A Few From the Jazz Record Center

Gigi copyOur friends at the Jazz Record Center had an auction close yesterday and here are some of the items of interest, starting with Gigi Gryce, The Hap’nin’s, New Jazz 8246. This was an original pressing with the purple labels and deep grooves. The record looked to be in M- condition and the cover was probably around VG+. The final price was $338.

Sonny Clark, Leapin’ and Lopin’, Blue Note 4091. This one does not look to be a first pressing, since they don’t call it a first pressing and don’t mention the ear. It looks to be really clean in M- condition for the record and the cover. And it is a mono pressing. The price was $212.50.

Speaking of Sonny Clark, there was also:

Serge Chaloff, Blue Serge, Capitol T-742. This was an original pressing with the aqua labels. The record looked to be in M- condition and the cover as well. This record, of course, features Clark on piano (along with Philly Joe Jones on drums and Leroy Vinnegar on bass). the final price was $310.55. I’d always thought this record was more highly valued by collectors, i.e., that it would sell for more than $310. But I looked it up in the Jazz Collector Pricie Guide, which admittedly is not quite up to date anymore, and the $310 seems to be a reasonable expectation. If it were the same record on Blue Note, you could put add $1,000 to the $310 and that would probably be the range.

Speaking of Blue Notes, there was Jackie McLean, Destination Out!, Blue Note 4165. This was an original mono pressing that looked to be in M- condition for both the record and the cover. It sold for $411.




  • I was the buyer of the Blue Serge.
    As we all know, the nice thing about buying from JRC is that when Fred says its in “excellent” shape, you can rest assured it is…

  • I’ve actually had a few problems with his grading. Luckily I was able to return/recoup but…

  • He does not use Goldmine standards on his listings. I could see where that could cause confusion over grading.
    So far I’ve been lucky (fingers crossed)…lol.

  • clifford, having purchased some lower-priced items (a few impulses and such) from fred at his store, i’ve always been quite pleased. i’m curious if you could elaborate on your concerns. i’m just curious.

  • at the end of the day, grading is very subjective. I’ve bought some records that said were VG- and they ended up being Excellent! Grading records is very difficult in the sense of one can never see any dust on the grooves that may cause pops. Each individual set ups are different…from turntable, to needle, to amp, to speakers…there are so many variables.

  • That subjectiveness when it comes to grading is one of the reasons I stopped, for the most part, selling records on eBay and such. While one tries to be conservative, the variables that come into play, as mentioned by Jason, can result in varying forms of dissatisfaction for buyer and seller. I currently find it easier to bulk ship records to such places as Dusty Groove and get a check in return. Graded the monetary return is not always as large as if sold individually but the onus of grading and selling is now on their end not mine.

  • Richard Burleson

    I have collected jazz vinyl for over 50 years. I am interested in selling some albums, but would like to research value and buyers. Where do I go for this?

  • The popsike website

  • I am selling miles Davis and Danny Kaynes the 5 pennies original stereophonic l.p. record in original packaging dates to 1950 great condition

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