Back in Jazz Vinyl Action
Back in action after some minor surgery last week. Feeling good and ready to roll with some jazz vinyl on ebay, starting with a couple of Blue Notes from the Jazz Collector Want List that both broke into the $1,000 bin: Walter Davis Jr., Davis Cup, Blue Note 4018. This was an original pressing that looked to be probably M- for the record and VG++ or VG+ for the cover. There were 15 bidders and the final price was $1,125. Then there was Cliff Jordan, Cliff Craft, Blue Note 1582. This was also an original West 63rd Street pressing. The record was listed as M- and the cover was VG++. There were 14 bidders for this one and the final price came in at $1,304. Our friend CeeDee sent us a note about this one, but we were already watching it:
Wayne Shorter, JuJu, Blue Note 4182. This was an original mono New York USA pressing with the ears, Van Gelder, etc. It was listed in M- condition for both the record and the cover. It sold for $641.55.
The same seller as the Walter Davis and Wayne Shorter records also had some Riversides and Savoys that fetched some relatively healthy prices. To wit: Elvin Jones, Elvin!, Riverside 408. This was an original mono pressing with the deep grooves. The record was in VG++ to M- condition and the cover was M-. The final price was $317, quite high for this record, although if it was on Blue Note it would undoubtedly fetch more.
Johnny Griffin Sextet, Riverside 264. This was an original blue label, deep groove pressing in M- condition for both the record and the cover. The final price was $451.
Curtis Fuller Jazztet with Benny Golson, Savoy12143. This was an original deep groove pressing with the blood red labels. It sold for $388. I once had a sealed copy of this record. I was sure it was a second pressing with the maroon label. I opened it, of course, and, voila, it was an original pressing. After writing about it on Jazz Collector I wound up selling it to one of our readers for $325. We both got a good deal at the time, although I never replaced the record and I have no idea what I did with the $325, so perhaps there’s a lesson to be learned somewhere in there.