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✨✧ Max BennettMax Bennett Plays ... LP
Bethlehem, 1955. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An expanded edition of an earlier 10" LP – featuring a group led by bassist Max Bennett, one that includes Charlie Mariano on alto, Stan Levy on drums, Claude Williamson on piano, and Frank Rosolino on trombone! Helen Carr makes a vocal appearance on a track or two, and the album's got ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light surface wear.)

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Art BlakeyHard Drive (70s pressing) ... LP
Bethlehem, 1957. Near Mint- ... $14.99
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
(Cover has light wear and a cutout notch.)

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Cozy Cole, Red Allen, Charlie Shavers & OthersJazz At The Metropole ... LP
Bethlehem, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... $28.99
A very cool, very unusual session – one that features Al Jazzbo Collins narrating a live performance from the Metropole club in New York – a trad jazz date, but one that's done with a mighty gritty edge! There's plenty of trumpet in the lead – and Red Allen sings on a few numbers ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Vinyl has some light crackling during the introduction on side one, but soon plkays very well overall. Cover has light wear, and a trace of laminate peeling – but is very nice overall.)

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✨✧ John ColtraneJohn Coltrane – The Bethlehem Years (Winner's Circle/Art Blakey Big Band) ... CD
Bethlehem, 1957. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Out of print.)

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Duke EllingtonBethlehem Years Vol 1 (aka Historically Speaking) ... LP
Bethlehem, 1956. Near Mint- ... $4.99
The album's a bit less "historical" than you might guess from the title – at least at the time it was issued in the mid 50s! The material is from Chicago sessions recorded in 1956 – unusual non-Columbia material for the period, featuring the Ellington group working in a ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(70s issue.)

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Booker ErvinBook Cooks (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Bethlehem, 1960. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99 29.98
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 LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Booker ErvinBook Cooks (second pressing) ... LP
Bethlehem, 1960. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has a cutout notch and some surface wear.)

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Dexter GordonBethlehem Years (aka Daddy Plays The Horn) ... LP
Bethlehem, 1955. Near Mint- ... $11.99
One of Dexter Gordon's proudest moments of the 50s – a rock-solid session for Bethlehem – easily one of the best-remembered hardbop sides from the label's California years! The album's got a relaxed, free-blown sound that's quite nice – with Dex in the lead on tenor, supported by ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Mid 70s issue. Cover appears to have been signed by the artist in back, but is unfortunately stained with some peeled spots and stuck-on paper.)

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✨✧ Dexter GordonDaddy Plays The Horn (remastered edition) ... CD
Bethlehem, 1955. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of Dexter Gordon's proudest moments of the 50s – a rock-solid session for Bethlehem – easily one of the best-remembered hardbop sides from the label's California years! The album's got a relaxed, free-blown sound that's quite nice – with Dex in the lead on tenor, supported by ... (Jazz) read more CD

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✨✧ Bennie GreenCatwalk (aka Hornful Of Soul) ... LP
Bethlehem, 1960. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A killer of an album from one of the best hardbop trombonists of the 50s! This original's always been wickedly hard to find, and it comes from that later period when the Bethlehem label was cutting records that had a lot more of a soulful groove than earlier years. Bennie's playing with a hip ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(70s issue. Vinyl has light sleeve marks, cover has some light edge & ring wear.)

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Urbie GreenLyrical Language Of Urbie Green (aka East Coast Jazz Series #6) ... LP
Bethlehem, 1955. Near Mint- ... $7.99
One of the strongest albums ever cut by trombonist Urbie Green – a player who had a heck of a lot of talent, but who unfortunately could sometimes end up in some schmaltzy settings. Fortunately, this isn't one of them – as the group includes players like Jimmy Lyon on piano, Oscar ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Late 70s issue. Cover has light wear and small sticker remnants.)

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✨✧ Johnny HartmanAll Of Me (70s pressing) ... LP
Bethlehem, 1956. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
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

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Johnny HartmanSongs From The Heart ... CD
Bethlehem, 1955. Used ... $7.99
A nice little album from Johnny Hartman – recorded back in the mid 50s for Bethlehem, in the years before he recorded his more famous dates for the Impulse label! The set has Johnny singing nice and mellow – with backing by a group led by pianist Ralph Sharon, one of Tony Bennett's ... (Vocalists) read more CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Johnny HartmanSongs From The Heart ... LP
Bethlehem, 1955. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
A nice little album from Johnny Hartman – recorded back in the mid 50s for Bethlehem, in the years before he recorded his more famous dates for the Impulse label! The set has Johnny singing nice and mellow – with backing by a group led by pianist Ralph Sharon, one of Tony Bennett's ... (Vocalists) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Mid 80s Cayre pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Also available Songs From The Heart ... CD 7.99

