Bethlehem has to be one of the strangest independent jazz labels of the fifties. It had no point of view in terms of a style of jazz or a type of jazz artist that it favored. It recorded vocalists ranging from Chris Connor to Nina Simone and jazz artists from Duke Ellington to Charles Mingus to the unjustly obscure Herbie Nichols and Booker Little. Roland Kirk’s first album was among its releases. This blog kicks off the story of the label with a gallery of covers from its 10” LP series.