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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.
This is the kind of record that will play "near mint", but which will have
some signs of use (although not major ones).
May have slight surface noise when played.
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An amazing record – quite possibly one of the greatest jazz albums of all time, and a session that has Charles Mingus stepping boldly forward in a whole new direction! The album shakes loose the sometimes too-academic modern tones of Mingus albums from the previous year or two – and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Obscure small group material from a 1970 European tour – with Charles McPherson on alto, Bobby Jones on tenor, Eddie Preston on trumpet, Jaki Byard on piano, and Dannie Richmond on drums! Four long titles – "The Man Who Never Sleeps", "OP", "History", and ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the great lost sessions in the Mingus canon! Mingus leads a sharp small group here, a quintet featuring Booker Ervin, John Handy, Richard Wyands, and Dannie Richmond, of course. The session was recorded live at the Nonagon Gallery in New York, and has that sort of arch-modernist groove ... LP, Vinyl record album
Some of Charles Mingus' earliest and most unusual recordings – a duet that features him on bass ("strings"), and Spaulding Givens on piano ("keys") – on titles that include "Blue Tide", "Yesterdays", "What Is This Thing Called Love", and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Classic live material, recorded during Mingus' fantastic tour of Europe in 1964. Strong lineup, including Eric Dolphy, Johnny Coles, Clifford Jordan, and Jaki Byard. Long tracks with lots of hard soloing. Includes "OW", "So Long Eric", "ATFWUSA", and "Meditation ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of Mingus' classic sessions from the middle period – a legendary blending of jazz with bluesy gospel touches, in a mode that seemed to move away from the politics of some of the late 50s years, and open up his work to a whole new audience! The band is an all-star ensemble all the way ... LP, Vinyl record album
Charles Mingus at Carnegie Hall – but playing here with relaxed and intimate feel that's not what you might expect from the staid setting! The album features 2 long tracks – both done in more of a jam session mode than any other Charles Mingus recordings we can think of. Both numbers ... LP, Vinyl record album
Oh how we love this album – and we think it may well be the best album ever from Charles Mingus! The set was recorded in that magical Mingus year of 1957, but oddly not released until 1962 – missing some of the initial frenzy of his discovery during the Atlantic and Columbia years. ... LP, Vinyl record album
Excellent stuff – and a classic concert performance recorded in Paris in 1964! The group features Eric Dolphy on flute, alto sax and bass clarinet, Clifford Jordan on tenor, Jaki Byard is on piano ,and Dannie Richmand is on the kit. The set features some very long takes on Mingus standards ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nice 2LP set that brings together a whopping amount of Mingus' best work for Atlantic – all stuff that's darn tough to find on wax in any other format! Titles include "Profile Of Jackie", "Cryin Blues", "Haitian Fight Song", "Tonight At Noon", "Wha ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of those key cases where Miles Davis took a familiar song and made it his own! The set's a live one, and features a famous 15 minute version of "My Funny Valentine" – played by Davis in a spacious, open sort of way – and one that has key hints of the modernism to come in ... LP, Vinyl record album
A lost Duke Ellington gem from the late 50s – a session that has a decidedly different look than some of his other records of the time! We don't know if the Duke was into Sun Ra – but it almost seems like he was copping his thunder with this title and band name – a fair bit more ... LP, Vinyl record album