note, Serenade to a Soul Sister is also one of the pianist's most infectiously cheerful, good-humored outings... it's hard to argue with musical results as joyous and tightly performed as Serenade to a Soul Sister."
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Jimmy Smith
Got My Mojo Workin'

  (Item #: smithgotmy_2007) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides, this copy handily won our shootout
  • The best sides have the kind of analog richness, warmth and smoothness that we make listening to records so involving
  • Some pop tunes, some Ellington and more, all of which has a real funky feel to it, with Jimmy really getting into it and grunting along with the music
  • "This 1965 Verve release finds the B-3 innovator mixing it up with organ and guitar combo swingers and big band charts compliments of arranger Oliver Nelson."
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McCoy Tyner
Plays Ellington

  (Item #: tynerplays_1912_03) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • KILLER sound throughout for this Shootout Winning copy with both sides earning Triple Plus (A+++) grades for sound
  • With a lively and present piano, clarity, space and timbral accuracy, this is guaranteed to be one of the best sounding jazz records you've heard
  • Credit goes to Rudy Van Gelder once again for the huge space this superbly well-recorded ensemble occupies (the ensemble being a piano trio with two percussionists, but it works!)
  • 4 stars: "An interesting project that works quite well... This is an excellent outing that displays both Tyner's debt to the jazz tradition and his increasingly original style."
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Red Garland Trio
Red Garland's Piano

  (Item #: garlaredga_2007ex) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Red Garland's third studio album makes its Hot Stamper debut on this early mono pressing with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout
  • The sound is clear, spacious, relaxed, and full-bodied, with Tubey Magical richness and analog smoothness that on the best vintage pressings can offer
  • Another top jazz recording from Rudy Van Gelder - big, bold and lively, just the right sound for this music
  • 4 stars: "Red Garland's third session as a leader finds the distinctive pianist investigating eight standards (including 'Please Send Me Someone to Love,' 'Stompin' at the Savoy,' 'If I Were a Bell,' and 'Almost Like Being in Love') with his distinctive chord voicings, melodic but creative ideas, and solid sense of swing."
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Stanley Turrentine
Rough 'N Tumble

  (Item #: turrerough_1910_01) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With two Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sides, we guarantee you've never heard this kind of life and energy on any other Stanley Turrentine album
  • It's rare for us to find New York label stereo pressings in audiophile playing condition, but here's one, and it simply takes the recording (and the music) to another level
  • This session boasts all the top players: Blue Mitchell, Pepper Adams, McCoy Tyner, Grant Green, Bob Cranshaw, and Mickey Roker and more
  • "...the star of the show is Turrentine, and his warmth and playing make this a necessity, especially for fans '60s pre-funk Blue Note jazz."
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Wes Montgomery
A Day In The Life

  (Item #: montgdayin_2006) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • You'll find KILLER sound on both sides of this jazz favorite -- Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second
  • 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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Herbie Hancock
Speak Like a Child

  (Item #: hancospeak_1905_9_11) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A KILLER sounding copy with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grades, close to our Shootout Winning copy
  • These sides are big and full-bodied with well-defined bass, with lively transient energy on the brass instruments, a signature sound of our man RVG's
  • Featuring Hancock's arrangements for an unusual front line of alto flute, bass trombone and flugelhorn, none of which solo (!)
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The key to Speak Like a Child is in Hancock's graceful, lyrical playing and compositions, which are lovely on the surface and provocative and challenging upon closer listening."
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Dexter Gordon
Doin' Allright

  (Item #: gordodoina_1902_8_12) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This superb 1961 release by Dexter Gordon finally returns to the site, now with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • These early sides are rich, full-bodied and warm, yet clear and lively
  • A dynamic and energetic recording by Rudy Van Gelder that really jumps on a copy that sounds as good as this one does
  • 4 stars: "Gordon's Blue Note recordings led to his rediscovery. The tenor is teamed with the young trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, pianist Horace Parlan, bassist George Tucker, and drummer Al Harewood for a strong set of music..."
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Shelly Manne
2-3-4

  (Item #: manne234_1910_4_7) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $149.99 (You save $50.00 / 25%)


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

  (Item #: ervininbet_2002) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Booker Ervin makes his long-awaited site debut with this 1968 release, boasting a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side two and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side one - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound here is wonderful - big, lively, textured, open and clear with Tubey Magical richness that brings out the best in this jazzy hard bop sound
  • Credit must go to Rudy Van Gelder once again for the huge space this superbly well-recorded quintet occupies
  • 4 stars: "Every song on The In Between is an Ervin original designed to challenge the musicians... it's edgy, volatile hard bop that comes from the mind as much as the soul... The result is a satisfying, cerebral set of adventurous hard bop that finds Booker Ervin at a creative peak."
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Jackie McLean
McLean's Scene

  (Item #: mcleamclea_1911_5) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • McLean's 1959 release makes its Hot Stamper debut with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A++) sound on side one and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side two - exceptionally quiet vinyl for the most part as well
  • Surprisingly rich, lively and clear, with plenty of space for this exceptional group to occupy
  • Credit must go to Rudy Van Gelder once again for capturing the swinging energy of this superbly sympathetic ensemble
  • 4 stars: "McLean never really copied Charlie Parker and was one of the first in his generation to develop his own sound."
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Kenny Burrell
God Bless The Child

  (Item #: burregodbl_1812_6_11_5) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Amazing sound from start to finish on this Shootout Winning TRIPLE TRIPLE (A+++) copy
  • One of our favorite CTI albums, and surely one of the best sounding, especially on this pressing
  • Credit goes to Rudy Van Gelder 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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Kenny Burrell
Guitar Forms

  (Item #: burreguita_1909_03) 

Our Price: $199.99

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

  (Item #: davisbegin_1910_1_4ex) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Here is a killer early pressing of Miles' 1955 Prestige album with superb Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides and vinyl that is going to be very hard to find any quieter
  • Unusually rich, full-bodied, lively and present, sound that brings out the best in Miles' music
  • Recorded in All Tube Mono, this is the real sound of these four jazz giants playing live-in-the-home-studio of none other than a Mr Rudy Van Gelder
  • "Miles Davis was in the process of forming his first classic quintet when he recorded this date... The trumpeter is featured with pianist Red Garland, bassist Oscar Pettiford, and drummer Philly Joe Jones, playing four standards plus a blues ("Green Haze") and "I Didn't," his answer to Monk's "Well, You Needn't.""
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Richard "Groove" Holmes
Spicy

  (Item #: holmespicy_1911_3_6) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An incredible sounding Prestige Blue Label Stereo pressing with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout
  • Rich, present and Tubey Magical - this is yet another classic Rudy Van Gelder recording of Soul Jazz from the '60s on the venerable Prestige label
  • This small group setting of organ, guitar, drums and congas lets everyone stretch out and find the funk in even the most mainstream material
  • "The intensity which launched Groove's cover of "Misty" into such a huge hit is thoroughly in evidence throughout this smoking set and Holmes is firmly in his element during this poppy, but cooking session. A welcome addition to a great organist's too-thin catalog." - All About Jazz
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Stanley Turrentine
Rough 'N Tumble

  (Item #: turrerough_1910_1_6) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sides, we guarantee you've never heard this kind of life and energy on any other Stanley Turrentine album
  • It's rare for us to find New York label stereo pressings in audiophile playing condition, but here's one, and it simply takes the recording (and the music) to another level
  • This session boasts all the top players: Blue Mitchell, Pepper Adams, McCoy Tyner, Grant Green, Bob Cranshaw, and Mickey Roker and more
  • "...the star of the show is Turrentine, and his warmth and playing make this a necessity, especially for fans '60s pre-funk Blue Note jazz."
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The Tommy Flanagan Trio
The Tommy Flanagan Trio

  (Item #: flanatommy_2007ex) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb copy of The Tommy Flanagan Trio with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout
  • Lively, dynamic, transparent, spacious and musical throughout - you won't believe how good this Jazz Classic from 1960 sounds
  • "Rudy van Gelder captured the exquisite sound in his usual manner by setting up a couple of high-fidelity microphones and letting the players and room speak for themselves. If I close my eyes, I'm in the Village Vanguard listening to him live."
  • "With bassist Tommy Potter and drummer Roy Haynes giving the pianist fine support, the trio cooks a bit on Flanagan's 'Jes' Fine...'"
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Wes Montgomery
Goin' Out of My Head

  (Item #: montggoino_1906_10_4_7) 

Our Price: $199.99
Sale Price: $149.99 (You save $50.00 / 25%)


  • Incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides, this early stereo copy blew the competition away with its size, Tubey Magical richness and vibrant jazz energy
  • Once again Oliver Nelson's Big Band arrangements take the music to another level - the guy's a genius
  • Jazz writer Josef Woodard called the release "Commercial firepower and Grammy-winning accessibility notwithstanding, it's a classic big-band album, with smart charts by Nelson and stolen moments of Montgomery's guitar grandeur and romantic truth scattered throughout. The title track that made so much commercial and critical noise is all of 2:12 in duration, but the album also features plenty of jazz fiber..."
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Wes Montgomery
Road Song

  (Item #: montgroads_2006) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Wes Montgomery's final album makes its Hot Stamper debut with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout
  • Full-bodied, musical, warm and smooth - this should sound far better than any copy you've heard
  • Features the limitless talents of Herbie Hancock, Ed Shaughnessy, Richard Davis, and more
  • "These songs are short, sweet, and supported by classical-tinged string and woodwind arrangements. This is not heavy jazz in any sense. Wes sounds to be just relaxing and having fun with it..."
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Donald Byrd
A New Perspective

  (Item #: byrd_newpe_2005) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An SUPERB stereo pressing of one of our all-time favorite Blue Note albums with nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound throughout - just shy of our Shootout Winner
  • 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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Art Blakey Jazz Messengers
Free For All

  (Item #: blakefreef_1911_5) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Outstanding sound for this Blue Note pressing, with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This LP was bigger, richer and clearer, with less smear and distortion, and more Tubey Magic, than many of the other pressings we played
  • An RVG recording from 1964 is hard to beat for you-are-there immediacy, and this pressing delivers that quality like no other copy you've heard - we guarantee it
  • 4 stars: "Free for All is a high point in drummer Art Blakey's enormous catalog. This edition of the Jazz Messengers had been together since 1961 with a lineup that would be hard to beat: Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor sax, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Cedar Walton on piano, and Reggie Workman on bass."
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Jackie McLean
Let Freedom Ring

  (Item #: mclealetfr_2001) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better sounding copies we played in our shootout
  • Superb All Tube Stereo sound by Rudy Van Gelder, and the high-rez, tonally correct mastering brings out even the most subtle nuances of the sound of this adventurous quartet
  • Allmusic 5 out of 5 stars / Penguin Guide to Jazz 4 out of 4 stars / The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 5 out of 5 stars - you can't do much better than that!
  • "Jackie McLean had always been a highly emotional soloist, so it makes sense that he was one of the first hard bop veterans to find a new voice in the burning intensity of jazz's emerging avant-garde... Let Freedom Ring was the landmark masterpiece where he put everything together and ushered in the era of the modernists at Blue Note."
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Stan Getz
Getz Au Go Go

  (Item #: getz_getza_2007) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this pressing will show you just how good our favorite Stan Getz album can sound on vinyl
  • Musically and sonically, this is a Must Own Jazz Album for audiophiles, perfect for those new to jazz as well as serious jazz aficionados
  • This was a magical night (or two) with Stan feeling the spirit and staying telepathically in the groove with his compadres all evening long
  • A tough album to find with the right sound and decent surfaces, which is the main reason we are rarely able to do this shootout
  • 4 stars: "Highly recommended for all dimensions of jazz enthusiasts." [We would of course give it the full 5 Stars]
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Charles Earland
Black Talk!

  (Item #: earlablack_2006) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Charles Earland makes his Hot Stamper debut here with this STUNNING pressing of Black Talk!, boasting Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout
  • You'd be hard-pressed to find a copy that's this well balanced, yet big and lively, with such wonderful clarity in the mids and highs
  • Credit goes to Rudy Van Gelder once again for the huge space that the superbly well-recorded group occupies
  • 5 stars: "... one of the few successful examples of jazz musicians from the late '60s taking a few rock and pop songs and turning them into creative jazz... Fans of organ combos are advised to pick up this interesting set."
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Eric Dolphy
Caribé

  (Item #: dolphcarib_1910_1_5) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • KILLER sound on both sides of this later Prestige pressing with each earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • Not knowing much about the album, we were shocked at how well recorded Caribé is - RVG in 1960 is hard to beat for ENERGY and the sense of immediacy you get from being right in the room with these exciting musicians
  • "This record is the equivalent of throwing a stick of dynamite into a sedate, well-ordered dinner party, having the dynamite go off with a bang, and somehow leaving everything in its place. Such is the volatile Eric Dolphy, a serious wailer on the alto sax and even more idiosyncratic and radical on the bass clarinet, who barges into the lair of Juan Amalbert's Latin Jazz Quintet and doesn't perturb them in the least... fascinating without a doubt."
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John Coltrane
More Lasting Than Bronze

  (Item #: coltrmorel_1812_7_12_6) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

  (Item #: airtofinge_1909_8) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $99.99 (You save $50.00 / 33%)


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

  (Item #: gilbelookt_1909_2_6ex) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $99.99 (You save $50.00 / 33%)


  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last
  • This kind of spacious, warm, rich, Tubey Magical analog sound is gone forever - you have to go back to 1966 to find it
  • Creed Taylor (the CTI man) produced, Gil Evans did most of the arrangements, Rudy Van Gelder and Val Valentin engineered - what's not to like?
  • 4 1/2 stars: "This was a beautiful bossa nova record of Astrud Gilberto's vocal stylings..."
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Chet Baker/Jim Hall/Hubert Laws
Studio Trieste

  (Item #: bakerstudi_2003_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This surprisingly good sounding collaboration finally arrives on the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • Three-dimensional space and ambience, with Tubey Magic by the boatload - guaranteed to be one of the better sounding Chet Baker albums you've heard, and probably the best of his later period
  • Another triumph for Rudy Van Gelder and his "live-in-the-studio" jazz sound - like most of his recordings (at least those from the '60s on), this album still sounds fresh today, even after 38 years
  • 4 stars: "For what would be his final CTI date, he was matched with guitarist Jim Hall, flutist Hubert Laws and a fine rhythm section for two jazz standards... Throughout, Sebesky's charts favorably showcase Baker's lyrical trumpet, making this a recommended LP..."
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Donald Byrd
The Cat Walk

  (Item #: byrd_catwa_1905_8_01) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This pressing of Donald Byrd's brilliant 1962 release boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Credit must go to Rudy Van Gelder once again for capturing the jazz energy of this superbly sympathetic ensemble
  • These sides are lively and fun, with the kind of sound RVG managed pretty consistently to get on tape
  • 4 stars: "Donald Byrd and baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams worked together on several recordings between 1958 and 1961, and The Cat Walk (released on LP in 1962) is among the best. Byrd's playing throughout is typically sleek and lyrical, and Adams' sturdy, husky baritone sound is the perfect counterbalance, making The Cat Walk an essential Byrd purchase."
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Gene Ammons
Blue Gene

  (Item #: ammonblueg_2006) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This wonderful Prestige recording from 1958 boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • One of the best sounding Ammons records we know of - it's huge, rich and Tubey Magical, with a solid bottom end and energy to beat them all
  • Clean and clear and open are nice qualities to have, but rich and full are harder to come by on this record - this pressing has it all
  • "Some ballad performances in his oeuvre are a testament to an exceptional sense of intonation and melodic symmetry, powerful lyrical expressiveness, and mastery both of the blues and the bebop vernacular that can now be described as, in its own way, 'classical.'"
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Herbie Hancock
My Point of View

