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Coleman Hawkins
Night Hawk

  (Item #: hawkinight_1812_7_02) 

Our Price: $99.99
Sale Price: $74.99 (You save $25.00 / 25%)


  • An outstanding copy with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • With a nearly perfect balance of analog richness and high-res clarity and space, this reissue showed us once again just how good an engineer Rudy Van Gelder could be back in 1961
  • "This [album] has many fine moments from these two highly competitive jazzmen, particularly the lengthy title cut and a heated tradeoff on "In a Mellow Tone," on which Davis goes higher but Hawkins wins on ideas."
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John Coltrane
On A Misty Night

  (Item #: coltronami_1902_6_10_02) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Coltrane's superb compilation of two complete and very rare mono dates finally arrives on the site with oustanding nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound an all four sides
  • 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
  • This copy had more energy and more immediacy, as well as real analog richness, the one quality that makes the '50s sound like the '50s
  • 4 stars: "Coltrane incorporates a wider range of sound to a tremendous emotional effect.... [he] give[s] the performance a bit of a lift that may be part of the reason for its well-deserved placement in the rarefied strata of Coltrane's most revered works."
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Bud Shank
And the Sax Section

  (Item #: shankandth_1902_7_11_02) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This stellar copy of Bud Shank's 1966 release boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - open, lively and dynamic throughout
  • Full, rich, and spacious with tons of Tubey Magic and, better yet, never dry, hard or transistory -- true DEMO DISC QUALITY sound
  • An absolutely amazing recording engineered by none other than Bruce Botnick - the sound of multiple saxes playing these lively arrangements is music to our ears
  • "... the album works, largely because of Bob Florence's arrangements and the shrewd doubling of the baritone and bass sax parts, which give the charts heft at the bottom... The overall sound remains wonderfully reedy and flighty."
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Bud Shank & Clare Fischer
Bossa Nova Jazz Samba

  (Item #: shankbossa_1903_10_02) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This superb collaboration from 1962 makes its Hot Stamper debut with stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout
  • With a breathy sax, lively and present piano, clarity, space and timbral accuracy, this is guaranteed to be one of the best sounding jazz records you've heard
  • A wonderful Bossa Nova classic that shows you just how lovely this music can sound when properly mastered and pressed
  • This is vintage Sixties Pacific Jazz Stereo at its best - big, rich and Tubey Magical like you will not believe
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Lee Morgan
The Gigolo

  (Item #: morgagigol_1910_02) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Lee Morgan's 1968 release comes to the site with superb Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound, right up there with our shootout winner
  • Fans of The Sidewinder and Rumproller will immediately recognize this horn sound heard here - rich, big and full-bodied, with clarity and energy to spare
  • Another triumph for Rudy Van Gelder - he refined a "live-in-the-studio" jazz sound that still sounds fresh to us audiophiles more than fifty years on
  • 4 1/2 stars: "There are no weak selections on this set and the playing by the leader, Wayne Shorter on tenor, pianist Harold Mabern, bassist Bob Cranshaw, and drummer Billy Higgins is beyond any serious criticism."
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Ornette Coleman
Ornette On Tenor

  (Item #: colemornet_1910_02) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A big, bold, KILLER sounding Atlantic pressing with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it throughout
  • Engineered by the team of Tom Dowd (whose work you surely know well) and Phil Iehle, who recorded some of Coltrane’s most iconic albums for Atlantic: Giant Steps (1960) and Coltrane Jazz (also in 1961)
  • 5 stars in Downbeat - Allmusic notes: "It's an understatement to say that Ornette Coleman's stint with Atlantic altered the jazz world forever, and Ornette on Tenor was the last of his six LPs (not counting outtakes compilations) for the label, wrapping up one of the most controversial and free-thinking series of recordings in jazz history... far ahead of its time."
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John Coltrane
My Favorite Things

  (Item #: coltrmyfav_2002) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner
  • We guarantee you will hear a dramatic increase in richness, presence and musical energy relative to any copy you've auditioned - or your money back
  • With McCoy Tyner on piano, Steve Davis on bass and Elvin Jones on the drums, this is a group that can do no wrong with these four standards from the Great American Songbook
  • 5 stars: "The unforced, practically casual soloing styles of the assembled quartet allow for tastefully executed passages a la the Miles Davis Quintet, a trait Coltrane no doubt honed during his tenure in that band. Each track of this album is a joy to revisit."
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Cannonball Adderley
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy!

  (Item #: addermercy_1910_02) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • Exceptional Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides of this 1965 release, one of the better copies from our shootout
  • One of the man's most enjoyable albums - the sound here is bigger and livelier than most, and above all it's balanced, avoiding many of the problems we heard on other pressings
  • Joe Zawinul (Weather Report) wrote the title song, which became a big hit for Adderley (and later The Buckinghams), and he plays on the album
  • 5 Stars: "Adderley's irrepressible exuberance was a major part of his popularity, and no document captures that quality as well -- or with such tremendous musical rewards -- as Mercy, Mercy, Mercy."
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Andrew Hill
Point of Departure

  (Item #: hill_point_2002) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Andrew Hill makes his debut here with this stunning 1965 release, boasting Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it throughout
  • With a lively and present piano, clarity, space and timbral accuracy, this is guaranteed to be one of the best sounding jazz records you've heard
  • Credit must go to Rudy Van Gelder once again for capturing the jazz energy of this superbly sympathetic ensemble
  • 5 stars: "Pianist and composer Andrew Hill is perhaps known more for this date than any other in his catalog -- and with good reason... This is a stellar date, essential for any representative jazz collection, and a record that, in the 21st century, still points the way to the future for jazz."
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Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

  (Item #: daviskindo_2002) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding stereo pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally QUIET vinyl too
  • The pure embodiment of the big-as-life, spacious and timbrally accurate 30th Street Studio Sound Fred Plaut was justly famous for
  • Space, clarity, transparency, and in-the-room immediacy are some of the qualities to be found on this pressing - it's guaranteed to beat any copy you've ever heard
  • 5 stars: "KOB isn't merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it's an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album, a universally acknowledged standard of excellence."
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Miles Davis
In Person - Friday Night

  (Item #: davisinper_1905_10_02) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • Superb sound throughout for this Columbia reissue pressing with each side rating a solid Double Plus (A++) or very close to it
  • Love the sound of vintage tube jazz recordings? This copy delivers like very few records can
  • Rich, smooth, and above all Tubey Magical, here is the ideal sound for this very special live date
  • 4 1/2 stars: Davis himself has never played with more intensity and muscularity on record than he does here. He is absolutely fierce ... an underappreciated group because of its relatively short life, but as evidenced here, the bandmembers swung fast and hard and never looked back. Miles fans will need both [Friday and Saturday Night] to fully appreciate how special this engagement with this particular band was."
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Gerry Mulligan Quartet
Reunion With Chet Baker

  (Item #: mullireuni_1908_01) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This outstanding copy of Mulligan's superb collaboration with Chet Baker boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Remarkable Tubey Magical richness, as well as the kind of immediacy and transparency that few copies have - all qualities essential to reproducing both the trumpet and the baritone sax with exceptional fidelity
  • The sound of a vintage Pacific Jazz recording from 1957, on the rare stereo pressing no less, is really something to hear - you can be sure that no reissue can hold a candle to this LP
  • 4 stars: "The Gerry Mulligan Quartet of 1952-53 was one of the best-loved jazz groups of the decade and it made stars out of both the leader and trumpeter Chet Baker... the music is quite enjoyable and the interplay between the two horns is still special."
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Harold Land
West Coast Blues!

