Mingus, Bud, Trane and More
Here are some of the jazz records we’re watching on eBay now, including a few from our friends at The Jazz Record Center, starting with: Charles Mingus at the Bohemia, Debut 123. This is an original pressing in M- condition for the record and probably VG+ or VG++ for the cover. The start price is $200 and there are no bidders with three days left in the auction. I have to admit, I’ve been buying jazz records for 45 years now and I’ve never held an original pressing of this record in my hands. There will be bidding, I am quite sure. From the same auction is this: Bud Powell, Jazz Giant, Norgran 1063. This is an original yellow label pressing that looks to be in M- condition for both the record and the cover. The start price on this one is $300 and, as with the Mingus record, there are no bidders as of now.
I guess we’re continuing to see a rise in the value of the John Coltrane Impulses, based on recent auctions such as this one:
John Coltrane, Africa Brass, Impulse 6. This was, of course, Coltrane’s first Impulse album. This copy is an original pressing that looks to be in VG++ condition for the record and possibly VG+ or VG++ for the cover. The bidding is at more than $200 a the closing is fairly imminent.
The action has gotten surprisingly hot and heavy on that Sonny Red, Out of the Blue, record we mentioned the other day. That’s the one with the West 63rd Street address, but no ears and no deep grooves. When we first saw this record, there was one bid at $40. Now there’re six bids and the price is in the $115 range — yet it still hasn’t met the seller’s reserve price. We are not getting in on the action for this one, for the record.