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.

Hal McKusick – “Taylor Made”?

The Backstory Having committed to redouble my digitization efforts, I decided I’d start with the oldest and most obscure. The first album I pulled from the racks was the Hal McKusick “East Coast Jazz / 8“[1]Hal McKusick Quartet – East Coast Jazz Series No. 8 | Discogs. The album is […]

Remembering Chris Connor

Birth name: Mary Jean LoutsenhizerBorn: November 8, 1927, Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.Died: August 29, 2009, Toms River, New Jersey, U.S. Chris was the first of Creed Taylor’s production career and became a major success. Chris Connor and Creed Taylor would never work together again after both leaving Bethlehem in 1955. […]