  (Item #: land_westc_1911_01) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • Truly superb sound can be found on both sides of this Jazzland recording, with each earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • Wally Heider, recording in San Francisco in 1960, captured the jazz excitement on tape, and George Horn took those tapes and mastered them faultlessly
  • "Tenor saxophonist Harold Land leads an all-star sextet that includes guitarist Wes Montgomery, trumpeter Joe Gordon, pianist Barry Harris, bassist Sam Jones and drummer Louis Hayes... The music is as well-played and swinging as one would expect from this superior bop group."
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John Klemmer
Touch

  (Item #: klemmtouch_1810_4_10_01) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $99.99 (You save $50.00 / 33%)


  • With excellent Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides, this is an outstanding copy of the best MoFi title to ever hit the site - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Musically and sonically this is the pinnacle of Klemmer's smooth jazz - we know of none better
  • The best sounding Smooth - But Real - Jazz Album ever made, and the only vintage MoFi we know of that deserves a place in your collection
  • "Klemmer sets up the mellow grooves that we have come to associate with smooth jazz. But there are no cliche blues licks, none of the crap that players in this genre try to foist upon as "hip.""
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Super Hot Stamper (With Issues)

Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

  (Item #: daviskindo_2001) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding pressing with solid Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - decent vinyl (for this album anyway, but there is a mark that plays)
  • Big-as-life, spacious and timbrally accurate 30th Street Studio Sound, courtesy of Fred Plaut
  • Space, transparency, and in-the-room immediacy are some of the qualities to be found here - it's guaranteed to beat any copy you've ever heard
  • 5 stars: "KOB isn't merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it's an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album, a universally acknowledged standard of excellence."
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Sonny Rollins
Alfie (Original Music From The Score)

  (Item #: rollialfie_2001) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • A superb copy of Sonny Rollins' Alfie, boasting outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • 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 Van Gelder, a Top Impulse title, and as much a showcase for Oliver Nelson (+11) as it is for Sonny Rollins
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail vinyl they're pressing these days - if you want to hear the Tubey Magic, size and energy of this wonderful album, an early pressing is the only way to go
  • 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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Bud Shank
Brazilliance Vol. 2

  (Item #: shankbrazi_1903_9_01) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Shank's 1962 collaboration with Laurindo Almeida arrives with a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side one and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side two - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Another superb Rickard Bock production from the early '60s, with huge amounts of studio space and Tubey Magic to die for
  • The combination of Shank's sax and flute with Almeida's Brazilan folk-influenced guitar creates a delightful and unique fusion of bossa nova-influenced jazz
  • These two would go on to form the L.A. 4, but we much prefer their earlier work on this album
  • 4 stars: "...once again combining Brazilian rhythms and folk melodies with cool bop improvising... highly recommended."
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Coleman Hawkins
Today and Now

  (Item #: hawkitoday_1904_6_01ex) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this superbly engineered recording by Rudy Van Gelder
  • This vintage Impulse stereo LP has plenty of Tubey Magic and driving energy - we expect nothing less from RVG in 1962, and this pressing delivers
  • Tommy Flanagan on piano provides fine support for Mr. Hawkins' breathy stylings - both Down Beat and Allmusic awarded Today and Now 4 Stars!
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Jackie McLean
Let Freedom Ring

  (Item #: mclealetfr_2001) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this was one of the better sounding copies we played in our shootout
  • Superb All Tube Stereo sound by Rudy Van Gelder, and the high-rez, tonally correct mastering brings out even the most subtle nuances of the sound of this adventurous quartet
  • Allmusic 5 out of 5 stars / Penguin Guide to Jazz 4 out of 4 stars / The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 5 out of 5 stars - you can't do much better than that!
  • "Jackie McLean had always been a highly emotional soloist, so it makes sense that he was one of the first hard bop veterans to find a new voice in the burning intensity of jazz's emerging avant-garde... Let Freedom Ring was the landmark masterpiece where he put everything together and ushered in the era of the modernists at Blue Note."
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Ornette Coleman
Tomorrow Is The Question

  (Item #: colemtomor_1812_3_8_01) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $99.99 (You save $50.00 / 33%)


  • An outstanding copy of Coleman's sophomore release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • Our Contemporary Yellow Label Stereo LP here has have breathy, full-bodied brass and lots of tight, well-defined bass
  • The top end is nicely extended, which results in excellent space, transparency and clarity
  • 4 stars: "...this is one of the things that came to define Ornette -- his willingness to let simplicity and its bright colors and textures confound not only other players and listeners, but also him too."
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Miles Davis
Milestones

  (Item #: davismilestones_1903_6_8_01ex) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This original Columbia Mono Six-Eye pressing has STUNNING Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • This one has some condition issues (see below), so we're discounting it accordingly
  • The All Tube recording chain at their 30th Street studios allowed Columbia's engineers to do some amazing work back then - here's the proof
  • 5 stars: "What is immedately noticeable upon listening to Miles Davis' classic first -- and only -- album with his original sextet is how deep the blues presence is on it. Though it's true that the album's title cut is rightfully credited with introducing modalism into jazz, and defining Davis' music for years to come, it is the sole selection of its kind on the record. The rest is all blues in any flavor you wish you call your own."
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Stanley Turrentine
Rough 'N Tumble

  (Item #: turrerough_1910_01) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • With two Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sides, we guarantee you've never heard this kind of life and energy on any other Stanley Turrentine album
  • It's rare for us to find New York label stereo pressings in audiophile playing condition, but here's one, and it simply takes the recording (and the music) to another level
  • This session boasts all the top players: Blue Mitchell, Pepper Adams, McCoy Tyner, Grant Green, Bob Cranshaw, and Mickey Roker and more
  • "...the star of the show is Turrentine, and his warmth and playing make this a necessity, especially for fans '60s pre-funk Blue Note jazz."
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John Klemmer
Touch

