Relaunch Of Iconic 1950's Jazz Catalog, Bethlehem Records Announced By Verse Music Group & Naxos Of America

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Classic Albums Will Be Restored & Remastered For CD, Digital, and 10” & 12” Vinyl Release First Reissue Set Debuts August 27, 2013

Bethlehem Records legacy is a lengthy discography that freshly and ambitiously captures and preserves an era of music, including West Coast Cool Jazz and East Coast Bop. Bethlehem Records roster of artists includes Nina Simone
Nina Simone
Nina Simone
1933 - 2003
, Carmen McRae
Carmen McRae
Carmen McRae
1920 - 1994
, Chris Connor
Chris Connor
Chris Connor
1927 - 2009
, Mel Torme
Mel Torme
Mel Torme
, Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
Dexter Gordon
1923 - 1990
sax, tenor
, Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
1922 - 1979
bass, acoustic
, Art Blakey
Art Blakey
Art Blakey
1919 - 1990
, and Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
1899 - 1974
. For some of these iconic 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 by audio engineer John Sigmon 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, CD and digital formats.

The first 5 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.”

These classic albums, accompanied by the most progressive cover art and design of its time, truly revolutionized the jazz market. Each release includes all original artwork, repackaged and designed by Chris Cyran. Leading international merchandise & licensing company, Backstreet Merch will release exclusive Bethlehem Records merchandise, available worldwide, in support of the relaunch.

Twenty select titles will be exclusively available as “Mastered for iTunes” albums 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 and 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”)

October 29, 2013

BCP 6051: Zoot Sims – “Down Home” (CD & 12”)
BCP 6056: Donald Byrd & Pepper Adams – “Motor City Scene” (CD & 12”)
BCP 1030: Bobby Troup – “The Songs of Bobby Troup” (CD & 10”)

January 29, 2013

BCP 1027: Helen Carr – “Down In The Depths Of The 90th Floor” (CD & 10”)
BCP 43: Johnny Hartman – “Songs From The Heart” (CD & 12”)
BCP 6040: Mel Torme & Frances Faye – George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” (CD & 12”)
BCP 6041: Nina Simone – “Nina Simone and Her Friends” (CD & 12”)

March 26, 2013

BCP 6045: Mal Waldron – “Left Alone” (CD & 12”)
BCP 6055: Howard McGhee – “Dusty Blue” (CD & 12”)
BCP 6061: Booker Little – “Booker Little and Friend” (CD & 12”)

May 28, 2013

BCP 71: Stan Levey – “Grand Stan” (CD & 10”)
BCP 6064: Roland Kirk – “Third Dimension” (CD & 12”)
BCP 6031: Mel Torme – “Songs For Any Taste” (CD & 12”)

July 29, 2014

BCP 1004: Bobby Scott – “Great Scott” (CD & 10”)
BCP 6069: Eddie Davis – “The Best of Eddie Lockjaw Davis” (CD & 12”)
BCP 6024: John Coltrane – “In The Winners Circle” (CD & 12”)
BCP 6027: Art Blakey – “Art Blakey Big Band” (CD & 12”)
BCP 1010: Vinnie Burke – “East Coast Jazz 2” (CD & 10”)
BCP 1036: Paula Castle – “Lost Love” (CD & 10”)

About Bethlehem Records

Formed by Gus Wildi in the 1950s, Bethlehem Records includes an impressive roster of artists such as Nina Simone, Carmen McRae, Chris Connor, Mel Torme, Dexter Gordon, Charles Mingus, Art Blakey, and Duke Ellington. Bethlehem Records’ legacy is a lengthy discography that freshly and ambitiously captures and preserves an era of truly amazing music, including West Coast Cool Jazz and East Coast Bop.

About Verse Music Group

Verse Music Group was founded by award winning songwriter/producers Curt Frasca & Sabelle Breer.

Verse Music Group is a leading independent entertainment company that seeks to acquire music publishing rights, master copyrights, writer royalty streams and other brand related assets. Since forming in 2010 they have acquired 50,000 copyrights through the acquisition of iconic catalogues and brands such as Salsoul Records, West End Records, Bethlehem Records, and Golden Records as well as music and hit songs by Jennifer Lopez, Snoop Dogg, Neil Young, Nina Simone, Tupac, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Avril Lavigne, Commodores, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus and Duke Ellington.

The songwriting & production work of Verse Music Group has appeared on more than 150 million albums sold worldwide by artists including Celine Dion, Avril Lavigne, Aretha Franklin, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Prince and Seal.

About Naxos of America

Naxos, the world’s leading classical music label is known for recording exciting new repertoire with exceptional talent. The label has one of the largest and fastest growing catalogues of unduplicated repertoire available anywhere with state-of-the-art sound and consumer-friendly prices. The catalogue includes classical music CDs and DVDs as well other genres such as jazz, new age, educational and audiobooks. offers high-quality streaming of the labels classical music recordings, as well as collections from several other independent classical music labels. Information available for albums includes biographies of composers and artists, full track listings, booklet text and music reviews from industry magazines and critics.

With its comprehensive classical music site and its culture of innovation, Naxos ensures that it will continue to be an industry leader in digital music distribution.

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