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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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George Benson
White Rabbit

  (Item #: bensowhite_1902_7_11ex) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $119.00 (You save $30.99 / 21%)


  • Stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - this CTI pressing of Benson's Must Own Masterpiece is almost As Good As It Gets
  • Open and transparent on both sides, with wonderfully full-bodied guitars, solid bass and huge amounts of swingin' jazz energy
  • Superb engineering by Rudy Van Gelder - White Rabbit features jazz legends Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, Airto, and more
  • "For George Benson's second CTI project, producer Creed Taylor and arranger Don Sebesky successfully place the guitarist in a Spanish-flavored setting full of flamenco flourishes, brass fanfares, moody woodwinds and such... In this prime sample of the CTI idiom, everyone wins."
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Kenny Burrell
God Bless The Child

  (Item #: burregodbl_1812_6_11) 

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


  • Amazing sound from start to finish on this Shootout Winning TRIPLE TRIPLE (A+++) copy
  • One of our favorite CTI albums, and surely one of the best sounding, especially on this pressing
  • Credit goes to Rudy Van Gelder once again for the huge space that the superbly well-recorded orchestra occupies
  • AMG raves "This is Burrell at his level best as a player to be sure, but also as a composer and as a bandleader. Magnificent."
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Kenny Burrell
God Bless The Child

  (Item #: burregodbl_1910_1) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding pressing of God Bless the Child boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • One of our favorite CTI albums, and surely one of the best sounding, especially on this pressing
  • Credit goes to RVG once again for the huge space that the superbly well recorded orchestra occupies
  • AMG raves: "This is Burrell at his level best as a player to be sure, but also as a composer and as a bandleader. Magnificent."
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A.C. Jobim
The Composer of ’Desafinado’ Plays

  (Item #: jobimcompo_1910) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better sounding copies we played in our recent shootout
  • If you love '60s jazzy pop you cannot go wrong here - Jobim was a genius and the music here is an album's worth of proof of that fact
  • Credit engineer Phil Ramone for correctly capturing the sound of every instrument here: the guitars, piano, flutes, strings, drums, percussion instruments -- everything has the natural timbre of the real thing
  • 4 1/2 stars: "A dozen songs, each one destined to become a standard -- an astounding batting average."
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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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Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane
Burrell / Coltrane

  (Item #: burrekenny_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding early Prestige mono pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout
  • Rudy Van Gelder does it again - RVG's sound is rich, full-bodied and Tubey Magical, with the leaders both present and "real" in the way that only vintage analog pressings (in our experience) ever allow them to be
  • 4 stars: "The delicate "Why Was I Born" is one for the ages as Burrell and Coltrane are captured in a once-in-a-lifetime duet. Together they weave an uncanny and revealing sonic tapestry that captures a pure and focused intimacy... What remains is the best argument for the meeting of these two jazz giants."
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Kenny Burrell
Midnight Blue

  (Item #: burremidni_1910_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of this amazing RVG recording with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it throughout
  • One of our All Time Favorite Blue Note albums for music and sound - is there a better bluesy Jazz Guitar album?
  • Rich, smooth and Tubey Magical, this pressing has a lovely musical quality that's missing from most of the copies we played
  • AMG 5 Stars - if there were a Top 100 Jazz List on our site, Midnight Blue would be right up at the top of it
  • Jazz Improv Magazine puts the album among its Top Five recommended recordings for Burrell, indicating that "[i]f you need to know 'the Blue Note sound', here it is."
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Wes Montgomery
Goin' Out of My Head

  (Item #: montggoino_1906_10_) 

Our Price: $129.99
Sale Price: $99.00 (You save $30.99 / 24%)


  • An excellent sounding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound throughout -- this early stereo copy blew most of the competition away with its Tubey Magical richness and vibrant jazz energy
  • Once again Oliver Nelson's Big Band arrangements take the music to another level - the guy's a genius
  • "...it's a classic big-band album, with smart charts by Nelson and stolen moments of Montgomery's guitar grandeur and romantic truth scattered throughout.
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George Benson
White Rabbit

