Wanted: your “Most Wanted” lists

DG Mono  asked for it, LJC happy to oblige.


You have told everyone how big your collection is. I’m impressed. Now what are the records you really really want? The ones you crave but can’t get, that you can’t afford, the ones you bid on – and laugh when you see the final price, the ones that would make your friends spit and turn green with envy. May be you have later reissue, a modest Japanese press, even just the Evil Silver Disk, but you want that original vinyl.

Play Fantasy Jazz Record Collector. It’s cheaper than therapy. You can nominate ten records you would most like to have spinning on your turntable right now. It doesn’t matter what they cost, you can afford it, because in this game you have an unlimited supply of record collecting vouchers.

record-collecting-vouchers Only ten records maximum  – don’t be greedy. And don’t worry about condition, all records and covers in Fantasy Record Collecting are mint. Unlike in reality. All Most Wanted records are assumed to be original pressings. Also unlike reality. If enough people put in their list, I can compile the answers to create a Most Wanted Hall of Fame, so to help me, your list needs to be in the following format, one line per entry, separated with a semi-colon:

Artist First Name and Last Name; Record Title; Label or Edition detail

Example: John Coltrane; Blue Train; Blue Note

Type your Most Wanted list in the Comments box in response to this post – that way everyone else can see read list. And have a good laugh, or feel smug because they have got them and you don’t. Schadenfreude is OK in this game.

To avoid WordPress’s annoying nesting behaviour, each list should be a fresh comment, not a reply to someone else’s list (unless you are specifically following up with a comment on that list). LJC comments are open to anyone, do not require registration or captcha, just fire away however usual LJC Comments Policy applies – offers of sale will be deleted, this is an educational non-commercial site, sorry.

From some of the comments on the How Big is Your Jazz Collection? post it seems there will be a few collectors that won’t be able to take part, because they already have every record they have ever wanted (sigh). Please be patient, there will be a major boasting opportunity in a future post. (Suggestions for future topics, polls or surveys always welcome)

Over to you. Don’t be shy. You’ll feel better for it. What’s on your Most Wanted list?


107 thoughts on “Wanted: your “Most Wanted” lists

  1. 10 items I’d love to find dirt cheap but aren’t:

    Miles Davis – In Person – Reel To Reel tape. US, with green on spine and no sticker on front.
    Miles Davis – Filles De Kilimanjaro – Reel To Reel tape. Japan only.
    Miles Davis – At Fillmore – Reel To Reel tape. Japan only.
    Miles Davis – E.S.P. – Reel To Reel tape. Japan only.
    Miles Davis – Bitches Brew – Reel To Reel tape. Japanese issue.
    Miles Davis – Seven Steps To Heaven- Reel To Reel tape. Japanese issue.
    Gasolin’ – What A Lemon – American version of the danish album.
    Disney soundtrack – Snowwhite and The Seven Dwarves – UK 78RPM album 3 discs.
    Prince – Black album – Original vinyl issue. The 1994 reprint is also priced high.
    David Bowie – Hunky Dory – Reel To Reel tape. 1971.

    and as #11-14 the four Frank Zappa album on Reel To Reel tape still missing from my collection.

  2. My most wanted:

    Amancio D’Silva “hum dono” (columbia)
    Masayuki Takayanagi “independence” (union)
    Masayuki Takayanagi “eclipse” (iskra)
    Rendell/Carr 5tet “Shades of blue” (columbia)
    Masahiko Togashi “Isolation” (columbia)
    Steve Lacy “solo at space who” (private)
    Peter Brotzmann “machine gun” (BRO orig)
    Sun Ra “jazz in silhouette” (orig silkscreened saturn)

  3. The 10 records i’d like to own:

    Elvin Jones / Richard Davis ‎– Heavy Sounds , Impulse!
    Jimmy Smith – Groove Drops, Verve Record
    Dorothy Ashby – Afro-Harping, Cadet Records
    Keith Jarrett – Sun Bear Concerts, ECM Records
    Larry Ridley – Sum Of The Parts, Strata-East
    Hannibal Marvin Peterson – Hannibal, MPS Records
    Cecil Taylor – Live At The Cafe Montmartre, Fantasy
    Paul Bley Trio – Blood, Fontana
    Wes Montgomery – The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery, Riverside Records
    Thelonious Monk Orchestra – At Town Hall, Riverside Records


  4. The 10 records i’d like to own:
    Sonny Rollins – Saxophone Colossus (Prestige)
    Sonny Clark – Cool Struttin (Blue Note)
    Sonny Criss – Go Man! (Imperial)
    Jutta Hipp – At the Hickory House Vol. 1 ( Blue Note)
    Don Wilkerson – Preach Brother! (Blue Note)
    Lucky Thompson – Lucky Strikes (Prestige)
    Bill Evans – Waltz for Debby (Riverside)
    Blue Mitchell – The thing to do (Blue Note)
    Miles Davis – Kind of Blue (Columbia)
    Chet Baker Quartet – Chet Baker in Paris (Barclay, with Dick Twardzik)

  5. There is only one record on my list:
    Lee Morgan Savoy MG 12091 red label,dgr.My copy is new,but with the maroon label and I am still looking for the first issue.When I find it my collection will be complete.

  6. My wish list,,,not something I’ve ever considered as I mainly buy on considered impulse

    Lucky Thompson and Friends —A Lucky songbook in Europe— MPS
    Kenny Dorham —-Quiet Kenny—–New Jazz
    Buddy Bolden—Live ! — Brunswick
    Eddie Costa—House of blue lights—–Dot
    Tyrone Washington—– Train wreck—–Blue Note (Liberty stereo)
    Sonny Red —- Out of the Blue——Blue Note (mono)

    that’s it..

