It’s been a couple of weeks since we posted our latest contest for a free collectible, so it is time to announce the winner. The item is Red Rodney, Bird Lives, Muse 5371. This is a 1989 pressing of a 1973 recording and, in addition to Rodney, features Charles McPherson, Barry Harris, Sam Jones and Roy Brooks. What is interesting about this LP, in addition to the fine music and the fitting tribute to Charlie Parker, is that this is a copy that is still in its original factory seal, not bad for a record 20 years old. As always, the criteria to be considered eligible to win the contest is to comment somewhere, anywhere on the Jazz Collector site. As we’ve mentioned many times, our only goal is to encourage people to comment so we can build a nice community of people interested in the jazz collectibles market and we can share information and experiences. For this record, we have eight eligible Jazz Collector readers. They are: Michel, Rudolf, Troy Grooms, Gregorious, Jim Beattie, Jim Thornton, Steve H and Bethellodge. As always, we are having the lovely Mrs J.C. pull the names out of a hat . . . and here she is . . . and here’s the hat . . . and here are the names . . . and here she goes . . . and, finally, the winner is . . .
Time to give away another free jazz collectible (that’s free as in no cost, not free as in no chord changes). There was some discussion on the site last week in reference to a sealed copy of Bill Evans’ Waltz For Debby, which sold for more than $2,000. We posed the question: What do you do with a sealed record? Do you open it and play it, thereby violating the seal, or do you just collect it and look at it? Anyway, we were perusing through our records and came upon a few items that were still sealed and decided to use one of these for our next giveaway contest. The item we chose is: Red Rodney, Bird Lives, Muse 5371. This is a 1989 pressing of a 1973 recording and it features Charles McPherson, Barry Harris, Sam Jones and Roy Brooks. The record features Read more
Okay, it’s finally time to announce the winner of our most recent giveaway contest for the book: Blue Note The Album Cover Art. As previously mentioned, this is a 128-book of album cover art from the Blue Note catalogue, first published in 1991 by Chronicle Books. It features page after page of classic Blue Note covers from the 1950s and 1960s, featuring many of the great designs by Reid Miles and photos by Francis Wolff. The book also includes a foreward by Horace Silver. We announced a couple of weeks ago we would be giving away a free copy of this book to one lucky reader of Jazz Collector. The criteria for being eligible to win the book were simple: All you had to do was comment on a post on the site, any post. Since we announced the contest, there have been 12 different individuals who have commented on the site and are thus eligible to win the book. They are:
OK, we’re still in the midst of the contest to give away the book: Blue Note The Album Cover Art. To be eligible to win this book — free, we even pay for shipping — all you have to do is post a comment on the Jazz Collector Web site before July 2. The winner will be announced July 3. When we did the original post announcing the contest, we promised to share with you the foreward of the book, written by Horace Silver. Here goes:
“Blue Note Records were very meticulous in every aspect of their production: They used he best vinyl, they paid for rehearsals and when I asked to be in on other parts of my album Alfred Lion (the label’s founder) gave me every opportunity. A lot of musicians in those days worked very hard to make good music and once the music was done, they let Alfred Lion go on with the rest of it. One day I went to Alfred and said,
OK, we’ve been putting up some interesting posts, but we’re not getting all that many comments these days, aside from Michel and Rudolf and a few of our other consistent (and always compelling) contributors. That means it must be time to give away another free collectible.
So, here it is, a new free giveaway contest from Jazz Collector, and it’s a Blue Note (no not an original copy of Candy by Lee Morgan, or even a second pressing of Newk’s Time by Sonny Rollins). It is (drum roll, please):
BLUE NOTE: THE ALBUM COVER ART
This is a 128-book of album cover art from the Blue Note catalogue, first published in 1991 by Chronicle Books. It features page after page of classic Blue Note covers from the 1950s and 1960s, featuring so many of the great designs by Reid Miles and photos by Francis Wolff. The book also includes a foreward by Horace Silver, which I will present in a separate post later in the week.