  (Item #: klemmtouch_2001) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With a stunning Triple Plus (A+++) side one and a solid Double Plus (A++) side two, this is an outstanding copy of the best MoFi title to ever hit the site - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Musically and sonically this is the pinnacle of Klemmer's smooth jazz - we know of none better
  • The best sounding Smooth (But Real) Jazz Album ever made, and the only vintage MoFi we know of that deserves a place in your collection
  • "Klemmer sets up the mellow grooves that we have come to associate with smooth jazz. But there are no cliche blues licks, none of the crap that players in this genre try to foist upon as "hip.""
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Art Pepper + Eleven
Modern Jazz Classics

  (Item #: peppemoder_2001) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This Must Own Art Pepper release earned outstanding Double Plus (A++) grades for sound - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • 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
  • 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 truly impressive, especially if all you know is the too modern OJC or the godawful Heavy Vinyl Analogue Productions reissue
  • A personal favorite - 5 stars: "This is a true classic. Essential music for all serious jazz collections."
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Art Pepper
Meets The Rhythm Section

  (Item #: peppemeets_2001) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • With two nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sides, this copy is close to the BEST we have ever heard, right up there with our Shootout Winner - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • The Contemporary stereo sound here is completely natural in all respects - rich, warm and smooth, the sound we love
  • Recorded in 1957 (the same year as Way Out West) by the legendary Roy DuNann, the sound is absolutely wonderful
  • 5 stars: "... this recording convinced [Pepper] that emotion was the paramount impulse of jazz performance... a diamond of recorded jazz history."
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Cannonball Adderley
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy!

  (Item #: addermercy_1905_7_01) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • Stunning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or very close to it on both sides of this 1965 release, one of the best copies from our shootout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • One of the man's most enjoyable albums - the sound here is bigger and livelier than others we played, and above all it's balanced, avoiding the problems we heard on so many other pressings
  • Joe Zawinul (Weather Report) wrote the title song, which became a big hit for Adderley (and later The Buckinghams), and he plays on the album
  • 5 Stars: "Adderley's irrepressible exuberance was a major part of his popularity, and no document captures that quality as well -- or with such tremendous musical rewards -- as Mercy, Mercy, Mercy."
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Sonny Rollins
What's New?

  (Item #: rolliwhatsn_1910_12) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • Two insanely good sounding sides, each earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades
  • This is vintage 1962 Living Stereo sound at its best - big, rich, relaxed, tonally correct and full of Tubey Magic - thanks Ray Hall!
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Rollins' characteristically huge tone, relentless harmonic and rhythmic inventiveness, and fierce solos were consistently impressive. Not only did he state the melody clearly and superbly, but his ideas and pacing were remarkable; no solo rambled and his phrases were lean, thick and furious."
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John Coltrane
A Love Supreme

  (Item #: coltrloves_1910_12) 

Our Price: $549.99

  • With two Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sides, this is a truly killer early stereo pressing - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Here's the explosive improvisational energy that made the album such a revelation in 1964 - copies of A Love Supreme that sound as good as this one are rare indeed
  • 5 stars: "Trane's classic quartet of Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, and Jimmy Garrison stepped into the studio and created one of the most thought-provoking, concise, and technically pleasing albums of their bountiful relationship (not to mention his best-selling to date)... It is almost impossible to imagine a world without A Love Supreme having been made, and it is equally impossible to imagine any jazz collection without it."
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Benny Carter
Further Definitions

  (Item #: cartefurth_1910_12) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • KILLER sound throughout for this original Impulse stereo pressing with each side earning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) grades - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • These sides are clean, clear, spacious and natural, yet overflowing with the rich, Tubey Magical sound of vintage ANALOG
  • There's not a chance in the world the current 180 gram reissue can hold a candle to this early stereo pressing
  • 5 stars: "The all-star group (which also includes Hawkins, altoist Phil Woods, Charlie Rouse on second tenor, pianist Dick Katz, guitarist John Collins, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Jo Jones) performs a particularly inspired repertoire. Carter's charts, which allow Hawkins to stretch out on "Body and Soul," give everyone a chance to shine. ...Very highly recommended."
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Cannonball Adderley
Cannonball's Bossa Nova

  (Item #: addercanno_1906_8_12) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An exceptionally rare and amazing sounding early stereo pressing - it boasts Triple Plus (A+++) sound from first note to last
  • These originals are by far the best way to go, in stereo of course, putting Cannonball's breathy, melodic sax right between your speakers, with the rest of the band - including Sergio Mendes on keys - spread out around him
  • Truly an undiscovered gem in the Adderley catalog - the audiophiles here at Better Records were digging both the music and especially the superb sound
  • Another top quality recording from the superbly talented Ray Fowler, the house engineer for Riverside and the man behind many of the best Thelonious Monk and Cannonball Adderley recordings done for that great jazz label
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Gerry Mulligan
Jeru

  (Item #: mullijeru_1902_5_8_12) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This Black Print 360 original stereo pressing from 1962 put every other copy we played to shame; Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it throughout
  • Tubier, more transparent, more dynamic, with that "jumpin' out of the speakers' quality that only The Real Thing (an old record) ever has
  • Hard to imagine any reissue, vintage or otherwise, can beat the sound of this LP - we sure couldn't find one
  • "Jeru flawlessly swings with a relaxed, throbbing, positive life force."
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Billie Holiday
All Or Nothing At All

  (Item #: holidallor_1908_1912) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An outstanding original pressing of Holiday's 1958 release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • This vintage pressing is well balanced, yet big and lively, with such wonderful clarity in the mids and highs as well as deep punchy bass and a big open and spacious soundfield
  • It's one of the better sounding Billie Holiday records we've heard, any guaranteed to beat any Heavy Vinyl reissue you've wasted your money on
  • 4 1/2 stars: "... features some of Billie Holiday's top Verve performances from the mid-'50s... she runs the emotional gamut from summery optimism to pathos-rich musings. Befitting her perennial after-hours mood, the majority of songs here feature Holiday in a low-down mood of the highest order."
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Dexter Gordon
Doin' Allright

  (Item #: gordodoina_1902_8_12) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This superb 1961 release by Dexter Gordon finally returns to the site, now with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • These early sides are rich, full-bodied and warm, yet clear and lively
  • A dynamic and energetic recording by Rudy Van Gelder that really jumps on a copy that sounds as good as this one does
  • 4 stars: "Gordon's Blue Note recordings led to his rediscovery. The tenor is teamed with the young trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, pianist Horace Parlan, bassist George Tucker, and drummer Al Harewood for a strong set of music..."
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John Coltrane
Soultrane

