Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Helen Carr - Bethlehem Years '55

With the exception of one song cut with Charles Mingus in 1946 and two with King Curtis later in the 1950s, this single CD (which consists of Helen Carr's two Bethlehem albums) has the complete output of the talented but short-lived singer who died in 1960 at age 36. Carr's interpretations fall between jazz and middle-of-the-road pop, yet her treatments of the standards consistently swing and uplift the material. On one occasion she is joined by a quintet with husband/pianist Donn Trenner, trumpeter Don Fagerquist and altoist Charlie Mariano, while the other session finds Carr interacting quite winningly with a trio consisting of guitarist Howard Roberts, bassist Red Mitchell and the muted (but fiery) trumpet of Cappy Lewis. Recommended.
Scott Yanow

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-complete-bethlehem-collection-r213008

Helen Carr
Bethlehem Collection


1 Not Mine (Mercer, Schertzinger) 3:02
2 I Don't Want To Cry Anymore (Schertzinger) 5:16
3 Tulip Or Turnip (George, Ellington) 2:24
4 Memory Of The Rain (Carr, Trenner) 2:48
5 Down In The Depths On The Ninetieth Floor (Porter) 3:11
6 You're Driving Me Crazy (Donaldson) 2:57
7 I'm Glad There Is You (Madeira, Dorsey) 3:02
8 Moments Like This (Loesser, Lane) 2:25
9 Then You've Never Been Blue (Fiorito, Lewis, Young) 2:23
10 Summer Night (Dubin, Warren) 2:02
11 Got a Date with an Angel (Grey, Miller, Tunbridge, Waller) 3:44
12 Why Do I Love You ? (Hammerstein, Kern) 2:40
13 Do I Worry ? (Cowan, Worth) 2:30
14 I've Got A Feelin' You're Foolin' (Brown, Freed) 2:03
15 Be Careful, It's My Heart (Berlin) 1:58
16 My Kind of Trouble Is You (Carter) 3:58
17 Lonely Street (Carr, Villepigue) 2:23
18 Symphony (Alstone, Lawrence) 2:25
19 You're Getting to Be a Habitwith Me (Dubin, Warren) 3:38
20 Bye Bye Baby (Robin, Styne) 2:29


[# 1-8] Helen Carr (Bethlehem BCP 1027)
Don Fagerquist - tp
Charlie Mariano - as
Donn Trenner - p
Max Bennett - b
Stan Levey - dr
Helen Carr - voc
Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; January 5, 1955
[# 9-20] Helen Carr - Why Do I Love You ? (Bethlehem BCP 45)
Cappy Lewis - tp
Howard Roberts - g
Red Mitchell - b
Helen Carr - voc
Recorded in Los Angeles, California ; November 11, 1955
The title Why Do I Love You speaks volumes about the emotional context of Helen Carr's approach -- equal parts heartbreak, frustration, and resignation, her tough but tender vocals capture the dark side of romance at its most affecting. This Bethlehem session features backing from the likes of Red Mitchell, Howard Roberts, and Cappy Lewis, and their nuanced contributions further underscore the intimacy of Carr's performance. The song selection is also excellent, forgoing overworked standards in favor of more apropos material like "Lonely Street," "My Kind of Trouble Is You," and "Then You've Never Been Blue."
Jason Ankeny

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/why-do-i-love-you-r153493


Foth said...

Never heard of Ms.Carr but the back-up band is outstanding. Thanks,

Zape said...

Thank you Mel. Excellent post.

deGallo said...

Thank you for Helen Carr. This is wonderful.

nogrub said...

Ow! Ow! Ow! Scott Lannow! This is NOT a complete Bethlehem Helen Carr.
I have two other numbers with F.Rosolino & Mariano, not very good at all. They Say and Do you Know Why,
sorry I have no dates available. I often wondered who she was, thanks to Melanchthon for sharing this rare vocalist. Roger

Melanchthon said...

You're right, nogrub. I've posted the two songs here :


gilhodges said...

A revelation. Thanks!

klf said...

Thanks for sharing this album - and for the Max Bennett Plays link! So nice.

Davidscott789 said...

thank you Mel!

Alex Cuvelier said...

Amazing!! I've been looking for this CD for years. Your blog is a real find. Thanks for sharing :)

peskypesky said...

thank you. i look forward to hearing this singer.

canonT3 said...

Truly a discovery, thaks Mel!

jazztap said...


Baron said...

Thank you Mel ... I've never heard this singer before ... Baron

T-Bone said...

I can't open the file! It either says the file is corrupted or it just keeps asking for a pw. Any suggestions?

Melanchthon said...


ProfessorCalculus said...

Fantastic vocals.....thanks Mel

Otis Foster said...

Does this bring back memories, both Bethlehem (for which I had an odd affinity) and Helen Carr. Thanks for exhuming it melanchthon

rubberduck said...

Great ! Many Thanks

EMendes said...

The link is still OK, but the file needs a password to be opened. Could you please inform it?


Jim Eddy said...

I have heard wonderful things about this collection. The link is an old Rapidshare link, so no longer is active. Any chance of a zippy upload? Thanks in advance, and thanks for this great blog...jimeddy