  7. I tried not to just make a list of the rarest or most expensive records on my want list, but rather the ones that are on top of my want list:

    + Bobby Jaspar/René Thomas – Thomas-Jaspar Quintet LP (RCA Italy)
    + Brew Moore – In Europe LP (Debut Denmark)
    + Placebo – Ball Of Eyes LP (CBS Belgium)
    + Dee Dee Bridgewater – Afro Blue LP (Trio Japan)
    + Milt Jackson – Sings With The Enrico Intra Group LP (Derby Italy)
    + Sahib Shihab & The Danish Radio Jazz Group LP (Oktav Denmark)
    + Various Artists – Jazz At Comblain-La-Tour and More Jazz At Comblain-La-Tour LPs (RCA Italy)
    + Jacques Pelzer Quartet with Dino Piana LP (Cetra Italy)
    + Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Sextet – Music For The Small Hours LP (Columbia Germany)
    + Sahib Shihab – Jazz Party LP (Debut Denmark)

    What would your list look like, LJC?

    • Gosh what a good question!

      First, thanks to everyone posting in their lists. Highest number of comment responses to date ever, fascinating. A lot of first time posters. I’m just a facilitator in this, you can all pat yourselves on the back, you have all done the heavy lifting.

      Not unexpectedly there are some records in common, but it is surprising how many wants lists are unique to each collector. They reveal not only differences in individual tastes, but also a position in the collectors life cycle – beginner, intermediate and senior – and the depth of financial commitment to their passion. Hopefully you have enjoyed it.

      The LJC most wanted? I’ll try, but sadly I crave original Blue Notes to replace my various lesser reissues. I’m a Plastylite junkie, direct into the veins. Here we go:

      Hank Mobley; self titled; BN 1568
      Kenny Drew; Undercurrent; BN 4059
      Freddie Hubbard; Open Sesame; BN 4040
      Tina Brooks; True Blue; BN 4041
      Herbie Hancock; Maiden Voyage; BN 4195
      Dizzy Reece; Blues in Trinity; BN 4006
      Sonny Clark; Cool Struttin’; BN 1588
      Lee Morgan; City Lights, BN 1575
      Sam Rivers; Fuschia Swing Song; BN 4184
      Sonny Rollins; Saxophone Collossus; Esquire

      All these records have escaped me many times, because they always come in way over my house limit. But I’m still having a lot of fun within my house limit.

      I’ll try to do a round up of the Hall of Fame shortly

      • Several holy grails in there, not surprising for a seasoned collector like yourself. But the secret to getting an $X record–if you usually buy $Y records–seems to be as simple as passing up X/Y records that cost $Y and saving that money…right?? This game seems to be all about discipline and patience.

        Regarding the importance of Plastylite, I have witnessed quality Liberty pressings on more than one occasion So for me, at this point the important factor regarding the desirability of a Blue Note is whether or not the lacquer master is an original RVG lacquer–“P” or no “P” =)

      • Well, Andy…you just answered my next question: why isn’t Open Sesame on any of the want lists? For a moment, I thought good taste was in dire crisis :-).

        Seriously, some of the most fantastically desirable Jazz pieces seem to be missing from everyone’s lists (Monk’s Music on white Riverside label, Joe Henderson’s Page One on BN, etc), Why? Is it because everyone already got a copy?

        Kudos on refined taste, as always. Now, regarding that elusive Plastylite IV drip, we got to put you on some Pete Seegers, Civil War and Labor Union songs on Folkways and Broadside . Do you think this would do the job? 🙂

      • my “wanted” list
        howard mcghee dusty blue bethlem
        jan garbarek til vigdis NJF LP1
        komeda ballet etudes metronome
        urbaniak orchestra atlas arlp 101
        bjarne rostvold tricrotism rca victor
        marzette watts savoy
        mal waldron 4 prestige
        jorge lopez ruiz b.a.jazz vik
        bengt ernryd musik magnum
        new york saxophone madness danjiri cac japan

        • Hello,

          Giaz 63, maybe you are aware that there currently is a (probably very limited) reissue of the indeed fantastic Jorge Lopez Ruiz ‘B.A. Jazz’ album available. It’s not cheap, bu a lot more affordable than an original. The quality appears to be ok, although i am just a music lover, not an audio-freak (yes, rhere is a difference.



  8. – Skip James – Devil got my woman. Paramount 78 rpm
    – Steve Lacy – soprano sax prestige 7125
    – Clifford Jordan/ John Gilmore, Blowing in from Chicago,, BLP 1549
    – Wayne Shorter, Speak No Evil. BLP 4194
    – Wayne Shorter, Night Dreamer. BLP 4173
    – Herbie Hancock, Empyrean Isles BLP 4175
    – Mal Waldron, The Quest NJ 8269
    – Ray Charles, I got a woman. Atlantic 78 rpm 1050
    – Thelonious Monk Quartet, In walked bud/Epistrophy. blue Note 548, 78RPM
    – Sonny Boy Williamson, She dont love me that way. Bluebird 34- 0701. 78RPM
    – Sun Ra Archestra, Angels and Demons at Play. El Saturn Records 407

  9. For my particular wants. They are only in French Jazz recordings from the 50’ies missing on my shelves.
    Marcel Bianchi Vogue LD 213
    Los Brazelieros Vogue LD 243
    Blossom Dearrie Barclay 88001
    Gerard Gustin Barclay 8404
    7″ EPs
    Bob Wallace DT 460V000
    Jean Bonal DT 460V056
    Henri Crolla DT 460V068
    Sarane Ferret RCA 76124
    Bernard Peiffer Barclay 74009
    That’s all folks !!!!

    • Fascinating list, Philippe. By the way, there seems to be a copy of the Marcel Bianchi on a certain French site that has a name beginning with “Price”… Maybe that might interest you! (I’m not the seller.)

