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✨✧ Australian Jazz QuintetAustralian Jazz Quintet In Free Style ... LP
Bethlehem, 1958. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The style's never too free here – not in an avant jazz way – but the group's definitely opening up a bit more than before, and making even more magic with their music! The lineup has changed a bit from earlier albums from this combo – but key Australian players are still very ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy mono pressing. Cover has split seams and an ink stamp on back.)

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Art BlakeyArt Blakey's Big Band ... LP
Bethlehem, 1957. Good+ ... $19.99
Quite an unusual record from Art Blakey – a rare big band session, recorded with a lineup that's quite different than the usual Jazz Messengers! Turns out, Blakey's quite good in this setting – and has the same firey energy to direct a larger ensemble that he has when working with a ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label, deep groove pressing. Cover has some aging and edge wear.)

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✨✧ Art BlakeyHard Drive (70s pressing) ... LP
Bethlehem, 1957. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A well-titled set from Art Blakey – considering the hard-driving sound of the group! The album's one of the best from that unusual year of 1957 – almost a "lost" year for Art, when he was working away from Blue Note with a very different lineup of the Jazz Messengers than on ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Ruby BraffRuby Braff Swings ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1954. New Copy ... $11.99
They're not kidding about the title – because the album's one of Ruby Braff's most swingin from the time – a sharp-edged quartet session that's filled with well-blown notes! Ruby's in the lead on all numbers on trumpet – getting support from Johnny Guarnieri on piano, Walter Page ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Hal McKusick Quartet – East Coast Jazz 8)

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✨✧ John ColtraneJohn Coltrane – The Bethlehem Years (Winner's Circle/Art Blakey Big Band – plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Bethlehem/Jazz Society, 1957. Used 2 CDs ... $7.99
The complete recordings done by John Coltrane for Bethlehem Records – mostly cut during December of 1957, and issued on the albums The Winner's Circle and Art Blakey Big Band! Both albums were a bit unusual for the label – in that The Winner's Circle was sort of a blowing/jam session ... (Jazz) read more CD

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✨✧ John Coltrane with Art BlakeyComplete Lee Kraft Sessions With Art Blakey (Art Blakey Big Band/Hard Drive) ... CD
Bethlehem/Lonehill (Spain), 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Crackling hardbop from the pivotal jazz year of 1957 – featuring 2 rare Bethelehem albums by drummer Art Blakey, one of which features some great tenor work from a young John Coltrane! First up on the set is a rare big band session by Blakey – featuring the master drummer at the helm ... (Jazz) read more CD

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✨✧ Chris ConnorChris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland ... CD
Bethlehem, Mid 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great set of tracks that represents some of Chris Connor's first recordings as a solo act – culled from earlier ep and 10" releases, and issued here on a full LP with a total of 15 tracks. Backing is by three groups – the Ellis Larkin Trio, Vinnie Burke's Quartet, and Sy Oliver's ... (Vocalists) read more CD
(Out of print.)

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Eddie Lockjaw DavisBest Of Eddie Lockjaw Davis – Shirley Scott At The Organ ... LP
Bethlehem, 1956/1957. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Searing early work from tenorist Eddie Lockjaw Davis – and a record that really shows the way that Lock was crucial in helping bring the Hammond organ into jazz! The sides were all cut in the mid 50s, right around the time of Jimmy Smith's rise at Blue Note – and feature Hammond from ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy red label pressing. Cover has some stains on the bottom 3 inches, mostly on back, with a bit of flaking on front.)

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Booker ErvinBook Cooks ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the greatest albums on the Bethlehem label – and one of the first albums as a leader by the legendary Booker Ervin! At the time of the set, Ervin had come off a great stint with the Charles Mingus group – one that inflected his rootsy Texas tenor tones with a sharper modern edge ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Hal McKusick Quartet – East Coast Jazz 8)

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✨✧ Frances FayeFrances Faye Sings Folk Songs ... LP
Bethlehem, 1955. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
A surprisingly great set that features Francis Faye singing jazz renditions of older folk songs – one of the first such sessions of its type (the genre would become more popular a few years later), and done with an approach that has the songs all re-tuned for a 50s modern ear by Russ Garcia, ... (Vocalists) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a half split bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Frances FayeRelaxin With Frances Faye ... LP
Bethlehem, Mid 50s. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
One of the coolest, sharpest albums ever recorded by Frances Faye – a set that has the singer working with unusual backing from Frank Hunter, who brings a lot more punch to the grooves than you might expect! The horns are full – with work by Herbie Mann on flute and tenor, Allen Eager ... (Vocalists) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some aging and some spots of gloss peel at the opening.)