  (Item #: bensowhite_1910) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • An outstanding copy of Benson's 1972 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from top to bottom
  • Open and transparent on both sides, with wonderfully full-bodied guitars, solid bass and huge amounts of swingin' jazz energy
  • Superb engineering by Rudy Van Gelder - White Rabbit features jazz legends Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, Airto, and more
  • 4 stars: "For George Benson's second CTI project, producer Creed Taylor and arranger Don Sebesky successfully place the guitarist in a Spanish-flavored setting full of flamenco flourishes, brass fanfares, moody woodwinds and such... In this prime sample of the CTI idiom, everyone wins."
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Kenny Burrell
Guitar Forms

  (Item #: burreguita_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Burrell's 1965 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Balanced, musical and full throughout - this pressing is a big step up from most other copies we played
  • We agree with the Allmusic reviewer, this album is every bit as the groundbreaking work Evans did with Miles, and for our money, makes for an even more enjoyable album length listen
  • 4 stars: "His landmark 1965 collaboration with Gil Evans, Guitar Forms rivals anything the arranger did with Miles Davis. Indeed, the track "Lotus Land" has a bolero form very reminiscent of Sketches of Spain. Throughout, Burrell takes thoughtful, concise, and utterly musical solos, and even switches to acoustic classical guitar on Prelude #2 and Loie."
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Wes Montgomery
Goin' Out of My Head

  (Item #: montggoino_1906_10) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Incredible Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides, this early stereo copy blew the competition away with its size, Tubey Magical richness and vibrant jazz energy
  • Once again Oliver Nelson's Big Band arrangements take the music to another level - the guy's a genius
  • "...it's a classic big-band album, with smart charts by Nelson and stolen moments of Montgomery's guitar grandeur and romantic truth scattered throughout.
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Super Hot Stamper

Kenny Burrell
God Bless The Child

  (Item #: burregodbl_1910) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • With a Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) grade on side one and a solid Double Plus (A++) grade on side two, this one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout
  • One of our favorite CTI albums, and surely one of the best sounding, especially on this pressing
  • Credit goes to RVG once again for the huge space that the superbly well recorded orchestra occupies
  • AMG raves: "This is Burrell at his level best as a player to be sure, but also as a composer and as a bandleader. Magnificent."
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Shorty Rogers
Bossa Nova Exciting Jazz Samba Rhythms

  (Item #: rogerbossa_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Shorty's 1961 Bossa Nova exploration finally makes its Hot Stamper debut with STUNNING Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades on both sides
  • Rich, smooth, sweet, and wonderfully natural, this is the sound we love here at Better Records
  • This is swingin’ West Coast jazz at its best - a highly recommended jazz album for those of you who care to explore artists out of the jazz mainstream
  • Rogers assembled a top-notch ensemble for this wonderful Bossa Nova album, including Bud Shank and Shelly Manne
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Kenny Burrell
Guitar Forms

  (Item #: burreguita_1909_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Amazing Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side two and solid Double Plus (A++) sound on one - a truly killer copy from our most recent shootout
  • Gil Evans wrote the orchestral arrangements and Rudy captured them on lovely analog tape - what's not to like?
  • We agree with the Allmusic reviewer, this album is every bit as the groundbreaking work Evans did with Miles, and for our money, makes for an even more enjoyable album length listen
  • "His landmark 1965 collaboration with Gil Evans, Guitar Forms rivals anything the arranger did with Miles Davis. Indeed, the track "Lotus Land" has a bolero form reminiscent of Sketches of Spain. Burrell takes thoughtful, concise, and utterly musical solos, and even switches to acoustic classical guitar on [two tracks]."
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Kenny Burrell
Out Of This World

  (Item #: burreoutof_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding copy of Out Of This World boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • This superb RVG recording comes to life on this pressing - it's full-bodied and above all, lively (Rudy's trademark sound)
  • This collaboration between Burrell and Coleman Hawkins highlights the blues roots of these two jazz greats, veterans who can swing with the best of them (which is why their discographies run for pages)
  • "Bluesy Burrell combines the finest elements of blues and bebop jazz into a blend that demonstrates just how well the styles fit together and proves that blues need not be minimalist in nature, and jazz can be a bit less rigid, allowing breathing space amidst perfect chord work and superb rhythm."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

