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A record that you'd buy to play, cheap, but which you wouldn't buy for collecting.
Will have marks across all parts of the playing surface,
and will most likely play with surface noise throughout.
May have some other significant flaws, such as residue, or a track that skips.
In most cases, a poor quality copy of a very difficult to find record.
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Manny Albam plays the music of Steve Allen – with a group that includes solos from Gene Quill on alto, Al Cohn on tenor, Bob Brookmeyer on trombone and either Nick Travis or Ernie Royal on trumpets! LP, Vinyl record album
Older standards, souped up nicely by Manny Albam – played by a group with Bob Brookmeyer and Eddie Bert on trombones, Ernie Royal and Joe Newman on trumpets, Barry Galbraith on guitar, and Ted Sommer on bongos! LP, Vinyl record album
One of the many releases in the surprisingly successful semi-genre of "jazz meets West Side Story" albums that came out in the late 50s and early 60s. Albam actually does a pretty great job of opening up the jazzy changes in Bernstein's score, and it helps that he's got great ensemble ... LP, Vinyl record album
Features early work of Larry Morton on alto, Bill Vaccarro on trumpet, Ronnie Cuber on baritone, Benny Jacobs on trombone, and many more great players – all under the direction of Marshall Brown! LP, Vinyl record album
In the years before he discovered zen meditation and yoga, Tony Scott was actually a pretty capable bopper, making his name on the 52nd Street scene which is recreated here by assembling the sort of "all star" groups that might have gigged together on the scene. Coral borrowed a bunch of ... LP, Vinyl record album
A rare and unusual chapter in the career of Al Cohn – and an incredible set cut in the mid 50s with Bob Brookmeyer on trombone! The style's a bit like that used by Al and Zoot Sims together – tightly arranged shorter tracks, with a focus on well-crafted horn work, but enough space to ... LP, Vinyl record album
Hal McKusick is one of the most frequently overlooked reed players of the 50's – and until this great reissue of his rare Decca recordings came out a few years ago, his work was mostly only known to collectors of rare stuff who had the money to check him out. Fortunately, this lower-priced ... LP, Vinyl record album
Classic Verve trio material, with Bud wailing away at the ivories on tracks like "Deep Night", "How High The Moon", "Round Midnight", "Thou Swell", and "Like Someone In Love". He's backed by either Art Blakey or Max Roach on drums, and the bass ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the most stripped-down albums from legendary jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby – and one of her earliest records too! The set's got Dorothy right out front in a trio setting – working with bassist Herman Wright and drummer John Tooley – in a wonderfully jazzy take on the sound of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Probably the most classic of Stitt's sides for Verve – and certainly the one that gets rated time and time again by jazz collectors. We think it's pretty darn great – although we always wonder why folks don't give Stitt's other sides for Verve as much of a chance, because they're all ... LP, Vinyl record album
A classic late 50s side from the Mode label – and one of those great LA sessions that was almost more noteworthy for the sidemen than the leader! Drummer Mel Lewis heads up the group, sure, but the real strength of the set is in its three piece frontline – which features Charlie ... LP, Vinyl record album