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Duke Ellington
Ellington '66

  (Item #: ellinellin_1902_7_12) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Insanely good shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout and the first copy to ever hit the site!
  • This Grammy award winning title features Ellington performing some of the biggest pop hits of the day: Red Roses For a Blue Lady, I Want to Hold Your Hand, All My Loving, and more
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Junior Mance
Get Ready, Set, Jump!!!

  (Item #: mancegetre_1907_12) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This outstanding copy of the Mance's 1964 release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides
  • Wonderfully big, rich and LIVELY, with boatloads of Tubey Magic and three-dimensional space
  • This vintage stereo pressing boasts exceptionally natural piano sound and the live-in-the-studio energy of a swingin' group of veteran horn players
  • 4 stars: "Mance is joined by some of the cream of the West Coast studio and jazz players for a session that features Mance doing his blues thing on piano while the band swings at various tempi... The synergy between piano player and band is apparent on all the tracks, and is especially telling on all-time big-band favorite "Moten Swing" and the up-tempo 12-bar theme on "Running Upstairs.""
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Count Basie
88 Basie Street

  (Item #: basie88bas_1912) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it 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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Count Basie
On My Way & Shoutin' Again

  (Item #: basieonmyw_1905_8_12) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Incredible shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it from start to finish - relatively quiet vinyl too
  • This All Tube Verve stereo Recording Verve from 1962 is one of the best Basie records from the era that we've played in a very long time
  • Here is the richness the music needs - horns need to be full-bodied if they are to sound like the real thing - but so are speed and clarity, two qualities that insure that all the horns have the proper bite and timbre
  • "A solid and worthwhile album that has been out of print for far too long, this will be a welcome addition to any Basie lover's collection, and comes highly recommended to anyone even mildly interested in excellent large-ensemble mainstream jazz."
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Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie
Ella and Basie!

  (Item #: fitzgella_and_basie_1901_8_12) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With a shootout winning Triple Plus (A+++) side two and a Double Plus (A++) side one, this early stereo pressing is a knockout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Ella is rich, Tubey Magical and breathy - this is the way she should sound, and that makes this copy a true Demo Disc
  • To get the vocals AND the brass to sound right on the same copy is the trick, and these two sides pulled it off
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "...this 1963 LP was the first time (other than a couple songs) that Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie recorded together. The match-up was so logical that it would be repeated many times over the next 20 years."
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Frank Sinatra-Count Basie
Sinatra At The Sands

  (Item #: sinatatthe_1912) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • This original Blue and Green Reprise Label pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on all four sides
  • Truly one of the greatest live albums of all time, recorded late at night in the big room at the Sands Hotel in Vegas
  • This is Basie and Sinatra in their natural habitat and in their prime, putting on the show of a lifetime
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Basie and the orchestra are swinging and dynamic, inspiring a textured, dramatic, and thoroughly enjoyable performance from Sinatra ... the definitive portrait of Frank Sinatra in the '60s."
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Count Basie
Basie Big Band

  (Item #: basiebasie_big_band_1904_7_12) 

Our Price: $249.99
Sale Price: $199.00 (You save $50.99 / 20%)


  • 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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Ellington-Basie
The Count Meets the Duke

  (Item #: ellinfirst_1912) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Two stunning nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, both coming in just shy of our amazing sounding Shootout Winner
  • Huge amounts of three-dimensional space and ambience, and Tubey Magic by the boatload - this 30th Street recording from 1961 shows just how good Columbia's engineers were back then
  • Fairly quiet throughout - good luck finding a Six Eye Stereo pressing this nice on your own, they sure don't grow on trees
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... a very successful and surprisingly uncrowded encounter... Ellington and Basie both play piano (their interaction with each other is wonderful) and the arrangements allowed the stars from both bands to take turns soloing."
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Super Hot Stamper

