Vinyl Spotlight: Big John Patton, The Way I Feel (Blue Note 4174)


January 17, 2017 /

Original 1964 mono pressing “NEW YORK USA” on both labels Plastylite “P” etched and “VAN GELDER” stamped in dead wax Personnel: Richard Williams, trumpet Fred Jackson, tenor & baritone saxophones Grant Green, guitar John Patton, organ Ben Dixon, drums Recorded June 19, 1964 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New … More→

Thelonious Monk: A Collector’s Discography


January 14, 2017 /

When I first began listening to Thelonious Monk, it didn’t take me long to pick out my favorite songs. As I explored his discography more though, I realized that he recorded most of his compositions multiple times over the course of his life. Wanting to hear every version of each, … More→

Vinyl Spotlight: Cookin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet (Prestige 7094)


January 10, 2017 /

Second pressing circa 1958-1964 “Bergenfield, N.J.” on both labels Deep groove on both sides “RVG” stamped in dead wax Personnel: Miles Davis, trumpet John Coltrane, tenor saxophone Red Garland, piano Paul Chambers, bass Philly Joe Jones, drums Recorded October 26, 1956 at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey Originally released … More→

Vinyl Spotlight: Herbie Hancock, Inventions and Dimensions (Blue Note 4147)


January 3, 2017 /

Stereo Liberty reissue circa 1966-1970 “A DIVISION OF LIBERTY RECORDS, INC.” on both labels “VAN GELDER” stamped in dead wax Personnel: Herbie Hancock, piano Paul Chambers, bass Willie Bobo, drums and timbales Osvaldo “Chihuahua” Martinez, conga and bongo Recorded August 30, 1963 at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey … More→

Deep Groove Mono Is Back in 2017!


January 3, 2017 /

Happy New Year, folks! I just wanted to let everyone know that starting today, Deep Groove Mono will be kicking off 2017 by posting a new Vinyl Spotlight article every Tuesday through the end of March! Stay tuned!

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) … More→

The Deep Groove Mono Picky and 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … More→