  (Item #: coltrsoult_1907_12ex) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This Prestige "stereo" pressing boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side one followed by an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side two
  • Unlike most versions of this album, these sides are full-bodied, relaxed, Tubey Magical and tonally correct
  • Here is the palpable jazz energy, the life of the music, that's sure to be missing from whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl pressing is being stamped out these days
  • "... a classic of the 20th century jazz canon and an essential point of reference in Coltrane's own tumultuous career.... this is the album on which Coltrane first emerged as the primary innovator of the jazz world, wielding an astonishing technical virtuosity and a blinding vision of the possibilities of the tenor sax."
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Art Pepper + Eleven
Modern Jazz Classics

  (Item #: peppemoder_1907_12) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Sonny Rollins
Alternate Takes

  (Item #: rollialter_1901_8_12) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding vintage pressing which earned solid Double Plus (A++) grades from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • If you want to know just how amazing some of the tracks recorded during the Way Out West sessions can sound, this is the album that can show you
  • Big, rich and Tubey Magical, here is the natural tonality that's the hallmark of the best Contemporary recordings by Roy DuNann in the '50s
  • 4 1/2 stars in the AMG: "Hard-swinging and frequently superb."
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Sonny Rollins
The Bridge

  (Item #: rollibridg_1912) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • With seriously good Double Plus (A++) grades or close to them on both sides, this gets the sound of Sonny's landmark release from 1962 right
  • This killer Living Stereo recording 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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Art Pepper
Smack Up

  (Item #: peppesmack_1912) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding vintage stereo pressing boasting Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This is a classic from Pepper - all the songs were written by saxophonists and he tears into them with gusto and naked emotion (both hallmarks of his playing style)
  • One of the best Contemporary titles for sound quality - as usual you can thank the brilliant engineering of Roy DuNann
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Pepper is very much on top of his game throughout, ably demonstrating a capacity for precision and intimidating passion. Nowhere is proof more readily available than on these sides, which project Pepper at the peak of his craft."
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Art Pepper
Meets The Rhythm Section

  (Item #: peppemeets_1909_12) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find very good Hot Stamper sound on both sides of this wonderful pressing - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Forget whatever dead-as-a-doornail Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - if you want to hear this wonderful album sound the way it is supposed to, a Hot Stamper pressing like this one is the way to go
  • Widely considered Art Pepper's masterpiece and we couldn't agree more
  • 5 stars: "... this recording convinced [Pepper] that emotion was the paramount impulse of jazz performance... a diamond of recorded jazz history."
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Herbie Hancock
My Point of View

  (Item #: hancomypoi_1912) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A wonderful sounding copy of Hancock's sophomore release from 1963 - this one earned Double Plus (A++) grades for sound or close to them on both sides
  • Grant Green on guitar and killer horn men (Hank Mobley on tenor, Grachan Moncur III on trombone, and Donald Byrd on trumpet) make this a special date indeed
  • As quiet a copy as you will ever find - this one plays Mint Minus to Mint Minus Minus throughout
  • "Hot on the heels of his debut album Takin’ Off Hancock piled on the punishment with another must-have recording, My Point of View. He assembled an astonishing septet for the sessions [which] gave him three brass voices to play with, the contrasting luminous flow of Grant Green, with free-swinging Anthony Williams and Chuck Israels at the anchor."
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Art Pepper
Meets The Rhythm Section

  (Item #: peppemeets_1908_10_12ex) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • Amazing Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on the second side and solid Double Plus (A++) on the first, this is one of the best copies to hit the site this year!
  • The stereo sound is incredibly rich and full with wonderful immediacy, a lovely breathy sax sound and none of the bloated bass and murky mids of the originals
  • Widely considered Art Pepper's masterpiece and we couldn't agree more
  • 5 stars: "... this recording convinced [Pepper] that emotion was the paramount impulse of jazz performance... a diamond of recorded jazz history."
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Sonny Rollins
Now's The Time

  (Item #: rollinowst_1902_6_12) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • A superb sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or better throughout - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Ray Hall once again engineered brilliantly for RCA - the Tubey Magical richness and dynamic energy of the sessions are here captured with audiophile quality sound
  • Forget the Classic Records reissue from the '90s and whatever Heavy Vinyl they're making now - it sure won't sound like this!
  • Features performances by Rollins with Herbie Hancock, Thad Jones, Ron Carter, Bob Cranshaw and Roy McCurdy on several bebop tunes
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Cannonball Adderley
Jump For Joy

  (Item #: adderjumpf_1910_12) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • An incredible sounding copy - this early stereo pressing boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • We were knocked out by the Tubey Magical midrange of this killer original, with all the saxophone's breath and bite you would expect to hear on an All Tube affair from 1958
  • This is precisely what is sure to be missing from whatever reissue has been made from the tapes (or, to be clear, a modern digital master copied from who-knows-what-tapes)
  • "Jump for Joy is Adderley's reinterpretation of a Duke Ellington stage musical from 1941... Hearing Adderley's often thrilling, always well-constructed alto sax improvisations over tunes like "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good" is reason enough for the album to exist..."
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Miles Davis
My Funny Valentine

  (Item #: davismyfun_1909_12) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An excellent early pressing offering solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - this is some Live Analog jazz from 1965 at its best
  • Thanks to the engineering of the legendary Fred Plaut, these sides here are big, full-bodied and spacious, with plenty of Columbia Tubey Magic
  • A wonderful live performance, showcasing the more lyrical side of Miles; an excellent lineup too -- George Coleman, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams
  • "This is relaxed session; there are no burning tracks here, but there is much in the way of precision playing and a fine exposition of Miles' expansive lyricism."
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Oliver Nelson
More Blues and the Abstract Truth

  (Item #: nelsomoreb_1909_12) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • Nelson's 1965 release makes its Hot Stamper debut with stunning Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound throughout - 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 album, a vintage pressing like this one is the only way to hear it
  • 4 stars: "... there are some strong moments from such all-stars as trumpeter Thad Jones, altoist Phil Woods, baritonist Pepper Adams, pianist Roger Kellaway and guest tenor Ben Webster (who is on two songs). The emphasis is on blues-based pieces and there are some strong moments even if the date falls short of its predecessor."
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John Coltrane
More Lasting Than Bronze

  (Item #: coltrmorel_1812_7_12) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This superb Prestige Two-Fer offer outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from top to bottom - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Compiled from two nearly complete Classic albums, Lush Life and Coltrane, this collection boasts masterful sound - thanks RVG!
  • Full-bodied, energetic, and tonally correct from top to bottom and, these pressings are guaranteed to bring Coltrane's music to life
  • "Rarely does a single performance uncover the essence of an artist with such aptness. The well-crafted melody is treated above all with dignity, which may be part of the reason it remains flawless."
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Cannonball Adderley
Somethin' Else

  (Item #: addersomet_1912) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • 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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Ben Webster
The Warm Moods