Thelonious Monk
Monk's Blues

  (Item #: monk_monks_blues_1911) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • With a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side one and a side two that's right up there with it, this copy has a lot going for it
  • We wish more Blue Note records had this kind of sound - natural, full-bodied, and sweet up top
  • This is a very well recorded Big Band album with great arrangements by Oliver Nelson
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
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Count Basie
Basie Plays Hefti

  (Item #: basiebasie_plays_1905_7_11) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • The first copy to hit the site in years and boy does our Shootout Winner here have STUNNING sound - it earned Triple Plus (A+++) grades from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • If all you've ever heard is the Roulette original (or the wacky MoFi, or whatever current Heavy Vinyl pressing is being made, this LP is guaranteed to be a REVELATION
  • Basie Plays Hefti catches Basie's band at the peak of their powers in 1958, and in this All Tube Recording you get every bit of the magic they made in the studio
  • "The Count Basie Orchestra was in top form for this set of Neal Hefti arrangements. Hefti had been one of the main architects of the new Basie sound of the '50s... "Cute" (heard here in its initial recording) became a standard."
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Duke Ellington
Duke's Big 4

  (Item #: ellindukes_1911) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • This vintage pressing earned wonderful Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER for sound - it's an exceptionally well recorded small group date from 1974
  • We 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 - 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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Duke Ellington
At the Bal Masque

  (Item #: ellinbalma_1901_8_11) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A stunning sounding Six-Eye Columbia pressing with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • Here are boatloads of the kind of Tubey Magical richness that make these vintage Columbia recordings the uniquely satisfying listening experience we know them to be
  • More superb sound from the legendary CBS 30th street studios in New York - the size and power of a jazz orchestra in glorious all ANALOG sound
  • "Ellington and his all-star orchestra manage to transform what could be a set of tired revival swing into superior dance music and swinging jazz... a surprise success."
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Duke Ellington
Indigos

  (Item #: ellinindig_1911) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish, this early pressing has the magic of analog in its grooves
  • This early Black Print 360 Stereo Columbia impressed us with its superbly well recorded big band jazz, in the romantic style Ellington had truly mastered
  • A lovely demonstration of just how good 1958 All Tube Analog sound can be - no modern record can hold a candle to a pressing as good as this one
  • If you like your jazz ballads performed with deep feeling, by a road-tested group of virtuoso players, this record is going to be hard to beat
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Count Basie
Basie Big Band

  (Item #: basiebasie_big_band_1904_8_11) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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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Duke Ellington
Selections From Peer Gynt Suites...

  (Item #: ellinselec_1911_) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Duke Ellington's 1961 release finally returns to the site after more than 5 years, with STUNNING Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from top to bottom
  • The sound is gloriously ANALOG - smooth, relaxed and full-bodied - no other copy in our shootout had this kind of exceptionally natural sound
  • Wall to wall, floor to ceiling, room-filling All Tube Radio Recorders Studio sound like nothing you have ever heard
  • One of Ellington's most enjoyable classic collaborations with Billy Strayhorn
  • "All in all, it's one of Ellington's most focussed large-scale efforts... It ends on a swinging Ray Nance solo (on violin, yet!), miles away from the politesse of Grapelli. I've heard only one other violinist (and not a jazz violinist, surprisingly) swing this hard."
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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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Yes
The Yes Album

  (Item #: yes__yesal_1907_10ex) 

Our Price: $299.99
Sale Price: $249.00 (You save $50.99 / 17%)


  • A Big As Life copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades or close to them on both sides - I've Seen All Good People is mindblowing on this side one
  • You haven't begun to hear the power and size of Yes's brilliant third album until you've played one of our Shootout Winning early domestic pressings
  • A Top 100 Album and the band's best sounding record if you ask us (although Fragile can sound absolutely amazing too, just not as smooth and rich)
  • "Organist Tony Kaye, guitarist Steve Howe and bass player Chris Squire play as though of one mind, complementing each other's work as a knowledgeable band should."
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Yes
Close To The Edge

