Calling London jazz fans…forthcoming Dobells exhibition, April 10 – May 18, 2013

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  UPDATE April 4, 2013 FINAL Dobells Jazz Folk Blues Exhibition – Programme of Events Dobells Jazz Folk Blues Press Release “Every London Jazz fan was born within the sound of Dobells…” I am delighted to pass on, to any interested … Continue reading

Blue Note font tells a story

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Collector’s Guide to the Blue Note catalogue number  (post updated 10/11/12) Occasional post which may be of interest to Blue Note vinyl record collectors  (warning: Geek Rating 9/10. Contains statements some might consider controversial) The appearance of the catalogue number on … Continue reading

True Home of Modern Jazz? Japan

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TokyoJazzCollector Every day,  Ebay sellers in the US and Europe head up to the Post with parcels of  collectible jazz vinyl addressed to Japan. I knew there was a strong interest in collectible Jazz in Japan from my tussles with TokyoJazzCollector, … Continue reading

Getting the most from the Less-Evil Black Disk

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This post is addressed to followers of the Less Evil Black Disc. Followers of its evil twin, the silver disc, (pictured)  may find this a good moment to don their satanic robes and prepare a little human sacrifice to placate The Silver One. … Continue reading

Wonder why you keep losing bids on most wanted records?

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Ahoudori1947, the bidder anonymised as a***4, is the Ebay identity of the Tokyo group of vinyl record stores “Disk Union”.  I estimate they spend over $1,000 a day every day buying premium collectible jazz vinyl on eBay: That is four wins … Continue reading

Bill Evans A Simple Matter of Conviction (1966)

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Capture The Flag!! New competition! Which is better: British or American? Head-to-head, a War of Independence Rematch, British versus US pressing.  The scientific test, a Bill Evans recording from 1966, the rather beautiful “A simple Matter of Conviction” on Verve. For reasons … Continue reading

Thelonious Monk “Criss Cross” (1962)

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Head to Head “Double Cross” Special Post Something a little different by way of an experiment  – mono and stereo go head to head in the classic “Which is best,  chocolate or vanilla?” contest. The brilliant Monk record Criss Cross, considered … Continue reading

LondonJazzCollector is Takin’ an Easter Break, back soon.

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  This will be the last post until after Easter. LondonJazzCollector is without access to his vinyl, and the previous post was the very last of the “one I prepared earlier”. Next week LondonJazzCollector will return with an armful of new goodies for … Continue reading

Not coming to LondonJazzCollector any time soon

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It occurred to me of late, it is all very well bragging about your latest scores, relishing everyone being consumed with jealousy, oh that’s sooo nice,  but what gets very little airtime are the near-misses, and the downright failures. So I’m launching eFail, the … Continue reading

Unexpected find in the Bargain Corner

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Bargain Corner Earlier in the week, browsing through a second hand record bin in my local Charity Shop, I stumbled on a copy of Hank Mobley’s 1568. A quick glance at the heavy  record inside showed 47 West 63rd St labels, and deep glossy … Continue reading