We shall continue our exploration of non-Blue Note jazz vinyl for the Jazz Collector Price Guide.
Sal Salvador, Tribute To the Greats, Bethlehem 74. This was an original red label pressing with promo stamps. The record was M- and the cover was VG++. You don’t often see Salvador among the collectibles, even his 10-inch Blue Note doesn’t always rate with the other Blue Notes. This one did all right, selling for $154.
J.R. Monterose, The Message, Jaro 5004. This was also a promo copy, with a white label that had a nice vintage look to it. The record was in VG+ condition and the cover was VG+ as well. The price was $422.
Introducing Jimmy Cleveland, Emarcy 36066. This was an original
Trying to get off Blue Note a little bit and infuse some variety to our posts. Yesterday we added some Prestige and New Jazz jazz vinyl to the Jazz Collector Price Guide, today let’s look at a few from the Norman Granz pantheon.
This one has a very pretty, simple cover design by David Stone Martin: A Recital By Tal Farlow, Norgran 1030. This was an original pressing with the yellow label and the trumpeter logo. The record was listed in M- condition and the cover was VG++. The price was $122.16.
This one also has a nice Stone Martin Cover: Anita O’Day, Collates, Clef 130. This was a 10-inch LP and it was listed in M- condition for both the vinyl and the cover. The price was a very reasonable $82.
Here’s another nice 10-inch LP:
Jun 29, 2010 Prestige
Not everything is Blue Note, right? Here are some Prestiges that we’ve just entered into the Jazz Collector Price Guide.
Dorothy Ashby, Hip Harp, Prestige 7140. This was an original New York yellow label pressing and it looked to be in nice M- condition for both the vinyl and the cover. The price was $193.
Miles Davis Plus Horns, Prestige 7025. This was a New York pressing. The record was VG++ and the cover was M-. The listing lacked a little bit of detail — such as whether it was a kakubushi cover — and the price was $170.17. Just a few weeks ago we saw an M- version of this LP sell for $799.
Ray Bryant Trio, Prestige 7099. This was an original New York yellow label pressing
People have been asking about prices and values of later-pressing Blue Notes, so I’ve been watching a few just to keep tabs on the market. There was a seller last week that was selling a bunch of United Artists pressings, including: The Magnificent Thad Jones, Volume 3, Blue Note 1546. This one was in VG+ condition for both the record and the vinyl. The start price was $40 and there were no bids. So that price was definitely too high. However, if you look at his other completed listings, there were a bunch more United Artists pressings in better condition and they sold in the range of $15 to $25 each, for the most part. There was a Hank Mobley Quintet, Blue Note 1550, that sold for $25.49 and a Lee Morgan Indeed, Blue Note 1538, that sold for $15. There were others as well, including a couple of blue-and-white label Liberty pressings that sold for between $30 and $40. I also watched this blue
Here’s a nice Blue Note for what seemed to be a pretty reasonable price: Lou Donaldson, Swing and Soul, Blue Note 1566. This was an original pressing from a reputable seller. The vinyl was M- and the cover was VG++. The price was $460.75, and this is quite a fine record, indeed. There was a second copy of this record for sale. The record and cover were VG++ and the
Jun 25, 2010 Guest Columns
Thanks again to Rudolf for his very special guest column on French Vogue. It is garnering quite a bit of attention and conversation. We will be offering a few more guest columns in the next week. One of our regular patrons, Don-Lucky, is at the Ottawa Jazz Festival and has promised some reports and another regular patron, Jason, offers up this item about a recent trip to New York, where he paid a visit to the famous world headquarters of Jazz Collector. Here’s Jason:
“After several 84-hour work weeks I’ve finally gotten around to accepting Al’s offer to blog about my trip to NYC. Last April the wife and I made our way from Boston for a show at the Apollo. Since the show wasn’t until much later I thought I’d make a first time trip to Infinity Records out on Long Island after reading about it here. Only I never made it.
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Sonny Rollins Plus Four, Prestige 7038. This is a New York pressing with the first cover. I would assume the cover is a kakubushi cover, but if I were to actually bid on this record — I won’t — I would definitely ask first. This is a great record, of course, with Clifford Brown and Max Roach and this copy is in M- condition for the vinyl and VG+ for the cover. This is also listed as a promo copy and I’m not sure if that does anything to enhance the value. Anyway, this one is at about $230 with less than two days to go.
Here’s a nice 10-inch Blue Note:
Here are some records that don’t often make it to the Jazz Collector Price Guide.