  (Item #: yes__close_1908_10) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • An amazing copy of this Prog Blockbuster, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the first side and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on the second - super quiet vinyl too, as quiet as any copy we have ever listed
  • An incredibly complex recording, with huge organs, light-speed changes and an abundance of multi-tracked parts
  • A recording that will push even the highest quality, most heavily tweaked stereo to its limits - if you can play this record good and loud, you can play anything
  • 5 stars: "Close to the Edge represented the musical, lyrical, and sonic culmination of all that Yes had worked toward over the past five years. In 1972, Close to the Edge was a flawless masterpiece."
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Super Hot Stamper

Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington
The Great Reunion

  (Item #: armstgreat_1910) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding copy of this 1963 collaboration, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • These sides are big, spacious and absolutely jumping out of the speakers, with rich, smooth sound
  • We remember the Classic pressing as being a very good sounding record but make no mistake, this is a GREAT sounding one
  • 4 1/2 stars: "One of the best things about this configuration is the sound of the Duke’s piano - an underrated pianist, he seldom recorded in such an intimate context."
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Shorty Rogers
The Swingin' Nutcracker

  (Item #: rogerswing_1905_7_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Insanely good Living Stereo sound throughout with both sides earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades and playing reasonably quietly
  • Al Schmitt handled the engineering duties, brilliantly, with Shorty and dozens of his West Coast Pals contributing to the dates, the likes of Conte Candoli, Art Pepper, Bill Perkins, Bud Shank, Harold Land, Richie Kamuca and more
  • "The most remarkable aspect about the score is how boldly it re-imagines the original. The Swingin' Nutcracker is contemporary from an American perspective without patronizing the European original." - Marc Meyers, Jazz Wax
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Charles Mingus
Mingus Revisited

  (Item #: mingurevis_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find excellent sound on this original Limelight LP - both sides play exceptionally quietly too
  • This copy sounds like a big room full of musicians (25 in all!) playing live, which is exactly what it was
  • The Tubey Magical richness of this 1960 recording (released in 1961) is breathtaking - no modern record can touch it
  • Allmusic gives it 4 stars and we think it's maybe even a bit better than that
  • Two tracks are contrapuntal arrangements of two swing era pieces, whereby "Take the "A" Train" (left channel) is paired with a simultaneous "Exactly Like You" (right channel), and likewise "Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me" with "I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart".


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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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Oliver Nelson's Big Band
Live From Los Angeles

  (Item #: nelsolivef_1810_6_10) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • An incredible sounding copy - Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and Double Plus (A++) on the first
  • If you love the swinging sounds of Oliver Nelson's Big Band arrangements behind Jimmy Smith, Frank Sinatra, Monk and others, you can't go wrong here
  • The 1967 stereo sound here is clear, open and highly resolving, yet still rich, warm and smooth
  • "Here's a driving high flying record from start to finish. It's jazz at it's exciting best as Nelson's arranging conducting and zippy sax work lead real quality playing..." - Billboard
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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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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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Charles Mingus
Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus

  (Item #: mingumingumingu_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding vintage stereo copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound, or close to it, from start to finish
  • Impulse released a Heavy Vinyl pressing in 1995, as did Speakers Corner in 2003, but neither can hold a candle to the real thing
  • Mingus was a genius and the original music on this record is just one more album's worth of proof of the undeniability of that fact
  • 5 stars: "It closes out the most productive and significant chapter of his career, and one of the most fertile, inventive hot streaks of any composer in jazz history."
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Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie
Ella and Basie!