  (Item #: webstwarmm_1911) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent copy of this great jazz "plus strings" album starring our man Ben Webster - Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • The sound is rich, warm and full-bodied, with you-are-there immediacy and impressive dynamics - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • With a wonderful combination of material, performance, and sonics, this is a record you'll want to play again and again
  • If your collection could use some romantic jazz ballads, look no further, this is the album for you
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Ben Webster
Soulville

  (Item #: webstsoulv_1904_8_11) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • Outstanding sound throughout for this Verve Two-Fer set with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on all four sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Unlike the Speakers Corner versions from a few years back, this is the real thing, mastered by real pros, not audiophiles
  • This reissue combines the albums Soulville and Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson
  • With rave reviews for both albums, AMG lauds Soulville is, "one of the highlights of that golden '50s run," and notes the collaboration as "one of the jazz legend's all-time great records."
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Miles Davis
Kind of Blue

  (Item #: daviskindo_1908_11) 

Our Price: $599.99

  • A Shootout Winning copy with KILLER Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The embodiment of the big-as-life, spacious and timbrally accurate 30th Street Studio Sound Fred Plaut was justly famous for
  • Space, clarity, transparency, and in-the-room immediacy are some of the qualities to be found on this pressing - it's guaranteed to beat any copy you've ever heard
  • 5 stars: "KOB isn't merely an artistic highlight for Miles Davis, it's an album that towers above its peers, a record generally considered as the definitive jazz album, a universally acknowledged standard of excellence."
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Coleman Hawkins
Coleman Hawkins All Stars

  (Item #: hawkicolem_1902_6_11) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This vintage pressing of Hawkins' 1960 release boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • If you want to hear the Tubey Magic, size and energy of this wonderful session from 1960 recorded by none other than Rudy Van Gelder, this very pressing is the way to go
  • "Hawkins proves again and again why his sound is not only the epitome of jazz, but forever timeless... The demonstrative yet subtle Hawkins is in full flight here, with the equally elegant Thomas and naturally subdued Dickenson in lock step. What a joy they must have been to hear together at a club or concert date, if in fact it happened in this small-group setting."
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Jackie McLean
McLean's Scene

  (Item #: mcleamclea_1911_) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • McLean's 1959 release makes its Hot Stamper debut with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A++) sound on side one and an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side two - exceptionally quiet vinyl for the most part as well
  • Surprisingly rich, lively and clear, with plenty of space for this exceptional group to occupy
  • Credit must go to Rudy Van Gelder once again for capturing the swinging energy of this superbly sympathetic ensemble
  • 4 stars: "McLean never really copied Charlie Parker and was one of the first in his generation to develop his own sound."
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Billie Holiday
Music For Torching

  (Item #: holidmusic_1909_11) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An outstanding copy of Holiday's 1955 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • A superb recording of jazz standards with a great lineup and Billie in top form - plenty of Tubey Magic and especially breathy vocals as well
  • Great performances with stellar sound for It Had to Be You, Come Rain or Come Shine, A Fine Romance and too many more to list
  • "The overall feeling on this 1955 recording is strictly after-hours: the party is long over but a few close friends remain for nightcaps and, is that the sun peeking through the windows?"
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Bud Shank
And the Sax Section

  (Item #: shankandth_1902_7_11) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This stellar copy of Bud Shank's 1966 release boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - open, lively and dynamic throughout
  • Full, rich, and spacious with tons of Tubey Magic and, better yet, never dry, hard or transistory -- true DEMO DISC QUALITY sound
  • An absolutely amazing recording engineered by none other than Bruce Botnick - the sound of multiple saxes playing these lively arrangements is music to our ears
  • "... the album works, largely because of Bob Florence's arrangements and the shrewd doubling of the baritone and bass sax parts, which give the charts heft at the bottom... The overall sound remains wonderfully reedy and flighty."
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Cannonball Adderley
Cannonball's Bossa Nova

  (Item #: addercanno_1906_10) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An exceptionally rare and superb sounding early stereo pressing - it boasts Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from the first note to last
  • These originals are by far the best way to go, in stereo of course, putting Cannonball's breathy, melodic sax right between your speakers, with the rest of the band - including Sergio Mendes on keys - spread out around him
  • Truly an undiscovered gem in the Adderley catalog - the audiophiles here at Better Records were digging both the music and especially the superb sound
  • Another top quality recording from the superbly talented Ray Fowler, the house engineer for Riverside and the man behind many of the best Thelonious Monk and Cannonball Adderley recordings done for that great jazz label
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Benny Carter
Further Definitions

  (Item #: cartefurth_1910_1) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • An outstanding pressing of Further Definitions, boasting solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish, with vinyl close to as quiet as any we can find
  • These sides are clean, clear, spacious and natural, yet overflowing with the rich, Tubey Magical sound of vintage ANALOG
  • There's not a chance in the world the current 180 gram reissue can hold a candle to this early stereo pressing
  • 5 stars: "The all-star group (which also includes Hawkins, altoist Phil Woods, Charlie Rouse on second tenor, pianist Dick Katz, guitarist John Collins, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Jo Jones) performs a particularly inspired repertoire. Carter's charts, which allow Hawkins to stretch out on "Body and Soul," give everyone a chance to shine. ...Very highly recommended."
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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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John Coltrane/Don Cherry
The Avant-Garde

  (Item #: coltravant_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This superb 1966 collaboration makes its Hot Stamper debut with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • These sides are doing pretty much everything right - they're cleaner and clearer, with better bass, more energy, more presence, and on and on
  • 4 stars: "Coltrane's integration into this band works with some extraordinarily fresh results. Neither Cherry nor Coltrane makes any radical departures on this album; however, it's the ability of each to complement the other both in terms of modal style and -- perhaps more importantly -- texture that lends heavily to the success of these sides. "
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Sonny Rollins
What's New?

  (Item #: rolliwhatsn_1910_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of this superb pressing
  • This is vintage 1962 Living Stereo sound at its best - big, rich, relaxed, tonally correct and full of Tubey Magic - thanks Ray Hall!
  • Damn quiet for a Black Label stereo original - it plays Mint Minus Minus and has no audible marks of any kind
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Rollins' characteristically huge tone, relentless harmonic and rhythmic inventiveness, and fierce solos were consistently impressive. Not only did he state the melody clearly and superbly, but his ideas and pacing were remarkable; no solo rambled and his phrases were lean, thick and furious."
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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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Billie Holiday
Music For Torching

  (Item #: holidmusic_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Holiday's 1955 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl on side one too
  • A superb recording of jazz standards with a great lineup and Billie in top form - plenty of Tubey Magic and especially breathy vocals as well
  • Great performances with stellar sound for It Had to Be You, Come Rain or Come Shine, A Fine Romance and too many more to list
  • "The overall feeling on this 1955 recording is strictly after-hours: the party is long over but a few close friends remain for nightcaps and, is that the sun peeking through the windows?"
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Benny Carter
Swingin' the '20s

