Celebrating Ron Carter

It’s Ron’s birthday, here is my post from last year, which has both the four-fer mix and the Youtube video I created from one of Ron’s laserdiscs. That post contains detail about Ron and his career, the original post for the laserdisc has a great tribute video about Ron Carter, the man. This year I thought I’d do a more […]

It’s a small, small world

An earlier version of this was posted on the #ctproduced Instagram account. In this 1974 Tampa Tribune clip, we see the newly reformed Herb Alpert Tijuana Brass, including singer Lani Hall, who married Herb in December that year. To the right of Herb and Lani in the back row is Dave Frishberg. Frishberg wrote “Wheelers and Dealers”, a song sung […]

Snapshots and Creed Taylor

The Snapshots Foundation has been posting clues for a while that they were working on something related to Creed Taylor. As well as the more recent teaser promo about their Creed Taylor project, which they originally posted back in January. In August 2019, Snapshots announced that Pianist Ben Tibbetts had been selected as composer for the Creed Taylor film, sponsored […]

Verve and all that Jazz

For Vinyl album crate diggers and junkies looking to get into the 1960’s jazz vibe, some of the best value albums are from the short lived “Verve Return Engagement” series. I was reminded of this series yesterday when I restarted digitizing my vinyl collection. While there are lots of good Wes Montgomery compilations, still my favorite by far is his […]

Grammy time – The Travels of the Girl from Ipanema

Today marks the 56th Anniversary of the 7th Grammy Awards, they announced the arrival of Brazilian music in the mainstream, as well as Creed Taylor, (Antonio Carlos) Jobim, and importantly Astrud Gilberto. I wrote extensively last year about the awards show itself[1]https://www.ctproduced.com/on-this-day-the-getz-gilberto-grammys/. It almost didn’t go well. As always with the Grammys there is also the confusion, “wins 1965 Grammy […]

The Story of the CTI All-Stars Live

This is the story of perhaps the greatest all star jazz band ever, as well their later derivatives. The performances, the recordings, the artists and more. It’s a long read, press play, and read on. While you read and listen, ask yourself what you would pay today to see a CTI re-union performance, George Benson, Ron Carter, Bob James, Airto, […]

Idris on CD

Thanks to reader Benjamin in Germany, he got in touch to point out that that two of Idris Muhammad’s CDs are now available by European re-issue label, Music On CD. KUDU albums have not faired as well as the CTI albums when it comes to re-mastering and re-releases. While the most popular have found their way to market, not all […]

Picture of Matthews in Captains hat, winking

Happy Birthday to Cap’n Matthews

It’s Happy Birthday to David Matthews, although by the time I get this posted, today, Thursday March 4th, Dave’s birthday will have passed where he lives in Japan. If Bob James was my gateway drug to the music of Creed Taylor productions, David Matthews was definitely my drug of choice in the 1970’s. Many will know Dave’s work, certainly from […]

On This Day: First Light GRAMMY Award

Today, March 3rd, is the day to play your copy of #freddiehubbard First Light album. It was winner of the #grammys for Best Jazz performance by a group. Recorded 50 years ago this year, released 49 years ago and awarded 48 years ago. Almost ignored by critics at the time, First Light is one of the definitive Creed Taylor produced […]

Sixty Years of Impulse!

Founded in 1960 by Creed Taylor, Impulse! exploded onto the music scene in January of 1961. Four new albums were launched that month, for their time, they were all monsters. Ray Charles’s Genius + Soul = Jazz Gil Evans’s Out of the Cool’, JJ. Johnson and Kai Winding’s The Great Kai & J. J. and The Incredible Kai Winding Trombones. […]