Australian Jazz Quintet Selections of Rodgers

The Australian Jazz Quintet - Selections Of Rodgers & Hammerstein (1957) {2014 Japan Bethlehem Album Collection 1000}

The Australian Jazz Quintet - Selections Of Rodgers & Hammerstein (1957) {2014 Japan Bethlehem Album Collection 1000}
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© 2014 Solid Records / Bethlehem | CDSOL-6145 | LP BCP-6022
Jazz / Cool / Vibes / Flute / Bassoon

The music of Rodgers & Hammerstein gets a very groovy twist here – thanks to the mighty talents of the Australian Jazz Quintet! The group have a great mix of instruments – both the vibes of Jack Brokensha and piano of Bryce Rhodes, and the intertwining reeds of Erroll Buddle and Dick Healey – both players who've learned a lot from the west coast scene of the early 50s, and really know how to get creative with their phrasing and solos! The vibes often give the tunes a nicely moody feel – one that's underscored even more by the reeds on some of the more exotic tunes – and titles include "The Gentleman Is A Dope", "Do I Love You", "Wonderful Guy", "Hello Young Lovers", and "March Of The Siamese Children".
The Australian Jazz Quintet - Selections Of Rogers & Hammerstein (1960/2014) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Australian Jazz Quintet - Selections Of Rogers & Hammerstein (1960/2014)
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One of the last albums from the short lived Australian Jazz Quartet, now expanded to a quintet, this 1957 release was recorded in both Hollywood and New York City and showcases the group's unique take on these quintessential American show tunes by Rodgers & Hammerstein.
The Australian Jazz Quintet - In Free Style (1958) {2014 Japan Bethlehem Album Collection 1000}

The Australian Jazz Quintet - In Free Style (1958) {2014 Japan Bethlehem Album Collection 1000}
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© 2014 Solid Records / Bethlehem | CDSOL-6146 | LP BCP-6029
Jazz / Cool / Vibes

The style's never too free here – not in an avant jazz way – but the group's definitely opening up a bit more than before, and making even more magic with their music! The lineup has changed a bit from earlier albums from this combo – but key Australian players are still very much on hand – the great Bryce Rhode on piano, Jack Brokensha on vibes, and Errol Buddle on reeds! Rhode is one of the best pianists of the time – sadly overlooked upon his 60s return to Australian (where he made some wonderful records) – and his careful sense of tone really starts things off wonderfully – and brings more out of the vibes than we've ever heard on Brokensha's later records. Titles include the long "Take Three Parts Jazz" suite – plus "Detour Ahead", "I'll Remember April", "Bewitched", and "Swingin Goatsherd Blues".
Eddie Shu & Bob Hardaway - Jazz Practitioners (1954-55) {Bethlehem Toshiba-EMI TOCJ-62084 rel 2001}

Eddie Shu & Bob Hardaway - Jazz Practitioners (1954-55) {Bethlehem Toshiba-EMI TOCJ-62084 rel 2001}
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© 1954-55, 2001 Bethlehem / Toshiba-EMI | TOCJ-62084
Jazz / Cool / Bop / Trumpet / Saxophone

Not that this artist isn't pretty cool; far from it. Credited either as Bob Hardaway or Robert Hardaway, he spent much of the 20th century at the top of the studio musician scene in Los Angeles, playing a bewildering array of woodwind instruments — even bass clarinet, English horn, and alto flute — on a tall stack of records that stylistically give the impression of having been snatched at random out of a burning used record store, the Partridge Family, Dinah Washington, Bonnie Raitt, and his efforts with the Eddie Shu/Bob Hardaway Jazz Practitioners among them.
Bobby Scott - The Compositions Of Bobby Scott (1955) {2014 Japan Bethlehem Album Collection 1000 CDSOL-6126}

Bobby Scott - The Compositions Of Bobby Scott (1955) {2014 Japan Bethlehem Album Collection 1000 CDSOL-6126}
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© 1955, 2014 Solid Records / Bethlehem | CDSOL-6126 (BCP-8)
Jazz / Cool / West Coast Jazz / Piano

Really wonderful work from pianist Bobby Scott – a perfect showcase not just for his young talents as a composer and arranger, but also for a host of key solo performers as well! This full album brings together two previous 10" LP sessions – both of them brilliant, and graced by some of the most modern talents Bethlehem Records had to offer – which makes for extremely fresh sounds from Scott's wonderful music – jazz that's at a level that's really hard to peg – neither west coast cool, nor east coast arranged – but a really special space of its own!
Dave McKenna & Hal Overton - Dual Piano Jazz (1960) {2014 Japan Bethlehem Album Collection 1000}

