Posts Tagged "Vinyl Spotlight"

Vinyl Spotlight: Sonny Rollins, Volume 2 (Liberty Mono Pressing)

As a jazz lover and record collector, I am very fortunate to live near New York and its dusty record stores, as well as fellow collectors like the namesake of this blog, Mr. Mono himself. If we can’t hunt for LPs together in person, he will sometimes send me pictures of any records I might be interested in from the stores in the city — and… More→

Vinyl Spotlight: Lee Morgan, The Cooker (Original Mono Pressing)

A while ago I happened upon the YouTube channel of “KoolKatJazz”, a collector who takes pride in finding cheap original pressings of vintage jazz records that, while perhaps grade VG or lower, sound great at times nonetheless. Being a collector on a pretty strict budget made me think that this might be a collecting strategy I might want to… More→

Vinyl Spotlight: Lou Donaldson, Gravy Train (Original Mono Pressing)

This is the fourth original mono pressing of this album I’ve owned. Why would I be so persistent for this album? While the title track is one of my all-time favorite soul jazz numbers, the truth is I’m not a huge fan of this album in its entirety, and I’ve largely pursued an original so diligently because I love the album cover so much. Lou… More→

Vinyl Spotlight: Johnny Coles, Little Johnny C (Original Mono Pressing)

I’m sure you guys get tired of me saying “this is one of my favorite albums” but I’m saying it again, deal with it! Song for song, start to finish, this is a brilliantly executed body of work, and session pianist Duke Pearson deserves the lion’s share of the credit. As composer of five of the album’s six tracks, Little Johnny C demonstrates… More→

Vinyl Spotlight: John Coltrane, Blue Train (Music Matters Mono Reissue)

I’m surprised by how many people recommend this album to jazz novices because I don’t necessarily find it to be an “accessible” listen. Slowly it has become one of my top jazz albums but I didn’t like it initially and ignored it for quite some time. Coltrane’s solos here can be “difficult”, and this may not be something most people can identify… More→