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Russ GarciaSounds In The Night ... LP
Bethlehem, 1957. Very Good+ ... $34.99
A very unusual album from Russ Garcia – one recorded with a vocal choir singing (mostly) wordlessly on the tunes! The style isn't scatting so much as it is a precursor to modes that would be used more heavily on later soundtracks – an approach that's jazz-based, and often colored with ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some gloss peel at the opening.)

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Johnny HartmanAll Of Me ... LP
Bethlehem, 1956. Very Good- ... $11.99
Although the world always remembers Johnny Hartman best for his Impulse recordings with Coltrane, we've always dug some of his earlier stuff – like this album – because the sound's a bit rawer, and the style's got more of a kick! The magical Hartman voice is presented in two great ... (Vocalists) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressign with deep groove. Cover has light wear and some pen.)

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JJ Johnson & Kai WindingNuf Said ... LP
Bethlehem, 1957. Very Good ... $9.99
A great mid 50s recording by one of the greatest pairings in popular jazz of the time – the twin-trombone lead work of JJ Johnson and Kai Winding, both players who'd come from differing backgrounds, but who created a wonderful new sound together! The interplay between the trombones on ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Original deep groove pressing.)

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✨✧ Stan LeveyThis Time The Drum's On Me ... CD
Bethlehem, 1955. Used ... $7.99
A nice little bit of bop from LA – a tightly-crafted mid 50s date for the Bethlehem label – featuring drummer Stan Levey at the head of a great group of horn players! The album features some standout work from Dexter Gordon on tenor – making a rare appearance here as a sideman ... (Jazz) read more CD

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Booker LittleVictory & Sorrow (aka Booker Little & Friend) ... LP
Bethlehem, 1961. Near Mint- ... $11.99
A fantastic sextet session recorded in 1961, shortly before Booker Little's death – and filled with all the promise and power he ever packed into his playing! There's a sharp, angular groove to many of the numbers here – that mix of modern and hardbop that was cresting best in the ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has a cutout notch and light wear.)

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✨✧ Herbie Mann/Sam MostHerbie Mann/Sam Most Quintet ... LP
Bethlehem, 1955. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Twin-flute magic from the quintet of Herbie Mann and Sam Most – both of whom play the long, thin instrument here – in intertwining lines of sound that are totally great! There's a style here that's often a bit more frenetic than usual for Herbie – one that's possibly picked up ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has bumped corners and an ink stamp on back.)

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✨✧ Charlie MarianoCharlie Mariano ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Insanely wonderful early work from Charlie Mariano – some of the freshest, cleanest alto sax work of its time – blown with a tone and sense of soul that goes way beyond some of Mariano's contemporaries at the time! The album was recorded for Bethlehem Records, and is relatively ... (Jazz) read more CD
(UHQCD pressing!)

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Carmen McRaeCarmen McRae (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Bethlehem, 1954. Used ... $3.99
Great early work from Carmen McRae – small combo, jazzy, and a nicely different set than some of her other work of the 50s! Backings are by two groups – one headed by accordionist Mat Mathews, the other by saxophonist Tony Scott – both quartets, and both of them working with a ... (Vocalists) read more CD

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Carmen McRae & Julie LondonBethlehem Girl Friends ... CD
Bethlehem (Japan), Mid 50s. Used ... $11.99
A split album that features 13 tracks by Carmen McRae with the Mat Mathews quartet, plus 4 more obscure numbers by Julie London, recording with the quartet of Tony Scott. The McRae material is some of her best jazz work from the time – cut in that perfect small group vocal mode that was one ... (Vocalists) read more CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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✨✧ Carmen McRae/Julie London/Chris ConnorBethlehem's Girl Friends ... LP
Bethlehem, Mid 50s. Very Good- ... $4.99
A split album that features 4 tracks by Carmen McRae with the Mat Mathews quartet, plus 4 more obscure numbers by Julie London, recording with the quartet of Tony Scott. The McRae material is some of her best jazz work from the time – cut in that perfect small group vocal mode that was one ... (Vocalists) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover is stained and flaky on the bottom 3 inches, with a split bottom seam, delaminated corner, and some pen on back.)

