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Black vinyl that may show a slight amount of dust or dirt.
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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but might detract from the looks.
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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Wonderful work from this really unique west coast combo of the 70s – a quartet that draws plenty from key contributions of each of its members – but which also has a very special sound in the acoustic guitar of Laurindo Almeida! Almeida's a player who'd already been working in LA for ... LP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful group, and one with a very unique sound – a style that draws from the early 50s experiments in Brazilian jazz by Bud Shank and Laurindo Almeida – but which also moves the approach into even more sophisticated 70s territory! The quartet features Almeida on acoustic guitar ... LP, Vinyl record album
A wonderfully intimate set from pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi – quite different than her bigger band records of the 70s, but equally great in its own way! The album's a great throwback to the earliest days of Akiyoshi on record – as it has the pianist really opening up in a trio setting, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Strong early work from the duo of Terence Blanchard on trumpet and Donald Harrison on alto – proof that both would be giants in years to come! Also features Mulgrew Miller on piano, Phil Bowler on bass, and Ralph Peterson on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
Lots of long old school jam session tracks, with plenty of tenor action! Titles include "Rifftide", "Bernie's Tune", "Soft Winds", "Blues Up & Down", and "Let's Get Away From It All". LP, Vinyl record album
A rare 60s meeting of groovy talents from both sides of the Atlantic – and a record that matches the trumpet of Dizzy Gillespie with the hiply swinging vocals of The Double Six Of Paris! The group were a wonderfully groovy precursor to the Swingle Singers – and sung in a scatting ... LP, Vinyl record album
A sweet bridge between Quincy's big band recordings and his groovier soundtrack work of the mid 60s – as the record combines straight jazzy grooving with some of the cooler elements of Quincy's soundtrack scores, like stepping strings, wordless voices, and a breathy mellow groove that floats ... LP, Vinyl record album
Funky electric fusion in the best 70s MPS tradition – tight, choppy, and filled with loads of quick jazzy changes! The group here is the Porkpie combo of keyboardist Jasper Van't Hof – who plays electric piano, celeste, and "prepared organ" with some really great sounds ... LP, Vinyl record album
An obscure record from German vibist Karl Berger – and a great one! The set's a lot hipper than some of his "try to be hip, kind of try too hard" records for other labels – and was recorded in New York with a group that includes Carlos Ward on alto and flute, Dave Holland on ... LP, Vinyl record album