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Off-Beat Labels, Deep Grooves and More (2 comments)
The Ahmad Jamal was released under the title “Chamber Music of the New Jazz” on Argo the following year, and again a few years later on Cadet. Each had different cover art. […]

2017-03-24 17:00:12
A Lexington Avenue Trio (11 comments)
Mac – I agree with you on the test pressing vs. commercial releases but there are a handful of Blue Notes that I’ve had a hard time putting in a category. They all have the “P” and Van Gelder Stamp but never went into production at that time. All of […]

2017-03-24 16:56:23
Under-The-Radar Jazz Vinyl Collectibles (15 comments)
The Wade Legge is one of those early Blue Note ‘borrowings’ of European recordings. As such, it was released concurrently on the Blue Note and Vogue record labels. Both original, but I would regard the Vogue as more desirable. That said, it’s still […]

Paul S.
2017-03-21 20:57:44
What Moves the Vinyl Market? Who the #$%* Knows (13 comments)
Ok , my 1 cent opinion on this. I Like the BN 1568 (I only have the AcousTech 45 Mastering … 🙁 but I think Hank Mobley BN 1550 is a better LP (I have a nice original 1st of this one). And yes, what ever the market dictates………. […]

2017-03-21 01:44:12
Jazz and the City (6 comments)
My wife and I went to the Louis Armstrong House Museum as well this past January, 2017. My wife and I made it a place we HAD to visit on our first time to NYC. We couldn’t miss it. And so glad we didn’t. […]

2017-03-20 16:24:29
Back To Reality: Coltrane Time (25 comments)
I have followed your site for several years, and I am continuously impressed by the content provided by you and fellow collectors. I have a question for you, that may also become a suitable topic for a blog post. I post in this thread because the […]

2017-03-20 11:53:25
We get email (26 comments)
A last wee bit o’ history for this segment. In 1948 or ’49, I went by myself to a midnight concert at Carnegie Hall featuring Lionel Hampton. My family and I were in town for a vacation. I got to see Hampton jump up and down on his floor tom like it […]

geoffrey wheeler
2017-03-18 09:24:13
A Cross Section of Collectible Jazz Vinyl (8 comments)
If you grew up in Britain in the 70s / 80s, you may not have known who Billy Taylor was, but you’d almost certainly heard “I wish I knew how it would be feel to be free”, as it was the theme tune for the very popular “Film (insert year)” BBC TV progr […]

2017-03-16 16:50:04
Wilen, Sonny Red (and a Story Goes With It) (10 comments)
In my experience I’ve always found “trades” to be a situation where somebody is trying to ‘win’ or get the best of the deal. I think Robert Crumb alluded to this in his interview with Mats Gustafson on his website and I agree. I believe it’s possib […]

2017-03-14 17:10:53
A Heavyweight Quartet (16 comments)
Vinyl_house is indeed an interesting operation. They claim to have a proprietary process for “restoring” covers to like new condition. Begs the question of if they have a process to restore the vinyl…. They remind me of auto restorers who pai […]

2017-03-13 22:00:30
Twelve Tips To Collecting Blue Note (21 comments)
Interesting info thanks for sharing […]

2017-03-10 11:27:41
eBaying: Frank Sinatra Autograph, LD BLue Note (9 comments)
Mine failed PSA/DNA. They said that they are secretarial autographs. […]

2017-03-06 18:44:17
Reader Forum (1662 comments)
Hi everyone I recently came across a Louis Armstrong vinyl at an estate sale and when I got home realized there was an autograph. Any suggestions on how to authenticate? […]

2017-03-05 17:59:51
Today’s Jazz Vinyl: It’s a Wrap (10 comments)
Among all of the 116 Liberty pressings of ‘Adam’s Apple’ listed on Popsike, mono:stereo ratio is 27:89. So I would estimate the proportion of mono production ranges from 16 to 31% (95% CI). Of these, the highest 10 listings (161 to 539 USD with the […]

2017-03-04 23:25:02
Free Jazz Cracking the $2,000 Bin on eBay (25 comments)
I would guess that the more rare and poignant a record is, like Black Unity Trio, the more it was played and borrowed out by like minded individuals, hence years of use and abuse on the disc. […]

