is there an easy voicing or tone color that i can use on a minor 7 chord  that sounds a little better than just 1357?

for example, i commonly use the voicing for c minor 7  

bb, d, eb, g

so that adds a 9, i could put an a on top and call it c-7,6

perhaps there is a voicing in the right i can add that maybe doubles a note that makes it sound cooler

what do you think?
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if you mean left hand only voicing try one of these:
17
157
1457
1357    when i type 3 i am mean the minor 3rd here and hereafter
122357
13457
13571
1379
13579
1479
14579
173
1573
14573
14573
1473

if you are open to a two handed voicing try  
the minor triad in the left hand and a major triad built on the  
note a whole step down from the tonic of the minor chord above that...
so for example;   for c -7   try    a bb maj triad played at the above  
in the right hand while you play a c minor triad in the left hand.

you asked what we think of the voicing you suggested.    
persnally i think it is fine until you add the 13th.  then it starts to sound dominant to me taking on a different harmonic function than what the minor 7 chord is intended to have.  so that would be ok if you are meaning to change the chord to a dominant chord.  to me you just need to be aware that is what you are doing when you add the "a' or thirteenth like you have... it maybe sounds cooler to you because you are wanting to hear a dominant 7 chord and not a minor 7 chord.
my advice then....   play some dominant 7 chords but do let yourself be tricked into thinking you are playing cool minor 7 voicings at that point.
what about the rootless choices - b3, 5, 7, 9 (major 7 built on b3) or 7, 9, b3, 5?
here's some more re-voicings in general-

https://www.learnjazzpiano.com/citadel/scotcit.mvc?action=files&sub=file_details&id=1076451144

with minor chords functioning as part of a ii-v,you can use a diatonic approach(extended minor)or treat the ii-v as if it were the v only,using different structures based on this approach.....minor chords themselves can be approached as diatonic structures or as modal/quartal ones depending on the sound you're looking for.........
here i am thinking i have been to the newport jazz festival in rhode island which i live only about 80 miles from where i am in massachusetts... so i am thinking how could i have not heard of this newport beach party... just about impossable... i am not that out of the loop.  who knew there could be a newport beach on the west coast.  ...
do you have boston clam chowdaw there too?
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