A Few For the $1,000 (And More) Bin

Here are the results of some of this week’s jazz vinyl auctions from the Jazz Record Center:

Sonny Rollins, Saxophone Colossus, Prestige 7079. This was a New York pressing in M- condition for both the record and the cover. It sold for $2,483. I have to admit, I just got a copy in similar condition from the Irving Kalus collection, which I am happy to be keeping. Also from Sonny: Sonny Rollins Volume 2, Blue Note 1558. This was an original West 63rd Street pressing that also looks to be in M- condition. The price was $780.

Wow, did you see what the Mobley sold for? You will now: Hank Mobley Quintet, Blue Note 1550. This was an original West 63rd Street pressing also in M- condition for the record and cover. It sold for $3,728.90.

Another Wow: Kenny Burrell, Blue Lights Volume 2, Blue Note 1597. This was an original pressing and it has the Andy Warhol cover. It was a review copy in M- condition. It sold for $2,728.90. Volume 1 sold for $1,350.

I’ll be reviewing some more of the results from this auction in another post. There was a lot to take in.




  • I have been bidding on the Soultanne from the same auction.My bid of 250 was to low.It went for 250.37.What a frustration!This is not my game.Kees.

  • I’m glad to see the Sonny Rollins went for that price, as I just found an original pressing in nice condition last week, for a bargain price. But to be honest, the music is not really blowing me away, so maybe I’ll trade it away one day for a record that I really want.

    @Kees: I’ve read your interview in the ‘Vinylfanaten’ book. Very interesting!

  • Lander: which Rollins album are you referring to?
    Please tell me all about this “vinylfanaten” book.

  • Lander: the question is: where ?????
    I never find records like these for bargain prices ( at best prices that I can live with ) Maybe I am looking at the wrong places.

  • @Rudolf: I was referring to Saxophone Colossus. The book I mentioned is a Dutch book with interviews with vinyl collectors in all genres like metal and such, but also with Kees de Kat and Jules Deelder.

    @Jan: It came from a local store who just received them, I was lucky to be there at the right time.

  • Lander-since Saxophone Colossus does not “blow (you) away” I’m dying to know..what does?

  • I agree with Lander. Saxophone Colossus just has the same tired old “boys club” found on all the other Prestiges.
    There are no married couples, like in the best jazz record-“The Gellers” on Emarcy.
    And there’s no cello either—like in the Harry Babbison Quartet which I would put on par with Kind of Blue.
    If a jazz record has no married couple like the Gellers, the Coltranes or Cecil and Dee Dee Bridgewater, and no jazz cello, why make it at all?

  • @ceedee: I’m just not that much of a Rollins fan. I would gladly trade it for these kind of albums:
    – Kenny Dorham – Afro-Cuban
    – Sahib Shihab & The Danish Radio Jazz Group
    – Paul Gonsalves – Boom Jackie Boom Chick
    – Jazz Quintet 60
    – Diamond Five – Brilliant
    – Barney Wilen – S/T
    – Barney Wilen – Tilt
    – Franco Cerri – International Jazz Meeting
    – Franco Cerri – European Jazz Stars
    – Quintetto Basso-Valdambrini – Bossa Nova
    – Joki Freund – Yogi Jazz
    – Chet Baker – Chet Is Back (with the triple gatefold sleeve)
    – Jacques Pelzer Quartet on Cetra
    – Clarke Boland Sextet – Music For The Small Hours
    – Dusko Goykovich – Swinging Macedonia
    – Georges Arvanitas – Soul Jazz
    – Walter Strerath Trio, Quartet, Quintet
    – Jimmy Deuchar/Tubby Hayes – Pal Jimmy

  • daimond five_brilliant !! greatttt stuff.. john engels, the greatest dutch drummer ever.. altough he once stated:” the period of the diamond five was my most slopy-est period”… they played for 100 Guldens (50$) a week, he was eating peanutbutter sandwiches for a year!! still alive and going strong!
    NEVER ever seen a copy of their original vinyl in Amsterdam stores…

  • rudolf: do you have original diamond five albums?
    (most of them are on fontana?)

  • Indeed Maarten! I have a very nice EP by the Diamond Five (Jordu-Amsterdam Blues – Bohemia After Dark), which is superb hard bop. Do you have any Dutch jazz for trade? I’m looking for Jazz At The Kurhaus, original Jazz Behind The Dikes albums, Jacobs Brothers in Jazz LP and some EP’s.

  • maarten/lander: I don’t have DiamondFive albums, but do have Jazz behind the dikes on Philips. Also the beautiful Herman Schoonderwalt album on Philips “the Winner”.

  • no Rollins?
    no party!

  • Lander-I should have an original copy of “Music For The Small Hours” soon,available to swap for the Sonny. if interested,Al can pass along my e-mail(I’m not on Twitter or Facebk.) BTW,nice work on your website. I’m gonna do something similar next month..thanks for the inspiration!

  • Lander, i don’t have those originals, i only collect Blue Note….

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