Thumb Produces Green for Wes Montgomery

On this day in 1923, jazz guitarist #WesMontgomery was born, known for his successful crossover from jazz to popular music. Before his death, he played a multi-night gig at the Living Room in Cincinnati, revealing a lucrative shift to commercial music without forgoing his jazz roots, supported by a quintet featuring his brothers.

His innovative playing, transcending genre boundaries, appealed to varied music followers, cementing his legacy. Wes Montgomery’s defining success and distinctive style were celebrated up until his performances just months before he passed away.

The Paul Desmond Album That Was CTI and Isn’t

With the Grammys coming up, I thought it a good time to take a first look at Paul Desmond’s career and his association with CTI Records, along with a discussion about his albums and Grammy nominations. I also apparently have some work to do on Wikipedia inaccuracies but mostly this is a look at Desmond’s non-CTI A&M recording and Grammy nominated “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

Giraffe – Turner – Jobim – Wave

To celebrate the opening of the Pete Turner exhibition at the Bruce Silverstein gallery in New York [1]https://www.ctproduced.com/pete-turner-the-color-of-light-exhibition/, I thought it would be a good time to look at one of the most iconic of the A&M CTI cover photographs by Pete Turner. At the same time finally get around […]

Bebeto Castilho – Tamba 4

Bebeto Castilho, a founding member of the Tamba Trio and later, the Tamba 4, died on March 10th, 2023, in Rio de Janeiro. Mr Castilho died at age 83, just a month short of his 84th birthday. This post looks at his yearly years with Tamba Trio through to Tamba […]

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Reissue News and RSD 2023

I’m sure dedicated vinyl fans feel Record Store Day is still an exciting wait. As a more general music collector, from a jazz perspective while the first drop of 2023 looks more promising than perhaps the entirety of 2022, it still looks like labels trawling for unreleased or bootlegged live […]

Let’s talk about CTI/A&M Covers

Opinions about how to clean your vinyl records are 10-a-penny. You can purchase equipment that costs thousands of dollars, or you can do it yourself with a few carefully chosen chemicals and a brushes. I’m a squeekyclean Vinyl Record Cleaning machine myself[1]https://squeakycleanvinyl.com/products/squeakycleanvinyl-mk-iii. This post isn’t about that, it’s about something […]

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Reissue News

2022 has been a pretty disappointing year for CTI/KUDU and A&M/CTI reissues. I wasn’t aware of any major reissues this year that made it worth updating the list I’ve maintained for the last 2-years[1]The 2021/2022 Reissue List – Creed Taylor Produced (ctproduced.com). Record Store day was also disappointing on that […]

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Pete Turner Prints

When writing “Pete Turner: Color, Content, Character” I saw an uptick in messages asking what happened to all the reproduction covers that were available for as little as $1.50, and the later $19.50 print on demand original prints? The answer is again, I have no idea, without access to CTI […]