  10. In no particular order:
    -Mose Alison, Back Country Suite (PRLP 7091)
    -Steve Kuhn / Gary McFarland, The October Suite (AS-9136)
    -Grant Green, Nigeria (LT-1032)
    -Bobby Timmons, Workin’ Out (PR 7387)
    -Curtis Counce, The Curtis Counce Group (C 3526)
    -Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, John Tchicai, Roswell Rudd, Gary Peacock & Sunny Murray, New York Eye and Ear Control (ESP 1016, mono issue from 1966)
    -Amiri Baraka, It’s Nation Time (B 457L)
    -Carl Perkins, Introducing… (DL-211, red vinyl)
    -Marion Brown, Afternoon of a Georgia Faun (ECM 1004)
    -Freddie Hubbard, First Light (CTI 6013)

    • Interesting selection, Dave…very eclectic, hits all over the place, from hardcore ’50s bop to fusion. Some of the titles (Grant Green’s Nigeria) I am not familiar with. Mose Alison piece should not be very difficult to find.

      • Nigeria is actually one of my favorite jazz albums, too bad it was released 20 years after the session took place! It is included in The Complete Quartets With Sonny Clark compilation which was released even later. I really recommend it to anyone that loves Green’s guitar and/or Clark’s piano. 🙂

  11. Freddie Redd; Get Happy With Freddie Redd; Nixa (UK)
    Rolf Ericson; Transatlantic Wail; Nixa (UK)
    Wade Legge; Wade Legge Trio; Vogue (France)
    Wade Legge; New Faces, New Sounds; Blue Note
    Idrees Sulieman; The Camel; Columbia (Sweden)
    Wilton Gaynair; Blue Bogey; Tempo (UK)
    Monica Zetterlund; Make Mine Swedish Style; Philips (UK)
    Anne Phillips; Born To Be Blue; Roulette
    Sylvia Telles; Silvia; Odeon (Brazil)

  12. 1. Kenny Dorham – Quiet Kenny – New Jazz
    2. Bill Evans – Portrait In Jazz – Riverside
    3. Coltrane – Lush Life – Prestige
    4. Hank Mobley – Roll Call – Blue Note
    5. Sonny Clark – Cool Struttin’ – Blue Note
    6. Booker Little – Out Front – Candid
    7. Clifford Brown and Max Roach – Brown and Roach Inc. – Emarcy
    8. Ellington / Mingus / Roach – Money Jungle – United Artists Jazz
    9. Charles Mingus – Mingus at the Bohemia – Debut
    10. Elmo Hope – Informal Jazz – Prestige

    • Good pick with the Brown/Roach. I recently found the mono Trip (TLP- 5500) reissue and have devoured it. I’ll be looking for an original in the future.

      • Yes! They’re all terrific records. I am fortunate to have lovely Emarcy pressings of both Brown and Roach, and Study in Brown, but never seem to come across the Incorporated record. One day!

        • I gave up hope of ever finding the original Emarcy pressing of ‘Clifford Brown with Strings” (according to his widow, his gift to her on the occasion of conception of their child). Each and every copy I held in my hands plays with surface noise ranging from moderate to oppressive.

      • I have an original Brown and Roach Inc. (with the blue back jacket). VG/VG- overall but plays well and only six bucks from In Your Ear Records in Boston about a year ago 🙂

  13. – Sonny Rollins / Saxophone Colossus / Prestige Mono
    – Sonny Rollins / Plus 4 / Prestige Mono
    – Buddy DeFranco / Artistry of… / Norgran Mono
    – Nina Simone / Jazz Played in an Exclusive Side Street Club (Little Girl Blue) / Bethlehem Mono
    – Charlie Mingus / East Coasting / Bethlehem Mono
    – Charlie Mingus / Tijuana Moods / RCA Living Stereo
    – Joe Turner / The Boss of Blues / Atlantic
    – Lavern Baker / Sings Bessie Smith / Atlantic
    – James Rushing / The Jazz Odyssey / Columbia Mono
    – Charlie Parker / Parker’s Mood 78

  14. 1. Miles Davis, Kind of Blue, any decent LP. Please help me scrap my Evil Silver Disk once and for all. Anyone know an affordable LP reissue of this all-time classic?
    2. Duke Ellington, Money Jungle, Blue Note. I want to hear Mingus’ angry strings scream through my speakers.
    3. Wayne Shorter, Speak No Evil, Blue Note
    4. Janos Starker, Suites for unaccompanied cello, Mercury SR3-9016
    5. Thelonious Monk, Genius of Modern Music, Vol 1, Blue Note
    6. Jackie McLean, Let Freedom Ring, Blue Note
    7. Joe Henderson, In and Out, Blue Note
    8. Eric Dolphy, Out to Lunch, Blue Note
    9. John Coltrane, Live in Seattle, Impulse
    10. Billie Holiday, Lady in Satin, Columbia. Admittedly, Billie is drawing her last breath here, a deeply moving swan song.

    • The current Music On Vinyl repressing of Kind Of Blue, MOVLP019, really isn’t that bad. It is cut from a hi-res digital file but comes on two discs complete with additional take of ‘Flamenco Sketches’ and can be found for about twenty quid.

    • I don’t know how affordable it is cuz it’s out of print now but I have the 200-gram Classic Records single vinyl stereo reissue and it sounds phenomenal…they did a great job with the labels and packaging too.

      • I second that emotion :-),

        In fact, I would dare say that the Classic Records version is just a notch below original six-eye stereo. Still, at the risk of sounding like a Sony salesman, I would warmly recommend the 2001 Sony SACD (yes, digital format — I am self-flagellating as we speak), which sports incredible resolution and frequency range. And, oh. Lest I forget, This is the only multichannel version of the Jazz milestone that exists (except for the now long out of print 1959 4-track reel tape, which no one has seen in years)

  15. Roland Kirk; Triple Threat; King

    Duke Ellington – Charles Mingus – Max Roach; Money Jungle; United Artists

    Eric Dolphy; Outward Bound; Prestige (New Jazz)

    Jackie McLean; The New Tradition; Ad Lib

    Roy Haynes Quartet; Out of the Afternoon; Impulse

    Sonny Rollins; Tenor Madness; Prestige

    Hank Mobley; “1568”; Blue Note

    Lee Morgan; Lee Morgan Indeed!; Blue Note

    Oliver Nelson; The Blues and the Abstract Truth; Impulse

    John Coltrane; Blue Trane; Blue Note

    I don’t care if someone could blame some of my choices, I cannot choose anything else just because…..I ACTUALLY HAVE ALL OTHER RECORDS EVER PRESSED OF ALL TIME IN ALL THE WORLD, ALL FIRST ISSUES AND MINT!!!!!!!……

    ….sorry I just wake up…..where were we???


