Tracking Trey Blue Notes

curtis fuller on blue noteThe Jazz Record Center has an auction closing tomorrow and, as is usually the case, there are some interesting records worth watching, including Curtis Fuller, The Opener, Blue Note 1567. This is an original pressing that looks to be in M- condition for both the record and the cover. The bidding is now in the $520 range. In the past I would have said that the Jazz Record Center auctions get top dollar, which makes watching them valuable in tracking the market, but I don’t think that is the case any longer. I think not taking Pay Pal eliminates a portion of the buyers, but it probably eliminates some of the risker potential buyers as well.

This one is from the same auction and the action, so far, is surprisingly subdued: Cannonball Adderley, Somethin’ Else, Blue Note 1595. This is an original pressing that looks to be in M- condition for both the record and the cover. With the auction closing tomorrow, there is only one bid at $200. We’ve seen this record sell for more than $1,000 several times in the Jazz Collector Price Guide, so we’ll see what happens with this copy.

This one, not from the Jazz Record Center auction, is getting some action and will probably sell for a pretty high price: Jackie McLean, New Soil, Blue Note 4013. This is an original West 63rd Street pressing listed in M- condition for both the record and the cover. The bidding is in the $260 range and there are still four days left in the auction.



  • PhantomTollbooth

    I have a feeling part of the reason these auctions are not getting top dollar is that they have terrible titles — it’s just [artist name] on [label]. At least put the name of the album in there! Not having that in there is going to seriously lower the number of people who find what you have for sale.

  • I agree although it appears that the titles and descriptions are different for this auction vs past auctions. Maybe someone else at the JRC organized this auction?

  • brian o'blivion

    that’s the way the JRC have listed records for auction forever. enough serious collectors trust them that they don’t need to expend any extra effort to draw in new bidders. watch what happens tomorrow-those records will sell and sell high-especially the curtis fuller. maybe not all time high but still very expensive..

  • The Opener’s in my top five wants…magical record…someday…do you have this record Al?

  • I think Fred is deliberately making his listings difficult to find–I think he only wants to sell to a select market that’s “in the know”.

  • Following the thread on SOMETHING ELSE original pressing by Cannonball on Blue Note. It felt like being in a boiler room of salesmen and stock-pickers.

    “Yeah, that album. It’s currently very underpriced according to its market.” “No, sir. Those buyers are just late actors, snipers really.” “But the listing is so oddly-placed, like they don’t want sellers.” And so on.

    Love, Love, this site but the more talk of money, the further away is the bounce of Cannonball’s alto.

  • Fred’s understatement in a simple auction title like “Hank Mobley on Blue Note” makes one curious to discover which Mobley is for sale. I think it is an excellent sales ploy.

  • That copy of Change of the Century did some serious damage.

  • Rich — I had the record and sold it among the bunch of records I sold 25 years ago to buy a boat. Regular readers know the story. I sold the records, I bought the boat, the boat sank, some of the records I’ve never been able to replace, including The Opener. The moral of the story? Don’t sell records to buy a boat.

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