This is a 1977 domestic original A&M / Horizon pressing with promo text on the labels. I recognize Bernie Grundman's handwriting in the dead wax which may have something to do with how great this record sounds. Despite Baker's rough appearance on the cover -- he was known to be in pretty rough shape by this point -- this is actually a really fun album that teams him up with Brubeck cohort Paul Desmond, Miles Davis vets Ron Carter and Tony Williams, and some next-gen talent like Michael Brecker and John Scofield. The music is surprisingly funky in spots, the sound is excellent throughout, and the vinyl plays super quietly. Allmusic calls it "one of Baker's most important latter-day albums"
Vinyl: EX (a tiny superficial mark on side one does not affect play)
Cover: VG+ (light discoloration at bottom)
Play notes: Excellent sound and super quiet vinyl
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