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Vinyl should be very clean, but can have less luster than near mint.
Should still shine under a light, but one or two marks may show up when tilted.
Can have a few small marks that may show up easily, but which do not affect play at all. Most marks of this quality will disappear when the record is tilted, and will not be felt with the back of a fingernail.
This is the kind of record that will play "near mint", but which will have
some signs of use (although not major ones).
May have slight surface noise when played.
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cover damage or wear as noted above, or strictly cosmetic flaws.
An RCA classic from Shorty – one that features an expanded version of his Giants group, running through some of the best compositions of Richard Rogers! The gimmick of the twin Rogers in the title notwithstanding, the album's a pretty tight little set – as Shorty's leading an all-star ... LP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful record from Gato Barbieri – almost a return to more traditional forms, but still graced with the searching, burning quality that made most of his early 70s sides so great! The tracks are all long and exploratory – and have Gato blowing with that tremendous tenor tone – ... LP, Vinyl record album
In the early 70s, pianist Chris McGregor was one of the leading lights of the British jazz scene – an expatriot South African living in London, whose work with the legendary group The Blue Notes was steeped in an African rhythmic traditions! This seminal work from 1971 shows how much ... LP, Vinyl record album
An early album from French Hammond hero Lou Bennett – playing organ here in a trio setting, on titles that include "Blues Valse", "Le Vrai Blues", "Les Voiliers", "Soleil De Minuit", "Verte Campagne", "Clementine", and "Tendremen ... LP, Vinyl record album
The follow up to RCA's Drum Suite LP which featured arrangements by Mannie Albam and Ernie Wilkins, this is a similarly swinging large group affair, with arrangements by Al Cohn, and a host of great drummers in the large rhythm section: Mel Lewis, Don Lamond, Jimmy Cobb, Charlie Persip, Louis ... LP, Vinyl record album
A lost treasure from French tenor genius Guy Lafitte – a hell of a player from the postwar years, but one who was virtually unknown in the US! Lafitte's got a really classic sound on his horn – clearly inspired by Ben Webster and Lester Young, but handled with phrasing that's freshly ... LP, Vinyl record album
A relatively mellow album of work from Red Norvo – but one that expands his trio sound of the 50s into a quintet, as you might guess from the title! Red's working here with a group that includes the great Jimmy Wyble on guitar, plus Robert Drasnin on flute, clarinet, and alto, Bob Carter on ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the best sessions cut by Kai and JJ during the 50's, and a good live session with a lot looser feel than some of their studio sessions – which tend to be a bit restrained. The rhythm section features Dick Katz, Al Harewood, and Peck Morrison – but the main solos are held by Kai ... LP, Vinyl record album
The first album ever recorded by this obscure blind female pianist! The set has great original compositions that have a nice deep soul jazz feel – and players include Vincet McEwen on trumpet, Frank Perowsky on tenor, and a young Robin Kenyatta on alto sax – who comes off with some ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of Charles Mingus' true classics – and an essential album in any jazz collection! This 1959 gem was recorded by Mingus at a key point in his career – when he was rising from the jazz underground into the ranks of America's elite jazzmen, penning some of the most challenging work of ... LP, Vinyl record album
An excellent Clarke Boland Big Band LP – very much in the spirit of the group's best work of the era – one that uses the blues of the title merely as springboard for their ebullient big band groove! The album featuring a stellar array of soloists, including Tony Coe on clarinet, Sahib ... LP, Vinyl record album
Early genius from Jimmy Heath – a set that displays both his talents on the tenor sax, and his growing role as a jazz arranger! The style here is still relatively simple – with Heath's saxophone offset by a range of brass players who include Donald Byrd on trumpet, Julius Watkins on ... LP, Vinyl record album