Blue Notes and More

Curtis FullerWe’ll start with a couple of Blue Notes today and segue neatly into some other stuff, including a question from a reader in China. Curtis Fuller, Volume 3, Blue Note 1583. This looks to be an original West 63rd Street pressing listed in VG+ condition for both the record and the cover. I remember this seller having a bunch of Prestiges a couple of months ago. Now, he seems to be selling the Blue Notes. His listings don’t include a lot of photos, so there’s not a ton to go on. This record is in the range of about $115 with just a couple of days to go. I would normally expect it to sell for a lot more than than. We’ll see what happens. Here’s another Blue Note from a little later: Lou Donaldson, Light Foot, Blue Note 4043. This is also a West 63rd Street original, listed in VG++ condition for the record and VG+ for the cover. The price is also in the $115 range, also with about two days left on the auction.

A reader sent me a link to this record: Lorraine Geller at the Piano, Dot 3174. This was an original pressing. The record was listed in Ex condition and the cover was probably VG+. The record sold for $732.

I also have a note from a reader in China, as follows:

“Hi Al.

How are you? I am Noodles, a jazz fan from Shanghai, China. I focus on for a long time and I recently ban to collect some jazz records, especially Blue Note. I have a question about the label address. I found a record on eBay with different label addresses on both sides, such as Blue Note 1576 (Side 1 W63 and Side 2 NY23). According to Frederick Cohen’s Blue Note Records — A Guide for Identifying Original Pressings, it was NY 23 on both sides, so how did it make and is it still a first press?”

First off, I am very pleased to have readership in China and I certainly don’t envy the task of trying to build a jazz vinyl collection over there. Having said that, anyone have a good answer for Noodles?


  • The Lorraine Geller lp I believe now commands the highest price of any jazz record on Dot. The second highest is probably the Eddie Costa / House Of Blue Lights. There is also a Jack Kerouac lp on Dot which usually sells for over $1000, but despite the backing of Steve Allen on piano, I don’t really consider it to be jazz. Dot had a rather sparce jazz catalog, but they had some interesting piano trios. In addition to the Geller and Costa lps, there is a interesting lp by Muriel Roberts and excellent lps by Larry Novak and Jan Johansson.

  • He has a couple of albums I want, and at reasonable prices. Beginning with Dexter Gordon “blows hot and cool” and so far, with one day left, “Cool Struttin'” is coming in at $92. It looks like I can buy a few Blue Notes for under $50 with Carolinasoul.

  • Ah but read the fine print; many of these blue notes are later issues with no plastylite or “ear” mark…

  • Mark is right. However if there is indeed an ear, I would be willing to value the record near, if not at, the “original” price.

  • You are right, there are a lot of re-issues, but there are bargains to be had.

  • I checked several of the Carolinasoul BN listings…..the ones I looked at did mention “ear” and “Van Gelder” in the description. Pictures can be better. Real issue is condition, most seem to be VG – G. Personally I would prefer a clean later pressing to a horrible first pressing.

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