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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.
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some signs of use (although not major ones).
May have slight surface noise when played.
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A great album of funky fusion for MPS! Keyboardist Joachim Kuhn heads up the group, but he's got some great rhythm backing from Alphonse Mouzon on drums and John Lee on bass, which makes the record groove way way more than some of his other titles! The keys are nice and spacey, and Philip ... LP, Vinyl record album
A US first issue of the album that was originally recorded for MPS, under the name Trumpet Rhapsody. The hard wailing trumpet of Maynard Ferguson gets a perfect showcase on this obscure MPS session from the late 60s! Maynard's playing in front of a larger European orchestra conducted by Rolf Hans ... LP, Vinyl record album
Great solo piano work from Martial Solal – still somewhat modern and angular, but with a slightly warmer style than some of his earlier recordings in this mode! The MPS setting seems to work well for Solal – and he expands nicely on a handful of older standards – taking them into ... LP, Vinyl record album
Amazing live work from this legendary MPS group – electric funk mixed with plenty of horns – all in a hard-grooving big band style that nobody else could match at the time! Peter Herbolzheimer may not be a household name on this side of the Atlantic, but back in the day he was one of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Stripped-down session that has Gunter playing with Jeanne Lee on voice, Perry Robinson on clarinet, and Jack Gregg on bass. Hampel plays a host of instruments, as usual, including vibes, flute, piano, and clarinet. The album features 2 extended "symphonies", broken into individual parts ... LP, Vinyl record album
Funky and Latiny! Although we don't normally dig records by George Shearing, this cool 1974 session for MPS is a nice groover with a good 70's sound that adds a lot of tight rhythm to Shearing's often-sleepy playing – coming up with a whole new sound that has some really wonderful moments! ... LP, Vinyl record album
Classic MPS session by funky pianist Monty Alexander! This one's filled with moody trio material, played by Alexander's tight little group with Senator Eugene Wright on bass and Bobby Durham on drums. Wright's basslines are nice and warm, and roll off in a groovy way with Alexander's tightly ... LP, Vinyl record album
Chicago reed player Ed Wilkerson (also known as the leader of 8 Bold Souls, and a member of the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble) formed this group in the 80's as sort of a mixed large band of Chicago avant garde players, but with more of a focus on tighter swingin' sounds. This, their only LP, includes ... LP, Vinyl record album
A super huge hit for George – the record that took him from being a funky jazz guitarist into an R&B superstar! The album features George playing and singing over arrangements by Claus Ogerman – some of Ogerman's best of the 70s, ones that mix together his trademark pillow of sound ... LP, Vinyl record album
A nicely distilled collection pulled together for issue in the mid 70s, of Charlie Parker's work for Savoy Records – done between the years 1944-1948, with some of the best talents in the bop business! Some of the other Savoy Parker sets have been a bit too overstuffed with alternate takes ... LP, Vinyl record album