Updates From The Jazz Record Center Auction, Part 2
Why isn’t this record worth more: Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins, Prestige 7075? This was an original New York pressing. The record was in M- condition — nearly new — and the cover looked like it was at least VG++, maybe better. It sold for $192.50. I happen to think this is a terrific album. I love Sonny’s interpretation of The Way You Look Tonight. When I was first getting into jazz I used to compare this version to the Stan Getz version on Stan Getz Plays and it took me a while to reconcile not only that it was the same song, but that it was even the same instrument. My ears are obviously much more sophisticated now, but at the time the difference in approach seemed so stark. And I liked both versions. Anyway, I repeat my query: Why is this great original Prestige, featuring two of the geniuses of modern jazz, not even a $200 record?
This has always been one of the rarest and more expensive of the Riversides, for good reason: Sonny Rollins, The Sound of Sonny, Riverside 241. This was an original white label pressing and it was in M- condition for both the record and the cover. It sold for $765. It’s the presence of Sonny Clark with Rollins that makes this one so sought-after, no?
Now for a few Blue Notes:
Kenny Dorham, Afro-Cuban, Blue Note 5065. This was an original 10-inch pressing and it was in M- condition for both the record and the cover. The price was $854.09. Someone will be quite pleased to get this record in this condition.
Horace Parlan, Up and Down, Blue Note 4082. This was an original New York USA pressing with a “Review Copy” stamp. The record and cover looked to be in M- condition and the top bid was $656.60.
Donald Byrd, Byrd in Hand, Blue Note 4019. This was an original, deep groove West 63rd Street pressing in M- condition for the vinyl and probably VG+ for the cover. The price was $332.87.