Some More Beautiful Jazz Vinyl

Here’s one I forgot to put on my want list the other day: Lee Morgan Sextet, Blue Note 1541. This one is an original Lexington Avenue pressing listed in VG+ condition for the record and VG++ for the cover. Great crystal clear cover picture that makes the listing quite enticing, don’t you think? This was one of the first Blue Note records I ever purchased, back in the early 1970s, but, of course, in those days the record available in the bins at Sam Goody’s was a reprocessed stereo Liberty pressing. And that’s what I’ve had all of these years. This particular copy will not likely be the replacement: The bidding has already neared $500 and there are are still more than four days left on the auction.

Here’s another beauty from the same era, similar black and white cover with some yellow type: Hank Mobley with Donald Byrd and Lee Morgan, Blue Note 1540. This is also an original Lexington Avenue pressing. This one is in VG++ condition for both the record and the cover. The pricing is now at $1,100 but it hasn’t reached the seller’s reserve price.

Let’s get away from Blue Note for the next couple:

Eric Dolphy at the Five Spot, New Jazz 8260. This one was in M- condition for the record and probably VG++  for the cover. Looked very nice in the listing as well. Sold for $710.

Lester Young, The President, Norgran 1005. This was an original yellow label pressing and was part of the listings from the seller zero.street. I like to keep a watch out for Norgrans that sell at collectible prices because I love the Norgrans and I fear there will be a day when collector’s lose interest. But perhaps I’m wrong. This one was in VG++ condition for both the record and the cover and sold for $316.







  • The LM Sextet cover is one of the best. Elegant, superb design. Great record too! I have a west coast Liberty/UA blue/black that will have to do for now; the Lexington prices are always eye-watering.

  • This 1541 was the only really incredible find in my collector’s life. I found a NM copy at 20 €,in Nice, France, some 10 years ago.

  • That is sad that the Norgrans are becoming less collectible. The albums issued on that label were what a lot of the real jazz fans were purchasing and listening to back in the day.

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