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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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if it is an oddity that is the only wrong thing about the record.
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cover damage or wear as noted above, or strictly cosmetic flaws.
RCA best of from the late 70's, featuring a number of cuts that were on earlier Flying Dutchman records by Lonnie! The whole set's a motherlode of spacey spiritual grooves, with 8 great tracks: "Expansions", "Love Beams", "A Song Of Love", "Meditations", ... LP, Vinyl record album
Shorty Rogers courts Count Basie – but he does so in a way that's definitely all his own! The material may have Basie roots, but the overall execution is Shorty at his early 50s best – in a way that makes the album one of his strongest for RCA at the time – and that's saying a ... LP, Vinyl record album
A further chapter in the big band years of JJ Johnson – heard here at a point when JJ was pushing his ensemble even more than before, with a fluid groove that almost matches the energy of similar groups on MPS at the time! There's a real undercurrent of hipness going on in the record – ... LP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful set of pulpy groovers from Mundell Lowe – leading an incredible combo of players on well known action themes from the late 50s! The set has a really great lineup, with Donald Byrd on trumpet, Jimmy Cleveland on trombone, Eddie Costa on piano, and Tony Scott on clarinet and ... LP, Vinyl record album
A key record in the career of saxophone genius Harold Vick – one of our favorite players ever! Vick is a tremendous talent – the kind of guy we want to build memorials to, reissue albums by, and rewrite jazz history books so that every one knows how wonderful his work truly is. This ... LP, Vinyl record album
A classic bit of choppy Italian fusion, recorded by this once-prog band during a point when they were tightening up their groove a bit. Claudio Fasoli plays tenor, and the great Franco D'Andrea plays Fender Rhodes and synth. Cuts include "Tamale", "Periplus", "Yellow ... LP, Vinyl record album
Groundbreaking work on vibes by Gary Burton – recorded in a setting that's live and open, yet quite groovy too! There's a rhythmic freeness that marks the set from the very first note – lessons learned from the generation of Ornette, yet taken in new direction – and definitely ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of Barney Kessel's greatest albums ever – a rare Italian-only session that has a sparkly Brazilian groove! The record was recorded in Rome in 1970, and it's got Kessel's guitar fronting a combo with organ and some very tight percussion – all dancing around in a fast samba mode that' ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of Blakey's best non-Blue Note sides from the time – and a killer album that sports a late 50's lineup of the Jazz Messengers that included Jackie McLean, Johnny Griffin, and Bill Hardman. The three of them sparkle and shine with the sort of brilliance that Blakey's leadership brings to ... LP, Vinyl record album
Excellent Kudu work from one of the greatest organists of the 70s – a player who really stretched out and opened up his groove during the decade! Johnny Hammond was also known as Johnny Hammond Smith back in the 60s – but by the time of his legendary run at Kudu/CTI, he'd hit a much ... LP, Vinyl record album