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One or two small marks that would make an otherwise near perfect record slightly less so.
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the light, and will only show up when looking straight at the record.
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May have some slight marks from aging of the paper sleeve on the vinyl.
Possible minor surface noise when played.
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An amazing Impulse debut from Archie Shepp – easily one of his boldest musical statements ever, and a key announcement to the world that a new generation of modernists was on the rise! The album was co-produced by John Coltrane – who brought Shepp to the label, and almost gets out-done ... LP, Vinyl record album
A strong French session from 1969 – one in which Lacy gets back to his roots with a bunch of Monk compositions – working in the angular mode that first helped him get modern in the late 50s, after starting his career as a trad jazz player. The group on the set features JF Jenny-Clark ... LP, Vinyl record album
An early gem from the great Clifford Thornton – maybe his best-known album over the years, thanks to its placement on the post-68 series of French free jazz releases on the BYG/Actuel label – but a set that's got a much more New York vibe overall, and stands as a key precursor to so ... LP, Vinyl record album
An early batch of tracks from French arranger Claude Bolling – probably best known for his later "jazz meets classical" work, but heard here in a great straight set from the 50s! The album features Bolling at the head of a largeish group that features Parisian players Roger Guerin, ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the late 60s killers for Prestige by reedman Eric Kloss – sublime material that was every bit as great as some of the bigger-name work for the label, but never really got its due! Kloss is sharper and more focused here than in later years – starting with a hardbop groove, but ... LP, Vinyl record album
Dark genius from keyboardist Bob James – one of his seminal 70s classics for CTI! The album follows strongly in the spirit of the records One and Two – using James' spacious approach to Fender Rhodes alongside some backings that are electric, yet have an earthily funky quality that ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sharp-edged John Coltrane at his best – a record that we'd rank right up there with Love Supreme, and which is a key transition point in Coltrane's musical ideas! There's a very strong edge to Coltrane's tone here – and even on the mellower ballads, he plays with a sound not always ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the few live recordings ever done by Horace Silver during his Blue Note years – a real surprise, considering what a crowd pleaser he was at the time! The set catches Horace working with that great quintet that graced most of his best early Blue Notes – with Blue Mitchell on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nice one cut by this all-Detroit group that includes Barry Harris, Charles Greenlee, Roy Brooks, and Vishnu Wood. The session was issued only in Japan, as part of East/West's "soundphile series" of Direct Disk recordings. The material has a nice soulful sound to it, and Greenlee's solos ... LP, Vinyl record album
David Murray is on tenor here – in a great group that features Lester Bowie on trumpet, Fred Hopkins on bass, and Phillip Wilson on drums! The recording has a good raw quality, and features 2 extended loft-jazz sorts of tracks – "Santa Barbara & Crenshaw Follies" and " ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great album from guitarist Chuck Wayne – not the hippest player in the world, but a player with an incredible ear and an amazing tone! This obscure set was recorded in Nola's Penthouse in the early 60s – and it's got Chuck in a trio, playing warm and chromatically, in a mode that's ... LP, Vinyl record album
An overlooked set from Ted Taylor – one of those singers who kept moving around to different labels, never quite finding his home – but always doing some great work in the process! Ted's quite different here than on his 60s work for Okeh – much more in the southern soul territory ... LP, Vinyl record album