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One all-time classic is the recording "Jazz at The Pawnshop", featuring Lars Erstrand, one of the best vibraphone players ever.
It is a really amazing recording. The Pawnshop is a jazz club in Stockholm and it also has the ambiance of the audience and clinking glasses...lol.
The recordings on the Swedish labels Proprius and OPUS 3 are famous for their incredibly good recorded sound. May Audio is the US distributor for OPUS 3.
Delos is a US label that similarly has an excellent high standard and employs only the finest recording engineers and equipment.
Dave Brubeck's "Gone With the Wind" album is also excellent, if you can find it. I have an old vinyl double album (with Take 5).
One of the great all-time orchestra recordings is the RCA recording of "Pictures at an Exhibition" by the Chicago Symphony under Fritz Reiner. It is currently available on LP, SACD, and CD.