Full Color Fidelity Jazz

While most of us know Creed Taylors productions for their lavish gatefold covers, more often than not adorned with exotic, artful, and amazing color photographs by Pete Turner, the music Creed produced also made a number of firsts in other ways. This entry discuss the first ever vinyl record to be included in a consumer oriented magazine. It includes a […]

The ABC of Specialty Recording

[This post was originally written as part of the 2021 post, Happy Birthday Mr. Taylor and also continues and replaces an earlier post on the specialty recording period of Creed Taylor’s career.] After graduating from Duke University, 2-years in the Army, one year of which was spent in Korea, Creed Taylor arrived in New York City in 1954, aged 24-years […]

On This Day: Quincy Jones calls Creed Taylor

[This post was a day late due to the holidays.] In December 1995, Billboard magazine issue featured a tribute to Quincy Jones “Quincy Jones: A Half Century Of Music” featuring an expansive interview with Quincy by Mark Rowland. Including numerous full page advertisements, it runs 34-pages. Not only is Creed Taylor not mentioned, but in it’s listings and discography, everything […]

Happy Halloween – Shock

It’s that time of year again, Halloween. Enjoy a track from the 1958 album “Shock” by the Creed Taylor Orchestra. SHOCK¬†The Creed Taylor OrchestraNew York City: c. 1958Kenyon Hopkins (arr, cond).ABC Paramount ABC/ABCS-259 (issued November 1958) Track-1 from Side-B, “Haunted House” 3:01 Released in November 1958, while “Shock” is billed as by The Creed Taylor Orchestra, it is in fact […]

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Once Around The Clock – Patricia Scot

Press play and read on. Tracklist at the end. For my first post about Creeds ABC-Paramount, or Am-Par records period, I chose Patricia Scots Once Around The Clock. It is a masterpiece of easy listening jazz vocals. Most importantly though, when I reached out to Scot, now Patricia Yorton, I received an enthusiastic response from the singer herself, willing to […]