Thursday, August 15, 2013

Bethlehem Records Is Back!



Relaunch of Iconic 1950’s Jazz Catalog, Bethlehem Records, Announced by Verse Music Group & Naxos of America
Classic Albums will be Restored & Remastered
for CD, Digital and 10” & 12” Vinyl Release
First Reissue Sets Debuts August, 27, 2013

Verse Music Group & Naxos of America are happy to announce the reissue of iconic 1950’s Jazz catalog, Bethlehem Records.
Bethlehem Records’ lengthy discography contains over 250 albums that freshly and ambitiously captured an era of music, including West Coast Cool Jazz and East Coast Bop. Bethlehem Records roster of artists includes Nina Simone, Carmen McRae, Chris Connor, Mel Torme, Dexter Gordon, Charles Mingus, Art Blakey, and Duke Ellington. For some of these legendary artists, the Bethlehem recordings represent their classic debuts, and still for others, their greatest recorded work to date.
Each track has been restored from the original analog sound recording & digitally remastered to meet the highest level of clarity and quality standards. For the first time in decades, each of the titles will be available in their original configuration in LP vinyl, CD and digital formats.
Titles slated for an August 27th, 2013 release include Oscar Pettiford "Modern Quintet," Chris Connor "Chris Connor Sings Lullaby’s For Lovers," Dexter Gordon "Daddy Plays The Horn," Charles Mingus "The Jazz Experiments of Charles Mingus," Nina Simone "Little Girl Blue," and Booker Ervin "The Book Cooks.”
Bethlehem Records progressive cover art truly revolutionized the jazz market. Each release includes fully restored, original artwork and liner notes.
In support of the relaunch, limited edition apparel, vinyl bundles and pre-sales will be available at select retailers and the Bethlehem Records webstore Facebook tab in an exclusive partnership with leading international merchandise & licensing company, Backstreet Merch. Follow Bethlehem Jazz on Instagram here for the latest Burt Goldblatt inspired T-Shirt designs and join the Jazz Exclusives community here.
Twenty select titles will be exclusively available in the Bethlehem Records iTunes store at 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 Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess”
• Howard McGhee – “Dusty Blue”
• John Coltrane – “In The Winners Circle”
• Johnny Hartman – “Songs 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”)