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Charles MingusAbstractions (aka Jazz Experiments Of Charlie Mingus) ... LP
Bethlehem/Affinity (UK), 1954. Near Mint- ... $11.99
A pivotal album in the career of Charles Mingus – one that really has him honing his sound, and reaching for that trademark mix of modernism and raw emotion that set a whole generation on fire! The album's a lot more freewheeling than other Mingus material from the time – although ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(80s UK pressing.)

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✨✧ Charles MingusModern Jazz Symposium Of Music & Poetry ... LP
Bethlehem, 1957. Very Good ... $49.99
A fantastic album – one of our favorite-ever records from Charles Mingus! The album was recorded in the same breath as his legendary works Tijuana Moods, The Clown, and Pithecanthropus Erectus – and it features the same sort of fire and emotion that made those classics so great. The ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono red label pressing, without a deep groove. Cover has a split top seam held with clear tape, split bottom seam, and some wear and aging.)

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Red MitchellRed Mitchell ... LP
Bethlehem, 1956. Very Good+ ... $49.99
One of the first-ever sessions as a leader from west coast bassist Red Mitchell – a great start to a career that definitely showed that Red was always a cut above the usual rhythm player! The album features some very nice arrangements that open things up in a west coast mode that's never too ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Red MitchellRed Mitchell (Japanese Pressing) ... CD
Bethlehem (Japan), 1955. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the first-ever sessions as a leader from west coast bassist Red Mitchell – a great start to a career that definitely showed that Red was always a cut above the usual rhythm player! The album features some very nice arrangements that open things up in a west coast mode that's never too ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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✨✧ Oscar PettifordFinest Of Oscar Pettiford (aka Another One) ... LP
Bethlehem, 1956. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Don't let the Another One title make you think this is some passable record that repeats earlier ideas – because the set is a real gem in the 50s catalog of bassist Oscar Pettiford, and one of his strongest dates as a leader! Pettiford really sparkles here – leading a great group that ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing.)

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✨✧ Joe PumaIt's Blue World ... CD
Euphoria/Sundazed, 1999. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Out of print.)

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Johnny RichardsSomething Else By Johnny Richards ... LP
Bethlehem, 1956. Very Good ... $9.99
Some of the best work ever from one of the most under-acknowledged jazz composers and arrangers of the 50s! Johnny Richards is probably best known for his recordings with Stan Kenton in the early part of the decade – but when he moved out on his own, he developed a tremendous sound that was ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy red label pressing with deep groove. Back cover has some light staining.)

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Frank RosolinoI Play Trombone ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1956. Used ... $14.99
One of the best albums ever cut by trombonist Frank Rosolino – an open-ended quartet session that really lets him do his thing! The tracks are long, with plenty of room for solo space, and Frank's working with a really great quartet that includes the legendary Sonny Clark on piano – a ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Sal SalvadorFrivolous Sal ... LP
Bethlehem, 1956. Very Good- ... $29.99
Guitarist Sal Salvador made few albums as a leader during his day – but all of them are a treat, especially this one! The set's a mid 50s outing that features Sal's guitar in a quartet with Eddie Costa on piano and vibes – and grooving in a lightly swinging style that has some traces ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Sal SalvadorShades Of Sal Salvador ... LP
Bethlehem, 1957. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
Wonderful 50s work from guitarist Sal Salvador – a record that features some great work by Phil Woods on alto sax! Given that Sal often recorded in a small combo mode that usually highlighted his guitar in the lead, the presence of Woods is really a nice surprise here – especially ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light aging.)

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Sal SalvadorTribute To The Greats ... LP
Bethlehem, 1957. Very Good ... $33.99
Sal Salvador pays tributes to the jazz greats of his time – Charlie Parker, Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington, and others – but also serves things up at a level that's very much his own bag too! The album's got a spare, stripped-down groove that really suits Salvador's guitar well – ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. NOTE – Cover has a half split top seam and is lightly stained on the spine side, mostly on back, with some delamination and peeling along the spine.)