  (Item #: carteswing_1907_1_1910_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • With superb sides rating Double Plus (A++) or BETTER, this Contemporary pressing was one of the best we played in our shootout
  • These excellent sides are so much bigger and more open, with more bass and energy - the saxes and trumpets are immediate and lively
  • Mr. Earl Hines himself showed up, a man who knows this music like nobody's business - Leroy Vinnegar and Shelly Manne round out the quartet
  • "Great musicians produce great results, and most of the LP's tracks were done in one or two takes. The result is 'a spontaneous, swinging record of what happened' when Carter met Hines 'for the first time. . . .'"
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Oliver Nelson
More Blues and the Abstract Truth

  (Item #: nelsomoreb_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy of Nelson's 1964 release with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • If you love hearing INTO a recording, actually being able to "see" the performers, and feeling as if you are sitting in the studio with the band, this is the record for you
  • 4 stars: "... there are some strong moments from such all-stars as trumpeter Thad Jones, altoist Phil Woods, baritonist Pepper Adams, pianist Roger Kellaway and guest tenor Ben Webster (who is on two songs)."
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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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Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto
Getz - Gilberto #2

  (Item #: getz_getz_gilberto_2_1910) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An outstanding copy with Double Plus (A++) Live Jazz sound from start to finish
  • This original stereo pressing is one of just a few to make it to the site in years - boy are these hard to find in this kind of clean condition with good quality sonics
  • Rich, tubey and musical, the sound is wonderful for these live performances of two very different groups, one featuring Getz, the other Jobim
  • 4 stars: "Getz/Gilberto #2 holds its own with an appealing selection of fine jazz and bossa nova cuts."
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Shelly Manne
2-3-4

  (Item #: manne234_1910_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • This superb 1962 release boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) stereo sound from first note to last
  • Huge, Tubey Magical and lively, with solid weight for Manne's kick and lots of space around all the other instruments, this Van Gelder recording is guaranteed to fill your listening room with brilliant modern jazz music
  • Shelly Manne is one of our favorite drummers - here he reunites with the great Coleman Hawkins, as well as Hank Jones, Eddie Costa and George Duvivier
  • 4 stars: "This unusual set has five selections from a date featuring the great tenor Coleman Hawkins, pianist Hank Jones, bassist George Duvivier, and drummer Shelly Manne... A very interesting set with more than its share of surprises."
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Gene Ammons
Blue Gene

  (Item #: ammonblueg_1904_7_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This wonderful Prestige recording from 1958 boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • One of the best sounding Ammons records we know of - it's huge, rich and Tubey Magical, with a solid bottom end and energy to beat them all
  • Clean and clear and open are nice qualities to have, but rich and full are harder to come by on this record - this pressing has it all
  • "Some ballad performances in his oeuvre are a testament to an exceptional sense of intonation and melodic symmetry, powerful lyrical expressiveness, and mastery both of the blues and the bebop vernacular that can now be described as, in its own way, 'classical.'"
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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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Sonny Rollins & Coleman Hawkins
Sonny Meets Hawk

  (Item #: rollisonny_1811_7_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With a seriously good Double Plus (A++) side two and a side one that's close to it, this copy is going to be tough to beat
  • Exceptionally big, rich and Tubey Magical, here is the natural tonality that's a hallmark of Living Stereo in 1963
  • Amazing music from two saxophone masters on one of the most exciting jazz records we've heard in some time
  • 4 stars: "Coleman Hawkins and Sonny Rollins each virtually defined the tenor saxophone for his respective generation. To hear the two of them interacting freely is a deliciously exciting experience. Hawkins is able to cut loose like never before. "
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Milt Jackson & John Coltrane
Bags & Trane

  (Item #: jacksbagsa_1812_5_10) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • You'll find outstanding sound on this vintage stereo pressing, with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) sonic grades and playing fairly quietly
  • One of Tom Dowd's many excellent recordings of John Coltrane at the height of his powers - the sound is to die for
  • If you think the originals of Classic Jazz Albums such as this one are the only ones with the "right sound," this Hot Stamper pressing will surely be a revelation - it's guaranteed to MURDER any early pressing you play it against
  • 5 stars: "Vibraphonist Milt Jackson and tenor saxophonist John Coltrane make for a surprisingly complementary team on this 1959 studio session, their only joint recording."
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Dave Brubeck
Countdown - Time In Outer Space

  (Item #: brubecount_1906_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A KILLER 6-Eye original stereo pressing of this wonderful recording, with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound on side one, followed by an outstanding Double Plus (A++) side two
  • An incredibly Tubey Magical disc, exactly what would be expected with Teo Macero producing and Fred Plaut engineering in the Jazz Golden Age
  • Reasonably quiet playing surfaces considering that we're dealing here with a more than 50 year old Six Eye Columbia pressing
  • 4 Stars: "One of Dave Brubeck's more adventurous albums... Highly recommended along with Brubeck's other Time recordings."
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Shorty Rogers
Bossa Nova Exciting Jazz Samba Rhythms

  (Item #: rogerbossa_1910) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • 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
  • Rogers assembled a top-notch ensemble for his Bossa Nova album, including Bud Shank and Shelly Manne
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Paul Desmond & Gerry Mulligan
Two Of A Mind

  (Item #: desmotwoof_1901_6_8ex) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • A superb sounding vintage Living stereo pressing, this one earned Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides
  • If you're looking to demonstrate just how good 1962 All Tube Analog sound can be, this is the record that can do it
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Desmond and Mulligan always made for a perfect team during their infrequent collaborations. Both of the saxophonists had immediately distinctive light tones, strong wits, and the ability to improvise melodically. ... the interplay between Desmond and Mulligan is consistently delightful."
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Sonny Rollins & Coleman Hawkins
Sonny Meets Hawk

  (Item #: rollisonny_1903_7_9) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With a Triple Plus (A+++) shootout winning side one and a Double Plus (A++) side two, this copy is practically as good as it gets
  • Exceptionally big, rich and Tubey Magical, here is the natural tonality that's a hallmark of Living Stereo in 1963
  • Amazing music from two saxophone masters on one of the most exciting jazz records we've heard in some time
  • 4 stars: "Coleman Hawkins and Sonny Rollins each virtually defined the tenor saxophone for his respective generation. To hear the two of them interacting freely is a deliciously exciting experience. Hawkins is able to cut loose like never before. "
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Gene Ammons/Sonny Stitt
Prime Cuts

  (Item #: ammonprime_1909) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This copy of Ammons and Stitt's 1972 soulful mainstream bop collaboration boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on all four sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • Remarkable Tubey Magical richness, as well as the kind of immediacy and transparency that most copies failed to match
  • We've known this was a great sounding record for a very long time, and now we have the copy to prove it
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt always made for a perfect team... The two tenors (with Stitt doubling on alto) are heard at their most combative during these consistently exciting performances"
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John Coltrane
On A Misty Night