A.C. Jobim
The Composer of ’Desafinado’ Plays

  (Item #: jobimcompo_1908x) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Stunning sound with sides that earned nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sonic grades, right up there with our Shootout Winners
  • If you love '60s jazzy pop you cannot go wrong here - Jobim was a genius and the music here is an album's worth of proof of that fact
  • Credit engineer Phil Ramone for correctly capturing the sound of every instrument here: the guitars, piano, flutes, strings, drums, percussion instruments -- everything has the natural timbre of the real thing
  • 4 1/2 stars: "A dozen songs, each one destined to become a standard -- an astounding batting average."
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Super Hot Stamper

The Poll Winners
Straight Ahead

  (Item #: pollwstrai_1909_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This superb collaboration returns with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • One of the better copies from our recent shootout - big, bold and lively with a punchy bottom end
  • Musically, this is by far my favorite Poll Winners record - these guys got back together after 15 years and were eager to prove that they still had their youthful exuberance, and even better chops, which they did!
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Kessel in particular is heard in excellent form... Overall this is the best all-around recording by The Poll Winners and is easily recommended to bop fans."
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The Poll Winners
Straight Ahead

  (Item #: pollwstrai_1909) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • This superb collaboration returns with KILLER Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides
  • Both of these amazing sides are rich, full-bodied and Tubey Magical with a big punchy bottom end
  • Musically, this is by far my favorite Poll Winners record - these guys got back together after 15 years and were eager to prove that they still had their youthful exuberance, and even better chops, which they did!
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Kessel in particular is heard in excellent form... Overall this is the best all-around recording by The Poll Winners and is easily recommended to bop fans."
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Wes Montgomery
Willow Weep For Me

  (Item #: montgwillo_1902_1905_1908) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Wes Montgomery's superb posthumous release finally makes its Hot Stamper debut, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • The stereo sound here is Tubey Magical, lively and clear, with three-dimensionality that will fill your listening room from wall to wall
  • Assembled using additional material from the live Smokin' at the Half Note sessions, this collection served as the perfect memorial to Montgomery's musical genius
  • Grammy Award Winner for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, Individual or Group
  • "... what you will hear, bathed in winds or not, is prime, mature Wes Montgomery stretching out in full, with unbelievable confidence in his ear and technique at all times..."
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Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery
The Dynamic Duo

  (Item #: smithdynam_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound, this is a wonderful vintage stereo pressing of a classic jazz collaboration from 1966 - exceptionally QUIET vinyl for a jazz record from this era as well
  • Big, rich and lively, thanks to Oliver Nelson's arrangements (and RVG's engineering), this big group of top players is having a blast and we think you will too
  • 5 stars: "The romping, aggressive big band charts [represent] Oliver Nelson at his best... The results are incendiary -- a near-ideal meeting of yin and yang... They are an amazing pair, complementing each other, driving each other, using their bop and blues taproots to fuse together a sound."
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Bola Sete
At The Monterey Jazz Festival

  (Item #: sete_monte_1907) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This outstanding copy of the trio's 1967 release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Both sides are wonderfully big, rich and lively, with boatloads of Tubey Magic and three-dimensional space
  • We are big fans of Bola Sete here - his Tour De Force has been a favorite of ours for more than twenty years (if only we could find clean, good sounding copies to sell)
  • Recorded in 1966, this vintage stereo pressing boasts exceptionally natural guitar sound, as well as note-like bass and the kind of energy you rarely get outside of a live performance
  • "Soulful, unpretentious, unaffected, intimate, candid, organic Afro-Brazilian jazz."
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Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd
Jazz Samba

  (Item #: getz_jazz_samba_1810_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A wonderful vintage stereo copy of this Bossa Nova classic - both sides rate a Double Plus (A++) or close to it for their outstanding sonics
  • The 1962 sound here is clear, open and highly resolving, yet still rich, warm and smooth - thanks to the brilliant engineering of Ed Greene
  • We rarely see surfaces this nice - clean copies that play as quietly as this LP are nearly impossible to find nowadays
  • 5 Stars: "Jazz Samba stands on its own artistic merit as a shimmering, graceful collection that's as subtly advanced - in harmony and rhythm - as it is beautiful. Getz and guitarist Charlie Byrd - who was actually responsible for bringing bossa nova to the U.S. and introducing Getz to the style - have the perfect touch for bossa nova's delicate, airy texture."
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Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery
The Dynamic Duo