  16. Here’s my two cents’ worth:

    – Billie Holiday – Music for Torching (Norgran)

    – Ike Quebec – Sentimental and Blue (Blue Note, stereo only)

    – Gounod: Faust ;Alexander Gibson conducting the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. (RCA Victor Living Stereo)

    – Esther Phillips: Down Memory Lane (King)

    – Johnny Burnette Rock’n’Roll Trio (Coral)

    – Muddy Waters – Folk Singer (Chess. original Black & Silver mono)

    – Sonny Clark – Cool Struttin’ (BN, original mono)

    – Miles Davis – Kind of Blue (original 6-eye stereo…just because it is so hard to play my still sealed copy 🙂 )

    – J.S.Bach, solo violin sonatas, Enesco (on Continental label). One can dream, can’t one?

    – Grant Green – Idle Moments (BN, mono original)

    Not Jazzy enough for y’all?

    TOUGH! Consider expanding your musical world beyond the 63rd Street and Lexington Avenue :-p

    • My list was Blue Note heavy, but that is not a reflection of a limited musical taste on my part. Rather, it is the result of the high dollar price tags on most of those pressings that keep them elusive and ideal for a fantasy list. I can afford most other records and labels, but I can only afford 1 or 2 really nice Blue Notes a year and therefore they represent more noticeable gaps in my collection and crowd my most wanted list.

      • No worries, Arick, I was just busting everybody’s haute-couture Jazz chops. Ever since I got evicted from a Max Roach concert in 1987 for (o tempora, o mores!) daring to speak to my then-girlfriend (at a diner club, no less), I have been lampooning professional Jazz collectors and poking occasional fun at them as my best revenge 🙂 . No offense intended.

        Seriously, there IS life and there IS great music to be found beyond traditional Jazz watering holes. It is only waiting to be discovered.

  17. Well, I’ve made two lists, the first one for the LP records and the second for the 78 record albums, because if you get some of the older recordings in LP format, it’s obviously not original. I also added the year to each album / record group:

    LPs (just ten? Sorry, but I had to add three more, just can’t let them go!):
    1 – Oscar Peterson; Night Train; Verve V-6 8538 [1963, recorded 1962]
    Oscar Peterson (p), Ray Brown (b), Ed Thigpen (d).

    2 – The Quintet’; Jazz At Massey Hall; Debut DEB-124 [1956, recorded 1953]
    Dizzy Gillespie (tp), “Charlie Chan” Charlie Parker (as), Bud Powell (p), Charles Mingus (b), Max Roach (d).

    3 – Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie; Ella & Basie – On The Sunny Side Of The Street; Verve V6-4061 [1963]
    Ella Fitzgerald (vcl), Joe Newman, Al Aarons, Sonny Cohn, Don Rader, Fip Ricard (tp), Henry Coker, Grover Mitchell, Benny Powell, Urbie Green (tb), Marshall Royal (cl, as), Frank Wess (as, ts, fl), Eric Dixon (ts, fl), Frank Foster (ts), Charlie Fowlkes (bs), Count Basie (p), Freddie Green (g), Buddy Catlett (b), Sonny Payne (d).

    4 – Lou Donaldson; Alligator Bogaloo; Blue Note BLP 4263 [1967]
    Melvin Lastie (cnt), Lou Donaldson (as), Dr. Lonnie Smith (org), George Benson (g), Leo Morris (d).

    5 – Jimmy Smith; The Sermon!; Blue Note BLP 4011 [1959, recorded 1958]
    Side A: Lee Morgan (tp), Lou Donaldson (as), Tina Brooks (ts), Jimmy Smith (org), Eddie McFadden (g), Art Blakey (d).
    Side B, 1: Lee Morgan (tp), George Coleman (as), Jimmy Smith (org), Kenny Burrell (g), Donald Bailey (d).
    Side B, 2: same as side A.

    6 – Count Basie; Count Basie Jam – Montreux ’77; Pablo Live 2308 209 [1977] (in “real life”, I own a 1978 Brazilian pressing)
    Roy Eldridge (tp, vcl), Vic Dickenson, Al Grey (tb), Benny Carter (as), Zoot Sims (ts), Count Basie (p), Ray Brown (b), Jimmie Smith (d).

    7 – Richard “Groove” Holmes; After Hours; Pacific Jazz PJ59 [1961]
    Richard “Groove” Holmes (org), Gene Edwards (g), Leroy Henderson (d).
    Richard “Groove” Holmes (org), Joe Pass (g), Lawrence Marable (d).

    8 – Bobby Hackett; Coast Concert; Capitol T692 [1956]
    Bobby Hackett (cnt), Abe Lincoln, Jack Teagarden (tb), Matty Matlock (cl), Don Owens (p), Nappy Lamare (g), Phil Stephens (b, tu), Nick Fatool (d).

    9 – Oscar Peterson; We Get Requests; Verve V6-8606 [1964]
    Oscar Peterson (p), Ray Brown (b), Ed Thigpen (d).

    10 – Herb Ellis and Freddie Green; Rhythm Willie; Concord Jazz CJ-10 [1975]
    Ross Tompkins (p), Herb Ellis, Freddie Green (g), Ray Brown (b), Jake Hanna (d).

    11 – Helen Humes; Helen Comes Back, Black and Blue LJ (B) 014 [1973]
    Helen Humes (vcl), Arnett Cobb (ts), Jay McShann (p), Milt Buckner (org), Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown (g), Roland Lobligeois (b), Paul Gunther (d).
    Helen Humes (vcl), Floyd “Candy” Johnson (ts), Milt Buckner (org), Al Casey (g), Roland Lobligeois (b), Paul Gunther (d).

