…..we’ve just bought a killer collection of rare jazz – obtained from the private collection of an ex-employee of the legendary London jazz record shop ‘Dobells’. We are currently working through the collection but eagle-eyed jazzers in the office have spied a whole run of rare US jazz….pheeeww check out those Blue Notes…and if that doesn’t whet your jazz whistle (then what will?)…..keep your eye on the jazz store at
1956 US first press 10-track Deep Groove Mono vinyl LP on the ‘Lexington Ave’ address Blue Note label, with no ‘r’ in ‘Note’ & the ‘ear’ & ‘RVG’ etchings in both run-outs. This is one of the holy grails of Blue Note collecting. Don’t waste your time trying to find a mint one (they don’t exist!), buy a cheaper alternative & marvel at the sound quality…. CLIFFORD BROWN Memorial Album:
…this beats any CD version hands down & the disc has been professionally cleaned & play graded. Complete with the original pasted picture sleeve, this example is graded G/G- & comes from the private collection of a former staff member for Dobells record shop in Charing Cross, London. More info here
60s US 10-track mono 2-LP vinyl set on Blue Note, featuring Blakey surrounding himself with some of the greatest jazz musicians in the US of the day, including Clifford Brown, Lou Donaldson, Horace Silver & Curly Russell….. ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS A Night At Birdland Vol. 1 & 2:
…Three sides of the labels have the ‘West 63rd’ address & both records are complete with their second issue pasted picture sleeves. More info here
1967 US first edition 3-track stereo LP on the dark blue & silver label with ‘trident’ Prestige logo to the right & the ‘203 S’ address along the bottom, & ‘Van Gelder’ stamped in the run-outs. Also stars Jaki Byard on Piano, Reggie Workman on Bass & Alan Dawson on Drums, more info BOOKER ERVIN The Trance: here
1968-72 US second issue of the 1967 4-track stereo LP, on the black label with red border “impulse!” & “abc” in a multicolour box. Includes ‘For John Coltrane’ & ‘Change Has Come’ recorded at the Village Theatre on the 26th of February 1967 alongside Joel Friedman [cello], Beaver Harris [drums], Alan Silva & Bill Folwell alternating on bass, plus ‘Truth Is Marching In’ & ‘Our Prayer’ at the Village Vanguard concert on the 18th of December 1966, more info ALBERT AYLER In Greenwich Village: here
Limited Edition 60s US-only 8-track LP, containing rare broadcast recordings captured live at Birdland in January 1951, a collector’s item for it contains some of John Coltrane’s earliest recordings. Theyoung Trane is on tenor sax & Dizzy Gillespie can be heard on electrifying form on trumpet, with backing from Milt Jackson, J.J. Johnson, Billy Taylor, James Foreman, Percy Heath & Art Blakey. The unique pasted picture sleeve is still in openshrink & the vinyl appears Excellent to Near Mint with little evidence of play, more info JOHN COLTRANE Trane’s First Ride 1951: here
Rare 1963 US first press 7-track mono LP on the ‘New York USA’ address label, with the ‘ear’ markings & the ‘Van Gelder’ stamps in the run-outs & a deep groove on side two. This is one of Kenny’s most well known &best loved works for Blue Note, expertly backed by tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, bassist Major Holley, drummer Bill English, & Ray Barretto on conga. This copy originates from the private collection of a former staff member for Dobellsrecord shop in Charing Cross, London & the pasted picture sleeve has the tax import stickers still attached on the back, more info KENNY BURRELL Midnight Blue: here
1964 US first press 5-track mono LP on the ‘New York USA’ address label, with the ‘ear’ markings & the ‘Van Gelder’ stamps in the run-outs. This is still one of the ultimate Blue Note dates that pointed the way to the future for jazz, with expert backing from Eric Dolphy, Joe Henderson, Richard Davis & Anthony Williams. More info ANDREW HILL Point Of Departure: here
1967 US first press 4-track mono LP on the ‘New York USA’ address label, with the ‘Van Gelder’ stamps in the run-outs. First rate Progressive Jazz recorded with a large, percussion-heavy band featuring Freddie Hubbard (trumpet, flugelhorn), John Gilmore (tenor saxophone, bass clarinet), Cecil McBee or Richard Davis (bass), Joe Chambers (drums), Renaud Simmons (conga) & Nadi Qamar (percussion). More info ANDREW HILL Compulsion!!!!! here Looking for new and back catalogue vinyl, rare pressings and collectable vinyl and CDs?
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