  (Item #: fitzgella_and_basie_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This early Verve stereo pressing boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound throughout - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • It's very difficult to get the vocals AND the brass to sound right on the same LP, but these sides pull that trick off nicely
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Surprisingly enough this 1963 LP was the first time (other than a couple songs) that Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie recorded together. The match-up was so logical that it would be repeated many times over the next 20 years."
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Jimmy Smith
Bashin'

  (Item #: smithbashi_1812_4_10) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • One of the better copies from our most recent shootout of this Big Band Jazz classic led by Jimmy Smith's organ; Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • If you choose to only own one Jimmy Smith album, make it this one - the first side swings like you will not believe
  • A Five Star album on Allmusic: "On the first half of the program, Smith was for the first time joined by a big band. Oliver Nelson provided the arrangements, trumpeter Joe Newman and altoist Phil Woods have a solo apiece, and "Walk on the Wild Side" became Smith's biggest hit up to that point."
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Yes
The Yes Album

  (Item #: yes__yesal_1812_7_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides, the sound is huge and powerful - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Here is the mindblowing Prog Rock Power of Yes on brilliant songs including Yours Is No Disgrace, Starship Trooper and I've Seen All Good People
  • Based on the 100 plus copies we've played over the years, this is as quiet as they come
  • Top 100 - the band's best sounding record if you ask us (although Fragile is right up there with it)
  • "It was the addition of Steve Howe's guitar pyrotechnics that finally allowed Yes to find their true identity. The Yes Album is a giant leap forward..."
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Count Basie
Basie Plays Hefti

  (Item #: basiebasie_plays_1905_10) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • A superb sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish - super quiet vinyl too!
  • If all you've ever heard is the Roulette original (or the wacky MoFi, or whatever current Heavy Vinyl pressing is being made, this LP is guaranteed to knock your socks off
  • Basie Plays Hefti catches Basie's band at the peak of their powers in 1958, and in this All Tube Recording you get every bit of the magic they made in the studio
  • "The Count Basie Orchestra was in top form for this set of Neal Hefti arrangements. Hefti had been one of the main architects of the new Basie sound of the '50s... "Cute" (heard here in its initial recording) became a standard."
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Frank Zappa
Waka/Jawaka

  (Item #: zappawakaj_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound throughout, this copy delivers plenty of Zappa's Waka/Jawaka Big Band Magic
  • A Top 100 Title, and deservedly so - the sound is big, rich, punchy, lively, clear and above all, ANALOG
  • This copy will show you the size and power of a big band, Frank Zappa style - there is (almost*) nothing like it
  • Rolling Stone raved that this Jazz Rock Fusion album contains "...some of the best material he's done in years." and we could not agree more
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Sonny Rollins
Alfie (Original Music From The Score)

  (Item #: rollialfie_1902_6_10ex) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A superb copy of Sonny Rollins' Alfie, boasting outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides
  • 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 Rudy Van Gelder, a Top Impulse title, and as much a showcase for Oliver Nelson (+11) as it is for Sonny Rollins
  • 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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Duke Ellington
Piano In The Background

  (Item #: ellinpiano_1902_5_10) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This original Six Eye has a nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) side one and a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Full-bodied and warm, exactly the way you want your vintage analog to sound - the piano is surprisingly real here, solid and dynamic
  • Classic Records remastered the album in the 2000s, as has Speakers Corner, but if you think either one of those versions can hold a candle to the real thing from 1960, let us send you this record and disabuse you of that notion
  • 4 stars: "One of Ellington's rarer studio sessions... Ellington's solo abilities were always a bit underrated due to his brilliance in other areas, but this set shows just how modern he remained through the years as a player."
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Count Basie
April In Paris

  (Item #: basieapril_1910) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • April in Paris makes its Hot Stamper debut with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound fon this vintage mono pressing
  • This pressing showed us the sound we were looking for - big, bold, full-bodied mono, the kind they knew how to record in 1957
  • Here is the MIDRANGE MAGIC that’s surely missing from whatever modern reissue has been made from the 60+ year old tapes (or, to be clear, a modern digital master copied from those tapes)
  • 5 stars: "April in Paris is one of those rare albums that makes its mark as an almost instant classic in the jazz pantheon... The title track has come to define elegance in orchestral jazz... Recorded in 1955 and 1956, April in Paris proved Count Basie's ability to grow through modern jazz changes while keeping the traditional jazz orchestra vital and alive."
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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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Ellington-Basie
First Time - The Count Meets the Duke

