Not Out of the Blue Quite Yet
The eBay watch list for jazz vinyl is still pretty full with interesting stuff. Let’s start with one that is not an original and will not even make it to the Jazz Collector Price Guide, if and when I ever get around to updating it again: Sonny Red, Out of the Blue, Blue Note 4032. This is an odd pressing: It has the West 63rd Street address on the labels, but no deep grooves and no ears. It also has shrink wrap, with a stamp that notes the record can be played on stereo players. I’m thinking this may be an early Liberty pressing when they still had old labels left over, although I don’t recall ever seeing other later and/or Liberty pressings of this record. There is a bid on the record at $40, but the seller also has a reserve price that hasn’t yet been met. I’ve had my eye on this record for a long time because I once owned a copy and traded it away about 30 years ago and have never been able to replace it. I can’t see replacing it with a non-original such as this, so the search goes on. Trading away an original copy of this record in beautiful condition was not one of the brighter things I’ve ever done in the world of jazz collecting.
This is a Blue Note that has a shot at making the $1,000 bin: Paul Chambers Quintet, Blue Note 1564. This is an original pressing that looks to be in close to M- condition for the record and probably VG+ or better for the cover. This one is at more than $800 with more than one day left on the auction. This is the same seller who is offering the Lester Young/Teddy Wilson record I mentioned the other day. I had been interested in perhaps bidding on that record, but the price is starting to get to the point where my interest is waning. The record was M-, but the cover was only VG. The price has moved to more than $30, reasonable for sure, but if it gets much higher the VG cover becomes more of an issue, for me at least. I do have snipes on a couple of titles out there now, but I’m not going to share them until the auctions are over. No sense in potentially hyping up the price by making my interest public, right?