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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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cover damage or wear as noted above, or strictly cosmetic flaws.
An incredible album from saxophonist Herb Geller – one that's quite different than his better-known sides for Mercury, and which features Geller blowing in an amazingly evocative tone! The first three tracks on the album are haunting originals by Herb – tunes that have a more open ... LP, Vinyl record album
Cy Coleman takes on the music of Jamaica – a Broadway show that he didn't write, but which he really makes his own here through a mix of lively piano lines and vocals! Cy's better known as an instrumentalist, but his few spots of singing here are quite nice – raspy and understated, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Groundbreaking work from one of the hippest jazz groups going in the mid 50s – the Donald Byrd/Gigi Gryce Jazz Lab, a wonderful group of players who could play with a tight soul jazz finish, yet also throw in some nice modern jazz touches! Gryce's arrangements and alto work are always a ... LP, Vinyl record album
A big, bold jazz wave from Med Flory – a leader/arranger from the west coast scene, and one who takes the power of some cool jazz legends, and puts them in a setting where they can really pack a punch! The group features Bill Holman on tenor, Al Porcino on trumpet, and Bob Enevoldsen on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Quite possibly the most celebrated album ever from keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith – a groove-heavy classic that's burned up many a dancefloor in its day, yet also a record that features some great mellow moments as well! The title track "Expansions" is virtually a blueprint for ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the best hard-wailing all-star sessions that Jimmy did so well for Blue Note! The album features an amazing array of top-line players – like Tina Brooks, Lee Morgan, Curtis Fuller, Lou Donaldson, Art Blakey, and Kenny Burrell – and they all play with Smith in differing ... LP, Vinyl record album
Funky Woody from the 70s – an excellent and overlooked album, one that has Woody leading a great group with a fair bit of electric players, in a funky big band style that sparkles with the best of the genre! The group's filled with younger unknown players – but from the sound of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Smoking tenor work from the legendary Willis Jackson – and a key record in Jackson's transition from 50s R&B to 60s soul jazz! Willis gets some great help on the session from Jack McDuff on organ and Wild Bill Jennings on guitar – both of whom craft some rootsy grooves that further ... 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
Latiny tracks from Gerald Wilson – but done with his usual tight LA soul jazz groove! Wilson swings, as always, and leads a band of LA players with a fabulous mix of styles. The set's got Harold Land, Anthony Ortega, Laurindo Almeida, Roy Ayers, Teddy Edwards, and Jimmy Woods – to ... LP, Vinyl record album
Basie-esque stuff by Al Grey, who made his name playing trombone in Basie's band. The group includes a lot of other Basie-ites, including Billy Mitchell, Joe Newman, and Benny Powell. The great Floyd Morris (one of Chicago's best talents of the time!) plays piano, and titles include "Bluish ... LP, Vinyl record album
Volume 2 of a pair of LPs that brought together Miles Davis' early recordings for Blue Note – some excellent sessions recorded in 1952, 1953, and 1954, featuring Miles' young trumpet blowing in a wonderful mix of cool, bop, lyrical, and modern jazz. The style's a bit rougher than later years ... LP, Vinyl record album