  (Item #: ellinfirst_1909) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • You'll find Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides of this stunning Six Eye Stereo pressing of First Time!
  • Three-dimensional space and ambience, rich Tubey Magic by the boatload - this 30th Street recording shows just how good Columbia's engineers were back then
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Ellington's elegance and unique voicings meet Basie's rollicking, blues-based Kansas City swing, and it works gloriously. The Duke and his band accentuate their swinging dance band side, while Basie and company have never sounded as suave and exotic as when playing Billy Strayhorn arrangements. Everyone has a good time, and that joy infuses this album from start to finish."
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Stanley Turrentine
Joyride

  (Item #: turrejoyri_1909) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Joyride finally arrives on the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Exceptionally 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
  • The really good RVG pressings like this one sound shockingly close to live music
  • 4 stars: "Stanley Turrentine is the featured artist in this big band session with an all-star orchestra arranged and conducted by Oliver Nelson. While Nelson's charts are funky and easygoing... they serve the purpose to inspire the tenor saxophonist."
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Frank Zappa
Waka/Jawaka

  (Item #: zappawakaj_1904_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With STUNNING nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound throughout, this copy came in just shy of our Shootout Winner and delivers plenty of Zappa's Waka/Jawaka Big Band Magic
  • A Top 100 Title, and deservedly so - the sound is big, rich, punchy, lively, clear and above all, ANALOG
  • This copy will show you the size and power of a big band, Frank Zappa style - there is (almost*) nothing like it
  • Rolling Stone raved that this Jazz Rock Fusion album contains "...some of the best material he's done in years." and we could not agree more
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Frank Sinatra
I Remember Tommy

  (Item #: sinatireme_1905_9) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This vintage Reprise pressing offers the critical listener outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • We were shocked to hear how good the originals can sound on this album, and just as shocked to hear other copies that can actually beat the best of them
  • The richness of these Tubey Magical Reprise pressings makes them the clear choice for the heavy-on-the-brass sonics (if you have the right stampers)
  • 100% of Amazon reviewers rate this one Four Stars or better, with 77% giving the album Five Stars!
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Frank Zappa
Waka/Jawaka

  (Item #: zappawakaj_1905_1908) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound throughout and exceptionally quiet vinyl, this copy delivers plenty of Zappa's Waka/Jawaka Big Band Magic
  • A Top 100 Title, and deservedly so - the sound is big, rich, punchy, lively, clear and above all, ANALOG
  • This copy will show you the size and power of a big band, Frank Zappa style - there is (almost*) nothing like it
  • Rolling Stone raved that this Jazz Rock Fusion album contains "...some of the best material he's done in years." and we could not agree more
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Shorty Rogers
The Swingin' Nutcracker

  (Item #: rogerswing_1905_1908) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • Superb sound throughout with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades and playing about as quietly as any Living Stereo record from 1960 ever will
  • Al Schmitt handled the engineering duties, brilliantly, with Shorty and dozens of his West Coast Pals contributing to the dates, the likes of Conte Candoli, Art Pepper, Bill Perkins, Bud Shank, Harold Land, Richie Kamuca and more
  • "The most remarkable aspect about the score is how boldly it re-imagines the original. The Swingin' Nutcracker is contemporary from an American perspective without patronizing the European original." - Marc Meyers, Jazz Wax
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Count Basie
Chairman of the Board

  (Item #: basiechair_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of Chairman Of The Board, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Forget the honky, hard-sounding Roulette originals, and of course the second-rate Classic Records pressing - this reissue is the way to go
  • From first note to last, this copy is big, clear, rich and lively, with huge amounts of space around the band
  • 4 1/2 stars: "This 1958 date for Roulette was a rare chance for the orchestra to perform on its own, and listeners to hear how powerful the band could be when its concentration was undiverted... The record is admittedly heavy on the blues, but it's a brassy, powerful vision of the blues... A dynamic date, it shows the "new testament" edition of Basie's orchestra in top form."
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Glenn Miller Orchestra
The Direct Disc Sound of...