  (Item #: coltronami_1909) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • This copy of Coltrane's superb compilation of two complete, rare mono dates boasts outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it an all four sides - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • 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
  • This copy excelled in the area of real analog richness, which is the one quality that makes the '50s sound like the '50s
  • 4 stars: "Coltrane incorporates a wider range of sound to a tremendous emotional effect.... [he] give[s] the performance a bit of a lift that may be part of the reason for its well-deserved placement in the rarefied strata of Coltrane's most revered works."
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Art Pepper
... The Way It Was

  (Item #: peppethewa_1909_2) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding pressing boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • It’s airy, open, and spacious with superb clarity and an extended top end - the beautiful reading of Autumn Leaves on side two is demo disk quality
  • Excellent music, including numerous tracks featuring renowned tenor Warne Marsh
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Despite his very erratic lifestyle, altoist Art Pepper never made a bad record. The first four titles team together Pepper with tenor-saxophonist Warne Marsh... for generally intriguing explorations of four standards..."
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Sonny Rollins
Alternate Takes

  (Item #: rollialter_1901_5_9) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A stunning sounding copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • One of our favorite Sonny Rollins records for sound - both sides here are incredibly big, full-bodied and Tubey Magical
  • 4 1/2 stars: "This LP contains alternate versions of selections from two famous Sonny Rollins albums: Way out West and Sonny Rollins and the Contemporary Leaders. These "new" renditions of "I'm an Old Cowhand," "Come, Gone," "Way out West" "The Song Is You," "You" and "I've Found a New Baby" hold their own against the classic versions. ...the music is hard-swinging and frequently superb."
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Jackie McLean
A Long Drink of the Blues

  (Item #: mclealongd_1904_9) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb sound throughout with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Shockingly good All Tube Mono sound from 1957 courtesy of Rudy Van Gelder, and the high-rez, tonally correct and wide-bandwidth mastering brings out even the most subtle nuances of the sound of this superb sextet
  • McLean's sax is joined on the first side by Curtis Fuller on trombone and Webster Young on Trumpet
  • 4 stars: "Although not quite as intense as McLean's later Blue Note dates, the ballad renditions show just how mature and original a soloist he was even at this early stage."
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Joe Gordon
Lookin' Good!

  (Item #: gordolooki_1909_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding copy of Gordon's sophomore release, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER throughout - fairly quiet vinyl too
  • The transparency and clarity on this vintage pressing are wonderful -- you can easily appreciate every last subtlety of the recording
  • Gordon's trumpet sounds wonderful here, with just the right amount of bite
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Gordon wrote all eight of the selections and is joined by adventurous but obscure altoist Jimmy Woods, pianist Dick Whittington, bassist Jimmy Bond, and drummer Milt Turner... An excellent effort that hints at what might have been had Joe Gordon lived."
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Sonny Rollins
Rollins Plays For Bird

  (Item #: rolliplays_1901_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Superb Double Plus (A++) sound throughout making this one of the better copies from our most recent shootout
  • Both sides are super clean, clear and full-bodied with a lovely bottom end
  • It's beyond difficult to find good sound for the music of Charlie Parker, but this Sonny Rollins Hot Stamper LP gives you just that for some of Bird's music, backed with excellent performances!
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Gerry Mulligan
Jeru

  (Item #: mullijeru_1901_1908) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • This Black Print 360 original stereo pressing put most copies we played to shame with wonderful Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Tubier, more transparent, more dynamic, with that "jumpin' out of the speakers' quality that only The Real Thing (an old record) ever has
  • Hard to imagine any reissue, vintage or otherwise, can beat the sound of this LP - we sure couldn't find one
  • "Jeru flawlessly swings with a relaxed, throbbing, positive life force."
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John Coltrane
The Stardust Session

  (Item #: coltrstard_1903_1908) 

Our Price: $129.99

  • An excellent copy of this Coltrane double album - recorded in one day! - with all four sides rating Double Plus (A++) or close to it - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Spacious, open, transparent, rich and sweet, it's a remarkable disc from the Golden Age of Jazz with the benefits brought about by lower-distortion, wider-bandwidth cutting equipment in the '70s
  • Superb sound quality courtesy of Rudy van Gelder's engineering (1958/1963) and the talented mastering of David Turner at Fantasy (1972)
  • 4 Stars: "...Coltrane is heard near the end of his 'sheets of sound' period, perfecting his distinctive style and taking colorful and aggressive solos."
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Sonny Rollins
The Standard Sonny Rollins

  (Item #: rollistand_1904_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This superb original stereo pressing of The Standard Sonny Rollins from 1965 boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • Once again the brilliant engineering of Ray Hall for RCA conveys the vitality of live music for these sessions (which were undoubtedly recorded live)
  • Includes superstars like Herbie Hancock, Jim Hall, and Bob Cranshaw, who've lent their talents to some of the greatest jazz recordings of all time
  • Allmusic user rating: 4 stars - "Like The Sound Of Sonny some eight years ago, here’s another classic standard album from The Saxophone Colossus that will remain as bright and timeless as ever."
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Illinois Jacquet
How High The Moon

  (Item #: jacquhowhi_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This superb Prestige Two-Fer boasts outstanding double plus (A++) sound on all four sides - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • Compiled from four Jacquet albums released in 1968 and 1969, including favorites like "Bottoms Up,"The Blues; That's Me", and "The King"
  • Jacquet is one of the creators of the big, soulful tenor sax sound - I know of no one who plays the style better
  • "... a fine sampler to Jacquet's music... it features Illinois in a variety of settings (ranging from a quartet to a mini-big band)..."
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John Coltrane
Coltrane Jazz

  (Item #: coltrcoltrane_jazz_1908) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • A superb sounding copy of Coltrane's brilliant sixth studio album, with solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • This pressing captures the classic Coltrane sound that Tom Dowd and Phil Iehle achieved in the studio in 1961, with plenty of the Tubey Magic that makes a vintage jazz album like this one such a special listening experience
  • It's the rare pressing that isn't mediocre if not outright awful - it took us a long time to find the right stampers for this one (and plenty of other Coltrane albums too)
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The first album to hit the shelves after Giant Steps... While not the groundbreaker that Giant Steps was, Coltrane Jazz was a good consolidation of his gains as he prepared to launch into his peak years of the 1960s."
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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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Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis & Johnny Griffin
Live At Mintons

