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1970 was a pivotal year in music. The industry and music consumers were moving on from the pillars of pop, country, and rock to a number of different styles. Electric instruments and higher quality recording techniques were starting to change everything.
Creed Taylor, by 1970, had been in the industry as a producer for some 25-years. This year, 2020, marks fifty, yes 50 years since then. Creed will be 91-years old this year and for my part I thought some form of comprehensive retrospective was well overdue.
In 1970, Creed established himself as one of the premier jazz producers. He had started and thrived at some of the famous jazz record labels including Bethlehem, Impulse and Verve. Taylor had really cut a groove at Herb Alperts A&M label with the CTI imprint. 1970 saw Taylor really break loose and form his own label, his own companies, and record many new artists and well as a continuing loyalty to many artists that he had produced already.
Taylors style by 1970 was disliked by many jazz aficionados, some of the later albums on A&M CTI were very popular but had moved away from the trad’, bop, post-bop, free improvisational and mainstream jazz into a more heavily orchestrated, more generally popular and successful style of jazz. Many blamed Taylor for the smooth jazz era, and many of the associated acts which played less hard, more mainstream and more cover titles. However, looking back on those times, no one knew where the “sound” would go in the late 60’s and early 70’s.
Taylor was a shrewd producer and businessman, and jazz musicians wanted and deserved some of the new found post-war prosperity. Taylor took them there, and many of us, including me, went along for the ride.
Why this website?
There is a lot of fantastic material about Creed, his labels and his artists, all over the Internet. There are some fascinating autobiographies, I even hear a rumor one may be in the works for Creed Taylor. Doug Payne has a widely quoted and referenced website that has exhaustively cataloged the release of CTI and its related labels. But there isn’t a great place to go to cross reference all of the information throughout Creeds career.
That’s what I’m going to try to do. I’m going to go through as many of the albums Taylor produced over an amazing career. Look at the people, the music, the artists, and the businesses involved and try to put together a referenceable resource that ties all that together.
I’m lucky that I’ve been able to make contact with Doug, and he has agreed to let me embed or copy his material. He’s also been an invaluable resource for questions. I’m not an expert on jazz or the works of Creed Taylor, just a fan that wants to share his work and the work of hundreds of artists he worked with.
Each week I’ll try to post an entry, or two entries. Everything will be tagged with the main artist name and the label it was recorded for. For example, all albums released on Verve, all material by Bob James.
Here are the major content categories I plan to cover
Early Jazz – Specialty Recordings – Bethlehem Records – ABC-Paramount – Verve – A&M CTI – CTI – Kudu – CTI2 – CTI3
and some minor categories Salvation – Three Brothers Records – Greene Street Records
From time to time, and especially as I start to make regular posts, I’ll be covering a number of topics related to either my other favorite music and artists NOT Produced by Creed Taylor, or related to the lessons I’ve learned while digitizing my entire collection of some 2,500 albums, 500 CD’s, a few 10-inch album releases and a few specialist singles. I’ll be using this process to try to work how how to best host or link to the actual music and albums so you can hear it for yourself.
What can you do?
Leave comments. Like something, don’t like it, agree, disagree, leave a comment. Specific questions about artists or recording from the Creed Taylor pantheon? Leave a comment or question, I have the time, I’ll try to research and provide an answer. I’m not an expert and by doing this website am not trying to establish myself as one. I just want to share my post IT career hobby for others to enjoy.
This website, and its creator, Mark Cathcart, are not licensed or approved to distribute, sell, or transfer digital music. Any music hosted on this site is hosted under “fair use” rules. Content provided here, both hosted, and linked is provided to show, explain, educate and inform readers. Specifically, no content is provided for download. Links, where provided, are for readers to purchase copies of the works at fair market value from normal commercial, licensed retailers. The author and owner of this website does not make money from advertising, affiliate links or any links taken by readers.
I put it together initially as a fun exercise to enable me to share the music of my life, almost literally my life.
It is, and will likely remain, a work in progress.