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Stefano: the yellow Prestige label is the first edition of MAL/3.
Michael: of course your Blue Note is an original, but may be a second or third pressing run, when they ran out of stock for the original Lex Ave labels. These mixed labels are quite c […]

2017-05-26 04:42:33
Random Musings and Blue Notes (30 comments)
Note that the Lionel Hampton 10-inch Blue Note ended up selling for $399, but earlier fetched over $1,000 in a Jazz Record Center auction. So you can add it to the Thousand Dollar Bin. […]

Lawrence Lorber Cohn
2017-05-25 16:25:54
Monday Morning Blue Notes (20 comments)
Ethan, no laminate on later sleeves, either. So sliding them around on shelves was rougher because there was more friction. Just a guess.

Caroline, yeah I hear you. I have done it a few times, but honestly I just do what I can when I can. I don’t […]

Gregory the Fish
2017-05-25 11:51:03
Under-The-Radar Jazz Vinyl Collectibles (16 comments)
I met/knew Jim Legge, Wade’s brother, who had a band here in Buffalo, and used to help run the CMC (Colored Musicians Club; the former “alternative union”). I knew Wade recorded with Dizzy, but not that he had his own release on Blue Note. Very cool, […]

2017-05-17 23:40:36
Guest Column: A tribute to Ed Beach (26 comments)
I listened to Ed Beach on radio many times and trusted his knowledge of jazz and its presentation implicitly. I taped some of his programs for reference but used his playlists as a guide to records I might want to buy. I came to Ed’s program after li […]

geoffrey wheeler
2017-05-15 01:18:40
Mobley Blue Note 1568: And the winner is . . . (38 comments)
Regarding the finding 1568 with two promo stamps and no NY23: It’s not relevant in deciding the matter of the earliest first press. As many of us are well aware, BN sometimes released promos considerably later than when the first press run hit the re […]

2017-05-14 21:19:13
Are We Seeing a Shift in Value of Jazz Promo LPs? (21 comments)
In my research, the White labels/Promo pressings are the first ones. DJs are issued those copies, and they took excellent care of their vinyl. How embarrassing it is to have a record skip during a radio broadcast. […]

2017-05-14 00:58:32
Cool Struttin’ At the JRC (31 comments)

$643 for a United Artists Hank 10″ on the May 1st Jazz Record Center auction –
what a record !
I cannot remember any Blue Note UA pressin […]

2017-05-09 16:50:18
From Our Readers: Blue Note and Cosmic Trane (20 comments)
Cosmic Music: The cover illustrated here is indeed the original. The first labels are lavender, with the same pattern as the cover.

Personally, I’m happy to see reissues and VG+ records going for high prices. I don’t think the concept of greed has […]

2017-05-05 23:52:47
The Stupid List (32 comments)
Bill Evans
John Coltrane
Wayne Shorter
Joe Henderson
Andrew Hill […]

Kevin B
2017-05-05 14:10:18
Sonny Clark, Dexter and an Over/Under Betting Proposition for Mobley’s Blue Note 1568 (22 comments)
$643.00 for the Mobley UA reissue!!! UNREAL!!! […]

2017-05-01 19:21:01
High Priced Vinyl, Mobley Update, WFMU Record Fair, An Offer You Can’t Refuse (At Least, I Can’t) (25 comments)
The final price on the Mobley 1568 was less than one would have expected for this lp in “new” condition. It has sold for 1k over this price a couple times recently (for lp’s in lesser condition). I’m convinced several factors were at play. The obviou […]

2017-05-01 16:34:14
Interesting Prices, Know What I Mean? (7 comments)
Back in the Fifties, and perhaps beyond, certain Down Beat reviewers may have received too many review copies and listened to too many records they became blase. The same was certainly true in the 1930s and ’40s when reviewers dinged records that lat […]

geoffrey wheeler
2017-04-29 15:48:10
Potpourri of Vinyl, Record Shows, Old Photos (17 comments)
IMO Gus Johnson was one of the greatest jazz drummers. He first garnered attention when he joined Jay McShann’s band in 1938. He joined Basie around 1950, replacing Butch Ballard, who had replaced Jo Jones. He was with Basie until 1954 when he suffer […]

geoffrey wheeler
2017-04-22 12:39:57
Expensive Jazz Vinyl, Back To the Movies (13 comments)
Something about the cover for Tenor Madness has always bothered me. Rollins Plays for Bird is one of my favourite. […]

2017-04-19 22:46:13
To Buy (It Now), Or Not to Buy (It Now) (15 comments)
Hey Cellery – I just started to follow a few folks from here and other places…just started building a cool relationship with folks. When they posted I commented and asked if they had it for trade or sale and it went from there.

I usually tag […]

2017-04-18 12:42:34
An Interview with John Scheinfeld, Writer and Director of Chasing Trane, The New John Coltrane Documentary (6 comments)
Saw it Saturday. Wasn’t too impressed — the director actually introduced the film and did not talk about Coltrane, only about how he got Denzel to do a few voiceovers. He seemed like someone I would not want to spend more than 2 minutes talking to.

Clifford Allen
2017-04-17 10:33:27
Bummer (4 comments)
The film is still being screened at the Metrograph ( I saw the documentary there, and quite liked the intimate setting. […]

Chasing Jazz
2017-04-10 19:13:03
Off-Beat Labels, Deep Grooves and More (28 comments)
GW – are you referring to the Magic Flute? What a great store. I found many records, made many friends and found a partner for my own record store there. […]

2017-04-08 23:21:07
The Inbox: Junior Mance Documentary, Expensive Vinyl (6 comments)
I will! That film looks great. Shared on FB as well. […]

Clifford Allen
2017-04-07 12:25:46
Blakey, Mobley and a Pair of Monks (6 comments)
I tried to buy a bunch of Coltrane on the latest funkysounds auction but got sniped on almost everything. […]

Scott Lowrey
2017-04-06 16:33:41
Rare Jazz on eBay: Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, Barney Wilen and More (24 comments)
Yes, Zappa had some great lines. An interviewer with a wooden leg said to him, ‘So Frank, you have long hair. Does that make you a woman?’ Frank Zappa: ‘You have a wooden leg. Does that make you a table?” […]

2017-04-01 20:58:58
About & Contact (2 comments)
Try getting a Digital to Analogue converter for your CD deck, normally between £500-£1500 in the UK. It will give you back the warmth and presence of Vinyl. […]

Malcolm J Greaves
2017-03-30 17:43:58
What Moves the Vinyl Market? Who the #$%* Knows (14 comments)
Please remember that 1568 was a lost one… I´ve have never seen any reissues ( NY USA, Liberty…).
What is the second pressing ? KING from `78 to ´81 ? […]

2017-03-29 05:18:22
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
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

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