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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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if it is an oddity that is the only wrong thing about the record.
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One of Mickey's hippest albums – with work by Chico Freeman on tenor and soprano, Kiani Zawadai on trombone, Mickey Tucker and John Hicks on piano, Michael Carvin on drums, and Ray Mantilla on percussion. LP, Vinyl record album
A strong little album from Ted Curson – one of his best from the time, and one of the few that feature him working in a group that's larger than a quartet! Players on this one include Ted's old partner Bil Barron on tenor, plus Nick Brignola on baritone and soprano, Charles Williams on alto, ... LP, Vinyl record album
An excellent and obscure session in a 70s free-ish mode, not too different from something you might hear on Strata East froom around the same time. Recorded by a strident spiritual group led by bassist Ken Hutson and drummer Rashaan – and featuring Arthur Blythe, Olu Dara, Courtney Wynter ... LP, Vinyl record album
Eddie Locke/Tommy Flanagan/Maor Holley/Oliver Jackson/Dan Morganstern
Great 70s work by Dollar Brand! US issue of an album that Brand recorded in South Africa for the Gallo label – featuring players that include Basil Mannenberg Coetzee on tenor, Duku Makasi on tenor, and Dennis Mpale on trumpet. "Soweto" is a long groover that runs for over 15 ... LP, Vinyl record album
An album that was issued in the US, but which actually features excellent work that Abdullah Ibrahim/Dollar Brand recorded for the Gallo label in South Africa – the kind of edgier work that we often prefer next to some of his solo and trio material! The key force here is the horns – as ... LP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful record based around a brilliant concept! Buddy Tate is a hell of a tenor player – with a tone that's up there with Rollins, Coltrane, and other giants – but his frequent recording patterns usually have him in less adventurous swing-based sessions, ones that don't get him to ... LP, Vinyl record album
An incredible record – and virtually the blueprint for countless other keyboard records to come! At the height of his 70s powers, Herbie really takes off into space with this set – moving away from more commercial music, and hitting a groove that's totally righteous, totally electric, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Really unique material from Sun Ra – a pair of recordings that were initially circulated much more strongly than some of his Saturn Records material, thanks to the power of the BYG/Actuel label in the early 70s – but tracks that actually come from a variety of different sessions that Ra ... LP, Vinyl record album