    12 – Charles Mingus; Blues & Roots; Atlantic SD 1305 [1960, recorded 1959]
    Jackie McLean, John Handy (as), Booker Ervin (ts), Pepper Adams (bs), Jimmy Knepper, Willie Dennis (tb), Horace Parlan (p), Charles Mingus (b), Dannie Richmond (d)
    Jackie McLean, John Handy (as), Booker Ervin (ts), Pepper Adams (bs), Jimmy Knepper, Willie Dennis (tb), Mal Waldron (p), Charles Mingus (b), Dannie Richmond (d)

    13 – Oscar Peterson and Count Basie; Satch And Josh; Pablo 2310 722 [1975, recorded 1974]
    Oscar Peterson (p), Count Basie (p, org), Freddie Green (g), Ray Brown (b), Louie Bellson (d).

    There are also two LPs by the Dutch Swing College Band, “Jazz Class” and “Ridin’ High”, both released by Philips in 1960, but I couldn’t decide which one I should put in the list, so I put neither of them. Or maybe I could take 15 records…

    And now the second list. I’d really love to find all those good old 78s. Most of them are not in a specific album:

    1 – Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five/Seven; Okeh [1925-1928]

    2 – Jelly Roll Morton’s Red Hot Peppers and trio, Chicago sessions; Victor [1926-1927]

    3 – Benny Goodman trio to sextet, many labels [1935-early 1950’s]. Inlcuding trio/quartet with Teddy Wilson, Lionel Hampton and Gene Krupa, and sextet with Charlie Christian.

    4 – Fats Waller and his Rhythm; mostly Victor and Bluebird [1934-1943]

    5 – Glenn Hardman and his Hammond Five [1939]. I don’t know the label, but I want them because they’re a very important part of Hammond organ history.
    Lee Castle (tp), Lester Young (ts), Glenn Hardman (org), Fredie Green (g), Jo Jones (d).

    6 – Count Basie with Lester Young; mostly Vocalion, Decca, Columbia, Okeh [1936-1940]

    7 – Milt Herth Trio and Quartet; Decca [1937-1947]. Also a very important part of Hammond organ history.

    8 – Jelly Roll Morton; New Orléans Memories; Commodore [1939]
    Morton (p, vcl)

    9 – Jelly Roll Morton, Baltimore acetates; Swaggie [1938]. Includes Morton on Hammond organ.

    10 – Artie Shaw and His Gramercy Five; Victor [1940 and 1945]
    1940 band: Billy Butterfield (tp), Artie Shaw (cl), Johnny Guarnieri (harspichord), Al Hendrickson (g), Judd DeNaut (b), Nick Fatool (d).
    1945 band: Roy Eldridge (tp), Artie Shaw (cl), Dodo Marmarosa (piano), Barney Kessel (g), Morris Rayman (b), Lou Fromm (d).

    Sorry I didn’t follow the rules, I’ve tried, but I just couldn’t!

  18. One–Grant Green/ Idle Moments/ Blue Note
    Two–Sonny Clark/ Sonny Clark Trio/ Blue Note
    Three–Sonny Criss/ Go Man!/ Imperial
    Four–Hank Mobley/ 1568/ Blue Note
    Five–Jackie Mclean/ New Tradition/ Ad Lib
    Six–Kenny Dorham/ Quiet Kenny/ New Jazz
    Seven–J.R.Monterose/ In Action/ Studio 4
    Eight–Lawrence Marble Quartet/ Tenorman/ Jazz West
    Nine–Sahib Shihab and The Danish Radio Jazz Group/ Oktav
    Ten–Benny Golson/ Gone With Golson/ New Jazz
    Ten Point 2–any original pressing by Bill Evans on Riverside

    • If you like Blue Note’s Sonny Clark Trio you have to check out Time’s album of the same name. If features George Duvivier and Max Roach! Unfortunately the vinyl issue is difficult to find, but it was released as an expanded edition SACD 10 years ago, which is great.

  19. Does everyone want BLP 1568 just because it’s rare or is it more about the music? I’ve actually never heard the sides, but I do know that it’s sold for over $5000 over the years (!!!)

      • One recently sold for about $4,200. It is a great album and that combo (quality + scarcity) makes it top my list. I personally think Hank Mobley Quintet (BN 1550) is a better album, but if I get a fantasy pick, I’ll go for the bigger dollar one to cross it off the list.

        • No argument here. While 1568 is a rather solid session (a standard Mobley fare), Mobley has AT LEAST three, possibly as many as five, more solid, tighter and more inspired sessions. Frankly, Soul Station blows it right out of the water anytime, and Roll Call, Workout and HM Quintet are not too far behind either. . I would not call desiring to own a copy of BN 1568 a “snobbery”, but, yes. there is an element of that little “mine is bigger than yours” thingie here. (take it from someone who accidentally does own one).

  20. In no particular order:

    Eric Dolphy Quintet; Outward Bound; New Jazz 8236
    John Coltrane; Blue Trane; Blue Note 1577
    Bennie Green; Soul Stirin’; Blue Note 1599
    Jutta Hipp; At the Hickory House Volume; Blue Note 1515
    Jutta Hipp; At the Hickory House Volume; Blue Note 1515
    Hank Mobley; Blue Note 1568
    Lee Morgan Sextet; Blue Note 1541
    Miles Davis; Kind Of Blue; Columbia 8163
    John Coltrane; Prestige 7105
    Bill Evans; Waltz For Debbie; Riverside 399

    • I had a privilege of meeting (and actually speaking with) Jutta Hipp in her waning years without ever realizing it was her; this I found out almost three years after she passed away (we had a series of accidental, passing conversations – more like disjointed fragments of dialogue, really – mostly on Cezanne, whom we both worshiped passionately and uncritically); she was a member of the Jackson Heights Art Club until she passed away and often exhibited her paintings near my former apartment).

      She was a very witty lady, and witty in a very dark, quirky, Germanic, head-scratching kind of way. Her sense of humor was somewhat dulled by the rapidly declining health, but the burning intelligence and laser-like observations were there until the moment she died. The only thing I regret is not having the opportunity to ask her more about her recording sessions (notably the one with Zoot Sims), but, then, when our encounters occurred, almost 15 years ago, I cared little about Jazz and probably would not have asked the right questions anyway.

