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Art Blakey
At The Jazz Corner Corner..., Vol. 2

  (Item #: blakeatthe2_1910) 

Our Price: $449.99

  • A KILLER copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from the first note to the last
  • Both sides here have big, full-bodied MASTER TAPE SOUND! The presence is astonishing -- 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
  • "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." - All Music, 4 1/2 Stars
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Art Blakey
Selections From "Golden Boy"

  (Item #: blakegolde_1911) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • 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 Jazz Messengers
Free For All

  (Item #: blakefreef_1911) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • 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
At The Jazz Corner of the World, Vol. 1

  (Item #: blakeatthe1_1910_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding copy of this superb live album, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • Both sides here have big, full-bodied master tape sound - huge, Tubey Magical and lively
  • The presence is astonishing -- 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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Art Blakey
Meet You At The Jazz Corner... Volume 1

  (Item #: blakemeety_vol1_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • The first in this superb 2-volume live set makes its Hot Stamper debut here with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Tubier, more present, more alive, with more of that "jumpin' out of the speakers" quality that only The Real Thing (an old record) ever has
  • Credit goes to RVG once again for the huge space that the superbly well recorded combo occupies
  • "Here all ears are tuned to the proverbial "jazz corner of the world," better known as Birdland, where the quintet serves up a healthy sampling of its concurrent catalog... a welcome addition to the library of most any jazz lover."
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Art Blakey
Meet You At The Jazz Corner... Volume 2

  (Item #: blakemeety_vol2_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • The second in this superb 2-volume live set makes its Hot Stamper debut here with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • 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
  • A dynamic and energetic recording by Rudy Van Gelder that really jumps on a copy like this
  • 4 stars: "The band reels under the authoritative beat of Blakey, who grounds the emerging leadership of Morgan and Shorter... the pair seem to be likewise learning from the experience of simply interacting with each other. This sort of ‘on-the-job training' became an essential element in the Messengers and propelled the likes of Shorter into the orbit of Miles Davis."
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Art Blakey Quartet
A Jazz Message

  (Item #: blakejazzm_1907_10) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • 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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Cannonball Adderley
Somethin' Else

  (Item #: addersomet_1912) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • You'll find outstanding sound on both sides of this 1958 recording, with each rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or something close to it - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • A triumph for Rudy Van Gelder, a Top Blue Note title, and as much a showcase for Miles Davis as it is for Cannonball
  • The best copies of this album set a standard that practically no other jazz record we know of can meet
  • 5 stars: "Both horn players are at their peak of lyrical invention, crafting gorgeous, flowing blues lines."
  • "...signs of Milesian influence are the calm, conversational delivery of the title track and the newfound lyricism in Adderley’s playing that followed from his nightly experience at the trumpeter’s side."
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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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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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