I’ve never thought of this record as a collectible: The Standard Sonny Rollins, RCA 3355. This was an original pressing and it was in M- condition. It sold for $122.50. It was a stereo pressing and I’m wondering, perhaps, if it is as much an audiophile collectible as much as a jazz collectible. I’m a big Rollins fan, but this is not among my favorite Sonny LPs.
How about this one: Presenting Red Mitchell, Contemporary 3538. This is an original deep groove mono pressing with the yellow label. The vinyl was listed in M- condition and the
I’ve been updating the Jazz Collector Price Guide and noticed that I somehow missed writing about the final price of this one: Hank Mobley Quartet, Blue Note 5066. This is a nice 10-inch LP and it was in M- condition for both the record and the cover. When I first wrote about it the price was in the $340 range and there were a few days left on the auction and I kind of put it aside and assumed it would sell for somewhere near $1,000, as did a copy of Kenny Dorham, Afro-Cuban, Blue Note 5065, its direct predecessor in the Blue Note catalogue. So now I am adding new items to the Price Guide and came back to the Mobley and was kind of surprised to see the final price, which was $2,251. Surprised, but not shocked, since all the Mobley Blue Notes are selling for top dollar these days. Still, this was the highest price we’ve seen so far for any 10-inch Blue Note. Congratulations to the seller, and to the buyer as well. As I said, I’ve been loading
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Our friend Rudolf Flinterman has written a comprehensive treatise/opus/tribute to the French Vogue label and has graciously asked us here at Jazz Collector to publish this and make it available to fellow jazz collectors all over the world, which we are pleased to do. We are attempting to publish this in two formats here, one as a post, below, and separately as an attached PDF file that you can download and print and save. So, without further ado, we turn it over to Rudolf, with all due respect and appreciation:
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Jun 17, 2010 Blue Note
I randomly logged on to eBay a few hours ago and the first record, about to close in 30 seconds, was this one: Lou Donaldson, Quartet, Quintet, Sextet, Blue Note 1537. This is a long-time favorite and, somehow, I don’t have an original pressing. My copy is a Japanese reissue. So I had 30 seconds to decide whether to bid and how much to bid. At the time, the record was in the $350 range, and I was thinking I might be able to get it for about $525. Now, if I were to have done that, it would have been by far the most I had ever spent on a single record. I was tempted, tempted, tempted. I looked at the seller’s description. The condition was listed as VG+ for both the record and the cover. But the listing also included
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Here are a few non-Blue Notes for the Jazz Collector Price Guide:
The Arrival of Kenny Dorham, Jaro 4644. This seemed to be a mono pressing and it was listed in M- condition for both the cover and the record. The price was $943.33.
Jackie McLean, The New Tradition, Ad Lib 6601. This was an original pressing. The seller listed the condition of both the record and the cover as between VG and VG+. It sold for $840, which means the buying public probably figured the VG grading was more accurate than the VG+. I was listening to some jazz vinyl with the lovely Mrs. JC last night and I asked her if she recalled me ever playing Jackie McLean for her. She didn’t, so I put on
Jun 14, 2010 Blue Note
Here’s an interesting one. Remember that Mobley record that sold for more than $5,000 last week? Well, there’s another copy on eBay now, sort of. It’s there and it’s definitely Blue Note 1568, by the picture of the cover and the label. Yet . . . . the seller, the same one who sold the copy of True Blue the other day for $2,800 seems to have mislabeled the record in the listing. If you just go by the headline, it would be Blue Note 1540. But the picture is clearly 1568 and the label is clearly 1568. Check it out. This is one of those Jazz Collector dilemmas — by calling attention to this I ruin any chance of getting it for a bargain price but, to be honest, this isn’t going for a bargain price under any circumstance. Perhaps the seller will even realize his error and pull the listing. I wouldn’t be surprised, would you?
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Jun 12, 2010 Blue Note
Just did an eBay search and it seems as if most of the 12-inch Blue Note catalogue is up there now. Just searching down the list are the ones I mentioned before, plus: Cannonball Adderley, Somethin’ Else; Kenny Dorham, Afro Cuban; Hank Mobley, Roll Call; Lou Donaldson, Blues Walk; Thad Jones, Detroit-New York Junction; Paul Chambers, Whims of Chambers; Sonny Clark, Cool Struttin’; John Jenkins With Kenny Burrell; Jutta Hipp at the Hickory House Volume 2; Introducing Johnny Griffin; Kenny Drew, Undercurrent; Hank Mobley, Soul Station; Ike Quebec, Soul Samba. And that’s just a quick search on the first page, scrolling down the first 25 items from highest prices first. Pretty impressive. If you were rich, you could own the entire Blue Note catalogue in a matter of weeks, I would think.