  (Item #: hancomypoi_1912_8) 

Our Price: $149.99
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  • A wonderful sounding copy of Hancock's sophomore release from 1963 - this one earned Double Plus (A++) grades for sound or close to them on both sides
  • Grant Green on guitar and killer horn men (Hank Mobley on tenor, Grachan Moncur III on trombone, and Donald Byrd on trumpet) make this a special date indeed
  • As quiet a copy as you will ever find - this one plays Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • "Hot on the heels of his debut album Takin’ Off Hancock piled on the punishment with another must-have recording, My Point of View. He assembled an astonishing septet for the sessions [which] gave him three brass voices to play with, the contrasting luminous flow of Grant Green, with free-swinging Anthony Williams and Chuck Israels at the anchor."
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Horace Silver Quintet
The Tokyo Blues

  (Item #: silvetokyo_2005) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on this wonderful Blue Note stereo pressing - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too
  • Wonderfully spacious and three-dimensional, as well as relaxed and full-bodied - this pressing was a noticeable step up over many of the copies we played
  • 4 stars: "Silver's Tokyo-influenced compositions fit right in with the subtle cross-cultural but very American hard bop he'd been doing all along... [his] compositions have a light, airy feel, with plenty of space, and no one used that space better at these sessions than Cook, whose tenor sax lines are simply wonderful, adding a sturdy, reliable brightness."
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McCoy Tyner
Plays Ellington

  (Item #: tynerplays_2001) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb sound throughout with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • With a lively and present piano, clarity, space and timbral accuracy, this is guaranteed to be one of the better sounding jazz records you've heard
  • Credit goes to Rudy Van Gelder once again for the huge space this superbly well-recorded ensemble occupies (the ensemble being a piano trio with two percussionists, but it works!)
  • 4 stars: "An interesting project that works quite well... This is an excellent outing that displays both Tyner's debt to the jazz tradition and his increasingly original style."
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Sonny Rollins
Rollins Plays For Bird

  (Item #: rolliplays_1901_08_03) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound throughout making this one of the better copies from our most recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The best reissue pressings from the '80s sound right to us, and surprisingly like vintage analog from back in the day - that's the sound we want from Sonny Rollins at his peak in 1957
  • It's beyond difficult to find good sound for the music of Charlie Parker, but this Sonny Rollins Hot Stamper LP gives you just that for some of Bird's most famous tunes, backed with excellent performances from the likes of Kenny Dorham and Max Roach
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Stan Getz
What The World Needs Now

  (Item #: getz_whatt_2007_1_) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This 1968 jazz classic boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound 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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Wes Montgomery
California Dreaming

  (Item #: montgcalif_2006_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of this excellent Wes Montgomery title with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • Both sides here are superb, incredibly big, bold, clear, rich and dynamic - this is DEMO DISC Quality Big Production Guitar-led Jazz
  • Credit goes to Rudy Van Gelder once again for the huge space that the superbly well-recorded group occupies
  • Forget the critics, this is one of Wes's Best Albums of All Time I tell you!
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Bob Brookmeyer
The Dual Role of Bob Brookmeyer

  (Item #: brookdualr_2002) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This superb 1956 mono album makes its Hot Stamper debut with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from start to finish
  • We have never seen the original, but our retitled pressing here from 1964 will show you just how big, solid and musical this session by Rudy Van Gelder can sound
  • If you can tolerate the somewhat noisier surfaces on side two you are in for some amazing Bob Brookmeyer music with top quality sound
  • "Bob Brookmeyer plays valve trombone and piano on two songs apiece with his 1955 quartet, a group also including guitarist Jimmy Raney, bassist Teddy Kotick and drummer Mel Lewis... the music is pleasing and reasonably creative."
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Donald Byrd
House of Byrd

  (Item #: byrd_house_1906_8_11_1_5) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Two rare Donald Byrd albums in one, both with stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on one side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on the other
  • The Tubey Magic is fully intact, making these two albums sound just the way a pair of classic All Tube 1956 Rudy Van Gelder jazz albums should
  • Composed of two superb LPs - 2 Trumpets and The Young Bloods - these wonderful pressings capture some of Byrd's best music and sound
  • "Art and Donald are in fine form, and if there is any competition it serves only to increase the musical yield."
  • "... These blowing sessions (typical of Prestige's albums of the 1950s) have their enjoyable moments with Farmer and Woods taking overall solo honors.
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Ed Thigpen
Out Of The Storm

  (Item #: thigpoutof_2004) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Ed Thigpen arrives on the site with this STUNNING copy of his debut album, boasting Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from start to finish
  • Lively, dynamic, transparent, spacious and musical throughout - you won't believe how good this Jazz Classic from 1966 sounds
  • Superb engineering by Rudy Van Gelder - Out of the Storm features jazz legends Clark Terry, Kenny Burrell, Herbie Hancock, and Ron Carter
  • 4 stars: "Drummer Ed Thigpen's first album as a leader... Although not soloing much, Thigpen wrote three of the seven selections and occasionally played tuned drums, which sound a little bit like timbales... the performances are enjoyable."
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Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis & Johnny Griffin
Live At Mintons

