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White Hot Stamper

Count Basie Big Band
Farmers Market Barbecue

  (Item #: basiefarme_1911) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from beginning to end on this famous Pablo, one we consider The Best Basie Big Band Record We've Ever Played
  • Both sides are exceptionally clear, rich, and full of Tubey Magic, with a solid bottom end and huge amounts of three-dimensional studio space
  • 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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Count Basie
Basie Big Band

  (Item #: basiebasie_big_band_1904_1907) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An insanely good copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it throughout
  • Both sides are incredibly rich, lively and clear - musically and sonically this is one of the best Basie Big Band records!
  • Guaranteed to be dramatically livelier and more dynamic than any Basie title you've heard
  • Lots of tight, deep, note-like bass and mostly correct timbre for the brass throughout
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Count Basie
Kansas City 5

  (Item #: basiekansas_city_5_1905_1907) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Presenting yet another amazingly well recorded Count Basie album, with STUNNING Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout
  • It's bigger, richer, more Tubey Magical, with more extension on both ends of the spectrum than every other other copy we played
  • A different sound for Basie, a small group setting with two of his favorite players at his side: Milt Jackson on vibes and Joe Pass on guitar
  • "The predictably excellent group performs spirited versions of some of Basie's "hits" (including "Jive at Five" and "One O'Clock Jump"), some blues and a few standards. It is always interesting to hear Basie in a hornless setting like this one where he gets opportunities to stretch out on the piano."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Milt Jackson et al.
The Big 3

  (Item #: jacksbig3_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb sounding Pablo recording from 1976 - this copy gives you outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or better from start to finish
  • We found the sound superb, but even better is the fact that with only three instruments - vibes, guitar (Joe Pass) and bass (Ray Brown) - each of the players has plenty of room to stretch out and have fun with the tunes
  • 5 Stars: "The colorful repertoire -- ranging from "The Pink Panther" and "Blue Bossa" to "Nuages" and "Come Sunday" -- acts as a device for the musicians to construct some brilliant bop-based solos."
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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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Count Basie
Basie Big Band

  (Item #: basiebasie_big_band_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • Musically and sonically this is one of the best Basie Big Band records!
  • Guaranteed to be dramatically livelier and more dynamic than any Basie title you've heard
  • Lots of tight, deep, note-like bass and mostly correct timbre for the brass throughout
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Count Basie & Oscar Peterson
Yessir, That’s My Baby

  (Item #: basieyessi_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Both sides of this wonderful Basie/Peterson record boast outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Jazz records don't get a whole lot bigger, clearer or more full-bodied - man, this is the glorious sound of ANALOG
  • "The two pianists (backed by bassist John Heard and drummer Louis Bellson) play five standards and three blues with predictable swing, finding much more in common with each other than one might have originally suspected."
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Count Basie And His Orchestra
I Told You So

  (Item #: basieitold_1901_1907) 

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 - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • 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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Count Basie
Kansas City 5

  (Item #: basiekansa_1905_1_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Presenting yet another amazingly well recorded Count Basie album, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • Rich, smooth and Tubey Magical, this pressing has a lovely musical quality that's missing from some of the copies we played
  • A different sound for Basie, a small group setting with two of his favorite players at his side: Milt Jackson on vibes and Joe Pass on guitar
  • "The predictably excellent group performs spirited versions of some of Basie's "hits" (including "Jive at Five" and "One O'Clock Jump"), some blues and a few standards. It is always interesting to hear Basie in a hornless setting like this one where he gets opportunities to stretch out on the piano."
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Count Basie
Me and You

  (Item #: basiemeand_1907_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent sounding copy of Basie's 1983 release, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - 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 session from 1983, this is the only way to go
  • This is the Basie Big Band album that came out right after 88 Basie Street, a hard act to follow - top engineering by Dennis Sands
  • "... recorded only a little more than a year before his death. However, the spirit of this music (helped out by some Ernie Wilkins) arrangements) make Count Basie seem ageless."
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Super Hot Stamper

Dizzie Gillespie's Big 4
Dizzie Gillespie's Big 4

  (Item #: gillebigfo_1903_9) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Dizzie Gillespie's Big 4 makes its Hot Stamper debut here, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The size, clarity, presence and energy of this obviously live-in-the-studio recording are off the charts - plenty of Tubey Magic to boot
  • AMG 4 1/2 stars - on a copy this natural, clean and clear, the spontaneous interplay among these four jazz luminaries is laid out for all to hear
  • "...one of [Gillespie's] best ensemble performances... his playing is superb and he is in command of the material... the musicians play off each other well and do a great job of supporting Gillespie. A big 4, indeed."
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Harry Edison & Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
Simply Sweets

