MARTY PAICH is one of our favorite arrangers. Some of the better albums showcasing Marty’s arrangements are Spirit’s first release (1967), Art Pepper Plus Eleven (1959), Ella Swings Lightly (1958) and Whisper Not (1966), and the amazing The Hi-Lo’s And All That Jazz (1958). Copies or commentaries for all of them can be found on our site.
- Both sides of this Mel Torme vintage masterpiece boast Double Plus (A++) grades and play fairly quietly
- One of our all-time favorite Male Vocal albums that’s just mindblowing on a copy like this
- Big and spacious with amazing richness and warmth, this is Vocal Demo Disc like few others
- 5 stars: “The overall mood… is unrestrained enthusiasm, and it makes for an excellent record.”
We are HUGE fans of this album at Better Records, but it’s taken us a long time to pull together enough clean copies to make this shootout happen. Boy, was it worth all the trouble!
The presence and immediacy here are really something. Turn it up and Mel is right between your speakers, putting on the performance of a lifetime. Swings Shubert Alley is one of our very favorite male vocal albums, and a great copy like this will show you why — the audiophile quality sound and swinging jazz vocal music are simply hard to beat.
1961 – It Was a Very Good Year (more…)
- With seriously good Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides, this copy has Tubey Magical Big Band sound to die for
- If you large group swinging West Coast Jazz is your thing – think Art Pepper Plus Eleven – you will really get a kick out of this one
- With All Tube 1957 engineering from the legendary Bones Howe at Radio Recorders, this record’s audiophile credentials are fully in order
- Amazon 5 Stars: “…there’s a wonderful, almost nostalgic, fifties West Coast Jazz vibe warmly glowing throughout.”
This is a wonderful example of the kind of record that makes record collecting FUN.
Albert Marx was the producer of the original sessions back in 1957. Fast forward to the ’80s and Marx is now the owner of his very own jazz label, Discovery Records. Who would know the sound of the original tapes better than he? Working with Dave Ellsworth at KM, Marx has here produced one of the better jazz reissues we’ve heard in years. (more…)