Another Batch of Blue Notes For Your Perusal

We’ve got a bunch of Blue Notes on our watch list. Here are a few:

These closed yesterday: Sabu, Palo Congo, Blue Note 1561. I must admit, this is one I’ve never owned in any form, so 1561 has always been a blank in my Blue Note Collection. How is this record? Is it worth a listen? This one was in VG++ condition for the record and VG for the cover. It sold for $811. This one didn’t look quite right to me: Sonny Rollins, Volume 1, Blue Note 1542. It was listed as an original pressing, although it was a West 63rd Street pressing, so it wasn’t quite an original as we define it here. And it looked like the wrong cover for an original. The start price was about $300 and there were no bidders, which seems appropriate.

This one also has no bids and is closing in just a few hours: Kenny Burrell, Blue Lights Volume 2, Blue Note 1597. This is an original pressing with the Andy Warhol cover. The record is listed in VG condition with “quite a few surface scratches.” The cover is listed as VG++. The start price is around $200, which is pretty tempting if the cover is, indeed, really VG++.

Here’s another temptation:

John Jenkins and Kenny Burrell, Blue Note 1573. This is an original pressing in VG+ condition for both the record and the cover. The price is around $285, but there are still four days to go.

Ah, looks who’s back: Everyone’s favorite seller, bobdjukic. Here’s one of his listings: Hank Mobley Quintet, Blue Note 1550. This is listed as an “ultra rare” original pressing, but I wouldn’t mind seeing a picture of the labels if I were to bid, which I won’t. This one is listed in VG+ condition for the record and VG++ for the cover. The bidding has reached  around $525 and there are still more than two days to go.





  • Conguero Sabu Martinez’s Palo Congo is a unique Blue Note. Recorded in 1957 its Very authentic Cuban music, and quite African sounding, a real Jam. Not as Heavy sounding as the Blakey’s Hol for Skins or Orgy in Rhythm sides which I like but find Art too heavy for the company. This is quite a lush record, plenty of Cuban guitar, chanting and obviously shed loads of conga & percussion. Iv’e just skipped through my copy (Jap reissue) 🙁 and its fantasticlly joyous music and quite timeless, sounds very fresh.Cant believe it was cut in 1957. So to answer your question, indeed get a copy in some format and lose yourself in Sabu’s world.
    But $800 for an orginal !!!

  • That Kenny Burrell isn’t an original, there’s no deep-groove on the labels.

    Also it looks like bobdjukic has quite a few pictures of the Mobley, including the labels which are correct.

  • Aaron, it I remember correctly, 1597 was an exception (one more exception), in BN catalogue. In spite of his relatively early catalogue it was issued later, and has originally no deep groove. Anyone confirm ?

  • Hi Michel,
    Jazz Record Center just sold a Review Copy (for almost $3K!) and the deep groove was present.

  • Wow ! A DG copy of 1597 must be a rare one…I’d never seen it before ! price is justified….

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