  (Item #: edisosimpl_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding copy of Simply Sweets boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound of this superb jazz quintet is big, lively, open and clear with Tubey Magical richness you will not find anywhere but on these vintage pressings
  • 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."
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Count Basie & Oscar Peterson
Yessir, That’s My Baby

  (Item #: basieyessi_1902_5_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Both sides of this wonderful Basie/Peterson record are out of this world: Triple Plus (A+++) on the first side, Double Plus (A++) on the second - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Jazz records don't get a whole lot bigger, clearer or more full-bodied. Man, that is the glorious sound of ANALOG!
  • Guaranteed to blow the doors off any Heavy Vinyl pressing AP will ever do, at any speed, and of course any pressing by Pablo
  • "The two pianists (backed by bassist John Heard and drummer Louis Bellson) play five standards and three blues with predictable swing, finding much more in common with each other than one might have originally suspected."
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Count Basie Big Band
Farmers Market Barbecue

  (Item #: basiefarme_1906_10) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it from beginning to end on this famous Pablo, one we consider The Best Basie Big Band Record We've Ever Played
  • Both sides are super clear, rich, and full of Tubey Magic, with a solid bottom end and huge amounts of three-dimensional studio space
  • Demo Disc sound - guaranteed to beat the pants off of any Heavy Vinyl pressing, at any speed, of any title
  • "This was an excellent outing by the Count Basie Orchestra during its later years."
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Count Basie Meets Oscar Peterson
The Timekeepers

  (Item #: basietimek_1709_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish, this copy was one of the best we heard in our most recent shootout
  • Basie and Peterson recorded five albums together, and this may very well be the best of the bunch, though I have yet to hear one that I didn't enjoy the hell out of
  • Wonderful engineering from the legendary Val Valentin, the man behind some of the best sounding jazz records of all time
  • "... this quartet date features the two pianos of Oscar Peterson and Count Basie collaborating and interacting on swing standards and blues. Any of their five albums together are worth acquiring."
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Count Basie
88 Basie Street

  (Item #: basie88bas_1904_6_9ex) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This unusually strong copy of an exceptionally well-recorded classic boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • This is a Top Basie Big Band title in every way -- musically, sonically, you name it, 88 Basie Street has got it going on
  • With 18 pieces in the studio this is a real powerhouse - the sound is rich, powerful, dynamic and HUGE
  • 4 stars: "One of Basie's final albums, the very appealing title cut seems to sum up his career, a lightly swinging groove with a strong melody. Two small-group performances with guest Joe Pass on guitar add variety to a particularly strong set."
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Milt Jackson et al.
The Big 3

  (Item #: jacksbig3_1902_6_9) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • A superb sounding Pablo recording from 1976 - this copy gives you outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or better from start to finish
  • We found the sound superb, but even better is the fact that with only three instruments - vibes, guitar (Joe Pass) and bass (Ray Brown) - each of the players has plenty of room to stretch out and have fun with the tunes
  • 5 Stars: "The colorful repertoire -- ranging from "The Pink Panther" and "Blue Bossa" to "Nuages" and "Come Sunday" -- acts as a device for the musicians to construct some brilliant bop-based solos."
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The Oscar Peterson Trio
The Trio

  (Item #: petertrio_pablo_1908) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of this vintage Pablo LP
  • The size, the weight, the solidity, the clarity, the energy, the rhythmic drive - it's all here and more
  • 5 stars: "Guitarist Joe Pass and bassist Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen both play well on these live performances, but the reason to acquire this set is for the remarkable Oscar Peterson. Peterson really flourished during his years with Norman Granz's Pablo label, and this was one of his finest recordings of the period."
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Super Hot Stamper

Duke Ellington
Duke's Big 4

  (Item #: ellindukes_1903) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • This is an exceptionally well recorded small group date, with wonderful Double Plus (A++) sound throughout
  • I don't know of any other Pablo recording of the Duke from this era that has such big, open, clear, solid sonics
  • Val Valentin did the engineering - as he often did over the course of his long and storied career, he knocked this one out of the park
  • 4 1/2 stars: "One of Duke Ellington's finest small group sessions from his final decade was this frequently exciting quartet date with guitarist Joe Pass, bassist Ray Brown and drummer Louie Bellson ... Highly recommended."
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Basie Big Band - Farmers Market Barbecue

First Among Equals, or The Best Pablo Ever?

