Four for the Jazz Collector Price Guide
Monica Zetterlund and Bill Evans, Waltz for Debby, Phillips 08222. This was an original mono pressing listed in “pristine” condition for the record, which we translate to M-, and VG++ for the cover. Not a lot of description from the seller, but certainly a lot of interest from the buyers. This one had 13 bids and sold for $555.65.
Louis Smith, Smithville, Blue Note 1594. This looked to be an original West 63rd deep-groove pressing. The record was listed in VG+ condition, and the cover was listed as VG+, but somehow the seller made it sound as if it were actually better than that. The play-grading described the record as between VG+ and VG++, with the description of some surface noise. And the nice clear picture of the cover made it seem that the cover may also have been better than VG+. I have a feeling whoever purchased this record may be hoping that it is, indeed, better than VG+. Why? Well, the price was $960. As for me, I tend to believe the seller’s original grading of VG+, and that’s what I would expect.
This looked like a nice one:
Eric Dolphy, Far Cry, New Jazz 8270. This was an original purple-label deep-groove pressing listed in M- condition for the record and VG+ for the cover. These plain white New Jazz covers have a tendency to get dirty, but this one looks pretty nice. It sold for $403.88.
Dexter Gordon, Our Man in Paris, Blue Note 4146. This was an original New York USA mono pressing with the ear, the Van Gelder, etc. It was in M- condition for both the record and the cover. It sold for $393. This was the first Dexter Blue Note I ever purchased, in the bargain bin at Sam Goody in Valley Stream, NY, somewhere probably around 1971. I think it’s still my favorite of the Dexter Blue Notes.