Catching Up on Some Blue Notes

We’d mentioned the other day that we were watching some Blue Notes so today we will catch up on some of the items we’ve been watching.

Wayne Shorter, JuJu, Blue Note 4182. This was an original pressing in M- condition, both record and cover. It was sold by Euclid Records, which generally means it will get top dollar. This one did: It sold for $443.88. We’ve only tracked this record one time previously in the Jazz Collector Price Guide and it sold for $115 in VG++ condition. So this will go into the Price Guide as a new high point for this record. 

Kenny Dorham, Afro Cuban, Blue Note 1535. This was an original Lexington Avenue pressing. The record was VG++ and the cover was pretty beat, listed as G+ or VG-. Despite the poor condition of the cover, the record still sold for $483.

Bennie Green, Back on the Scene, Blue Note 1587. This was an interesting one because the seller

had several Blue Notes and listed the condition of the records as “VF+.” At first I thought this was a typo, but I noticed it in all the listings. I’m taking it as “very fine” for now, but if I see more records from this seller I’ll send an email and inquire. The Bennie Green was listed as VF+ for the record and VG+ for the cover. It sold for $383.33. Also from this seller was Dexter Gordon, A Swingin’ Affair, Blue Note 4133. This was New York USA pressing and was listed as VF++ for the record and VG+ for the cover. It sold for $153. Between one seller using VF and another listing his record as VG+ “or better” we’re starting to deal with a whole new nomenclature on eBay these days. 

Lou Donaldson, Wailing With Lou, Blue Note 1545. This was the one that was listed as VG+ “or better” for the record and VG- for the cover. Despite the condition of the cover, it sold for $334.

Finally, there was Horace Silver Quintet, Blue Note 5062. This was an original 10-inch LP. The record was VG and the cover was VG+. It sold for $96. It does seem that prices are waning a bit for 10-inch LPs, although, to be fair, this was in VG condition for the vinyl.

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