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JJ Johnson & Kai WindingNuf Said ... CD
Bethlehem, 1957. Used ... $7.99
A great mid 50s recordings 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 CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Teal JoyTed Steele Presents Miss Teal Joy (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. Used ... $13.99
A great little album from this overlooked singer – an east coast vocalist from the 50s, working here on one of the few sessions she ever recorded! Teal's got an exotic look on the cover, but the presentation of the music is right up there in the best mainstream jazz modes of the time – ... (Vocalists) read more CD
(Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Roland KirkEarly Roots (aka Third Dimension) ... CD
Bethlehem/Rhino, 1956. Used ... Out Of Stock
Excellent early work from Roland Kirk – not as groundbreaking as later sessions, but still filled with fire and imagination, and proof that the famous blind player was a genius even at an early age! Kirk plays alto, tenor, and soprano – and on all tracks, he plays them in his unique ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Stan LeveyStanley The Steamer (aka This Time The Drum's On Me) ... LP
Bethlehem, 1955. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
70s issue of the mid 50s recording from Levey, a nice little bit of bop from LA – featuring drummer Stan Levey at the head of a sextet that includes Dexter Gordon, Conte Candoli, Frank Rosolino, Lou Levy, and Leroy Vinnegar. Tracks are harder than the usual Bethlehem LA set, thanks to the ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has a small press flaw bump that clicks a bit at the beginning of Side A.)

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Herbie MannHerbie Mann Plays ... CD
Bethlehem, 1957. Used ... $4.99
Sprightly early work from the great Herbie Mann – key proof that Herb was always a hell of a talent on his chosen instrument! Mann blows both conventional flute and alto flute on the record – with a deftness of notes that may be the most fluid recorded at that date in jazz – ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Out of print and still sealed.)

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Herbie Mann/Sam MostMann With The Most (aka Herbie Mann/Sam Most Quintet) ... LP
Bethlehem, 1955. Very Good+ ... $3.99
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
(70s issue. Cover has light wear.)

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Howard McGheeThat Bop Thing (Return Of Howard McGhee) ... LP
Bethlehem, 1955. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Easily one of the best albums ever cut by this oft-overlooked bop trumpeter – and a clean, clear, no-nonsense session played in the company of a crack group that includes Sahib Shihab, Duke Jordan, Percy Heath, and Philly Joe Jones. Maggie's in the lead on firey solos, and tracks are short, ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Late 70s pressing. Cover has a 'stereo' sticker.)

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✨✧ Carmen McRaeCarmen McRae (Bethlehem) ... CD
Bethlehem, 1954. Used ... Out Of Stock
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 McRaeFinest Of Carmen McRae – You'd Be So Easy To Love (aka Carmen McRae) ... LP
Bethlehem, 1954. Near Mint- ... $6.99
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 LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has an unglued bottom seam & a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Charles MingusEast Coasting ... LP
Bethlehem, 1957. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Charles Mingus' excellent albums for the Bethlehem label – recorded during that magical year of 1957, a real turning point in his career! There's a sharpness here to Mingus' musical vision that hadn't shown up in previous years – a refinement of ideas expressed for Savoy and ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(80s UK Affinity pressing, in a cover with different title font.)

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✨✧ Charles MingusEast Coasting (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Bethlehem, 1957. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of Charles Mingus' excellent albums for the Bethlehem label – recorded during that magical year of 1957, a real turning point in his career! There's a sharpness here to Mingus' musical vision that hadn't shown up in previous years – a refinement of ideas expressed for Savoy and ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Out of print. Small cutout hole through rear case and tray card.)

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Charles MingusScenes In The City (aka Modern Jazz Symposium Of Music & Poetry) ... LP
Bethlehem/Affinity (UK), 1957. Near Mint- ... $24.99
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
(80s UK pressing.)

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✨✧ Betty RocheTake The A Train (2nd cover) ... LP
Bethlehem, 1956. Near Mint- ... $4.99
One of the few small group sessions from vocalist Betty Roche – a singer who was known for her work with Duke Ellington, but who sounds even better in this setting! Betty's got a style that's warmly raspy – a bit more edge than some of the cooler vocalists on the Bethlehem label at the ... (Vocalists) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Mid 70s pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Charlie ShaversComplete Charlie Shavers With Maxine Sullivan ... LP
Bethlehem, Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
An unusual slice of work by trumpeter Charlie Shavers – proof of his vitality and the range of his powers during the 50s! The first 4 tracks feature Shavers in a sextet with Hank D'Amico, Bennie Morton, Ken Kersey, Aaron Bell and Panama Francis, and some narration by Al Jazzbo Collins! ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Original heavy red label pressing with a deep groove. Cover has some wear at the corners, looks great otherwise!)

