Celebrating Ron Carter

It’s Ron’s birthday, here is my post from last year, which has both the four-fer mix and the Youtube video I created from one of Ron’s laserdiscs. That post contains detail about Ron and his career, the original post for the laserdisc has a great tribute video about Ron Carter, the man. This year I thought I’d do a more […]

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 Dave Frishberg. Frishberg wrote “Wheelers and Dealers”, a song sung […]

The Story of the CTI All-Stars Live

This is the story of perhaps the greatest all star jazz band ever, as well their later derivatives. The performances, the recordings, the artists and more. It’s a long read, press play, and read on. While you read and listen, ask yourself what you would pay today to see a CTI re-union performance, George Benson, Ron Carter, Bob James, Airto, […]

Picture of Matthews in Captains hat, winking

Happy Birthday to Cap’n Matthews

It’s Happy Birthday to David Matthews, although by the time I get this posted, today, Thursday March 4th, Dave’s birthday will have passed where he lives in Japan. If Bob James was my gateway drug to the music of Creed Taylor productions, David Matthews was definitely my drug of choice in the 1970’s. Many will know Dave’s work, certainly from […]

On This Day: First Light GRAMMY Award

Today, March 3rd, is the day to play your copy of #freddiehubbard First Light album. It was winner of the #grammys for Best Jazz performance by a group. Recorded 50 years ago this year, released 49 years ago and awarded 48 years ago. Almost ignored by critics at the time, First Light is one of the definitive Creed Taylor produced […]

CT 510

CT 510 Move Over / Right There When You Need It – Samson & Delilah Side A: Move Over (2:34)Side B: Right There When You Need It (2:37)Sampson & DelilahIssues: CTI CT 510 [45]Master No.: CT 510 A/CT 510 BRecorded: Probably October 1970, New York CityReleased: Two known US Pressings, both the white promo and first release Green label pressing […]

#Nowplaying: Nautilus

While “Mardi Gras” is probably Bob James most sampled, track, “Nautilus” is right up there with it. This post looks at a Record Store Day, 2020, re-issue of the classic track. If you missed, or were not lucky enough to win one of the test pressing that Evo gave away in social media competitions, it’s unlikely you’ll see one of […]

picture of young Chet Baker with Trumpet

Happy Born Day – Chet Baker

Chesney Henry “Chet” Baker Jr. (December 23, 1929 – May 13, 1988, Age 58) was an American jazz trumpeter and vocalist. He is known for major innovations within the cool jazz subgenre leading him to be nicknamed the “prince of cool”. I have to admit, that while I know many of Chet recordings, I know very little about the man. […]

Picture of Grover with Creed Taylor and Buzz Willis of CTI

The Grover Washington Birthday Playlist

Playlist and notes for Happy Born Day: Grover Washington, Jr. – Creed Taylor Produced (ctproduced.com) # Title Artist Notes Time 1 Who Is Sylvia Johnny Hammond Recorded just a month after Grover’s “Inner City Blues” album, and before the album was released, Washington was again sideman to Hammond for his 2nd KUDU album “Johnny Hammond – Wild Horses Rock Steady […]