Author Archives: Richard Capeless

Vinyl Spotlight: Sonny Rollins, Newk’s Time (Blue Note 4001)


I ignored this album for quite some time for a couple reasons. First, it was primarily comprised of standards and short on originals, but also because the album has rarely been reissued in mono and I kept reading about issues with the consistency of Rollins’ volume level in the stereo mix (apparently caused by the leader’s motion in the studio… More→

Vinyl Spotlight: Curtis Fuller Volume 3 (Blue Note 1583)


My first interaction with Curtis Fuller Volume 3 came when I bought a Japanese reissue at a local record store on a whim. The lineup looked good and I knew it was fairly rare in any format so I decided to take a chance. After an initial round of unfocused listens, I prematurely dismissed the album and sold it locally. Then about a year… More→

Deep Groove Mono Is Now on YouTube


Deep Groove Mono is excited to announce the official launch of our YouTube channel. The channel currently features over 75 “video needledrops” of vintage jazz pressings and that number is growing. Some of the videos simulate a record spinning on a turntable, others flip through quality photographs of the jacket … More→

Vinyl Spotlight: Sonny Clark, Cool Struttin’ (BLP 1588) [Liberty Mono Pressing]


When I first began collecting vintage jazz records, I quickly noticed that Sonny Clark’s Cool Struttin’ is a very in-demand album and considered by many to be a classic. Additionally, I noticed that original pressings fetched in the upwards of two thousand dollars. At some point I became aware that this third/fourth Liberty pressing with original mono Rudy Van Gelder mastering existed, but it still… More→

Vinyl Spotlight: Tal Farlow Quartet (Blue Note 5042) [Original 10″ Pressing]


I don’t exactly remember what piqued my interest in this LP. I think it started when I came across a copy of Gil Melle Quintet, Volume 2. Tal Farlow is on that LP. I also think I was just getting into ten-inch LPs and Rudy Van Gelder’s earliest Hackensack recordings. This album is rare in any format. There’s only one track buried in an obscure Farlow compilation on Spotify and only two… More→