Curtis Counce Group

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Selected track: “Landslide” > Artists Jack Sheldon (tp) Harold Land (ts) Carl Perkins (p) Curtis Counce (b) Frank Butler (d) recorded Los Angeles, CA, October 8, 1956 Music Original 1957 US press of Contemporary release “The Curtis Counce Group”, featuring the … Continue reading

George Wallington: Jazz for the Carriage Trade (1956) Prestige/ Esquire

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Track Selection: Foster Dulles (Frank Foster) Artists Donald Byrd (trumpet) Phil Woods (alto saxophone) George Wallington (piano) Teddy Kotick (bass) Bill Bradley (drums), recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, January 20, 1956. Music Wallington was pianist with Dizzy … Continue reading

Dexter blows smoke “Hot and Cool” (1955) Dootone/ Ducretet Thompson

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Selection: “I Hear Music” . Artists: Dexter is supported by a very West Coast line up – Carl Perkins (p), Leroy Vinnegar (b) Chuck Thompson (d) Jimmy Robinson (t). Music Like most of Dexter’s records, it is straight surefooted tenor-led jazz. Vinyl: Vintage French … Continue reading

Elmo Hope Sextet “Informal Jazz” (1956) Esquire

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Track Selection: “On it” Artists Donald Byrd (tp) John Coltrane, Hank Mobley (ts) Elmo Hope (p) Paul Chambers (b) Philly Joe Jones (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, May 7, 1956 Music A typical Prestige “blowing session” as the title … Continue reading

Bennie Green: Soul Stirrin’ (1958) Blue Note

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Track Selection: “Lullaby of the Doomed”  Artists Bennie Green (tb, vo) Gene Ammons, Billy Root (ts) Sonny Clark (p) Ike Isaacs (b) Elvin Jones (d) Babs Gonzales (vo -2,4) recorded at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, April 28, 1958 … Continue reading

Coleman Hawkins “Hawk Eyes” (1959)

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Track Selection : “La Rosalita” Artists Coleman Hawkins (ts) Charlie Shavers (t) Tiny Grimes (g) Ray Bryant (p)  George Duvivier (b) Osie Johnson (d) Recorded April 3rd 1959 Music Hawkins was one of those older tenor voices from the Lester Young era, with a very distinctive … Continue reading

“Alone Together” Smackdown: Pepper vs Hank vs Grant

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Updated November 26, 2017 – previous rips, which previously were muddled up and labelled incorrectly, are replaced with fresh rips made on the latest quality audio system (Avid Acutus Reference) at 320kbps (double previous resolution, each rip correctly attributed. One … Continue reading

“You can not have enough Tina Brooks”. Discuss.

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Track Selection: “Street Singer” Tina Brooks with Jackie McLean > Artists (Street Singer): Tina Brooks (ts) Jackie McLean (as) Blue Mitchell (t) Kenny Drew (p) Paul Chambers (b) Art Taylor (d) recorded Sepember 1st, 1960 Music According to an online seller the … Continue reading

“And how would sir like to pay – cash, cheque or Blue Note?”

Ebay record auctions are a measure of the world’s pulse on collectible jazz. Three or is it now seven trillion people on the planet, and only a few hundred collectors and traders in the whole world set the current “going rate” and confirm how desirable some of these records are.

Ultra-rare records have always earned their premium – the mint Mobley 1568, or 1538 Jutta Hipp whatever, and other entries in the famousJazz Collector  $1,000+ bin. Cheap compared to a Ming vase or Picasso, but expensive to us ordinary mortals. I am more interested in the going rate for “bread and butter” collectible jazz, Blue Note being among the most collectible. I am usually interested first in the home UK sellers to avoid postage premium, shipping delays, customs charges, or problems with dispute returns.In the last week I have noticed a new benchmark for these “mid-field” collectibles:

A handful I was bidding on all went through the roof. What would have sold for £100-175 a few months ago seems to have risen to now £200-275.

Ebay allows you to check back on the location of auction winners via the feedback listing of sellers. In the past when I have followed up high prices in Blue Notes  the South East Asia connection has been strong. Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. This time my interest picked up, in addition to our German friends (lots of “Musik” in the history)  an unexpected number of Russian Federation buyers, and damn it, UK audiophiles (buying history includes lots of tubes and components) . I guess if you are going to spend £20,000 on a turntable, £250 on  record is no big deal.

While the whole world is downloading and sharing for free, those of us who want “the real thing” are going to have to tighten our belts, remortgage the house, or just turn our sights on the “less collectible”.

Sahib Shihab and the Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra (1965)

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Selected Track: Tenth Lament Artists Sahib Shihab (flute, baritone saxophone, cowbells). Danish Radio Jazz Orchestra: Bent Jaedig (flute, tenor saxophone); Palle Mikkelborg, Palle Bolvig (trumpet, flugelhorn); Allan Botschinsky (flugelhorn); Poul Kjaeldgard (trombone, bass trombone, tuba); Svend Nielsen (trombone, bass trombone); … Continue reading