  (Item #: milledirec_1906_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb pressing of a great recording with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from start to finish
  • Great energy, but the sound is relaxed and Tubey sweet at the same time, never squawky, with plenty of extension on both ends -- that's analog for ya!
  • Exceptionally quiet vinyl throughout with both sides playing Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus
  • This is no sleepy over-the-hill Sheffield - these guys are the real deal and they play their hearts out on this live-in-the-studio direct to disc recording
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Frank Sinatra - Duke Ellington
Francis A. & Edward K.

  (Item #: sinatfranc_1708_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • One of the better copies of this top quality recording to hit the site, with superb Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Sinatra is both natural and present - he actually sounds like he is standing on the same stage as Ellington's band
  • Outstanding size and weight with rich, clear brass and good space up top, thanks to Lee Herschberg's engineering skills
  • "... this collaboration between America's most popular singing icon and pre-eminent jazz composer still endures as one of Sinatra's most enjoyable Reprise-era albums."
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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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Art Pepper + Eleven
Modern Jazz Classics

  (Item #: peppemoder_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Both sides of this Art Pepper Must Own album earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • If you buy only one Large Group Hot Stamper jazz record from us, make it this one - the music is swingin' fun and the sound is going to be very impressive, especially compared to any modern reissue
  • Rich, warm and full-bodied, the brass is phenomenal on this pressing - here is the Tubey Magic of the originals without the problems that cause many originals to be opaque and uninvolving
  • A personal favorite - 5 stars: "This is a true classic. Essential music for all serious jazz collections."
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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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Ted Heath
Swing Session

  (Item #: heathswing_1904_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Ted Heath Swing Session makes its Hot Stamper debut with KILLER Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This pressing is bigger, bolder and richer, as well as more clean, clear and open than any copy we played (which is of course the way it earned those Triple Plus grades)
  • These original pressings are ridiculously hard to come by with this kind of superb sound AND quiet vinyl - this one has it all!
  • "... the sound is open and airy with great separation of instruments and very much alive. The band is tight and the music is energetic."
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Frank Sinatra-Count Basie
At The Sands

  (Item #: sinatatthe_1901_1907) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This wonderful set boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on all four sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Truly one of the greatest live albums of all time, recorded late at night in the big room at the Sands Hotel in Vegas
  • This is Basie and Sinatra in their natural habitat and in their prime, putting on the show of a lifetime
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Basie and the orchestra are swinging and dynamic, inspiring a textured, dramatic, and thoroughly enjoyable performance from Sinatra ... the definitive portrait of Frank Sinatra in the '60s."
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Junior Mance
Get Ready, Set, Jump!!!

  (Item #: mancegetre_1907) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This outstanding copy of Mance's 1964 release boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Wonderfully big, rich and LIVELY, with boatloads of Tubey Magic and three-dimensional space
  • This vintage stereo pressing boasts exceptionally natural piano sound and the live-in-the-studio energy of a swingin' group of veteran horn players
  • 4 stars: "Mance is joined by some of the cream of the West Coast studio and jazz players for a session that features Mance doing his blues thing on piano while the band swings at various tempi... resembling somewhat the style of the Count Basie Orchestra."
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Art Pepper + Eleven
Modern Jazz Classics