  (Item #: davislivea_1908_02) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • The First Set makes it to the site with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Three-dimensional space and ambience, with Tubey Magic by the boatload - this is guaranteed to be one of the better sounding live jazz records you've heard
  • Rudy Van Gelder was masterful at this kind of spacious, low-distortion, dynamic, energetic sound
  • "Griffin and Davis, competitive tenors with different sounds, battle each other... Exciting music that deserves to be made more widely available." [And here is a wonderful copy ripe for the taking.]
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John Coltrane
Soultrane

  (Item #: coltrsoult_1907_12_5ex) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This Prestige "stereo" pressing boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side one
  • It may say stereo on the cover, but this album is in pure, glorious MONO, with sound that is full-bodied, relaxed, Tubey Magical and tonally correct
  • Here is the palpable jazz energy, the life of the music, that's sure to be missing from whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl pressing is being stamped out these days
  • "... a classic of the 20th century jazz canon and an essential point of reference in Coltrane's own tumultuous career.... this is the album on which Coltrane first emerged as the primary innovator of the jazz world, wielding an astonishing technical virtuosity and a blinding vision of the possibilities of the tenor sax."
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Art Blakey Quartet
A Jazz Message

  (Item #: blakejazzm_1907_10_4) 

Our Price: $129.99

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

  (Item #: bensowhite_2007) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • You'll find SUPERB nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound on both sides of this CTI pressing of Benson's Must Own Masterpiece - just shy of our Shootout Winner - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Open and transparent throughout, with wonderfully full-bodied guitars, solid bass and huge amounts of swingin' jazz energy
  • Superb engineering by Rudy Van Gelder - White Rabbit features jazz legends Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, Airto, and more
  • 4 stars: "For George Benson's second CTI project, producer Creed Taylor and arranger Don Sebesky successfully place the guitarist in a Spanish-flavored setting full of flamenco flourishes, brass fanfares, moody woodwinds and such... In this prime sample of the CTI idiom, everyone wins."
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Astrud Gilberto
Gilberto with Turrentine

  (Item #: gilbegilbe_turrentine_2007) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This outstanding copy of Gilberto's 1971 collaboration with Turrentine boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • It's rich, warm and natural with wonderful transparency, loads of ambience and - this is key - plenty of Tubey Magic
  • Rudy Van Gelder did an outstanding job as usual engineering these 1971 sessions - his live-in-the-studio approach is tough to beat
  • "The real treasures of this album though are the outstanding arrangements by Eumir Deodato, who once again proves he is the master of this type of music. Nearly every track is full of interesting, complex, yet beautiful instrumentation. He blends mellow low strings with lots of Fender Rhodes electric piano, plenty of electric and acoustic guitar, and a wide variety of Brazilian percussion instruments."
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Donald Byrd
Royal Flush

  (Item #: byrd_royal_1910_4) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • A superb sounding copy of Royal Flush, with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades or very close to them
  • Remarkable Tubey Magical richness, as well as the kind of immediacy and transparency that few copies have - all qualities essential to reproducing both the trumpet and the baritone sax with exceptional fidelity
  • Byrd's trumpet sounds wonderful here, with just the right amount of bite
  • "Donald Byrd was at his peak as a straight-ahead hard bop band leader in the early '60s, turning a series of remarkably solid, enjoyable sessions for Blue Note. Royal Flush is no exception to the rule."
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Jimmy Smith
Bucket!

  (Item #: smithbucke_2004) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An outstanding vintage Blue Note pressing, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - mostly quiet vinyl too
  • This copy is spacious, sweet and positively dripping with ambience
  • A trio date, with just organ, guitar and drums, the grouping that Smith pioneered - nobody does it better
  • This album is a little more mellow than others I have heard. It's very relaxed and enjoyable. Highly recommended
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Horace Silver
Song For My Father

  (Item #: silvesongf_1909_03ex) 

Our Price: $119.99

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

  (Item #: gilbewindy_2006) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound throughout, just shy of our shootout winner
  • Forget whatever Heavy Vinyl imposter is in print - this vintage Verve stereo pressing has the kind of High-Rez Tubey-Magical Midrange that will bring Astrud's soft samba music to life in your very own listening room
  • "... Windy nevertheless proves one of Astrud Gilberto's most consistent and sublime efforts, artfully straddling the division between Brazilian bossa nova and American sunshine pop."
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Stanley Turrentine
The Spoiler

  (Item #: turrespoil_1909_02ex) 

Our Price: $99.99

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

  (Item #: evansmontr_1810_3_8_4) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This epic live jazz recording finally returns to the site with two excellent Double Plus (A++) sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • A killer pressing, with a very strong bottom end, lovely richness and warmth, real space and separation between the instruments and wonderful immediacy throughout
  • Recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, this 1970 release showcases Evans stylings alongside the brilliant talents of Eddie Gomez and Marty Morell
  • "Bill Evans' second recording at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1970 was a highly anticipated concert, finding the pianist in peak form, accompanied by bassist Eddie Gómez and drummer Marty Morell. "
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Eric Dolphy
Caribé