  (Item #: basiefarme_first) 



Musically FMB is a Top Basie Big Band title in every way. This should not be surprising: many of his recordings for Pablo in the '70s and early '80s display the talents of The Count and his band of veterans at their best.

Sonically it's another story. Based on our recent shootout for this title, in comparison to the other Basie titles we've done lately we would have to say that FMB is the best Basie big band title we've ever played. Since so many Basie big band recordings are so good, we don't want to get ahead of ourselves; after all, we haven't done shootouts for all of his Pablo large group recordings. To be safe we'll just call this one First Among Equals.

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Benny Carter - Meets Oscar Peterson

Reviewed in 2007

  (Item #: cartemeets_2007) 



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

This Minty looking Pablo Promo LP, engineered by Allen Sides, is one of the TOP PABLO titles for both sound and music. Top Recommendation.

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Count Basie & Oscar Peterson - The Timekeepers

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: basietimek_2012) 



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

Hot Stamper sound on both sides of this Pablo original pressing of the Two Masters in a small group setting. 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. I wrote a rave review about this title when I first heard it more than ten years ago. If you like small group piano jazz -- here we're talking two pianists accompanied by Louie Bellson on drums and John Heard on bass -- this should be right up your alley.

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Count Basie & Oscar Peterson - Yessir, That’s My Baby

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: basieyessi_2012) 



Side two of this wonderful Basie Peterson record has nearly White Hot Stamper Demo Disc sound -- jazz records don't get a whole lot bigger, clearer or more full-bodied. Man, that is the sound of glorious ANALOG. A++ to A+++ is our conservative grade. It might be worth the full Three Pluses but we just can't find enough copies to know if this side could get any better. There is not a single critical comment of any kind in the notes, so that ought to tell you that you are in for a real sonic treat with this side two.
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Count Basie - Basie Big Band

The Glorious Sound of Triple Flutes

  (Item #: basiebasie_big_band_wtlf) 



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

Check out the triple flutes on the first track on side two - on a copy like this you will hear some shockingly Tubey Magical, breathy, sweet, natural flutes. And there are three of them! Even large classical orchestras rarely have three flutes. The sound is to die for.

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Count Basie - I Told You So

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: basieitold_2012) 



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

This is a Superb Basie Big Band title in every way -- musically, sonically, you name it, this album has got it going on! With 18 pieces in the studio, "I Told You So" can be a real powerhouse -- if you have the right copy, and this side one, with SUPER HOT Stamper sound, shows you just how lively, fun and dynamic this music can sound.

This is the way it must have sounded in 1976, in the New York studios where it was recorded, with legendary RCA engineer BOB SIMPSON behind the board.

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Count Basie - Kansas City 5

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: basiekansas_city_5_2016) 



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

Another amazingly well recorded Count Basie album, and this one is killer with Triple Triple grades. It's bigger, more solid and rich, with extension on both ends of the frequency spectrum that no other copy could match. First time on the site - a great session with a fresh sound for Basie, with Milt Jackson on vibes and Joe Pass on guitar.

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Duke Ellington - Duke's Big 4

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: ellindukes_2016) 



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

I don't know of any other Pablo recording of the Duke from this era that has such big, open, clear, solid sound. VAL VALENTIN did the engineering, and as he has so often over the course of his storied career, he knocked it out of the park.

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Duke Ellington - The Ellington Suites

Our Shootout Winner from 2013

  (Item #: ellinellin_2013) 



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

  • An A++ side one, an A+++ side two and quiet vinyl throughout make this copy an Ellington LP that is sure to impress! Side one of this album features a piece called "The Queen's Suite" that was recorded in 1959. On this A++ side, you get stunningly Tubey Magical late '50s jazz sound -- something that's almost impossible to come by on any recording made after that.

    1976 Grammy Award Winner for Best Jazz Performance by a Big Band.

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  • Duke Ellington - Up In Duke's Workshop

    Our Shootout Winner from 2017

      (Item #: ellinupind_2017) 



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

    The notes for this shootout winning side one read: "lively, big, present, with great bass" and that's the way we like our Big Band to sound!

    The first track on side two is not quite up to the standard set by some of the other pieces here but by track two or three all is well sound-wise.

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    Duke Ellington and Ray Brown - This One’s For Blanton

    Our Shootout Winner from 2006

      (Item #: ellinthiso_2006) 



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

    BIG BOLD SOUND. It has that up front live in your living room sound. It’s very dynamic and tubey magical.

