Searching for Bargains and Deep Grooves

Informal Jazz copyInformal JazzHere are a few more rare jazz records worth watching on eBay, starting with Elmo Hope, Informal Jazz, Prestige 7043. This looks to be an original New York yellow label pressing listed in M- condition for the record and VG++ for the cover. This one just came onto eBay and has a start price of $380. It also has a “but-it-now” price of $700. I have a feeling, once people start reading this article, someone just might swoop in and buy it. The $700 price tag actually seems pretty reasonable for this very rare LP. I, fortunately, have my own copy now, courtesy of the family of Bruce W. West in Baltimore.¬†Also from Prestige: Kenny Dorham, Quiet Kenny, New Jazz 8225. This is an original deep-groove purple label pressing listed in VG++ condition for both the record and the cover. There are five days left on the auction and the bidding is in the $565 range, on its way up into somewhere in the $1,500 to $3,000 range for its final price.

How about a couple of Hank Mobleys:

Hank Mobley, Roll Call, Blue Note 4058. This is a West 63rd Street pressing listed in VG+ condition for the record and the cover. I read the listing over three times looking for the words “deep” and “groove” but I never saw them. And I looked at closeups of the pictures and I don’t think I saw them there either. It’s funny because the record has other indications of an original pressing, including what looks to be the original outer sleeve. The price is in the $130 range with three days left.

Hank Mobley, Soul Station, Blue Note 4031. This looks to be an original pressing and both the record and the cover look to be in VG+ condition. The auction opens at about $400 but with four days to go there are no bidders. I imagine there will be at some point.



  • Why do people take pictures of covers that are still in their protective plastic sleeves? Frustrating.

  • I’m desperately looking for two (in NM condition) records : “This times the drums on Me”, by Stan Levey on Bethlehem and “The Sound Of Wild OPen Spaces” by James Clay and Dave Fathead Newman, on Riverside….

    I’ve been looking for them sooooo long time… In the same time frame i ‘ve seen 10 “1568”, 15 “Quiet Kenny” and 25 “True Blue” and 50 “Waltz for Debby”….:-)

    Sorry, to be off topic…

  • I too have been looking for Levey on the Bethlehem for a long time. Not even a whiff…………..

  • Must say , “Hank Mobley, Soul Station, Blue Note 4031” in vg+ shape starting at $499.00 seems high!

  • Also, just wondering about the Soul Station lp, should the laminated lifting on cover rate a vg+?

  • Note for his other listings (Booker Little and Friend, for example), he clearly identified “DG.”

    BTW, the Booker Little record looks nice, but he admits, in the listing, that he “just” put a 2″ split in the jacket when pulling the record out. A+ for honesty, D- for record handling.

  • Levey is a great lp. Had two copies, sold the better one 30 or so years ago.
    still have one in VG- or so condition. Guess I should go play it

  • The Roll Call might have deep grooves. The light may play us som tricks here. But one has to ask to make sure. My copy has deep groves at least ,-)

  • Supercharged Weasel

    I hope I’m not breaking some kind of rule with this, but the previously mentioned Stan Levey record on Bethlehem and the James Clay and Dave Fathead Newman record on Riverside both seem to be available on Discogs, with the Stan Levey supposedly in NM-/NM- condition, and the Riverside record in NM- condition for the record, but unfortunately only G+ for the cover. Discogs sellers sometimes don’t know what they’re talking about, so I’d recommend asking for pictures and whatnot, but those may possibly be worth checking out if you are really desperately looking for them (if you haven’t looked already).

    Back to the shadows now…

  • To be fair, the seller of that Soul Station did not grade the cover, just described its condition and flaws. The vinyl could very well be VG+.

    I couldn’t really tell whether or not the Roll Call was DG but I have my doubts. The seller is also a thrift store that doesn’t seem to have much of a clue. I’d be wary.

  • The “roll call” is not deep groove; I asked a few days ago. It’s a title I really want myself, but I won’t be chasing this copy.

    As for “informal jazz”, well, I could not be happier with my analogue productions 33 mono reissue of it..looks and sounds better then any possibly original I could find..even in mint condition old prestiges have a tendency to be noisy.

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