  (Item #: dolphcarib_1911_6) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of Caribe, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Not knowing much about the album, we were shocked at how well recorded Caribé is - RVG in 1960 is hard to beat for ENERGY and the sense of immediacy you get from being right in the room with these exciting musicians
  • "This record is the equivalent of throwing a stick of dynamite into a sedate, well-ordered dinner party, having the dynamite go off with a bang, and somehow leaving everything in its place. Such is the volatile Eric Dolphy, a serious wailer on the alto sax and even more idiosyncratic and radical on the bass clarinet, who barges into the lair of Juan Amalbert's Latin Jazz Quintet and doesn't perturb them in the least... fascinating without a doubt."
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Herbie Hancock
Speak Like a Child

  (Item #: hancospeak_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding copy of Hancock's 1968 release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from start to finish
  • These sides are big and full-bodied with well-defined bass, with lively transient energy on the brass instruments, a signature sound of our man RVG's
  • Featuring Hancock's arrangements for an unusual front line of alto flute, bass trombone and flugelhorn, none of which solo (!)
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The key to Speak Like a Child is in Hancock's graceful, lyrical playing and compositions, which are lovely on the surface and provocative and challenging upon closer listening."
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Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery
The Dynamic Duo

  (Item #: smithdynam_2003) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound, this is a wonderful vintage stereo pressing of a classic jazz collaboration from 1966 - exceptionally QUIET vinyl for a jazz record from this era as well
  • Big, rich and lively, thanks to Oliver Nelson's arrangements (and RVG's engineering), this big group of top players is having a blast and we think you will too
  • 5 stars: "The romping, aggressive big band charts [represent] Oliver Nelson at his best... The results are incendiary -- a near-ideal meeting of yin and yang... They are an amazing pair, complementing each other, driving each other, using their bop and blues taproots to fuse together a sound."
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Joe Newman Quintet
Jive At Five

  (Item #: newmajivea_1903_5_9_6) 

Our Price: $99.99

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

  (Item #: coltronami_1909_03) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This copy of Coltrane's superb compilation of two complete, rare mono dates boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it an all four sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Huge, Tubey Magical and lively, with solid weight down low and lots of space around all the instruments, this copy is guaranteed to fill your listening room with truly brilliant jazz music
  • This copy excelled in the area of real analog richness, which is the one quality that makes the '50s sound like the '50s
  • 4 stars: "Coltrane incorporates a wider range of sound to a tremendous emotional effect.... [he] give[s] the performance a bit of a lift that may be part of the reason for its well-deserved placement in the rarefied strata of Coltrane's most revered works."
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John Coltrane
The Stardust Session

  (Item #: coltrstard_1903_8_03) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent copy of this Coltrane double album - recorded in one day! - with all four sides rating Double Plus (A++) or close to it - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Spacious, open, transparent, rich and sweet, it's a remarkable disc from the Golden Age of Jazz with the benefits brought about by lower-distortion, wider-bandwidth cutting equipment in the '70s
  • Superb sound quality courtesy of Rudy van Gelder's engineering (1958/1963) and the talented mastering of David Turner at Fantasy (1972)
  • 4 Stars: "...Coltrane is heard near the end of his 'sheets of sound' period, perfecting his distinctive style and taking colorful and aggressive solos."
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Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane
Burrell / Coltrane

  (Item #: burrekenny_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding early Prestige mono pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • Rudy Van Gelder does it again - RVG's sound is rich, full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with the leaders both present and "real" in the way that only vintage analog pressings (in our experience) ever allow them to be
  • 4 stars: "The delicate "Why Was I Born" is one for the ages as 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... What remains is the best argument for the meeting of these two jazz giants."
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Kenny Burrell
Out Of This World

  (Item #: burreoutof_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding copy of Out Of This World boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • This superb RVG recording comes to life on this pressing - it's full-bodied and above all, lively (Rudy's trademark sound)
  • This collaboration between Burrell and Coleman Hawkins highlights the blues roots of these two jazz greats, veterans who can swing with the best of them (which is why their discographies run for pages)
  • "Bluesy Burrell combines the finest elements of blues and bebop jazz into a blend that demonstrates just how well the styles fit together and proves that blues need not be minimalist in nature, and jazz can be a bit less rigid, allowing breathing space amidst perfect chord work and superb rhythm."
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Paul Quinichette
On The Sunny Side

  (Item #: quinionthe_1708_7) 

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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Horace Silver Quintet
The Tokyo Blues

  (Item #: silvetokyo_1903_6_9_02ex) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish, making this the best copy to hit the site in years
  • This pressing is clearly fuller, bigger, more lively and more Tubey Magical than any other copy we played
  • 4 stars: "Silver's Tokyo-influenced compositions fit right in with the subtle cross-cultural but very American hard bop he'd been doing all along... [his] compositions have a light, airy feel, with plenty of space, and no one used that space better at these sessions than Cook, whose tenor sax lines are simply wonderful, adding a sturdy, reliable brightness."
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Clark Terry
The Happy Horns of Clark Terry

  (Item #: terryhappy_1903_9_4) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This early stereo pressing of Clark Terry's three horn lineup album offers superb Double Plus (A++) sound from beginning to end
  • Credit goes to Rudy Van Gelder once again for the huge space this superbly well-recorded ensemble occupies
  • Here you will find the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records rarely BEGIN to reproduce. Folks, that sound is gone and it sure isn't showing signs of coming back
  • 4 stars: "This all-star LP has plenty of memorable moments... The lively music is quite enjoyable."
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Coleman Hawkins
Coleman Hawkins All Stars