  (Item #: peppemoder_1907) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A big, bold, lively stereo copy of this exceptional Art Pepper release from 1960 - Triple Plus (A+++) on side one and Double Plus (A++) on two - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • If you buy only one Large Group Hot Stamper jazz record from us, make it this one - the music is swingin' fun and the sound is going to be very impressive, especially if you own any modern reissue
  • Rich, warm and full-bodied, the brass is phenomenal on this pressing - here is the Tubey Magic of the originals without the problems that cause many originals to be opaque and uninvolving
  • A personal favorite - 5 stars: "This is a true classic. Essential music for all serious jazz collections."
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Yes
Close To The Edge

  (Item #: yes__close_1906) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Two killer earning seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades - these early pressings make sense of this challenging music
  • An incredibly complex recording, with huge organs, light-speed changes and an abundance of multi-tracked parts
  • A recording that will push even the highest quality, most heavily tweaked stereo to its limits - if you can play this record good and loud, you can play anything
  • 5 stars: "Close to the Edge represented the musical, lyrical, and sonic culmination of all that Yes had worked toward over the past five years. In 1972, Close to the Edge was a flawless masterpiece."
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Frank Sinatra
Sinatra-Basie

  (Item #: sinatsinatra_basie_1811_1906) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This beloved Sinatra/Basie collaboration boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from top to bottom
  • Big space, breathy vocals, lovely leading edge transients, and plenty of Tubey Magic make this album a true audiophile treat
  • 4 stars: "The long-awaited first collaboration between two icons did something unique for the reputations of both. For Basie, the Sinatra connection inaugurated a period in the 1960s where his band was more popular and better-known than it ever was, even in the big band era. For Sinatra, Basie meant liberation, producing perhaps the loosest, rhythmically free singing of his career."
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Duke Ellington
Indigos

  (Item #: ellinindig_1905) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish, this early pressing has the magic of analog in its grooves
  • This Six Eye Stereo Columbia impressed us with its superbly well recorded big band jazz, in the romantic style Ellington had truly mastered
  • A lovely demonstration of just how good 1958 All Tube Analog sound can be - no modern record can hold a candle to a pressing as good as this one
  • If you like your jazz ballads performed with deep feeling, by a road-tested group of virtuoso players, this record is going to be hard to beat
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Frank Sinatra - Duke Ellington
Francis A. & Edward K.

  (Item #: sinatfranc_1803_1905-) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • This pressing boasts very respectable Hot Stamper sound from first note to last
  • Sinatra is both natural and present - on the best pressings, he actually sounds like he is standing on the same stage as Ellington's band
  • This copy plays on relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • "Recorded on Sinatra's birthday in 1967, this collaboration between America's most popular singing icon and pre-eminent jazz composer still endures as one of Sinatra's most enjoyable Reprise-era albums." - Amazon
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Duke Ellington
Duke's Big 4

  (Item #: ellindukes_1903) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • This vintage pressing earned wonderful Double Plus (A++) grades for sound - it's an exceptionally well recorded small group date from 1974
  • We 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 - 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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Tony Bennett & Count Basie
Strike Up The Band

  (Item #: bennestrik_1812_1903) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on this Emus pressing of Count Basie and Tony Bennett's 1959 classic collaboration
  • The originals we have played are uniformly horrible sounding compared to these wonderful reissues - the tonality here is Right On The Money
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... the pairing between Bennett and Basie remains impressive. The band raves through tunes like "With Plenty Of Money And You," and Bennett matches them, drawing strength from the bravura arrangements, while band and singer achieve a knowing tenderness on "Growing Pains." This is an album well worth owning..."
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Shorty Rogers Big Band
Jazz Waltz

  (Item #: rogerjazzw_1802_1812) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • Killer sound for this fun Big Band music, with Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides - open and clear, with solid bass throughout
  • This is swingin' West Coast jazz at its best, and it plays on exceptionally quiet vinyl, a true Mint Minus throughout
  • Engineered by the great Bones Howe, a man who knows Tubey Magic like practically no one else in the world
  • 4 Stars on Allmusic - this Discovery reissue from 1981 positively murders every original we've played
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