  (Item #: davislivea_1908) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • The First Set makes it to the site with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Three-dimensional space and ambience, with Tubey Magic by the boatload - this is guaranteed to be one of the better sounding live jazz records you've heard
  • Rudy Van Gelder was masterful at this is the kind of spacious, low-distortion, dynamic, energetic sound
  • "Griffin and Davis, competitive tenors with different sounds, battle each other... Exciting music that deserves to be made more widely available." [And here is a wonderful copy ripe for the taking.]
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John Coltrane
John Coltrane

  (Item #: coltrjohnc_1972_1905_1907) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • This Prestige 2 disc set from 1972 has very good Hot Stamper sound on three sides and even better Double Plus (A++) sound on the 4th
  • Combining Traneing In and Soultrane, this album gives you some of the best of Coltrane's late '50s music, complete in every way
  • Four Stars for Soultrane: "Not indicative of the quality of this set is the observation that, because of the astounding Coltrane solo works that both precede and follow Soultrane -- most notably Lush Life and Blue Train -- the album has perhaps not been given the exclusive attention it so deserves."
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Coleman Hawkins
Coleman Hawkins All Stars

  (Item #: hawkicolem_1902_1_1907) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding copy of Holeman Hawkins All Stars boasts solid Double Plus (A++) grades or BETTER on both sides - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This vintage pressing is well balanced, yet big and lively, with such wonderful clarity in the mids and highs as well as deep punchy bass and a big open and spacious soundfield
  • "Hawkins proves again and again why his sound is not only the epitome of jazz, but forever timeless... The demonstrative yet subtle Hawkins is in full flight here, with the equally elegant Thomas and naturally subdued Dickenson in lock step. What a joy they must have been to hear together at a club or concert date, if in fact it happened in this small-group setting."
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Paul Desmond
Bridge Over Troubled Water

  (Item #: desmobridg_1904_1907) 

Our Price: $74.99

  • Superb sound throughout with both sides earning solid Double Plus (A++) grades of BETTER
  • This pressing was noticeably richer, smoother and more natural than the competition - it's also a big step up over many of the other CTI pressings of the man's albums we've played
  • Desmond's sax is wonderfully present and breathy, and a copy with top grades like these is surely the best way to hear Don Sebesky's wonderful strings with all their satiny sheen intact
  • "Desmond finds something beautiful, wistful, and/or sly to say in each of these ten tunes, backed by Herbie Hancock's Rhodes electric piano and a set of ravishing, occasionally overstated (as in "America") orchestrations by Don Sebesky."
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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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Sonny Stitt and Paul Gonsalves
Salt and Pepper

  (Item #: stittsalta_1903_1907) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • You'll find Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it from start to finish on this excellent pressing
  • This copy is hard to fault - big, open, clear, with space and three-dimensionality that modern pressings can only dream of
  • Van Gelder was masterful at the kind of spacious, dynamic, energetic sound found on this vintage pressing
  • "[Stitt's] beautiful playing behind Gonsalves' warm melody statement raises the session to the classic level."
  • 4 1/2 stars: "An exciting match-up of tenors Sonny Stitt and Paul Gonsalves... Highly recommended to bebop and straight-ahead jazz fans."
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Bud Shank
And the Sax Section

  (Item #: shankandth_1902_1906) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • A superb sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound or close to it on both sides
  • Clean, clear, spacious, dynamic and, better yet, never dry, hard or transistory
  • The sound of multiple saxes playing these lively arrangements is music to our ears
  • An absolutely amazing recording engineered by none other than Bruce Botnick
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Dave Brubeck
Countdown - Time In Outer Space

  (Item #: brubecount_1901_1906) 

Our Price: $49.99

  • Another wonderful Black Print 360 Columbia stereo pressing from Brubeck and company, with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides
  • Golden Age Tubey Magical jazz sound, exactly what would be expected with Teo Macero producing and Fred Plaut engineering
  • Reasonably quiet playing surfaces considering that we're dealing here with a vintage Columbia pressing
  • 4 Stars: "One of Dave Brubeck's more adventurous albums... Highly recommended along with Brubeck's other Time recordings."
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Paul Quinichette
On The Sunny Side

  (Item #: quinionthe_1708_1905-) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • Both sides of this long out of print OJC title boast lively, big and clear Double Plus (A++) sound quality
  • With three saxophones and a trombone, this is a fresh combination that really brings out the best in all the players during this Prestige jam session, a format for which they are justly famous
  • I raved about this album when it was in print many years ago - it's solidly swinging jazz that belongs in your collection
  • Allmusic 4 Stars: "Waldron's three originals (highlighted by "Cool-Lypso") allow plenty of room for swinging, and Quinichette (who also performs "On the Sunny Side of the Street") sounds comfortable interacting with the younger musicians. An enjoyable and underrated release."
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Johnny Hodges / Wild Bill Davis
Blue Rabbit

  (Item #: hodgebluer_1810_1904-) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • You'll find oustanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this superb 1964 release
  • Full, lively, and solid, this copy has just the right sound for this collection of carefree, loose jazz tracks
  • Thanks to Val Valentin's brilliant engineering, every song here sounds better than you imagined
  • "One of altoist Johnny Hodges' many solo records in the 1960s... Tasty and swinging music." - Allmusic
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Cannonball Adderley
In San Francisco

  (Item #: adderinsan_1805_1904) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last on this groundbreaking live jazz album - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • The sound on this Riverside Stereo LP is shockingly good for a live album, and the vinyl is as quiet as we can find it
  • Cannonball joins forces here with his brother, cornetist Nat Adderley, at The Jazz Workshop in San Francisco, to create an album Orrin Keepnews lauded as, "the birth of contemporary live recording"
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Both Cannonball and Nat Adderley play with stunning, bluesy brilliance here... Outside of Somethin' Else, Adderley's 1958 masterpiece, In San Francisco may be the saxophonist's defining moment."
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Johnny Hodges / Wild Bill Davis
Wings & Things

  (Item #: hodgewings_1901) 

Our Price: $49.99

  • Wings & Things finally arrives on the site with outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • The 1965 stereo sound here is clear, open and highly resolving, yet still rich, warm and smooth
  • This vintage Verve LP boasts the Tubey Magic of the originals without the problems that make most originals much less involving
  • "The group always swings, and it is interesting to hear Hodges in this setting."
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Paul Desmond & Gerry Mulligan
Two Of A Mind

  (Item #: desmotwoof_1803_1805) 

Our Price: $49.99

  • A superb sounding vintage Living stereo pressing, this one earned Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • If you're looking to demonstrate just how good 1962 All Tube Analog can sound, this is the record that will do it
  • There are serious condition issues on the first track of side one, so the price has been reduced significantly
  • 4 1/2 Stars: "Desmond and Mulligan always made for a perfect team during their infrequent collaborations. Both of the saxophonists had immediately distinctive light tones, strong wits, and the ability to improvise melodically. ... the interplay between Desmond and Mulligan is consistently delightful."
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