On This Day: Hubert Laws Interview

On July 21, 1973, flutist Hubert Laws performed at Atlanta’s CTI Summer Festival, later interviewed by “The Bird” newspaper. Focusing on his classical influences and blending them into jazz, Laws discussed his work with iconic musicians, his role at the Metropolitan Opera, and his teaching through publications. His collaborative recording experiences and innovative all-string album were also highlighted.

Picture of David Matthews in 2023 in his home studio. Still wearing his signature "skipper" hat.

The Other MJQ Conquers Japan: David Matthews

David Matthews, a prolific New York pianist and arranger, found unexpected success with his Manhattan Jazz Quintet in Japan. Originating from a desire to refresh the jazz scene, the band’s traditional jazz approach captivated Japanese audiences, earning several awards despite never performing in the U.S. Matthews continues his multifaceted career.

Creed Taylor in 1979

Today marks what would have been the 95th birthday of Creed Taylor, a producer celebrated for his subtle yet impactful influence in the jazz music industry. Despite facing significant challenges, including CTI’s bankruptcy in 1978, Taylor’s dedication to crossover music has left a lasting legacy, exemplified by his nurturing of artists like Wes Montgomery. His approach, blending commercial elements with jazz, aimed to broaden the genre’s appeal without compromising its essence, a reflection of his deep commitment to both the art and its artists.

picture of Bob James from 2015 seated playing an acoustic grand piano

Bob James – Birthday and Numbers

Happy Birthday to Bob James, born On December 25th, 1939 – Bob is 84-years old today and still producing great music!For Bob’s birthday this year I thought we’d have a little quiz to celebrate his first albums. Everyone knows that Bob recorded “One”, “Two”, “Three” and “BJ4” for CTI. What you might not know is that Bob named many of […]

the word jazz in a neon sign

CTI Record Streams

While I continue working on a couple of research projects that have consumed the past 6-weeks, I realized I hadn’t posted here much, although I continue to dance of the grave of what used to be social-media daily. Here is a brief post on an interesting stream I’ve been listening too while screaming into the void – that the internet […]

Montreux Jazz Festival Poster for1969 - Shows the back of a naked woman holding a trumpet plus a list of the concert events and artists.

They All Came Out To Montreux

If there was ever a party that you knew about, and wished you could have attended, this would be it for me. I wish I could have been at the Montreux Jazz festival in 1969, or possibly 1972. My awareness of the power of music started with the 1969, the Les McCann & Eddie Harris album, “Swiss Movement” [1]Ahmad Jamal […]

On This Day: Benson – The Other Carnegie Hall Concert

Back in April 2023 while writing about Kwame Brathwaite [1]https://www.ctproduced.com/kwame-brathwaite/, I discussed the George Benson album and the Carnegie Hall concert “In Concert – Carnegie Hall” with guest Hubert Laws. That concert was on January 11th, 1975 and the album from it was later overdubbed to replace parts of the recording and released in 1976. While researching and going through […]

Body Music Longmont – Mix + setlist

I had a great time Saturday May 20th doing my third ever DJ/Selector set playing exclusively CTI / KUDU tracks on vinyl. I made a number of changes from the first two sets, in total now I have a potential pick list of 54-tracks. Thanks to Body Music Longmont, Absolute Vinyl & Disco Witch for giving me a chance to […]

Remembering Creed Taylor On His Born Day

It’s late on May13th, 2023. I didn’t want today to pass without remembering Creed Taylor on the anniversary of his birth in 1929. The feedback, comments and subscriptions to this website from social media have far exceeded the original number I thought might be interested in Creed Taylor’s work. More than 2,000 receive notifications and emails for each post. I’m […]