  (Item #: hawkicolem_1902_1_1907) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This outstanding copy of Holeman Hawkins All Stars boasts solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This vintage pressing is well balanced, yet big and lively, with such wonderful clarity in the mids and highs as well as deep punchy bass and a big open and spacious soundfield
  • "Hawkins proves again and again why his sound is not only the epitome of jazz, but forever timeless... The demonstrative yet subtle Hawkins is in full flight here, with the equally elegant Thomas and naturally subdued Dickenson in lock step. What a joy they must have been to hear together at a club or concert date, if in fact it happened in this small-group setting."
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Coleman Hawkins
Today and Now

  (Item #: hawkitoday_2005) 

Our Price: $74.99

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

  (Item #: deodaprelu_2003) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This killer pressing earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The brass and percussion are amazing on 2001 (and every other track), thanks to RVG, a many who knows how to do these kinds of big jazz productions better than practically anyone alive in 1973
  • We had no idea there was space this huge in the recording until we heard the best copies
  • "Though overshadowed by "2001," the other tracks also hold up well today, being mostly medium-tempo, sometimes lushly orchestrated, conga-accented affairs that provide velvety showcases for Deodato's lyrical electric piano solos... it still makes enjoyable listening." [Our rating: 4 stars]
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Donald Byrd
House of Byrd

  (Item #: byrd_house_1903_9_03) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • Two rare Donald Byrd albums in one, both with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on all sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The Tubey Magic is fully intact, making these two albums sound just the way a pair of classic All Tube 1956 Rudy Van Gelder jazz albums should
  • Composed of two superb LPs - 2 Trumpets and The Young Bloods - these wonderful pressings capture some of Byrd's best music and sound
  • "Art and Donald are in fine form, and if there is any competition it serves only to increase the musical yield."
  • "... These blowing sessions (typical of Prestige's albums of the 1950s) have their enjoyable moments with Farmer and Woods taking overall solo honors.
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Gabor Szabo with Gary McFarland
Gypsy ’66

  (Item #: szabogypsy_1802_4_4) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides, this copy is getting the sound of Gabor Szabo's music right from first note to last
  • This copy plays on exceptionally quiet Impulse 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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George Benson
White Rabbit

  (Item #: bensowhite_1910) 

Our Price: $74.99

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

  (Item #: burregodbl_1910) 

Our Price: $74.99

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

  (Item #: montggoino_1906_10_01) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout -- this early stereo copy blew most of the competition away with its Tubey Magical richness and vibrant jazz energy
  • Once again Oliver Nelson's Big Band arrangements take the music to another level - the guy's a genius
  • "...it's a classic big-band album, with smart charts by Nelson and stolen moments of Montgomery's guitar grandeur and romantic truth scattered throughout.
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George Benson
White Rabbit

  (Item #: bensowhite_2007_1) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • Stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side one - this CTI pressing of Benson's Must Own Masterpiece is As Good As It Gets for the amazing title track
  • Open and transparent on both sides, with wonderfully full-bodied guitars, solid bass and huge amounts of swingin' jazz energy
  • Superb engineering by Rudy Van Gelder - White Rabbit features jazz legends Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, Airto, and more
  • "For George Benson's second CTI project, producer Creed Taylor and arranger Don Sebesky successfully place the guitarist in a Spanish-flavored setting full of flamenco flourishes, brass fanfares, moody woodwinds and such... In this prime sample of the CTI idiom, everyone wins."
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Jimmy Smith
Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf

  (Item #: smithwhosa_1905_11) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • Insanely good Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close it on both sides and one of the best 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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Freddie Hubbard
Sky Dive

  (Item #: hubbaskydi_1909_12_4) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • With seriously good Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides, this copy will be very hard to beat - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This is the kind of spacious, low-distortion, dynamic, energetic sound Van Gelder was getting in the early '70s and we LOVE him for it
  • Hubbard got hold of a seriously talented 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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Paul Quinichette
On The Sunny Side

  (Item #: quinionthe_1708_1905-) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • 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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Jimmy Smith
Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf

  (Item #: smithwhosa_1907) 

Our Price: $49.99

  • An outstanding copy of Smith's 1964 release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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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Airto - Fingers

High Frequency Extension Is Key to the Best Pressings

  (Item #: airtofinge_wtlf) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on What to Listen For (WTLF) as you critically evaluate your copy of Fingers.

The best copies have the highs that are missing from so many of the CTI originals. When you play them against most copies there is an extension to the top end that you won't hear elsewhere. Since this album is heavy on percussion, that difference is critical. The HARMONICS of the percussion are critically important to the music. When they go missing it's as if the music seems to slow down, a strange effect but a fairly common one with rhythmically dense arrangements such as these.

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Airto - Fingers

Listening in Depth

  (Item #: airtofinge_depth) 



Presenting another entry in our extensive Listening in Depth series.

At times this record really sounds like what it is: a bunch of guys in a big room beating the hell out of their drums and singing at the the top of their lungs. You gotta give RVG credit for capturing so much of that energy on tape and transferring that energy onto a slab of vinyl.

