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Should still be very shiny under a light, even with slight amount of dust on surface.
One or two small marks that would make an otherwise near perfect record slightly less so.
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May have some flaws and discoloration in the vinyl, but only those that would be
intrinsic to the pressing. These should disappear when the record is tilted under
the light, and will only show up when looking straight at the record.
(Buddah and ABC pressings from the 70's are a good example of this.)
May have some slight marks from aging of the paper sleeve on the vinyl.
Possible minor surface noise when played.
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One of Sun Ra's best non-Saturn live sets of the 70s – a nice little record that shows the group mixing it up with equal parts avant garde and straight ahead jazz, all handled in that ever-growing large group style that made them a real force to be reckoned with in a concert setting! The ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the last sessions Oliver Nelson ever recorded – a genius batch of work recorded for the Japanese East Wind label, and maybe one of his greatest albums ever! The set's a wonderful link between the sophisticated large group sounds that Nelson did for Impulse Records in the 60s, and some ... LP, Vinyl record album
An icy set of tunes from Charlie – recorded in Germany with one of his electric 70s ensembles. Rainer Brunighaus plays a host of keyboards, Barre Phillips plays bass, and the album sports some tabla and percussion from Trilok Gurtu. The overall sound is pretty nice – tightly jamming ... LP, Vinyl record album
Hard driving work by Ted Curson! Jubilant Power is a pretty apt title for the set – played with a celebratory fire – combining the freer loft-style playing of his late 70s American work, with some of the tighter grooving rhythmic approaches of his early 70s sides in France. Chris ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the few non-Polish albums issued by Polish alto genius Zbigniew Namyslowski – a really great player who rarely got any Western exposure during the Soviet era! The set's got a tight funky fusion feel – reeds mixed with Fender Rhodes, bass, and drums – all in a blend of ... LP, Vinyl record album
The last work ever recorded by pianist Elmo Hope – one of the most brilliant modernist talents of his generation, right up there with Monk and Herbie Nichols for sheer inventiveness! The material here shows Hope still burning brightly in the last years of his life – hitting the keys of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Rare material from the great Lennie Tristano – a host of tracks that sit perfectly with his two landmark albums for Atlantic Records – and which maybe even push the envelope a bit more as well! The material is all from the 50s and early 60s – and is pulled together here in an ... LP, Vinyl record album
A quirky little session from Ken McIntyre – one of his few great records after his re-emergence in the mid 70s. The album features McIntyre's Vibrations group – a sextet with trumpeter Terumasa Hino firmly in the lead, and featuring work by Andy Vega on conga, Andrei Strobert on ... LP, Vinyl record album
A tight little record – with a strong focus on Al Cohn's solo work! Al's the lead soloist in a number of largish groups that are often tightly arranged, but which let the leader break out nicely – cutting with an edge on his tenor that's sometimes even sharper than usual. Cohn handled ... LP, Vinyl record album
Lonnie Liston Smith grooves it hard here with his Cosmic Echoes group – mixing in a stronger dose of soul than ever before, yet still giving tracks a righteous feel overall! The approach here is a bit like that of Roy Ayers work from the 70s – still jazzy at its core and conception, ... LP, Vinyl record album