  (Item #: smithdynam_1907x) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With KILLER Triple Plus (A+++) grades or very close to them on both sides, this is a wonderful vintage stereo pressing of a classic jazz collaboration from 1966
  • Big, rich and lively, thanks to Oliver Nelson's arrangements (and RVG's engineering), this big group of top players is having a blast and we think you will too
  • 5 stars: "The romping, aggressive big band charts [represent] Oliver Nelson at his best... The results are incendiary -- a near-ideal meeting of yin and yang... They are an amazing pair, complementing each other, driving each other, using their bop and blues taproots to fuse together a sound."
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Barney Kessel
Let's Cook

  (Item #: kesseletsc_1907) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • We were impressed with this Contemporary stereo pressing - we gave it outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades in our shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The transparency and clarity are SUPERB - there's plenty of Tubey Magic, and good bottom end weight as well
  • If you like guitar jazz, do not miss out on this album. I guarantee you will be absolutely knocked out by the sound of this pressing, not to mention the wonderful music
  • Ben Webster on sax, Hampton Hawes on the piano, Victor Feldman on vibes, Shelly Manne on drums - they're all here and havin' a good time
  • "This is an excellent session from guitarist Barney Kessel... [he] keeps up with the other all-stars, swinging hard while paying tribute to the legacy of Charlie Christian."
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Wes Montgomery
Willow Weep For Me

  (Item #: montgwillo_1903_1906) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • Wes Montgomery's outstanding posthumous release makes its Hot Stamper debut, with superb Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound throughout, just shy of our Shootout Winner!
  • The stereo sound here is Tubey Magical, lively and clear, with three-dimensionality that will fill your listening room from wall to wall
  • Assembled using additional material from the live Smokin' at the Half Note sessions, this collection served as the perfect memorial to Montgomery's musical genius
  • Grammy Award Winner for Best Jazz Instrumental Album
  • "... what you will hear, bathed in winds or not, is prime, mature Wes Montgomery stretching out in full, with unbelievable confidence in his ear and technique at all times..."
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White Hot Stamper

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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Bola Sete
At The Monterey Jazz Festival

  (Item #: sete_monte_1905) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This outstanding copy of the trio's 1967 release boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Both sides are wonderfully big, rich and LIVELY, with boatloads of Tubey Magic and three-dimensional space
  • We are big fans of Bola Sete here - his Tour De Force has been a favorite of ours for more than twenty years (if only we could find clean, good sounding copies to sell)
  • Recorded in 1966, this vintage stereo pressing boasts exceptionally natural guitar sound, as well as note-like bass and the kind of energy you rarely get outside of a live performance
  • "Soulful, unpretentious, unaffected, intimate, candid, organic Afro-Brazilian jazz."
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George Benson
Tell It Like It Is

  (Item #: bensotelli_1803_1905-) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • With seriously good Double Plus (A++) sound, or close to it, this is an excellent copy of this Benson album from 1969
  • We guarantee you have never heard this music sound better than it does here, or your money back
  • Allmusic loves Benson's playing here, noting his "...often brilliantly tasty guitar fills and brief solos in many styles and three reverb-heavy vocals."
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Pat Metheny & Lyle Mays
As Falls Wichita...

  (Item #: metheasfal_1711_1905-) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy was one of the best we played in our recent shootout
  • This pressing boasts hard-to-find relatively quiet vinyl, Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • Huge amounts of reproducible recording space bring life to this spacey music
  • 5 Stars: "In the process of stretching out away from the confines of the quartet setting of prior albums, Metheny and Mays presage the sleeker and more ethereal sound of the band's Geffen years..."
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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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Sonny Rollins
The Bridge

  (Item #: rollibridg_1901_1904) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better copies we played in our recent shootout
  • This killer Living Stereo pressing is wonderfully Tubey Magical, full-bodied and solid, with note-like, clear bass
  • The brilliant Ray Hall engineered this Demo Disc quality recording using nothing but tubes back in 1962, and it's glorious to hear that sound in 2019 on modern hi-rez equipment
  • 4 1/2 stars: " Rollins explores four standards (including "Without a Song" and "God Bless the Child") plus two fiery originals (highlighted by the title cut). The interplay between Rollins and Hall is consistently impressive, making this a near-classic and a very successful comeback."
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