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Nina SimoneLittle Girl Blue (aka Jazz As Played In An Exclusive Side Street Club) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Bethlehem, 1957. Used ... $4.99
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 CD

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Nina Simone/Chris Connor/Carmen McRaeNina Simone & Her Friends – An Intimate Variety Of Vocal Charm (180 gram emerald green vinyl pressing) ... LP
Bethlehem, 1960. New Copy (reissue)... $34.99 36.99
A classic collection of work from Bethlehem Records – a package that brings together some of their strongest jazz singers of the time, under a cover image that's similar to the first album by Nina Simone! The difference here is that the record features a killer non-LP track by Nina – ... (Vocalists) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition on emerald green vinyl!)

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Zoot SimsDown Home (70s pressing) ... LP
Bethlehem, 1960. Near Mint- ... $11.99
A really great little set from Zoot Sims – earthy, and almost a bit more fragile than much of his other work! There's a real "down home" feel to the whole record – as Zoot blows comfortably and easily in a quartet with Dave McKenna on piano, George Tucker on bass, and Dannie ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Mel TormeBethlehem Years ... CD
Bethlehem/Shout Factory, Late 50s. Used ... $3.99
Excellent work from Mel Torme – material recorded in the late 50s for Bethlehem Records – easily one of our favorite periods in the career of the Velvet Fog! The tunes here are tremendous – numbers that are tightly jazzy, often with hip west coast backing from arranger Marty ... (Vocalists) read more CD

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Mel TormeIt's A Blue World (80s pressing) ... LP
Bethlehem/Affinity (UK), 1955. Near Mint- ... $7.99
One of the most beautiful albums ever from the great Mel Torme – and a set that's a bit different than his other work for the Bethlehem label too! The set features Mel singing to lush backings from arranger Al Pellegrini – who brings in a mode that definitely lives up to the blue tones ... (Vocalists) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Mel Torme, Francis Faye, Johnny Hartman, & OthersComplete George Gershwin Porgy & Bess ... LP
Bethlehem, 1956. Very Good 3LP Box Set ... $6.99
One of our favorite recordings ever of George Gershwin's Porgy & Bess – done by Bethlehem Records in the mid 50s, and featuring nearly every one of the label's great talents at the time! The choice of the lead characters is a bit odd – as Mel Torme plays Porgy and Francis Faye ... (Vocalists) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono red label pressing. Box has seam splits, name in marker, light surface wear.)

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✨✧ Bobby TroupBobby Troup Sings Johnny Mercer ... CD
Bethlehem/West Side (UK), 1955. Used ... $6.99
Hip vocalist Bobby Troup pays tribute to another fairly hip LA songwriter – the great Johnny Mercer, the man who helped to build Capitol Records in the late 40s! Mercer's tunes really helped pave the way for some of Troup's own writing – and Bobby's cool, laidback style makes the ... (Vocalists) read more CD
(Out of print and still sealed.)

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Claude WilliamsonRound Midnight ... LP
Bethlehem, 1956. Very Good+ ... $24.99
One of the greatest albums ever from west coast pianist Claude Williamson – from the cool image on the cover, right down to the freely swinging grooves on the vinyl! Williamson's working here in trio formation with Red Mitchell on bass and Mel Lewis on drums – mostly on familiar tunes, ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Mid 70s mono Japanese CBS/Sony pressing – 22AP 126. Cover has light ringwear, edge wear, and a Swing Journal seal of approval in front.)

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✨✧ Stu WilliamsonStu Williamson ... LP
Bethlehem, 1956. Very Good ... Temporarily 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 – nice and clean overall. Cover has a small bit of tape, but is great too.)

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Kai Winding & JJ JohnsonFinest Of Kai Winding & JJ Johnson (aka K + JJ – East Coast Jazz Series No 7) ... LP
Bethlehem, Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... $7.99
A cool quintet session from the great trombonists JJ Johnson and Kai Winding – one that really lets their twin horns soar free together – with only a bit of light backing to spur them on! The group's got a great rhythm section – with Dick Katz on piano, Al Harewood on drums, and ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has light ringwear, some edge wear, and some spots of gloss separation.)
 
 



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