Ain’t nothing but a jazz thing here at eil.com this week with a vast array of top jazz rare vinyl and CDs coming through the doors, here’s a few to whet your jazz whistle, see them all in our Jazz collectors store.
Dorothy Ashby – The Fantastic Jazz Harp Of Dorothy Ashby: One-off Test Pressing for the 1965 UK 10-track MONO LP – absolutely sublime meditations & beats with closely mic’ed string harp work from Dorothy to the fore, with backing from bassist Richard Davis, drummer Grady Tate, percussionist Willie Bobo, & a sporadic horn section – pure magic! Dorothy would later go one better in her career, belting out funky rare groove favourites like ‘Soul Vibrations’ & ‘The Moving Finger’. Thecustom studio labels have ‘Factory Sample’ printed at the top & are annotated with the artist, title, matrix & catalogue detail, complete with the front laminated flipback picture sleeve. The sleeve grades VG+ with just a little light corner creasing from ring wear & no writing or tears, & is a nice off white. The vinyl is Excellent with merely the lightest evidence of play. Who knows if any more of these were even made!)
John Coltrane – Olé Coltrane: Very rare pair of one-sided <b>Test Pressings</b> for the 1962 UK first press 3-track STEREO LP on London, also featuring the talents of Eric Dolphy, Freddie Hubbard, McCoy Tyner, Reggie Workman, Art Davis & Elvin Jones. The custom studio labels have ‘Factory Sample’ printed at the top & are annotated with the artist, title, matrix & catalogue detail. We are including a copy of the front laminated picture sleeve for the original mono edition [its condition is VG- & rather weather worn & smoked with ring wear & is included more as an afterthought. Of course, the sleeve is far more easy to replace… these test discs on the other hand might never be seen again!] The two heavyweight vinyl discs have been professionally cleaned & both grade VG. There are a number of faint hairlines & light cosmetic wear which does not intrude or upset play, although a small level of background surface can be detected on occasion & is acceptable. Even in this condition this is hands down the best sound quality out there. Here you have the very earliest stage of Olé being pressed to vinyl in the UK!
The Swedish Modern Jazz Group – Sax Appeal: Monster Rare pair of one-sided <b>Test Pressings</b> for the 1960 UK 7-track mono LP on <b>Tempo Records</b> starring Lars Gullin on sax, well & truly a tricky album to track down but a test pressing is one of a kind. This album is staggeringly beautiful, the sound quality majestic. The custom studio labels have ‘Factory Sample’ printed at the top & are annotated with the artist, title, matrix & catalogue detail, complete with a reference stickered inner sleeve with writing from the engineer. Both heavyweight vinyl discs are Excellent to Near Mint with merely the odd faint paper scuff not affecting play. So very nice with barely any evidence of play & maybe one of a small handful still in existence…
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