Vinyl Spotlight: Kenny Dorham, Quiet Kenny (New Jazz 8225)

February 12, 2016 /

Original Jazz Classics stereo reissue circa 1986 (catalog no. OJC-250) Personnel: Kenny Dorham, trumpet Tommy Flanagan, piano Paul Chambers, bass Art Taylor, drums Recorded November 13, 1959 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey Originally released February 1960 Selections: “Lotus Blossom” (Stereo) “Lotus Blossom” (Summed Mono) “My Ideal” (Stereo) For collectors: After a couple years of collecting on a … More →

The Deep Groove Mono Picky & Broke eBay Buyer’s Guide

February 5, 2016 /

Since its rise to dominance in the late ‘90s, eBay has firmly established itself as the world’s premier marketplace. A gift and a curse to collectors of all types, eBay has proven successful at making the things on your wish list that much more accessible while simultaneously pooling buyers together to drive up prices. Along with the introduction of the … More →

Vinyl Spotlight: Miles Davis, ‘Round About Midnight (Columbia 949)

January 27, 2016 /

Original 1957 pressing (mono) “Six eye” labels Deep groove on both sides Personnel: Miles Davis, trumpet John Coltrane, tenor saxophone Red Garland, piano Paul Chambers, bass Philly Joe Jones, drums All tracks recorded at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York, NY “Ah-Leu-Cha” recorded October 26, 1955 “Bye Bye Blackbird”, “Tadd’s Delight”, “Dear Old Stockholm” recorded June 5, 1956 “‘Round Midnight”, … More →

Confessions of a Vintage Jazz Record Collector

October 4, 2015 /

Vintage jazz record collecting…ah, the highs, the lows, the insanity of it all. A lot has changed since I started collecting, but the biggest change is probably that I don’t feel the desire to maintain any sort of image for the sake of respect or credibility anymore. The following post should provide a glimpse at where this compelling yet complex … More →

Vinyl Spotlight: The Prestige Jazz Quartet (Prestige 7108)

August 24, 2015 /

Original 1957 pressing “446 W. 50th ST., N.Y.C.” on both labels Deep groove on both sides “RVG” stamped in dead wax Personnel: Teddy Charles, vibraphone Mal Waldron, piano Addison Farmer, bass Jerry Segal, drums Recorded June 22 and June 28, 1957 at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey Selections: “Dear Elaine” “Friday the Thirteenth” For Collectors Prestige released numerous LPs … More →

The Holy Grails of Vintage Jazz Record Collecting

August 9, 2015 /

When I made the Deep Groove Mono Value Guide, I kept thinking about a way to showcase the ‘holy grails’ of our hobby, the rarest of the rare, and I finally got around to making a fun little gallery to complement the value guide. Check it out at the link below! The Holy Grails of Vintage Jazz Record Collecting

Vinyl Spotlight: Jutta Hipp with Zoot Sims (Blue Note 1530)

August 2, 2015 /

United Artists reissue circa 1972-1975 “A DIVISION OF UNITED ARTISTS RECORDS, INC.” on both labels Personnel: Jerry Lloyd, trumpet Zoot Sims, tenor saxophone Jutta Hipp, piano Ahmed Abdul-Malik, bass Ed Thigpen, drums Recorded July 28, 1956 at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey Originally released February 1957 Selections: “Just Blues” “Down Home” For collectors: This LP didn’t pique my interest … More →

Groove Wear: The Elephant in the Record Store

March 30, 2015 /

Although I have been collecting records of all types for close to twenty years now, I have been a persistent collector of vintage jazz records for the past two-and-a-half years. While I’ve managed to hunt down some original pressings in that time, I’ve often had to settle for reissues. The hobby has proved rewarding but also challenging, and if I … More →

How They Heard It: Blue Note Records and the Transition from Mono to Stereo

November 27, 2014 /

Several years ago, when I first became a collector of vintage jazz records, I was confused. Original mono copies of albums from Blue Note’s classic catalog were significantly more expensive than their stereo counterparts, yet virtually all the talk online was of the original “stereo” master tapes for these sessions. Why then were the mono copies so much more valuable … More →