This one was on eBay, didn’t meet the seller’s reserve price, is back again and the reserve price has been me, to it will sell this time: Tina Brooks, True Blue, Blue Note 4041. The seller was smart not to sell it the first time, I guess. He got a top bid of around $2,300 the first time up and now the record is already at $2,650 with plenty of time to go. Perhaps the recent high price on the Hank Mobley Blue Note 1568 inspired either some collectors or investors. This one is in M- condition and it has shrink wrap on it, and the shrink wrap may even be original, who knows. It is just shrink wrap, however: You can’t put it on the turntable.
The same seller also has this: Cliff Jordan, Cliff Craft, Blue Note 1582. This is an original pressing. The vinyl is VG++ and the cover is VG+. The current price is about $600.
The seller Bullsite2000 is also back with some nice Blue Notes, including: Johnny Griffin, A Blowing Session, Blue Note 1559. This one is already more than $500 with several
The Blue Notes remain through the roof. Here’s a new one for the $1,000 bin: Clifford Brown Memorial Album, Blue Note 1526. This was an original Lexington Avenue pressing and it was listed as “very close to mint” condition. It sold for $1,280.50. Our friend Rudolf recently put this on a list of expendable Blue Notes. So what do you think about this price?
This one came from the same seller: Thad Jones, Detroit-New York Junction, Blue Note 1513. This was also an original Lexington Avenue pressing and it was also listed as near mint. It sold for $692.02, not quite half of the Clifford, but pretty close. Who knows why? That is a rhetorical question by the way, although if some thinks there is an answer, be my guest.
Jun 9, 2010 News
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Time to catch up on a few items. By now, most of you have probably seen what happened with those records we were watching from the Jazz Record Center. The Hank Mobley, Blue Note 1568 sold for $5,101, which is the highest price we’ve ever recorded for a jazz record at Jazz Collector. The previous high was $4,036 for a copy of Jackie McLean, The New Tradition, on Ad Lib. A lot of people have already commented on this one, so I don’t have much to add other than what I’ve often said: The market is the market and eBay reflects what the market will bear. This is the going rate for this record in this condition at this point in time. I was wrong, barely on a couple of my predictions. (1) I had opined that two of the other records from this auction would sell for more than $2,000 and only one of them did: Hank Mobley, Hank, Blue Note 1560, which is the one pictured here. This one sold for $2,347. The one that did not break the $2,000 barrier was:
As is our usual custom, we were perusing the jazz vinyl listings on eBay this evening and we happened to notice an unusually large number of interesting 10-inch LPs for sale, some of which we shall share with you henceforth, including:
Kenny Dorham, Afro-Cuban, Blue Note 5065. A beauty, no? This one is in M- condition for the record and what looks to be VG+ for the cover. The current price is around $225 and there are three days to go.
Here’s the next one up in the 10-inch Blue Note catalogue: Hank Mobley Quartet, Blue Note 5066. This is an original pressing, of course,and the vinyl looks to be M- and the cover somewhat close to M-. The current price is $338 and there are also three days to go.
Another 10-inch Blue Note? Why not. Here’s The Amazing Bud Powell, Blue Note 5003. This is an original pressing in M- condition for both the record and the cover. It is being offered by Euclid Records and is currently at about $115.
Here’s the one on the list that will probably sell for the highest price:
Got an email from the Jazz Record Center and they have an auction closing in a couple of days and it could be a doozy. Here’s one of the items we’ll be watching closely, to see if it perhaps sets a new record for Jazz Collector: Hank Mobley, Blue Note 1568. This is an original pressing and it’s in M- condition: In fact, it’s listed as “near new.” The combination of one of the rarest records, a Blue Note at that, and the most trusted seller, is definitely worth watching. So far, the record has a start price of $2,500 and there are no bidders.
Here are a couple more we’ll be watching from the same auction:
Dexter Gordon, Dexter Blows Hot and Cool, Dootone 209. This is an original red vinyl pressing. The record is in M- condition and the cover seems to have been repaired, but is also listed as very clean. This one has a start price of
We did a whole riff on this record a few months ago and actually came up with some never-heard-before tapes of J.R. Monterose, which, to my knowledge, may still be available. Check it out here and here. Anyway, another copy of this record sold recently: J.R. Monterose In Action, Studio 4 SS 100. This was an original pressing. The vinyl was listed as M- and the cover looked to be VG++, based on the description. The price was $1,911.
Here’s another non Blue Note for the $1,000 bin: Dexter Gordon, Dexter Blows Hot and Cool, Dootone 207. This was an original red vinyl pressing. The record was listed as VG++ and the cover was VG+. The price was $1,137.
This one really got top dollar, more than you would normally expect to see for a Jazzland LP: