Are We Seeing a Shift in Value of Jazz Promo LPs?
What’s going on with promo jazz records? I was just perusing eBay and came upon this number closing later today: Donald Byrd and Gigi Gryce, Modern Jazz Perspective, Columbia 1058. This is a mono pressing with the six-eye white promo label. It is listed in M- condition for the record and the cover and it certainly looks nice. But the condition doesn’t explain the bidding, which is now more than $200. I’ve seen this record so often for $20-$30 even in nice condition, it’s hard to rationalize such a high price for a promo copy, but perhaps things are changing and, for whatever reason, these white promo Columbias are suddenly in greater demand. We’ve certainly seen a big price increase over the years for promo copies of Kind of Blue and Dave Brubeck’s Time Out. Maybe this is just an extension of the interest? The seller must have run into a collection owned by a former Columbia employee, at least that’s what he suggests, because he has many of these white label Columbia pressings on eBay this week. There area lot of Errol Garners and Brubecks and Ellingtons and, from what I can see, none is getting the kind of interest or bidding that compares to the Byrd/Gryce LP. In fact, the only other one I noticed with a collectible price was another one of the same ilk: Don Byrd-Gigi Gryce, Jazz Lab, Columbia 998. This is another white label promo copy and it is in M- condition for the record and the cover. The bidding is now in the $80 range with about five hours left.