    For this set of duets, pianist Duke Ellington is teamed up with bassist Ray Brown in performances a bit reminiscent of Duke’s work with Jimmy Blanton three decades before. In addition to the four-part Fragmented Suite for Piano and Bass, the duo plays five standards (including Pitter Panther Patter from the Blanton days and three other Ellington-associated tunes). Delightful and often-playful music. - AMG

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    Freddie Hubbard - The Best Of... Live And In Studio

    Our Shootout Winner from 2011

      (Item #: hubbabesto_2011) 



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

    This is a Minty looking Pablo LP with Virtually No Sign Of Play (VNSOP).

    This album has selected tracks from his 2 LP set ’Live at the North Sea Jazz Festival’ which are excellent. On the other side are three tracks recorded at Ocean Way which are equally good. All in all, this is some of the best later Hubbard work around.

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    Joe Pass - Portraits Of Duke Ellington

    Our Shootout Winner from 2017

      (Item #: pass_portr_2017) 



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

    Maybe it's the fact that there are only three instruments playing, live in the studio, that accounts for the amazing recording quality. Nobody knows, certainly not us, but the one thing we can say for sure is that you will have a very hard time finding a guitar trio album that sounds remotely as good as this one does.

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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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    Oscar Peterson - A Tribute To My Friends

    Our Shootout Winner from 2012

      (Item #: petertribu) 



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

    This is one of the best Peterson records. It got rave reviews in the old catalog when we actually had sealed copies to sell. Those days are long gone.

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    Oscar Peterson - If You Could See Me Now

    Our Shootout Winner from 2012

      (Item #: peterifyou_2012) 



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

    This is a SUPERB set from Oscar Peterson's sometimes underwhelming Pablo period. This one is from 1983 and includes the estimable Joe Pass on guitar. Side one has the kind of sound one associates with late-'70s jazz, jazz that often seems to be recorded in dead studios. Side two sounds much better somehow -- more clear, present and lively. The liner notes tell us it's the same studio, even the same day, but there is simply no mistaking the better sound quality. Such are the vagaries of the vinyl record. if you're in the market for a top quality Oscar Peterson piano trio recording (with bonus guitar), this side two should be just the ticket.

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    Oscar Peterson - Peterson + Harry Edison + Eddie Cleanhead Vinson

    Reviewed in 2005

      (Item #: peterpeter_2005) 



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

    This is a long out of print Pablo LP with AMAZING sound and music. It's one of those superb Allan Sides engineered recordings at Ocean Way, like Basie 88 Street. Demo disc quality sound is the result! With players like these, the music is every bit as good as any jazz record I know of. In other words, I really like this album.

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    Pablo Jazz

    One of Our Favorite Labels for Top Quality Sound

      (Item #: allpablo) 



    Visit this link to find our in-stock Pablo Jazz albums.

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    Pablo Jazz

    One of Our Favorite Labels for Top Quality Sound

      (Item #: pablo) 



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    Sarah Vaughan - Send In The Clowns

    Our Shootout Winner from 2018

      (Item #: vaughsendi_2018) 



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

    Sarah Vaughan's 1981 collaboration hits the site for the FIRST time and this pressing is KILLER - guaranteed to beat any copy you've ever heard. Basie's horns are really blastin' on this pressing. Sassy's remarkable vocal range and flexibility are on full display here, singing favorites including "I Got A Right To Sing The Blues," "When Your Lover Has Gone," and, of course, the title track.

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    Terry, Hubbard, Gillespie, & Peterson - The Alternate Blues

    Our Shootout Winner from 2013

      (Item #: terryalter_2013) 



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

    With Hot Stamper sound on both sides, this Pablo disc shows you what three of the greatest trumpeters of the last fifty years can do given the opportunity, nay, the encouragement, to let loose on a handful of classic slow blues jams. Many of the tracks here run in excess of eight minutes, giving the players plenty of space to explore, yet practically all of them are taken at a fairly slow pace, what used to be called a "slow drag", making them that much more involving and emotional. These are not your classic "blowing sessions" where the players try to outdo each other. No, this is something quite different.

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    The Monty Alexander 7 - Jamento

    What to Listen For - Percussion and Piano

      (Item #: alexajamen_wtlf) 



    Another in our series of What to Listen For.

    Clear piano notes, first and foremost. Any smear or loss of speed (a problem with hi-fi equipment since the beginning of time) detracts from the fun.

    Next, the tonality of the best copies is rich and solid; accept nothing less.

    And, finally, the proper reproduction of the percussion instruments is critically important to the energy and drive of the music. The better you hear them -- without losing the weight and richness of the piano -- the more you will enjoy your copy of the record.

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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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