Best of all, the book will be given away FREE to one lucky reader of Jazz Collector. To be eligible to win all you have to do is
It’s been two weeks since we posted our latest contest to give away a free collectible, so it is now time to put the eligible names into a hat and round up Mrs. Jazz Collector for our drawing. The traffic has been quite high on the site the past two weeks, and there have been quite a bit of comments, but fewer individuals commenting than we’ve had in the past. Perhaps there’s less interest in this collectible because it is not a record. However, I think these Downbeats are great, and this one, with the Miles Davis Blindfold Test from 1964, is a classic. The eligible names this week are Bethellodge, Dave Sockel, Michel, Rudolf, John, Erich Schultz, Luke and Chris Mitchell. And the names are in the hat (actually they are, as always, strewn across my desk) and Mrs. JC is selecting, and the winner is . . . . .
We’ve been looking through our collection for something interesting for our next give-away contest and this is what we’ve come up with: A copy of Downbeat Magazine from June 18, 1964, featuring a really interesting Blindfold Test with Miles Davis. I’ll give you a few teasers from the interview:
On Eric Dolphy, Mary Ann from Far Cry, New Jazz 8270: “That’s got to be Eric Dolpy — nobody else could sound that bad! The next time I see him I’m going to step on his foot. You print that. I think he’s ridiculous.” Sadly, Dolphy passed away just two months later.
On Cecil Taylor: “Take it off! That’s some sad shit, man.” (Although, of course, Downbeat did not print the word ‘shit’).
There was one track that Miles actually liked and rated with five stars. That was:
OK, no new comments since yesterday, so it’s time to take the eligible names and place them in a hat (actually, we’ll just strew them across our desk) and ask Mrs. Jazz Collector to come in and pick a winner for the free LP, Hank Mobley, Dippin’, Blue Note 4209. So there are 15 entries — all of whom have commented on the Jazz Collector Web site in the past two weeks — and the winner of the record is . . . .
We’ve been so busy with life, we almost forgot that there’s a contest going on at Jazz Collector to give away a free record. The record is Hank Mobley, Dippin’, Blue Note 4209. It is not an original pressing, but a nice reissue with the West 63rd Street address on the label and the original linter notes and packaging. The record and cover are both in M- condition, and are being offered free to one lucky reader of Jazz Collector. As with all of our contests, all you have to do to be eligible is post a comment anywhere on the site. So far, we have 15 readers eligible for the contest: Mike Young, Jason, Mike Moore, Dan Hodina, Bland Alexandre, Bethellodge, Michel, Rudolf, Mike P, Jon Weintraub, Tom Konar, Ann, Erich Schultz, Davel Sockel and Brian. If you would like to add your name to this illustrious list, please post a comment on the site — anywhere — by the end of the day today. Then, tomorrow morning, we’ll have the infamous Mrs. Jazz Collector pull the winning name out of the hat. Again, it’s all free, we pay shipping, everything. The idea is to promote discussion on the site, and it seems to be working a bit: The 15 entries is the largest number we’ve had so far.
OK, it’s time to give away another record. We’ve done well giving away Blue Notes — hey, how can you do better than Blue Notes? — so we will give away another one. This time it’s Hank Mobley, Dippin’, Blue Note 4209. This is a mono pressing and it has the New York USA address, so it might fool you into thinking it’s an original. But it’s not. It’s a reissue with the 304 Park Avenue address on the cover. Still, it’s a great record, featuring Lee Morgan, Harold Mabern Jr., Larry Ridley and Billy Higgins. The tracks are The Dip; Recado Bossa Nova; The Break Through; The Vamp; I See Your Face Before Me; Ballin.’ The record and cover are both in M- condition. What’s best is that the record will be given away free to one lucky reader of Jazz Collector. To be eligible to win the record, all you have to do is: