Jazz Vinyl From The Jazz Record Center

The folks at Jazz Record Center have a new eBay auction up now. It’s always interesting to watch their stuff because their strong brand name ensures top market value. Here are a few of the records we’ll be watching from this auction:

Art Pepper, Modern Art, Intro 606. This is an original deep groove pressing that is in M- condition for both the record and the cover. It has a start price of $750 and already has a bidder, so you can expect that this one may be headed for the $1,000 bin.

Horace Silver and the Jazz Messengers, Blue Note 1518. This is a West 63rd Street pressing, whereas the original first pressing would have been Lexington Avenue. I’m curious about this second press Blue Notes, which many of our readers think of as originals, because their prices have gone up quite a bit recently. I just bought a West 63rd copy of the first Miles Davis Blue Note, which I’ll be selling at some point, either on eBay or from my basement. This one is in “near-new” condition and already has a bidder at $100.

I’ve always liked this record and I do, fortunately, have an original pressing: Lou Donaldson, Swing and Soul, Blue Note 1566. This one is also in very nice M- condition and has a bidder at a $350 start price.

R.I.P James Moody: James Moody, Wail Moody Wail, Prestige 7036. This is an original New York pressing with the yellow label and deep groove. It is also in M- condition. For some reason, the market for Moody LPs has never been quite as strong as for other artists of the era. Not sure why, but it has enabled me to build a nice collection of Moody LPs. This one has no bidders at a start price of $75.

Fred has this one listed as a second pressing, although I haven’t bought his book yet and don’t quite understand why. This one has one sided deep groove and I had always thought that was the original pressing: Kenny Drew, Undercurrent, Blue Note 4059. This one is a review copy and is in M- condition, perhaps unplayed. The start price is $250 and there are no bidders yet.


  • From my knowledge, the Kenny Drew, Undercurrent, Blue Note 4059 to be a 1st press should have:

    47 West 63rd address with INC on label and NEW YORK USA address on cover
    Deep-groove on side 2
    Plastylite P (“ear”)
    RVG stamped in dead wax
    With a Laminated cover

    This one says: no deep-groove on Side 2 – so, 2nd press.

    Hope it helps.

  • Correction to previous post:

    Cover address:

    43 West 61st St. address w/New York 23
    with Printed Spine (4000 mono series)

    Sorry! 🙂

  • most 1 rst pressings i have seen had deep groove on side 2
    mayby he mis-wrote himself?

  • The picture shows side 2 without a deep groove.

  • That is correct; coming from Fred I don’t believe he mis-wrote.

  • mayby i didn’t see it or he just adjusted it: it says: this is a ‘second’ P pressing, so he iwas right all along

  • while I’m waiting for my BN book I would like to comment on 4059:I’ve recorded 3 different issues:side one deep groove only
    side two deep groove only
    double sided NO deep groove
    we know that Plastylite did change equipments at this point and that no more deep groove should be issued.
    what looks strange to me is that if new equipment was used for and from this number is the existence of side one OR side two deep grooved.
    why half production deep grooved on side one and the other on side two ?
    there weren’t thousands of copies to print.
    using new equipment it seems logic to produce one kind only,even using old stampers for the other side.
    any idea out there ?

  • Good point; no idea

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