08/15/13

Bethlehem Records’ 1950s Catalog to Be Reissued

Classic albums by Dexter Gordon, Art Blakey, Mel Torme and more

Bethlehem Records’ 1950s jazz catalog will be reissued by Verse Music Group and Naxos of America, the companies have announced.

Bethlehem’s discography contains over 250 albums including titles by such artists as Nina Simone, Carmen McRae, Chris Connor, Mel Torme, Dexter Gordon, Charles Mingus, Art Blakey and Duke Ellington. Some of these artists released their debuts on the label.

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Each title will be available in the vinyl LP, CD and digital formats.

Titles slated for August 27th release include Oscar Pettiford’s Modern Quintet, Chris Connor’s Chris Connor Sings Lullabys For Lovers, Dexter Gordon’s Daddy Plays the Horn, Charles Mingus’ The Jazz Experiments of Charles Mingus, Nina Simone’s Little Girl Blue and Booker Ervin’s The Book Cooks. Each release includes fully restored, original artwork and liner notes.

Twenty select titles will be exclusively available as Mastered for iTunes albums in the Bethlehem Records iTunes store on the 8/27 launch, including::

Art Blakey Art Blakey Big Band
Bobby Scott Great Scott
Booker Ervin The Book Cooks
Booker Little Booker Little and Friend
Charles Mingus The Jazz Experiments of Charles Mingus
Chris Connor Sings Lullabys For Lovers
Donald Byrd & Pepper Adams Motor City Scene
Dexter Gordon Daddy Plays The Horn
Mel Torme & Frances Faye George Gershwins Porgy and Bess
Howard McGhee Dusty Blue
John Coltrane In The Winners Circle
Johnny HartmanSongs From The Heart
Mel Torme Songs For Any Taste
Nina Simone Nina Simone And Her Friends
Nina Simone Little Girl Blue
Oscar Pettiford Modern Quintet
Paula Castle Lost Love
Sam Most Sam Most Plays Bird, Bud, Monk and Miles
Stan Levy Grand Stan
Zoot Sims Down Home

Releases that will be part of the 12-month relaunch in LP, CD and digital format include:

August 27, 2013

BCP 1003: Oscar Pettiford Modern Quintet (CD & 10”)
BCP 1002: Chris Connor Sings Lullabys For Lovers (CD & 10”)
BCP 36: Dexter Gordon Daddy Plays The Horn (CD & 12”)
BCP 65: Charles Mingus The Jazz Experiments (CD & 12”)
BCP 6028: Nina Simone Little Girl Blue (CD & 12”)
BCP 6048: Booker Ervin The Book Cooks (CD & 12”)

October 29, 2013

BCP 6051: Zoot Sims Down Home (CD & 12”)
BCP 6056: Donald Byrd & Pepper Adams Motor City Scene (CD & 12”)
BCP 1030: Bobby Troup The Songs of Bobby Troup (CD & 10”)

January 29, 2014

BCP 1027: Helen Carr Down In The Depths Of The 90th Floor (CD & 10”)
BCP 43: Johnny Hartman Songs From The Heart (CD & 12”)
BCP 6040: Mel Torme & Frances Faye George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (CD & 12”)
BCP 6041: Nina Simone Nina Simone and Her Friends (CD & 12”)

March 26, 2014

BCP 6045: Mal Waldron Left Alone (CD & 12”)
BCP 6055: Howard McGhee Dusty Blue (CD & 12”)
BCP 6061: Booker Little Booker Little and Friend (CD & 12”)

May 28, 2014

BCP 71: Stan Levey Grand Stan (CD & 10”)
BCP 6064: Roland Kirk Third Dimension (CD & 12”)
BCP 6031: Mel Torme Songs For Any Taste (CD & 12”)

July 29, 2014

BCP 1004: Bobby Scott Great Scott (CD & 10”)
BCP 6069: Eddie Davis The Best of Eddie Lockjaw Davis (CD & 12”)
BCP 6024: John Coltrane In The Winners Circle (CD & 12”)
BCP 6027: Art Blakey Art Blakey Big Band (CD & 12”)
BCP 1010: Vinnie Burke East Coast Jazz 2 (CD & 10”)
BCP 1036: Paula Castle Lost Love (CD & 10”)

For more information about releases and merchandise visit the Bethlehem Records website here.

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