I'm generally averse to giving a rating of 5 stars, which, to my mind, should be reserved for things that are virtually perfect. Like almost everything else, this CD is not perfect--the performers sometimes strayed way too far from the microphones, and there are occasional popping noises (they are not too loud) that one does not normally hear from CDs--but this CD is so excellent, overall, that 4 stars would just not be enough. I love this CD, and I am by no means a hardcore jazz fan. The music is great and this remaster (the Analogue Productions gold CD) is excellent. I'll bet the JVC remaster is excellent also, though I have not heard it. Nor have I heard the regular (earliest-mastered) CD, so I cannot comment about it. All I can say is this Analogue Productions disc provides great music with excellent sound-quality--though it does unfortunately come at a much higher price than the regular CD.