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Art Blakey
At The Jazz Corner of the World, Vol. 2

  (Item #: blakeatthe2_2003) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better sounding copies we played in our recent shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The presence is superb -- turn it up good and loud and you'll be right there at the Jazz Corner of the World with Blakey and the boys, circa 1960
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Mixing up standards and favored originals from peer group composers, the band is, in the vernacular of the era, cooking... this band was as definitive a modern jazz ensemble as there ever was, and the immaculately chosen repertoire elevates this to one of the greatest live jazz session ever, and belongs on the shelf of all serious jazz listeners."
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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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Art Blakey
Selections From "Golden Boy"

  (Item #: blakegolde_1911_6) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An amazing sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the first
  • Both sides here are incredibly big, rich, present and musical with tons of Tubey Magic, a lovely bottom end, and plenty of space around all of the players
  • "Based off the play, written by Clifford Odets and William Gibson, Golden Boy was a socially conscious musical about a Harlem prize-fighter trying to escape his working class roots. A somewhat obscure Blakey release, Golden Boy nonetheless features plenty of improvisatory, hard bop firepower." - All Music
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Art Blakey
At The Jazz Corner of the World, Vol. 1

  (Item #: blakeatthe1_1910_03) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of this classic live album, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • We guarantee you will find dramatically more richness, fullness and presence here, and that's especially true compared to whatever Heavy Vinyl pressing is currently being foisted on an unsuspecting record buying public
  • Turn it up loud and it'll be as if you were right there at the Jazz Corner of the World with Blakey and the boys
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Mixing up standards and favored originals from peer group composers, the band is, in the vernacular of the era, cooking... this band was as definitive a modern jazz ensemble as there ever was, and the immaculately chosen repertoire elevates this to one of the greatest live jazz session ever, and belongs on the shelf of all serious jazz listeners."
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Benny Golson
Groovin' with Golson

  (Item #: golsogroov_2006) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Benny Golson's 1959 release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • These sides clearly show off Rudy Van Gelder's engineering chops - they're big, full-bodied and lively, with studio space around all the players
  • "It's all done at a swinging tempo that allows Fuller to shine on trombone with near perfect solos; the under-rated Ray Bryant adds his impeccable piano touch (he's as great as Kelly or Clark); Paul Chambers was never better on bass than here, both as accompanist and soloist; and the irrepressible drummer, Art Blakey, makes the whole session sparkle. Backed by this band, Golson is as smooth as butter in tone, and as dazzling in his virtuosity as any tenor player of the times."
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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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Milt Jackson
Plenty, Plenty Soul

  (Item #: jacksplent_1812_4_8_03) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding vintage stereo pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound 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 1957, this is the way to go
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The first side of Plenty, Plenty Soul, which features a nine-piece group, is highlighted by the contributions of the exuberant altoist Cannonball Adderley, while the flip side has a sextet that is not hurt by the solos of tenor-saxophonist Lucky Thompson. With pianist Horace Silver helping out on both sessions, these all-star dates still sound fresh and enthusiastic decades later."
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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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Sonny Rollins - Vol. 2

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: rollivol2_2011) 



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

Even though this session was supposedly recorded in one day on April 14, 1957 we heard an anomaly that took us somewhat by surprise. The first and third track on side two sound amazing, better than anything on side one. However, the second track, You Stepped Out Of A Dream, has sound that is clearly a step down from anything else on the album. It's smaller and more congested. Why that is we have no idea, but we felt it was worth pointing out.

Sonny's horn on side two is especially big and rich, with huge amounts of Tubey Magic as befits an all-tube 1957 Blue Note recording. This is clearly the right sound for this music.

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Various Artists - This is Modern Jazz Vol. 2

Japanese 2 LP Box

  (Item #: variothisi_jpn) 



This IMMACULATE Sony CBS Japanese Import 2 LP Box Set with Virtually No Sign of Play (VNSOP) has SHOCKINGLY GOOD sound! It's the rare Japanese pressing that has any merit in our experience. Let's be honest: most of them are just plain awful, having been poorly mastered from sub-generation tapes. (In this respect they seem to have a lot in common with the Heavy Vinyl reissues being produced today, wouldn't you say?)

So you can imagine our surprise when every track we played sounded good -- some very good indeed -- with practically all of it classic jazz of the highest quality. With jazz greats such as Davis, Monk, Brubeck, Farmer, Blakey and Horace Silver, this set comes highly recommended to one and all.


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