For the Price Guide: Duke Jordan, Dex, Jackie

Some more for the Jazz Collector Price Guide. I’m keeping pretty busy with this stuff. 

Duke Jordan, Flight to Jordan, Blue Note 4046. This was an original West 63rd Street pressing. The record was VG+ and the cover was M-. The price was $589.90.

Leonard Feather Presents Bop, Mode 127. This was an original pressing in VG++/VG+ condition. The price was $80.

Warne Marsh, Music For Prancing, Mode 125. This was also an original pressing in VG++/VG+ condition. It sold for $68.

Dexter Gordon, One Flight Up, Blue Note 4176. This one already has received some discussion on the

site because it set a new high for this LP. It was in VG++ condition and an original pressing, with one side deep groove. The price was $415.90.

Johnny Griffin, The Kerry Dancers, Riverside 420. This was an original blue label pressing in M- condition, both record and cover. The price was $231.50.

Jackie McLean, Lights Out, Prestige 7035. This was an original New York pressing. The record was M- and the cover was VG++. The price was $572.

Helen Merrill, Emarcy 36032. This was an original pressing in VG++ condition, both record and cover. The price was $460.


  • I thought we’re in a recession? I was hoping to pick up some of the heavy hitter Blue Note records for a reasonable price.


  • There are still high prices for really interesting records, such as Kerry Dancers. Was this one DG or not ? It ‘s very important, since DG riverside of this era are much rarer and far better sounding than no DG.

  • I’m almost sure it was DG, but I didn’t save the link and am not 100%. Usually, when I keep track for the Price Guide, I try to focus on the original pressings, unless I note it otherwise. — al

  • I think during this period, Riverside issued both DG and no DG edition of the same record. Sometimes you can find the same title with promo white label and no DG and a regular one with DG. So i don’t think DG/no DG is useful to determinate the original “late” Riverside (from around 380 to the end) Here are some records i’ve never seen with a DG : The Trio and Circle Waltz (however they may exist)

  • Rudolf A. Flinterman

    Michel: my “The Trio” is a white promo with just a line in stead of the deep groove. My “Circle Waltz” has a blue label, a big one, and no DG, but a circle sort of groove the size of a 2 euro coin, say one inch.
    My “Kerry Dancers” has the same labels as “Circle Waltz”.
    Riverside in the later years was very irregular. They had their financial problems too.
    Yesterday I played a deep groove copy of George Russell’s Stratusphunk. It is fabulous music and the sound quality stands out. Recording engineer Ray Fowler did a great job.
    The 4 George Russell albums form a very valuable monument of late Riverside. For early Riverside it is Monk, mid-period Bill Evans. Anyone to disagree?

  • Rudolf, all your Riverside dscribed here are period correct ! Large labels were issued in the last part of Riverside (around 320-330 numbers). Do you have a DG copy of “Full House” ? This one exists, but is very hard to find in Mono (Stereo are all DG IIRC)… “Circle Waltz” is IMO one of the milestones in Riverside. It is one of the greatest trio album ever issued. Regarding Monk and Bill, yes, of course i agree… With a special mention to Bill, because i think that Riverside concentrates the most important records of Bill Evans. Monks discography is spread on various label, (although many consider “Brilliant corners” and “Monks music” as the finest monk recordings).

  • Rudolf A. Flinterman

    I cannot judge for “Circle Waltz” since I played it only a couple of times. I know Friedman’s “A day in the City” much better and think it is a great record.
    Gee, I pulled out my copy of “Full House”, it is the turquoise version of Riverside/Orpheum. Not an original!
    One of my favourite Monks is “5 by Monk by 5”, somewhat neglected. Thad Jones is just fantabulous. A.T. surpasses himself and there are new Monk compositions. Riverside has many treasures to offer anyway.
    Do you have Orrin Keepnews’ book: “The view from within”. Oxford University Press 1988. It gives a lot of background on Riverside Records, and its demise an the artists. Very worthwile reading.
    I prefer the Prestige Monk piano trio sessions to Riverside’s. The Blue Notes are dated IMHO.
    What do you mean by IIRC?

  • If I Remember Correctly !!

    Circle Waltz is an incredible session. For me an unforgettable piece of music. Unfortunately pressings of this one are awful, and it is almost impossible to find a correct copy.

  • Rudolf A. Flinterman

    Michel: you have bad luck with your copy of “Circle Waltz”: mine is superb. The pressing is first class and Ray Fowler’s engineering stands out. The solo number is a real gem.

  • Well in fact i’ve bought four copies of this one till i found a fine one !

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