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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 slight marks from aging of the paper sleeve on the vinyl.
Possible minor surface noise when played.
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Mellow warmth from the great Monty Alexander – one of his best for MPS, and a trio set cut with Senator Eugene Wright on bass and Bobby Durham on drums! The roundness of Wright's bass makes the best cuts on the album even better – as he rolls around with a subtle sense of soul that ... LP, Vinyl record album
Monty Alexander's first album – "presented by" Les McCann, and one that features McCann's core rhythm team of Victor Gaskin on bass and Paul Humphrey on drums. The tracks are short and uncomplicated, played in a soul jazz mode that's quite similar to McCann's albums from the same ... LP, Vinyl record album
Don't blame us for the typo in the title – just thank us for carrying such groovy record! The album's a hi-fi space jazz spectacular – featuring some of Eruope's hippest players of the 60s, all coming together under the leadership of Roland Kovac, who composed and arranged this 17-part ... LP, Vinyl record album
A Prestige pressing of this rare German MPS session by Hampton Hawes – recorded in trio format with backing by two of Europe's best rhythm players, bassist Eberhard Weber and drummer Klaus Weiss – and in a groove that's really wonderful! There's a great tone to the record that's ... LP, Vinyl record album
This album's a "partner" to the duo's other MPS album, Conversation, which (like this one) was also recorded during a one-week engagement at the Domicile nightclub in Munich. The group features great rhythm work from bassist Isla Eckinger, pianist Rob Pronk, and drummer Todd Canedy. ... LP, Vinyl record album
That's five flies in the title – each of them warranted, given the incredible energy of Cecil Taylor on the keys of the piano! This obscure solo set is a gem all the way through – an unusual session recorded for MPS – with Taylor playing beautiful tones on a Bosendorfer Grand ... LP, Vinyl record album
Amazing stuff – and one of the hippest records ever cut by pianist Friedrich Gulda! Unlike some of his other more modernist efforts, this one's got a really free swing to it – and it features a spare stripped-down approach that has Gulda's work on piano and "electra piano" ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of Ponty's best albums – a more straight-ahead late 60s session for MPS, without the fusion noodling of later years! The group's a hip quartet – with Ponty on violin, Wolfgang Dauner on piano, Niels Henning Orsted Pederson on bass, and Daniel Humair on drums – and Ponty's ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite albums by Don Sugarcane Harris – largely because it's got more of a jazz component than some of the others! Harris is still playing violin on the set, but the real charm seems to come from the tightness of the group – which features some lesser-known LA players on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sweet sounds from Stephane Grappelli – working here in a very cool combo that features twin guitars from Ike Issacs and Diz Disley, plus bass from the great Isla Eckinger too! The guitars are acoustic and electric, but often used together in kind of a gypsy swing sort of mode – ... 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
Funky fusion from guitarist Volker Kriegel – working here on a mid 70s session for MPS – not as totally far out as his earlier sessions for the label, but in a way that makes up for the difference with plenty of funk! Kriegel's sound is wonderful – clean, but never smooth – ... LP, Vinyl record album