2017-03-03 09:10:22
Clearing the Dex in an LA Dumpster (14 comments)
I realize that I do not legally own the stuff . […]

2017-03-02 23:01:13
Horace Parlan, RIP (7 comments)
I’ve been listening to Horace for the last couple of days and really enjoying his Blue Note work. As a heads up the complete Blue Note sessions on Blue Note from Mosaic Records is available to stream on Amazon or Spotify. […]

2017-03-02 16:37:37
Prestiges, Esquires and Blue Notes, Oh My (17 comments)
The Black Unity Trio LP sold for more at $2300!!? […]

2017-02-26 20:23:11
The Rise of the Second Pressings????? (28 comments)
A lot to ponder.

Nature abhors a vacuum and whenever a market moves to an extreme end of the bell curve, there is generally a reaction to fill the void. In the case of collectible LPs, the market begins to embrace non first pressings that have […]

2017-02-26 16:17:23
Diggin’ Prestige (And Esquire Too) (28 comments)
As a brief aside, I have found a copy of Miles Davis All Star Sexted on Barclay that uses original Prestige pressing parts, including having an RVG. I wonder if the mothers were plated in the US and shipped to France. Thoughts? I like the US artwork […]

david j
2017-02-21 03:55:49
Guest Column: A tribute to Ed Beach (25 comments)
Ed Beach was my hero. While attending Columbia University, not very long after the tumultuous spring 1968 student demonstrations, I became quite ill and had to take a semester off to recuperate at my parents’ house in Brooklyn. After a few months of […]

Marc Steinberg
2017-02-06 15:28:46
Rare European Jazz on eBay: Meinert, Pelzer and more… (15 comments)
Yeah I put in snipes on that one and the Moncur in shrink that seller had up; the Moncur went for about 220 which is not surprising but the Shorter’s insane. Looking at the bids it wasn’t even a mid-air collision between two close-out bids; multiple […]

2017-02-05 07:36:53
Rare Jazz Vinyl, But Not For Me (2 comments)
The Lou sold for $630 so I guess more people were feeling apprehensive. That seller listed a lot of Blue Notes at high starting prices and only a few of them ended up getting any bids. […]

2017-01-30 07:55:39
Two Reds and a Blue (Note) (4 comments)
Clifford – Yes, I believe the yellow cover is the second issue. A shop in LA last year had the yellow cover version for sale for $500…too rich for my blood for a second issue.

Bill – Condition goes a long way my friend…It helps as a seller t […]

2017-01-27 16:22:02
The Stratospheric Avant-garde on eBay – Bid or Buy (21 comments)
Bruce, what a facinating development!
I love joining these dots…
thanks a bunch for the contribution […]

2017-01-23 07:46:58
Oddities and Ends, So to Speak (12 comments)
Dexter swings his arse off on GETTING AROUND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My mono copy looks ++ but plays VG. Been trying to upgrade that one! […]

2017-01-23 03:45:48
The Complete Jazz Collector Bruce M. West Collection (18 comments)
Yes I’d like to more about the mysterious Horace! […]

Chris O
2017-01-18 00:13:45
RIP, Nat Hentoff (12 comments)
It’s amazing how many times you see the name “Nat Hentoff” on Jazz Lp’s.
I always got great pleasure reading these reviews.
RIP […]

2017-01-15 23:56:46
Guest Column: Collecting Jazz 45s (18 comments)
As Erich pointed out, 45s are a nice way to work on your collection without spending yourself poor. At least in my area (Midwest), 45s have been ignored and mistreated. Not many things are sadder than seeing a crate of 45s – or any records for that […]

David (Akron, Ohio)
2017-01-15 15:02:40
Rare Vinyl, Old Age and Other Existential Questions (9 comments)
I love how jacket grading can be an indicator of how liberal or conservatively a seller grades a record. That seller’s Little Johnny C jacket was graded M- and it looked VG+ to me…don’t mean to hate but I smell overgrading. […]

Rich (DG Mono)
2017-01-13 19:37:51

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