This Minty Verve LP with the old style paste-on back cover sounds great! Big sounding ’60s jazz with lively arrangements from Oliver Nelson and Jimmy Heath. Clark Terry’s trumpet and flugelhorn contributions play a major role in the festivities. This is cool, swinging ’60’s jazz at its best!
A lot of Verve records from this era are poorly mastered, but this one sounds just right to us.
Stunning sound on this stereo pressing with both sides rating close to our Shootout Winner, just shy of Triple Plus (A++ to A+++)
One of Tom Dowd’s many outstanding recordings of John Coltrane at the height of his powers – the sound is to die for
Exceptionally quiet on both sides for a vintage jazz album such as this – it actually plays a true Mint Minus
5 stars: “Vibraphonist Milt Jackson and tenor saxophonist John Coltrane make for a surprisingly complementary team on this 1959 studio session, their only joint recording.”
If all you have ever played is an original pressing or a modern reissue, you are in for a treat — this copy is going to murder them.
We found all of this out the hard way, by having some originals and some of the “wrong” reissues in our shootout. Of course, we didn’t know they were not going to be especially good sounding until we played them, but it didn’t take long to recognize there was one stamper and one stamper only that had the sonic goods. It was simply no contest. And it was not an original pressing.
Needless to say, this record has that stamper.(more…)