Sorry, this item sold!!
To return to our Sold Autograph Archive, click here.
To view autographs that are still currently available, click here.
Offered here is one of the most coveted of all jazz autographs – that of the great John Coltrane.
This LP is the 1962 stereo version of LIVE AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD, Impulse AS10, stereo, black and orange label.
It is the gatefold version, and Mr. Coltrane has signed beneath the large photo of himself on the inner lefthand portion of the gatefold in fine-tipped blue pen. As is typical with Coltrane autographed photos, he has avoided signing on the image itself, and has instead signed in the margin area. It is an unusual photo of the artist, who appears to be playing a harmonica.
Unfortunately, the previous proud owner of this piece stored the LP with the gatefold folded backwards, so that the signed portion is easily viewed. This permanent refolding has caused severe damage to the spine. I’ve decided to leave it folded in this way because to fold it back correctly would only cause more stress and possible damage to the spine.
The signature side of the gatefold actually looks pretty good – and would look wonderful framed.
Condition-wise, everything else about the album is in poor shape. The spine is frayed, and the outer cover looks very rough (See scan). The vinyl is also poor, and does not look playable.
Obviously, we’re selling this strictly for the value of the signed photo side – which would make a fabulous display piece for the serious jazz collector.
The following is from the All Music Guide:
Despite a relatively brief career (he first came to notice as a sideman at age 29 in 1955, formally launched a solo career at 33 in 1960, and was dead at 40 in 1967), saxophonist John Coltrane was among the most important, and most controversial, figures in jazz. It seems amazing that his period of greatest activity was so short, not only because he recorded prolifically, but also because, taking advantage of his fame, the record companies that recorded him as a sideman in the 1950s frequently reissued those recordings under his name and there has been a wealth of posthumously released material as well. Since Coltrane was a protean player who changed his style radically over the course of his career, this has made for much confusion in his discography and in appreciations of his playing. There remains a critical divide between the adherents of his earlier, more conventional (if still highly imaginative) work and his later, more experimental work. No one, however, questions Coltrane's almost religious commitment to jazz or doubts his significance in the history of the music.
Return to Main Autograph Page
Return to Autographs A-F