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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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A nice little set by Sonny Stitt and Zoot Sims – recorded in Chicago after the two had played together at the Plugged Nickel in the Windy City! Backing is by the trio of pianist John Young – who gives the album a rolling bottom groove that shows off the Chicago sound of the early 60s ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great step forward for Chicago organist Odell Brown – and maybe a hint of the influence he'd have on the world of 70s soul to come! Odell plays organ on a set of Otis Redding classics – in a tribute to the recently-passed Stax Records singer, but done with some great funk and soul ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tremendous work from an alto player with a very unique conception – a player who was unlike Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt, or some of his precursors on the instrument – and instead really took off in bold new directions, like Lou Donaldson or fellow Chicagoan Sonny Cox in the mid 60s! ... LP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful early work from John Klemmer – one of the most under-rated talents of his generation, and a great player who frequently gets overlooked because of his later, smoother work. This album is Klemmer's first – recorded with a soulful Chicago tenor sound, touched with some of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great bit of 70s electric work from Quincy – and probably his funkiest album ever! Quincy's really stepping out here from the straighter and spacier styles of earlier records – going for more of the dirty grooves he was cutting up for soundtrack albums, and hitting notes that were a ... LP, Vinyl record album
A classic "discovery" of tenor saxophonist Von Freeman – one that was already relatively late in his career, but a key appearance on Atlantic under the auspices of Roland Kirk! The setting here is as loose and laidback as Von needs to really do his thing – backing by a trio ... LP, Vinyl record album
A key later album from alto saxophonist Benny Carter – one that has him at the helm of a largeish group, but playing with a nicely focused sort of groove! In addition to Benny's alto, the record also features tenor sax from Charlie Rouse and Coleman Hawkins, plus one more alto from Phil ... LP, Vinyl record album
Stitt remembers Bird? How could he ever forget him? Seriously, though, this is a nice set of boppish material that moves past the usual "Bird" tribute. In fact, none of the stuff's by Bird, and most of the track list is a fairly non-traditional list of tracks. However, Stitt is ... LP, Vinyl record album
The first record by vibist Freddie McCoy, and one that's got much more of a straight jazz feel than some of his later Prestige albums. Feddie's vibes are set in a group with a lesser-known group of Prestige players, like Gil Askey on trumpet, Tate Houston on baritone, and James Thomas on organ ... LP, Vinyl record album
World premier recordings of some excellent compositions by Berio, including "Allelujah II", which features six mixed instrumental groups playing in a variety of settings; "Nones", which features the London Symphony Orchestra, with Berio conducting; and "Concerto For Two ... LP, Vinyl record album
Another Kane classic, with cold chillin' beats by Kane, Marley Marl, Prince Paul, Easy Mo Bee, Mister Cee, and a pre-new jack Teddy Riley. Classic middle school hip hop from the days of tall fades, dookey ropes and tongue twisting fast rap. Includes "Warm It Up Kane", "Smooth ... LP, Vinyl record album