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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.
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some signs of use (although not major ones).
May have slight surface noise when played.
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A fantastic moment from Yusef Lateef – and a set that's one of the most unique in his mighty long catalog! The album was recorded in Lagos, and has Lateef working with a host of Nigerian musicians – a bit of a follow-up to the Hikima record he did for the Nigerian Cultural Center in ... LP, Vinyl record album
A half dozen of the nice soul jazz numbers Lateef cut for Atlantic in the late 60s, with a bevy of top notch sidemen that include Joe Zawinul, Bernard Purdie, Ray Barretto, Cecil McBee, Hugh Lawson, Eric Gale, Chuck Rainey and Tootie Heath. Includes "Buddy & Lou", "Live ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great album of some of Yusef Lateef's fantastic material recorded for the Savoy label, featuring the great multi-reed player amidst a tight quintet of Detroit players like Terry Pollard on piano, Bernard McKinney on euphonium, Bill Austin on bass, and Frank Gant on drums. This LP collects ... LP, Vinyl record album
A nice 2LP 70s reissue, pulling together the tracks from 2 sessions in 1957, but issued on 3 separate albums for Savoy. Jazz Mood, Jazz For Thinkers and Dreamer feature the great multi-reed player amidst a tight group of Detroit players Curtis Fuller, Hugh Lawson, Ernie Farrow, Louis Hayes and ... LP, Vinyl record album
2 LP set originally released as Eastern Sounds and The Sounds Of Yusef Lateef. On The first LP, Lateef works in that wonderful mixture of hardbop, soul jazz, and Eastern stylings that he brought to all of his best early sessions as a leader. Lateef himself is playing tenor, flute, and oboe – ... LP, Vinyl record album
A strange bit of funk from Yusef Lateef – a bit of a change from his other 70s records, but pretty nice too! The record was recorded late in the CTI electric years – and it's got Yusef fronting a funky jazz group on five long tracks that have a decidedly R&B-ish current – ... LP, Vinyl record album
A beautifully haunting set by Yusef that marked his move to Prestige, and a sophistication of the Eastern-tinged jazz style that he developed during his years with Savoy. The tracks on here feature Yusef playing tenor, flute, and argol – with backing by a group of Detroit musicians that ... LP, Vinyl record album
Herbie Mann's at the Village Gate – really wailing away in a set of extended numbers that not only set a whole new standard for live recording in jazz, but which also pushed forward the role of the flute in the music as well! There's a heck of a lot of soul in the grooves here – served ... LP, Vinyl record album
A classic batch of modal grooves from Charles Lloyd – recorded during the height of his mind-expanding years, with his famous quartet that included Keith Jarrett on piano and Jack DeJohnette on drums! The tracks are long and magical, done with that spiritual spiraling sound that Lloyd was ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great collection of work that Roland Kirk recorded for Atlantic – some of his best-ever, as far as we're concerned! And while we'd recommend that you get every Roland Kirk album on Atlantic you can find, we also know that they're pretty darn hard to find on vinyl – and this ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sweet funky piano from the mighty Ray Bryant – one of his excellent albums for Atlantic Records, a label who really seemed to give him an extra push in the groove department! The record's got a nicely laidback sort of feel – core grooving from a trio that features Bryant on acoustic ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great little 70s session from Mingus – the second part of the Changes set, some of his best work from the time, and recorded with a small group that includes George Adams, Don Pullen, and Jack Walrath. Tracks are long, with that late love of Ellington that Mingus was developing – and ... LP, Vinyl record album