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Bobby ScottCompositions Of Bobby Scott ... LP
Bethlehem, 1955. Very Good ... $14.99
Really wonderful work from pianist Bobby Scott – a perfect showcase not just for his young talents as a composer and arranger, but also for a host of key solo performers as well! This full album brings together two previous 10" LP sessions – both of them brilliant, and graced by ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Label has a peeled spot and some remnants from sticker removal. Cover has some wear and aging, with some seam splitting held with white tape at the top, and clear tape at the bottom.)

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✨✧ Nina SimoneJazz As Played In An Exclusive Side Street Club ... LP
Bethlehem, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
A classic set of early jazz recordings by Nina Simone – one of her first albums ever, but already with an approach that's quite different from other singers of the time! Nina's singing a fair bit of standards here, but she brings a deeply personal approach to the material – inflecting ... (Vocalists) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Mel TormeLulu's Back In Town (aka Mel Torme & The Marty Paich Dek-Tette) ... CD
Bethlehem/Rhino, 1957. Used ... $5.99
An incredible album from Mel Torme – easily his best set ever, and a record that helped raise the bar for all other singers back in the 50s! A key part of the success of the set is the presence of Marty Paich as an arranger – as Marty swings the whole thing with a fluid groove that's ... (Vocalists) read more CD
(Out of print.)

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Eddie Cleanhead VinsonBack In Town ... LP
Bethlehem/Charly (UK), 1957. Near Mint- ... $8.99
Classic King R&B material from Vinson, featuring some great backing by a surprising amount of jazz players! The album includes playing by Frank Foster, Joe Newman, Charlie Rouse, Ed Thigpen, Freddie Green, Paul Quinichette, and Nat Pierce – and the sound owes a lot to Joe Turner's work ... (Blues) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(80s UK pressing.)

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Eddie VinsonEddie Vinson Sings (Cleanhead's Back In Town) ... CD
Bethlehem, 1958. Used ... $0.99
Classic King R&B material from Vinson, featuring some great backing by a surprising amount of jazz players! The album includes playing by Frank Foster, Joe Newman, Charlie Rouse, Ed Thigpen, Freddie Green, Paul Quinichette, and Nat Pierce – and the sound owes a lot to Joe Turner's work ... (Blues) read more CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode & booklet.)

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Mal WaldronLeft Alone (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Bethlehem (Japan), 1959. Used ... $34.99
A beautiful album by Mal Waldron – recorded in 1960, after the passing of Billie Holiday, and a very loving tribute by Waldron, who was her accompanist for a number of years. The set moves way past the usual "Holiday songbook" mode, and features instead a dark batch of tracks, two ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Out of print, RVG Special Edition with 24-bit remastering – still sealed with the obi!)

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George Wein & The Storyville SextetMetronome Presents Jazz At The Modern ... LP
Bethlehem, 1960. Very Good ... $19.99
Trad jazz at the Museum Of Modern Art – recorded by a small combo that includes George Wein on piano, Shorty Baker on trumpet, Tyree Glenn on trombone, and Pee Wee Russell on clarinet. All players are hip enough to swing with some of the right edges for the modern audience – still in a ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has split seams.)

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✨✧ Stu WilliamsonStu Williamson ... LP
Bethlehem, 1956. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
A really sparkling session from trumpeter Stu Williamson – one of a few great records he cut for the Bethlehem label in the 50s, and a set that's one of the cookingest from the company at the time! Stu's trumpet lines are already mighty nice – tight, and often a bit bolder than others ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Original red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has surface wear, aging, half split top seam, and a bit of gloss separation at the opening.)

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Jerri WintersSomebody Loves Me ... LP
Bethlehem, 1957. Very Good+ ... $29.99
Jerri Winters gets some hip backings here – thanks to help from the Al Belletto Sextet, who almost share the star spotlight on the record as much as Jerri! The combo are perhaps best known for their 50s work on Capitol, but they sound equally great here – stepping out with a tight ... (Vocalists) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Original red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light aging and a small split in the bottom seam.)

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variousBethlehem's Grab Bag ... LP
Bethlehem, 1957. Very Good+ ... $9.99
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(Red label pressing with deep groove.)
 
 



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