  21. 1. Archie Shepp, Fire Music, Impulse
    2. Archie Shepp, The Cry of my People, Impulse
    3. Abdullah Ibrahim: Good News from Africa, Enja
    4; Roland Kirk, Bright Moments, Rhino
    5. Roland Kirk, Kirk’s Work, Prestige
    6. Don Moye, Black Paladins, Black Saint
    7. Paul Motion, Psalm, ECM
    8. Paul Motian, Dance, ECM
    9. Charles Mingus, Mingus Ahum, Columbia
    10. Charles Mingus, Change Two, Rhino

  22. Hmm, interesting. By comparison my current wants seem modest….

    – Almost any Anthony Braxtons except the seven or eightI have (and especially with Marilyn Crispell).
    – Blue Black: Andrew Hill (East Wind)
    – Smoke Stack: Andrew Hill (any decent reissue)
    – Contours & New Conception: Sam Rivers (ditto)
    – Any of the available Tomasz Stanko recordings I don’t currently have on vinyl
    – Jazz Advance: Cecil Taylor (ditto)

  23. Eric Dolphy; Out to Lunch; Blue Note BLP 4163
    Andrew Hill; Point of Departure; Blue Note BLP 4167
    Freddie Redd Quintet; Shades of Redd; Blue Note BLP 4045
    Hank Mobley; Blue Note BLP 1568
    Sonny Clark; Cool Struttin; Blue Note BLP 1588
    Sonny Clark; Sonny’s Crib; Blue Note BLP 1576
    Miles Davis; Kind of Blue; Columbia CL 1355
    Miles Davis; Workin with the Miles Davis Quintet; Prestige PRLP 7166
    Cannonball Adderley; Somethin’ Else; Blue Note BLP 1595
    Art Pepper; Art Pepper Meets the Rhythm Section; Contemporary mono

    • For me a really fun exercise for a rare couple of idle afternoon hours.
      This was almost in order of preference. No doubt there’s something very special about Blue Note mono first pressings – that’s probably why they’re so ridiculously, horribly expensive.
      I’ve a VG copy of Grant Green’s Idle Moments which I haven’t included for that reason but would otherwise be on the list.
      Art Pepper almost lost out to Larry Young; Unity; Blue Note.

      • Great list. Not much to add to or subtract from as far as I am concerned.. Speaks rather eloquently about the author’s stylistic and artistic preferences. The only one I have minor gripe about is Miles Davis” “Working with MDQ”, which, in my humble view, is not the best of the five classic quintet recordings for Prestige (although it is close). I would pick “Relaxin'”, instead, but that’s just me. Great cover, though.

        • Bob to be honest I don’t have any of those historic Miles Davis Prestige sessions on original vinyl, apart from the earlier Bags Groove ( and really that’s on the Fireworks label), so I just picked the one with the best cover – may be even more difficult to find than Blue Notes here in UK. I think you’re probably right about the quality. I wasn’t thinking so much about the quality of the music as much as the record as an object of desire – a mix of rarity, cover design and je ne sais quoi.
          In any case, if I had a mint or nm Mobley 1568 the Mrs would immediately force me to sell it. I wonder how many others would do the same.

          • Well, Andy, this has got to be the most honest response I received in decades, for which I am profoundly thankful. Yes, that cover is truly something else.

            Re: 1568. From what I can determine, most Jazz collectors would rather sell their missus than their 1568. Isn’t it funny how deep grooves do not count when found on a spouse 🙂 ?

  24. Just some stuff I’m currently looking for and have so far eluded me. Not everything is top dollar, but it’s all stuff I would listen to which is the most important thing to me.

    In no specific order.

    Eric Dolphy – Outward Bound – New Jazz
    Sonny Rollins – Way out West – Contemporary
    John Zorn – Naked City – Electra
    Duke Ellington & John Coltrane – Duke Ellington & John Coltrane – Impulse
    Ken McIntyre With Eric Dolphy‎– Looking Ahead – New Jazz
    Sonny Rollins – Saxophone Colossus – Prestige
    Eric Dolphy – In Europe – Debut
    John Coltrane – Blue Train – Blue Note
    Chet Baker – Playboys – World Pacific
    Hank Mobley – Blue Note 1540

    I also have to throw in a couple of blues albums. I apologize in advance for breaking the rules, but I like to live on the edge.

    Son House and J.D. Short – Blues From Mississippi Delta – Folkways
    Howlin Wolf – Moanin’ – Chess

    • A quick comment on your Blues wants: Son House & JD Short title originally came out on Folkways (proper) with a sepia photo cover and is near-impossible to find; I do not believe I have ever seen or held a copy in my hands. The only copy listed on Popsike.com was sold online more than six years ago. The reissues on revamped Folkways (Verve’s subsidiary) circa 1965 are significantly easier to find, even as white label promos.

      As for Howlin Wolf, I assume you are referring to the first album (Moanin’ in the Moonlight). May I recommend going for the second pressing (royal blue Chess label with Silver print), as it is for all practical purposes the same pressing as the black & silver Chess, even manufactured by the same pressing facility (Sheldon, Chicago), but will cost significantly less (and may even , in fact, sound marginally better).

      • Thanks for the heads up on the Wolf. I’ll keep an eye out.

        The Son house and JD Short does show up on eBay from time to time (in fact there is one on there now, although not in the condition I want), and goes for around $120. I’m going to hold out for the original as, I have to admit, like the cover better =)

        On a side note I like that there are a few list on here that include a blues album. Now we just need someone to start a blues collector blog.