Dave McKenna & Hal Overton - Dual Piano Jazz (1960) {2014 Japan Bethlehem Album Collection 1000}
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© 2014 Solid Records / Bethlehem | CDSOL-6149 | LP BCP-6049
Jazz / Bop / Stride / Swing / Piano Trio

A unique dual piano session from Dave McKenna and Hal Overton – and one that's nicely free of any sense of gimmick or cliche! The pair work together in a really loose, personal style – one that has the upfront push of a jazz trio date, but which also allows each musician room to express themselves differently – as you'd expect, given their slightly different approaches. Rhythm is from Earl May on bass and Jerry Segal on drums – and titles include "Monk's Mood", "Keeping Out Of Mischief", "Dizzy Atmosphere", "Ruby My Dear", and a great reading of "Hi Fly".
Terry Pollard - Terry Pollard (1955) {2014 Japan Bethlehem Album Collection 1000 CDSOL-6122}

Terry Pollard - Terry Pollard (1955) {2014 Japan Bethlehem Album Collection 1000 CDSOL-6122}
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© 1955, 2014 Solid Records / Bethlehem | CDSOL-6122 (BCP-1015)
Jazz / Bop / Piano

Features the latest remastering. Includes a Japanese description, lyrics, and bonus track(s). Features original cover artwork. One of the few female pianists in 50s jazz – the great Terry Pollard, a player who's usually associated with the Detroit scene, but who works here in a hip west coast setting for Bethlehem Records! The date's got Terry's strong piano in a quintet – with Don Fagerquist on trumpet and Howard Roberts on guitar – both musicians who bring a strong sense of presence to the group passages on the date, but who are also more than willing to step aside and let Pollard really flourish on her solos during some of the album's trio tracks.
Various Artists - Love Me or Leave Me: The Bethlehem Records Story 1958-1963 (2013) {3CD One Day Music DAY3CD040}

Various Artists - Love Me or Leave Me: The Bethlehem Records Story 1958-1963 (2013) {3CD One Day Music DAY3CD040}
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© 1958-62, 2013 Bethlehem Records / One Day Music / Not Now Music | DAY3CD040
Jazz / Cool / Bop / Others

An excellent budget compilation of the wonderful Bethlehem Records label - what a roster of artists they had. Very good sound too. The Bethlehem label focused on jazz releases, and this set collects some great examples of jazz–vocally and instrumentally–between the years 1958-62. One look at the artists on this 60 track 2 CD set shows how many fine artists released music on the label. Like other collections from One Day Music, there's no booklet, only a short paragraph about the label and a few of the featured artists. The digitally remastered sound is good overall within the limits of recording styles of the era.
Don Elliott - Mellophone (1955) {2013 Japan Bethlehem Album Collection 1000 Series CDSOL-6098}

Don Elliott - Mellophone (1955) {2013 Japan Bethlehem Album Collection 1000 Series CDSOL-6098}
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© 1955, 2013 Solid Records / Bethlehem | CDSOL-6098 | LP BCP-12
Jazz / Cool / Mellophone

They're not lying with the title of this great little set — as Don Elliott blows his unique horn with a very mellow tone ! The instrument is kind of a bigger version of a flugelhorn — and is used by Don in a laidback combo that also features trombone from Billy Byers, trumpet from Howie Reich, and baritone sax from Danny Bank — all deep sounds that set up a bank of color for Elliott to work with in his most vivid way. Other players include Hal McKusick on alto and flute — but working without as much of the sharper, cutting tones of other 50s albums — and rhythm is from Barry Galbraith on guitar, Milt Hinton on bass, and Mel Zelnick on drums.
Russ Garcia & His Vocal Choir And Orchestra - Sounds In The Night (1957) {2014 Japan Bethlehem Album Collection 1000}

Russ Garcia & His Vocal Choir And Orchestra - Sounds In The Night (1957) {2014 Japan Bethlehem Album Collection 1000}
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© 2014 Solid Records / Bethlehem | CDSOL-6153 | LP BCP-5006
Jazz / Vocal Jazz / Third Stream / Modern Arrangement

Russ Garcia, as arranger and orchestra leader, was credited for this 50s album – and it’s thoroughly deserved as, from the very first moment, you’re drawn into an immaculate marriage of harmony vocals, late night jazz and the very best of the US writers of that era. The resultant tracks feature comparatively sparse instrumentation meshing with, and complementing, the wonderful vocal choir that features the best-known back room girl, Marni Nixon, who takes the highest vocal lines.