Friday, July 15, 2016

Jazz City Presents...

Bethlehem Records was a major jazz label in the 1950's with an impressive roster of artists including singers : Nina Simone, Carmen MacRae, Chris Conner, Mel Torme, Bob Dorough, Billy Eckstine, Audrey Morris, Helen Carr and Frances Faye to name a few ; arrangers : Marty Paich, Russ Garcia, Frank Hunter ; and musicians including: Dexter Gordon, Roland Kirk, Charles Mingus, Frank Rosolino, Herbie Mann, Stan Levey, Art Blakey, Milt Hinton, Errol Garner, Zoot Sims, Duke Ellington, JJ Johnson and many, many others. The label distinguished itself by giving artists creative control of their projects and presented albums of rather cutting edge graphic design. Its legacy is a lengthy discography that freshly and ambitiously captured and preserved an era of truly amazing music including West Coast Cool Jazz, East Coast Bop, and Vocalists. For many of the artists, their first or greatest recorded work happened at Bethlehem. By trusting its staff and artists to make their own creative decisions, to experiment, and thus to flourish; Bethlehem actively helped create not just document a whole and diverse era of Jazz music. 

Source :

Jazz City Presents
Bethlehem Jazz Session
BCP 80


1 I'm Glad There Is You (Maderia, Dorsey)  4:28
2 It Had To Be You (Kahn, Jones)  11:56
3 Lady Be Good (Gershwin, Gershwin)  17:13


[# 1] Russ Garcia Orchestra
Don Fagerquist - tp
Bill Kurasch, Rickey Mariano - vl
Stan Harris - vla
Fred Katz - cel
Howard Roberts - g
Bob Enevoldsen - b
Don Heath - dr
Russ Garcia (leader)
Recorded live at "Jazz City", Los Angeles, California ; circa June, 1957
[# 2] Frank Rosolino Quintet
Frank Rosolino - tb
Charlie Mariano - as
Lou Levy - p
Max Bennett - b
Lawrence Marable - dr
Recorded same place as above ; June, 1957
[# 3] The Swingers
Clora Bryant, Don Fagerquist - tp
Herbie Harper - tb
Herb Geller - as
Bill Perkins - ts
Pepper Adams - bs
Claude Williamson - p
Curtis Counce - b
Mel Lewis - dr
Recorded same place as above ; circa June, 1957

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deGallo said...

Thank you for a nice upgrade. Rapidshare seems to be working great for me.

Otis Foster said...

Thnx melanchthon. These Bethlehem sessions bring back a lot of memories.

zero said...

Looks like great fun. Thanks!

JH said...

Thanks, melanchthon -- been hoping to hear this one for a while!

rubberduck said...

Nice and interesting. Thanks, Mel.

Prof. Yaffle said...

Thank you

glinka21 said...

Thanks very much for the reup!

headman said...

Thanks for this, Mel. Love these Bethlehem releases and this is one I missed last time.

Newlyner said...

Great post, many thanks for sharing. Much appreciated.

duck said...

Hi there Mel, another very interesting album, thanks as always

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

Melanchthon said...

sep troelstra said...

Thanks a lot!!

daniel genovese said...

Thank you

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You