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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.
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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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A beautifully soulful setting for the tenor saxophone of George Adams – a record that provides a nice balance to some of Adams' other European records of the same period, by unlocking a side of his talents that's almost more painterly and personal! Yet George's strong sense of a group is ... LP, Vinyl record album
Great Konitz work recorded in Italy – definitely in that "cut above" mode you get with the Horo label! The group features Dave Cliff on guitar, Peter Ind on bass, Al Levitt on drums – and the set features a mix of tunes by Konitz, Tristano, Wayne Marsh, and others. Tracks ... LP, Vinyl record album
A lost 70s set from pianist Don Pullen – recorded in Rome in 1975, with a quartet of Mingus contemporaries that includes George Adams on tenor and flute, David Williams on bass, and Dannie Richmond on drums! The tracks are long and stretched-out, and the best moments of the album have the ... LP, Vinyl record album
A spiritual jazz masterpiece from drummer Norman Connors – one of those unique albums he cut before moving into soul music – done at a level that rivals the early 70s genius on labels like Strata East or Impulse Records! Connors worked with many contemporaries on those labels, and gets ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great batch of material that Art Farmer recorded for Prestige in the early fifties. This is way before he got hyper-lyrical, and his playing is raw and hard on a bunch of Quincy Jones arrangements, including the savage cut "Mau-Mau", which features a very early use of the electric bass ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the grooviest albums from Archie Shepp's post-new thing years for Impulse – a nicely grooving session that mixes soul-based tracks with more righteous spiritual jazz moments! The approach here is a nicely varied – a laidback, collaborative spirit that's even quite different from ... LP, Vinyl record album
A landmark album from this legendary Chicago soul jazz combo – and a record that helped set the tone for changes to come in funky jazz for the 70s! Tenorist Clarence Wheeler heads up the group – and they've got an amazing organ/bass sound that's made them a legend with funk fans for ... LP, Vinyl record album
Excellent work by this underrated trumpet player – a haunting set of tracks that range from moody soul jazz, to straighter funkier numbers, all handled with the kind of flourish you'd expect more from a small-label indie release than a major label session. Owens is in good company here ... LP, Vinyl record album
Jazzy and classy – and one of the first of Ramsey's albums to feature him working with larger arrangements instead of the usual trio. In this case, the whole thing was arranged and conducted by Richard Evans – with a spacey hip sound that's not too far from some of Ramsey's later work ... LP, Vinyl record album
A smokin' McDuff set from his prime period of recording for Prestige! Red Holloway plays tenor on all cuts, except for "The Live People", which features him and Harold Ousley playing back to back. Joe Dukes is on drums throughout, and the guitar parts are handled by Pat Martino and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bad Bossa Nova is right – as Gene Ammons really hits a great groove here – one that's not exactly bossa, but which has lots of Latin and tropical touches! The session makes great use of 2 guitars at the same time – using that of Kenny Burrell for soulful rhythm, but also adding ... LP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful little record – a real standout in both the careers of Milt Jackson and Coleman Hawkins! The album captures Hawk during his great later years – that time when his sound was even more soulful and inventive than ever – with lots of odd modern undercurrents that really ... LP, Vinyl record album