  25. 1. Clifford Brown & Max Roach – Study in Brown (EmArcy MG 36037); original blue-back jacket or second pressing black black jacket
    2. Horace Silver Quintet – Six Pieces of Silver (Blue Note BLP 1539); original flat-edge Lexington…probably one of the few chances I’ll have of owning a real Lexington in the near
    future where I enjoy the majority of the programme
    3. Miles Davis – ‘Round About Midnight (Columbia CL 949); original 6-eye
    4. Miles Davis – Kind of Blue (Columbia CS 8163 and CL 1355); original 6-eye stereo and mono…looking forward to making this comparison!
    5. John Coltrane – Blue Train (Blue Note BLP 1577); I’ll take a mono NY USA, RVG-mastered copy!
    6. Herbie Hancock – Inventions and Dimensions (Blue Note BLP 4146); original NY USA mono
    7. Herbie Hancock – Takin’ Off (Blue Note BLP 4109); original NY USA mono
    8. Hank Mobley – No Room for Squares (Blue Note BLP 4149); original NY USA mono
    9. Hank Mobley with Donald Byrd and Lee Morgan (Blue Note BLP 1540); original flat-edge Lexington…probably won’t be able to afford this one for a while…for a title like this I’d be happy with a solid VG+…I think I’d be looking at about a grand :\
    10. Art Farmer & Gig Gryce – When Farmer Met Gryce (Prestige PRLP 7085); NY or NJ address
    10. Lawrence Marable – Tenorman (Jazz West JWLP 8)…just took an interest in this LP…haven’t heard the whole thing yet but the couple tracks I heard on YouTube sound great…real holy grail ish!

    I tried but I couldn’t cut it to 10!

  26. I would love to have any Plastylite presssed copy of the following Blue Notes:

    1. Freddie Redd, Shades of Redd
    2. Grant Green, Feelin’ the Spirit
    3. Tina Brooks, True Blue
    4. Kenny Burrell, Introducing
    5. John Coltrane, Blue Train
    6. Sonny Clarke, Cool Struttin
    7. Johnny Griffin, A Blowing Session
    8. Lee Morgan, The Cooker

    And the following:
    9. John Coltrane, A Love Supreme – Orange/Black Mono RVG press ( I have the stereo which has the persistent hum apparently the mono copies do not).
    10. Mal Waldron, Mal/2 – Prestige N.Y.C.

    • Thanks for the heads up on A Love Supreme. I was thinking about getting the stereo version (as I understand the mono was a fold down), but now I’ll have to think about it.

      • (Disclaimer: you guys know I love this topic but I don’t want to get too far off-topic here!)

        Even though Van Gelder only recorded to two-track tape in 1964, he monitored in both stereo and “folded down” mono, and after reading all his interviews it seems that even in 1964 he still had more of an interest in mono–which makes sense to me because it seems like stereo was still seen as a gimmick even at that point. But of course, let your ears be the final judge regarding which you prefer =)

        • Yes, for some reason when the stereo copies of a Love Supreme were pressed they came out with a persistent hum. You can hear it as soon as you lay the needle down on the vinyl and it continues throughout the length of the LP although most of the time it is covered up by the music. I have excellent copies of an Orange/Black ABC Records Inc. Van Gelder copy and a 1967-72 Red/Black VanGelder copy. Both have the same issue.

          • There are two orange/black pressings of Love Supreme: one with the “A product of ABC-Paramount” at the bottom of the label (the true first pressing) and one with “A product of ABC records” (second pressing, circa late 1966/early 1967). Are we sure that all of these have a persistent hum?. I am playing my (second) orange/black pressing as we speak and I can’t hear the alleged hum anywhere (a disclaimer: I have minor hearing issues with my left ear which affects perception of the high frequency range).

            Hypothetically, there could be even a third (a true first) pressing, with a line “A product of AM-Par” on the label, but, from what I can determine, the alleged existence of this pressing belongs in science fiction and stories of Nessy the Loch Ness monster. Apparently, ABC (Impulse’s parent label) discontinued the “Am-Par” label at least a year before Love Supreme came out, so the accounts of sighting of this label seem to be a product of idle and bored minds.

            Hum or no hum, count my vote in favor of stereo. The amazing interplay on “Pursuance” should only be heard with two speakers firing off at the same time. And stereo brings out subtlety and finesse in McCoy Tyner’s playing like no other format ever did.

            • “And stereo brings out subtlety and finesse in McCoy Tyner’s playing like no other format ever did.”

              This, IMO, is the greatest advantage of early stereo: the wide separation allows one to unearth all kinds of interesting subtleties in a performance!

              • That’s why, for instance, I prefer the original stereo mix of “Somethin’ Else” to the RVG edition on CD. The same is true for some old Capitol ST LP’s as compared to later CD re-issues.

                • Precisely! But I would also like to add that primitive stereo has another interesting dimension: it is downright TRIPPY. It teases the mind of the listener in ways very few monos can. Granted, it is a gimmick of the recording engineer, but it can be highly effective when expertly employed and when the channel separation actually minimally reflects what is heard in the studio. . A wonderful example would be any of Esquivel’s Living Stereos, particularly ‘Latin-Esque’ (which, technically speaking, wasn’t even a part of the RCA’s Living Stereo line)

            • My orange/black copy is A Product of ABC Records, Inc. so a second pressing. Both this copy and my red/black (’67-’72) stereo copies have the same hum. There is some discussion in the Analogue Productions review of their reissue of A Love Supreme regarding this hum:

              “Original Van Gelder-mastered Impulse stereo pressings of this record carry a prominent hum throughout each side, which is absent on the original mono as well any of the other subsequent stereo pressings. This 45 RPM issue, mastered and cut by Kevin Gray at Acoustech/RTI, is likewise without any hum.”


              Maybe you are lucky and have a copy without it, or maybe you are lucky for having hearing issues that don’t allow you to hear it.

  27. 1. Hank Mobley; Blue Note 1568
    2. Elmo Hope Sextet; Informal Jazz; Prestige 7043
    3. Hank Mobley Quintet; Blue Note 1551
    4. Clifford Jordan; Blue Note 1565
    5. Hank Mobley; Mobley’s Message; Prestige 7061
    6. Lawrence Marable Quartet; Tenorman; Jazz West 8
    7. John Coltrane; Blue Trane, Blue Note 1577
    8. Lee Morgan; Vol.3; Blue Note 1557
    9. Thad Jones; The Magnificent Thad Jones; Blue Note 1527
    10. Tadd Dameron; Mating Call; Prestige 7070

    • Now THAT’S a holy grail list! Cool that we both have an interest in Tenorman =) Is this list a combination of collectability and appreciation of the music or more just based on collectability? I think a lot of these titles are great pieces but the music doesn’t do it for me much as some other less in-demand titles.

