- With a Triple Plus (A+++) side two and a better than Double Plus (A++ to A+++) side one, here’s a copy that’s practically as good as it gets
- This fun, lively, superbly well-recorded 1961 release is a real SLEEPER of Demo Disc Quality West Coast Jazz
- Huge, spacious, clear, Tubey Magical, natural and above all REAL, this copy blew our minds when we stumbled on it in our shootout
- 4 Stars: “High-quality and consistently swinging West Coast jazz … this was the initial album to gain wide recognition and helped to introduce the L.A.-based trumpeter’s talents to the East Coast.”
This is a wonderful example of the kind of record that makes record collecting FUN.
If you large group swinging West Coast Jazz is your thing — think Art Pepper Plus Eleven — you should get a big kick out of this one.
If you like the sound of relaxed, tube-mastered jazz — and what red blooded audiophile doesn’t — you can’t do much better than Jack Sheldon And His All-Star Band. The warmth and immediacy of the sound here are guaranteed to blow practically any Big Band record you own right out of the water.
Both sides of this very special pressing are huge, rich, tubey and clear. As soon as the band got going we knew that this was absolutely the right sound for this music. There was practically nothing that could beat it, in any area of reproduction.
Amazing Tubey Magic
For us audiophiles both the sound and the music here are enchanting. If you’re looking to demonstrate just how good 1958-9 All Tube Analog sound can be, this killer copy should be just the record for you.
This copy is spacious, sweet and positively dripping with ambience. Talk about Tubey Magic, the liquidity of the sound here is positively uncanny. This is vintage analog at its best, so full-bodied and relaxed you’ll wonder how it ever came to be that anyone seriously contemplated trying to improve it.
This is the sound of Tubey Magic. No recordings will ever be made like this again, and no CD will ever capture what is in the grooves of this record. There is of course a CD of the album, but those of us in possession of a working turntable could care less.
Top West Coast Players
Alto Saxophone – Art Pepper (tracks: B1 to B5)
Alto Saxophone – Herb Geller (tracks: B1 to B5)
Alto Saxophone – Lennie Niehaus (tracks: A1 to A5)
Baritone Saxophone – Billy Root (tracks: A1 to A5)
Bass – Buddy Clark
Drums – Mel Lewis
French Horn – Vince De Rosa (tracks: 1 to 5)
Piano – Pete Jolly (tracks: A1 to A5)
Tenor Saxophone – Harold Land (tracks: B1 to B5)
Trumpet – Chet Baker (tracks: B1 to B5)
Trumpet – Conte Candoli (tracks: A1 to A5)
Trumpet – Jack Sheldon
Tuba – Red Callender (tracks: A1 to A5)
Valve Trombone – Stu Williamson