Jazz Vinyl This Week: A New High For Shorter

Here is some of the jazz vinyl we’ve been watching this week on eBay:

Wayne Shorter, JuJu, Blue Note 4182. This was an original New York USA mono pressing in M- condition for both the record and the cover. The price was $537. This is the highest price we’ve ever recorded for this record in the Jazz Collector Price Guide and is, in fact, the highest price we’ve ever recorded for any Wayne Shorter album.

This one was from the same seller: Kenny Burrell, Blue Lights Volume 2, Blue Note 1597. This is one of the ones with the Andy Warhol cover. This was not an original pressing — at least not a first pressing — because it had the New York USA labels as opposed to the West 63rd Street labels. We’ve been watching a lot of second and third presses lately, particularly the Blue Notes, because we’ve seen a pretty strong uptick in prices. This one sold for $179.50 in M- condition for both the record and the cover.

We flagged this one when the bidding topped $60 because we’ve never considered it that much of a collectible:

The Gigi Gryce/Donald Byrd Jazz Laboratory and the Cecil Taylor Quartet At Newport, Verve 8238. This was one of  a group of at least 10 albums from Verve that were recorded live at the 1957 Newport Jazz Festival. I’ve never seen any of them sell for too much and, in the end, this one didn’t either: It was in M- condition and sold for $68.50.

Here’s a nice Prestige: Mal Waldron, Mal-1, Prestige 7090. This was an original New York yellow label pressing and it looked to be in VG+ condition for both the record and the cover. It sold for $405.


  • Both the Wayne Shorter and Kenny Burrell prices blow me away. I thought about bidding on Juju, but wasn’t going to spend more than $75 as it is one of my favorites. Glad I didn’t bother. And the Blue Lights Volume 2 for a second pressing is just crazy. I would have figured $20-30 only because in my mind the second pressing can’t be all that collectible. For $179.50, I hope the guy got the “ear” at least.

  • I just picked up an original MONO (47 West 63rd NYC) copy of Sonny Rollins – Newk’s Time, for $100. I was a little worried by the description, but decided to take a chance. I received the record and was plesantly surprised by the condition. The cover was in excellent shape and the record, which was graded as VG/VG+, played much, much better than that. The seller also stated that it was a non-deep groove pressing which I had never seen before. It was in fact a deep groove pressing RVG w/ ear mark. Killer Record!

  • I would love to score an original mono Juju-and had been watching the one mentioned-but was ultimately left behind(I did not bid). I’m afraid to say it,but the days of getting this title for a song(relatively speaking) may be over.

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