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 […]

The Creed Taylor Christmas Album

Press play via mixcloud or youtube, and read on. The Missing Specialty Recordings album? I’ve always respected the fact that there was never a CTI Christmas album… or “holiday special”. Given the 1978 bankruptcy, it would have been easy money to have send a few talented musicians over to Rudy […]

Happy Birthday, Hubert Laws

Hubert Laws (born November 10, 1939) is one of the most pervasive, and impressive artists to appear on Creed Taylor, CTI productions. While others, notably Bob James, Don Sebesky, and Dave Matthews through their arrangements had a bigger impact on the overall sound; and George Benson, Grover Washington, Jr, Esther […]

Stonebone – Finally!

If you don’t have a copy, press play and read on, it’s a 1:52 sampler of the album tracks I’m delighted to have an exclusive long form review from CTI and Jazz Historian Doug Payne. I’m lucky to have been able to rip a copy of this album from a […]

September is Creed Taylor month

The August 26th, 1968 issue of “Records, Promotion, Music” (RPM) Magazine, page-4 declared “September is Creed Taylor month in Canada”. The campaign was announced by Quality’s National Promotion Manager, Ed Lawson. The campaign and messaging must have worked to spread the music and work of Creed, because come September, a […]

Be “Hip” – Stonebone slips again

The #RSD2020 release of Stonebone has slipped again. Originally scheduled for April, then June 20th, Record Store Day is now split over three “drop” days. Releases scheduled for a single day will actually now be released on 3-days, Stonebone will be on the 3rd and last “drop” day, October 24th. […]

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Happy Birthday George Benson

March 22, 2020 is George Benson’s 77th Birthday, Happy Birthday George! George is a GRAMMY Hall of Fame inductee, having been nominated 25 times and won 10 GRAMY awards. His first award was 1976, when he received 5x nominations and won 3x awards including Best R&B Instrumental Performance for the […]

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On This Day: Jobim records!

Embed from Getty Images On this day, March 16th, 1970, Antonio Carlos Jobim started recording his last great albums for Creed Taylor. This essentially brought to an end a 7-year partnership that resulted in numerous awards including but not limited to the 1964 Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto’s version of […]

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Record Store Day- The Holy Grail?

According to the time clock on their website, Record Store Day (RSD) is now 95-days away. It was originally going to be April 20th here in the USA, but as the Corona virus takes hold, the date has been pushed back to Saturday June 20th. For those of us that […]