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Chico Hamilton
The Further Adventures of El Chico

  (Item #: hamilfurth_1907_11) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Insanely good Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish and the first copy to ever hit the site!
  • These sides, recorded brilliantly by one of our favorite engineers, Bob Simpson, are big, full-bodied and present, with plenty of Tubey Magic and set on a a huge, three-dimensional soundstage
  • The record features the amazing Gabor Szabo along with other top players like Clark Terry and Ron Carter
  • Great pop jazz with excellent sound; if you're a fan of Gabor Szabo, this music will be right up your alley
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Chico Hamilton
The Further Adventures of El Chico

  (Item #: hamilfurth_1907_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb sounding copy with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades
  • These sides, recorded brilliantly by one of our favorite engineers, Bob Simpson, are big, full-bodied and present, with plenty of deep punchy bass
  • The record features the amazing Gabor Szabo along with other top players like Clark Terry and Ron Carter
  • Great pop jazz with excellent sound; if you're a fan of Gabor Szabo, this music will be right up your alley
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Luiz Bonfa
Softly...

  (Item #: bonfasoftl_1905) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This original Epic pressing boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The soundstage, depth and height of this recording are as huge and three-dimensional as any you've heard
  • An enchanting Brazillian guitar album - Luiz Bonfa is superb here, from first note to last
  • "Luiz' guitar is backed by a nice little combo, and the tracks have a lively rhythm, with occasional vocals, and some nice flute solos from time to time."
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Gabor Szabo with Gary McFarland
Gypsy ’66

  (Item #: szabogypsy_1802_1904-) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides this copy is superb from first note to last
  • This copy plays on relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • The credit must go to one of, if not THE Greatest Jazz Engineers of all time, Mr. Rudy Van Gelder
  • "Szabo's original sound, the unusual instrumentation (two or three guitars, Sadao Watanabe on flute, Gary McFarland on marimba, bass, drums and percussion) and McFarland's clever arrangements uplift the music."
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Gabor Szabo - Dreams

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: szabodream_2009) 



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

This original Black Label Skye LP has an EXCELLENT SIDE TWO backed with a pretty good side one.

Szabo has made a number of mediocre albums, some of which are poorly recorded, but thankfully this is not one of them. In fact, this is some of the best sound and music he produced for Skye. Side two is open and spacious with a HUGE three-dimensional soundfield that really allows you to hear into the music.

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Gabor Szabo - Gabor Szabo 1969

Our Shootout Winner from 2009

  (Item #: szabo1969_2009) 



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

Superb choice of material, with a heavy emphasis on Beatles tunes. Now how can you go wrong with Beatles tunes? Those four Beatles tunes are the highlights of this album: "Dear Prudence", "I've Just Seen A Face", "In My Life" and "You Won't See Me", as well as two folkie tracks by Joni Mitchell: "Both Sides Now" and "Michael From Mountains". A heartfelt ballad is handled with quiet and warm intimacy: Buffy Saint-Marie's "Until It's Time For You To Go". More uptempo pop classics like Bobby Hyland's "Sealed With A Kiss", The Classics IV's "Stormy" and The Left Banke's "Walk Away Renee" round out the best of the rest.

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Gabor Szabo - Mizrab

Not Recommended

  (Item #: szabomizra) 



Music Grade: D (at best)

Not recommended, a weak effort from CTI in 1972. Neither the music nor the sound, at least on the copies we played, is worth your time.

This has been a public service review from the record loving audiophiles here at Better Records.

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Gabor Szabo - More Sorcery

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: szabomores_2010) 



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

This is a Minty looking Original Impulse Stereo LP with EXCELLENT sound and quiet vinyl.

This is a live recording that’s got that small jazz club feel. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds runs almost ten minutes and gives everybody involved a chance to stretch out. People is also exceptionally good here.

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Gabor Szabo - Wind Sky and Diamonds

A Weak Effort

  (Item #: szabowinds) 



Music Grade: F

Not recommended, a weak effort by Impulse in 1967, with silly background vocals no less. Neither the music nor the sound, at least on the copies we played, will likely be worth your time.

This has been a public service review from the record loving audiophiles here at Better Records.

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Gabor Szabo with Gary McFarland - Gypsy ’66

Heavy Vinyl Reviewed

  (Item #: szabogypsy_speakers_corner) 



Sonic Grade: B?

Probably -- we haven't played a copy in years -- one of the better Speakers Corner jazz albums.

They cut a very good version of this album on Heavy Vinyl back in 2002, which we recommended at the time.

Our Hot Stamper pressings will of course be dramatically more transparent, open, clear and just plain REAL sounding, because these are all the areas in which heavy vinyl pressings fall short, with very few exceptions.

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Gabor Szabo with Gary McFarland - Gypsy ’66

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: szabogypsy_2016) 



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

One of the qualities that we don't talk about on the site nearly enough is the SIZE of the record's presentation. Some copies of the album just sound small -- they don't extend all the way to the outside edges of the speakers, and they don't seem to take up all the space from the floor to the ceiling. In addition, the sound can often be recessed, with a lack of presence and immediacy for the instruments or vocals in the center.

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Gary McFarland - Does The Sun Really Shine On The Moon

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: mcfardoest_2017) 



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

Look at the track listing -- these are pop tunes by The Beatles and The Beach Boys set to jazzy arrangements, perfect for your bachelor pad. Enjoy this one for what it is -- enchanting pop tunes without the vocals, superbly well recorded and well played by jazz guys who know how to have fun with these kinds of songs.

DCC did this title on CD and if you want one just drop us a note and we will include one with your order gratis.

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Lena Horne & Gabor Szabo - Lena & Gabor

Now That's a Good Sounding Drum Kit!

  (Item #: hornelenaa_wtlf) 



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

This is the most realistic drum kit I have heard on a non-jazz album in my life. The drum sound on the first track is exactly the sound we all know from hanging around small clubs and our friends' garage bands. There is simply no audible processing on any part of the kit. The drums are centered behind the vocals and lead instruments, with what sounds like to me the barest of miking, surrounded by just the right amount of unbaffled studio space.

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Luiz Bonfa - Softly...

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: bonfasoftl_2017) 



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

There is a wonderful array of percussion on this record, so the top end of any pressing should ideally be extended, clear and sweet. Some pressings of Softly... have no real top end, which is the reason we have to do shootouts -- to find the copies that are actually mastered and pressed right, not just the ones that should have been because they have the right stampers or are on the right label.

On this record there's plenty of information above 12K I would guess -- all those delicate percussion instruments ring so sweetly, the highs have to be extending way up there.

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Paul Desmond - Skylark

Our Shootout Winner from 2012

  (Item #: desmoskyla_2012) 



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

An A+++ side one backed with an A+ to A++ side two, both on quiet vinyl! We just finished our first big shootout for this fun album that features Gabor Szabo on guitar and this was one of the best copies we heard, especially on the first side where nothing else could compare.

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