  28. Wishful thinking, but here it goes (all first pressings and mint obviously 😀 ):

    1. Eric Dolphy – Outward Bound
    2. Hank Mobley – 1568
    3. John Coltrane – Blue Train
    4. John Coltrane – Giant Steps
    5. Bill Evans Trio – Waltz for Debby
    6. Charles Mingus – At the Bohemia
    7. Charles Mingus – Pithecanthropus Erectus
    8. Miles – Kind of Blue
    9. MIles – Relaxin
    10. Sonny Rollins – colossus
    …. and a Linn Sondek to enjoy the above.

  29. 1. Tina Brooks; True blue; Blue Note 4041
    2. Ted Brown; Free wheeling; Vanguard 8515
    3. Donald Byrd: Byrd Jazz; Transition 5
    4. Paul Chambers; A jazz delegation from the East; Jazz West 7
    5. Sonny Clark; Dial “S” for Sonny; Blue Note 1570
    6. Sonny Criss; Go-man!; Imperial 9020
    7. Eric Dolphy; In Europe; Debut 136
    8. Lee Morgan; Candy; Blue Note 1590
    9. Art Pepper; Modern art; Intro 606
    10. Cecil Taylor; Nefertiti; Debut 148

    • Is True Blue that good musically? I will say it does have an awesome cover…I will have to revisit it via Spotify.

      1570 is rare, rare indeed…holy grail status.

      I’m on the fence about whether or not I would ever want to invest in Candy. Lee Morgan is one of my favorite trumpeters though!

      • I prefer Back to the Tracks over True Blue but that Tina Brooks session was not released by Blue Note in the classic years and only has recently been available on vinyl. The evil silver disk connoisseur copy will have to do.

  30. Hi, I’m very new to jazz, so my list reads like its just come straight out of the ‘Janet & John wear rollnecks and smoke Gauloises’ book of must own jazz records, but collections have to start somewhere –

    ( all mint first pressing’s, natch ….. )

    1. Miles Davis, Kind of Blue, Columbia 6 eye
    2. Bill Evans Trio, Waltz for Debbie, Riverside
    3. Dexter Gordon, Gettin’ Around, Bluenote
    4. Miles Davis, Ascenseur Pour L’Echafaud, Fontana 10″ (pretty green label)
    5. Charles Mingus, Ah Um, Columbia 6 eye
    6. Ornette Coleman, The Shape of Jazz to come, Atlantic
    7. Thelonious Monk, Genius of Modern Music Vol 1, Bluenote
    8. Cannonball Adderley, Somethin’ Else, Bluenote
    9. Bill Evans & Jim Hall, Undercurrent, United Artists
    10. Nina Simone, Little Girl Blue, Bethlehem

    The eagle eyed amongst you will notice that one of my chosen lp’s is not only by a female but she actually sings as well so probably doesn’t count, sorry.

    • Well, to correct everyone’s blatant Jazz misogyny on this blog, and address apparent male chauvinism in certain Jazz circles, here’s my list of my top-10 most wanted female Jazz titles: No testosterone here, only great curves (and fabulous voices)

      – Billie Holiday – Anything. Gimme little Billie and no one gets hurt!.
      – Anita O’Day – ditto. The woman could do no wrong
      – Carmen McRae – Torchy (Decca)
      – Helen Merrill – Nearness of You (and/or) self-titled (Emarcy)
      – Sarah Vaughan – self-titled (with Clifford Brown, Emarcy, 1955)
      – Ella Fitzgerald – Let no man write my epitaph
      – Lee Wiley – East of the Sun (RCA Victor)
      – Elis Regina and Antonio Carlos Jobim (Verve)
      – Shirley Horn – Close enough for Love (Verve)
      – Peggy Lee – Black Coffee.

      • I recently discovered Peggy Lee’s Black Coffee via Spotify (is that worse than the evil silver disc?), and it’s great! I’ll have to check out a couple of your other choices.

        • Not familiar with the Spotify version, but, from what I can determine, just about every version in existence (including the hissy black & silver Decca mono) is better than evil silver disc, which (if we are talking about the same release) is somewhere between hideous, criminal and dread-inducing. .

          The woman had such an amazing control over her modest pipes that it defies belief. Unlike Billie Holiday, which everyone listens to for emotion, or Sarah Vaughan, which everyone loves for vocal range and technical prowess, Peggy Lee is an exhibit A in how to employ a rather limited technical and emotional instrument. One listens to Peggy Lee as a scholarly example of measure, tact, taste and near-perfect vocal grace. In that department, she surely ranks as a #1 Jazz vocalist of all time.

          • To me, the great thing about this blog – seemingly dedicated to “hard bop til you drop fans“ (© Andrew in the “Bags & Trane“ department) – is that it manages to attract the attention of a variety of jazz listeners whose musical interests exceed those limits by far. The mere mention of “living stereo“ would be anathema to anyone who firmly believes in mono. On the other hand, I appreciate the way John Morton explains his views on the mono vs. stereo issue (see Coltrane, “Ascension“). And just take Art Pepper, presented by LJC in no less than nine well-written chapters, who played some of his greatest solos as a member of the Stan Kenton Orchestra…

            • Indeed! Let’s not be unfair to our friends (Layton-Mohr et al.) of RCA Victor, who are responsible for some of the finest recordings in the history of the human race (some fine Jazz titles included, such as Ahmed Abdul-Malik/Lee Morgan/Johnny Griffin’s ‘East meets West’). Contrary to popular belief, great-sounding recordings – whether stereo or mono – did not start (and will not end) with Rudy Van Gelder.

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