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Chet Baker
Plays The Best Of Lerner And Loewe

  (Item #: bakerplays_1910) 

Our Price: $249.99

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

  (Item #: mulliconce_1905_7_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

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

Michel Legrand
After the Rain

  (Item #: legraafter_1906) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • After more than 4 years, Michel Legrand's masterpiece finally returns to the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from top to bottom - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • By far the best album he ever recorded, Legrand includes the undeniable talents of Zoot Sims, Phil Woods, Ron Carter and Grady Tate
  • The sound here is full, rich, and spacious, with a powerful, weighty, natural sounding piano
  • 4 stars: "The music generally swings, has plenty of fine melodic solos, and gives listeners a taste of some fresh Legrand material."
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Ray Charles
The Genius of Ray Charles

  (Item #: charlgenius_of_1904_6_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This KILLER 2-pack boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • It's incredibly rich, full and tubey throughout, as Ray tackles both big band classics and string-backed ballads from the Great American Songbook, all with truly magical results
  • Robert Christgau noted that "Charles tried many times, but except for Modern Sounds, he never again assembled such a consistent album in this mode."
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Charles' voice is heard throughout in peak form, giving soul to even the veteran standards."
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Super Hot Stamper

Chet Baker
Plays The Best Of Lerner And Loewe

  (Item #: bakerplays_1901_1906) 

Our Price: $99.99

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

Gerry Mulligan
The Concert Jazz Band

  (Item #: mulliconce_1905_1908) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish, the "big band" sound here is really jumping out of the speakers - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound is clear, spacious, relaxed, full-bodied and lively, with Tubey Magical richness befitting the 1960 recording dates of these sessions
  • "My idea is not so much that we are a big band with a small-band feel, but that we have a big-band feel in the way that a big band ought to be." -- Gerry Mulligan.
  • "Mulligan stages a thrilling musical spectacle in which fierce rivalry, song-like harmony and refined counterpoint play the main roles."
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Chet Baker - Plays The Best Of Lerner And Loewe

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: bakerplays_2017) 



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

This is a wonderful Chet Baker record that doesn't seem to be getting the respect it deserves in the wider jazz world. You may just like it every bit as much as the Chet album, and that is one helluva record to compare any album to, in our estimation about as good as it gets in most respects.

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Gerry Mulligan - And His Concert Jazz Band On Tour

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: mulliandhi_2016) 



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

White Hot on side two, nearly White on side one, this live album is crazy good sounding on this copy. Huge space, size and clarity, with Tubey Magical richness befitting its 1960 recording dates. On the second track of side two the swingin' Zoot Sims is as immediate and real as any sax player can be.

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Gerry Mulligan - The Concert Jazz Band

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: mulliconce_2016) 



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

If you've never heard a good All Tube Recording of the baritone sax, buy this record -- it will blow your mind!

Huge amounts of ambience fill out the space the extends from wall to wall (and all the way to the back wall of the studio), leaving plenty of room around each of the players.

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Gerry Mulligan - The Gerry Mulligan Songbook Vol. 1

Reviewed in 2009

  (Item #: mulligerry_2009) 



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

This original COLLECTOR QUALITY World Pacific Jazz LP has VERY GOOD sound and is EXCEPTIONALLY QUIET. Zoot Sims, Al Cohen, Lee Konitz and Allan Eager all play on this record. A pretty hot lineup if I do say so!

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Michel Legrand - After the Rain

An Amazing Pablo Jazz Album You Never Heard Of

  (Item #: legraafter_2013) 



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

This album is PURE MAGIC! I know of no other jazz album like it. It's lyrical and moody, yet comes to life at a moment's notice when the horn players start to feel the spirit. If you're familiar with the music he wrote for The Thomas Crown Affair (he won an Academy Award for "Windmills of Your Mind"), you may have a good feel for subtle, impressionistic, often moody quality of After the Rain . Or check it out on youtube (while trying to imagine the sound being at least one million times better).

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The Recordings of Zoot Sims

Four More that Didn't Make the Grade

  (Item #: sims_zoot_2) 



These are just some of the recordings by Zoot Sims that we've auditioned recently and found wanting. Without going into specifics we'll just say these albums suffer from poor performances, poor sound, or both, and therefore do not deserve a place in your collection, and may even belong in our Hall of Shame.

A Free Service provided to the Audiophile Public, courtesy of Better Records.

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The Recordings of Zoot Sims

Four that Didn't Make the Grade

  (Item #: sims_zoot) 



These are just some of the recordings by Zoot Sims that we've auditioned recently and found wanting. Without going into specifics we'll just say these albums suffer from poor performances, poor sound, or both, and therefore do not deserve a place in your collection, and may even belong in our Hall of Shame.

A Free Service provided to the Audiophile Public, courtesy of Better Records.

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Zoot Sims - Passion Flower

Our Shootout Winner from 2014

  (Item #: sims_passi_2014) 



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

One of the all time great Pablo sleepers. Why is no one else writing about records like these? The music is wonderful and the sound is top drawer on the best copies. If you've tried and failed with other Pablo Zoot Sims records -- some of the ones we didn't care for are pictured above, and there are plenty more where those came from -- fear not: this title is one of his best, musically and sonically.

If you want to hear the Duke’s music swing in top sound, get this album.

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Zoot Sims - Zoot Sims Plays Johnny Mandel: Quietly There

Reviewed in 2010

  (Item #: sims_zoots_2010) 



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

This Minty looking Pablo LP, engineered by the brilliant Allen Sides, has very good sound. Which is to be expected from this amazing engineer, responsible for recordings like 88 Basie Street and Kenny Burrell’s Heritage album.

This is one of the best Zoot Sims records as well. He plays beautifully. This melodic, smooth material is what he excels at. His breathy saxophone style will remind you of Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster. This recording captures that sound perfectly.


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