Of course this assumes that the record in question actually does have the energy of the best copies. It's also hard to know who or what is to blame when it doesn't, since even the good stampers sound mediocre most of the time. Bad vinyl, worn out stampers, poor pressing cycle, it could be practically anything.

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Airto - Fingers

Truly a Desert Island Disc

  (Item #: airtofinge_obsess) 



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

Fingers is one of our all time favorite records, a Desert Island disc to be sure. I've been playing this album for more than thirty years and it just keeps getting better and better. Truthfully it's the only Airto record I like. I can't stand Dafos, and most of the other Airto titles leave me cold. I think a lot of the credit for the brilliance of this album has to go to the Fattoruso brothers, who play keyboards, drums, and take part in the large vocal groupings that sing along with Airto.

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Airto - Free

Reviewed in 2006

  (Item #: airtofree_2006) 



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

This is a Minty looking CTI LP with VERY GOOD SOUND.

We're on a winning streak with RVG these days (September 2006), three in a row, in fact: Chet Baker (She Was Too Good To Me), Freddie Hubbard (Red Clay), and now this wonderful Airto record. The best music is found on side two, especially the last two tracks.

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Antonio Carlos Jobim - Tide

Our Shootout Winner from 2008

  (Item #: jobimtide_2008) 



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

GREAT SOUND ON BOTH SIDES! We’ve been trying our hardest to find a Jobim record with Hot sound, because we love the music so much. It’s taken some time, but we’ve finally found a few magnificent copies of Tide -- and this one’s the champ!

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Antonio Carlos Jobim - Wave

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: jobimwave_2011) 



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

This A&M / CTI Brown Label LP is the first Hot Stamper copy to hit the site in many years! It’s noticeably more TRANSPARENT than most copies. You really HEAR INTO THE MUSIC on this LP in a way that just doesn't happen on the typical pressing. Side one is tonally correct and natural with good size and big bass -- we gave it an A++.

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Astrud Gilberto - Look To The Rainbow

Our Shootout Winner from 2018

  (Item #: gilbelookt_2018) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

This kind of spacious, warm, rich, Tubey Magical analog sound is gone forever - you have to go back to 1966 to find it. Creed Taylor (the CTI man) produced, Gil Evans did most of the arrangements, Rudy Van Gelder and Val Valentin engineered - what's not to like?

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Astrud Gilberto - Windy

Our Shootout Winner from 2018

  (Item #: gilbewindy_2018) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

Forget whatever Heavy Vinyl imposter is in print - this vintage Verve stereo pressing has the kind of High-Rez Tubey Magical Midrange that's the only way to bring Astrud's music to life in your very own listening room.

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Astrud Gilberto / Walter Wanderley - A Certain Sadness...

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: gilbecerta_2010) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

LOVELY SOUND AND EXCELLENT MUSIC on this unusually quiet, exceptionally good sounding Verve T-Label LP. We compiled enough of these to do a shootout and this was one of the better copies, earning A++ grades for both sides. It's full of energy with big time immediacy and wonderfully breathy female vocals. The organ sounds gorgeous!

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Bill Evans - Montreux II

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: evansmontr_2014) 



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

This vintage CTI pressing has the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records cannot even BEGIN to reproduce. Folks, that sound is gone and it sure isn't showing any sign of coming back. If you love hearing INTO a recording, actually being able to "see" the performers, and feeling as if you are sitting in the audience at the live show, this is the record for you. It's what Live Jazz Recordings are known for -- this sound.

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Cannonball Adderley - Somethin’ Else

Classic Records Reviewed

  (Item #: addersomet_classic) 



Sonic Grade: B?

Another Classic Records LP reviewed.

There are certainly some incredible sounding pressings of this album out there, but who has the resources it takes to find one? Most of the Blue Notes we come across these days turn out to have mediocre sound, and many of them have severely damaged inner grooves. Even the mintiest looking copies often turn out to be too noisy for most audiophiles, Blue Note vinyl being what it is.

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Cannonball Adderley - Somethin’ Else

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: addersomet_2013) 



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

A+++ SOUND, giving you a KILLER copy of one of the most beloved Blue Note albums ever! The music here is stunning -- as I'm sure most of you know, this is as much a showcase for Miles Davis as it is for Cannonball himself -- but the good news for audiophiles is that it's also one of the BEST SOUNDING BLUE NOTE ALBUMS we know of! When you hear it on a copy like this, it's just about As Good As It Gets.

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Cannonball Adderley - Somethin’ Else

Rudy Van Gelder Outdoes Himself

  (Item #: addersomet_setting_the_record) 



After doing this shootout, the current consensus here at Better Records is that this album deserves to hold three -- count 'em, three -- somewhat related titles:

One, The Best Sounding Blue Note record we have ever played.

Two, The Best Sounding Jazz Record we have ever played.

Three, Rudy Van Gelder's Best Engineering (based on the copies we played).

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Chet Baker - She Was Too Good To Me

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: bakershewa_2017) 



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

We guarantee you have never heard this album -- or any later Chet Baker album -- sound as good as this one does.

There's so much life in these grooves. The sound jumps out of the speakers right into your lap. This kind of warm, rich, Tubey Magical analog sound is gone forever. You have to go back to 1974 to find it!

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