On This Day: RIP Ennio Morricone

When I turned on the BBC radio early this morning, already past lunchtime in the UK, it was announced that Ennio Morricone had passed. A legend for film and music, Ennio was age 91. You might wonder why I’d mark his passing here? Apart from being an absolute legend especially of the same era as many of Creed Taylor’s best […]

ON THIS DAY: CTI Opens Canada Wing

Distribution was critical when vinyl was the medium. Many of Creed’s early months with his new management team would likely have been spent negotiating distribution deals. The Canadian deal was announced in Billboard Magazine – August 11th, 1970. Effective July 2nd, 1970, CTI had an office and warehouse in Montreal and manufacturing in Toronto. Not only was distribution everything to […]

CT 508

CT 508 – Black Out Parts 1 & 2 – Fats Theus Side A: Black Out (part 1)Side B: Black Out (part 2)(from Black Out)Fats TheusIssues: CTI CT 508 [45]Master No.: CT 508 A/CT 508 BRecorded: July 16th and 22nd, 1970 and Rudy Van Gelder’s StudioReleased: Single released the first week of Sept. 1970, album Oct. 1970 The album Recorded over two days in July […]

CT 507

CT 507 Brazil – Antonio Carlos Jobim Side A: Brazil (part 1) (3:15)Side B: Brazil (part 2) (2:15)(from Stone Flower)Antonio Carlos JobimIssues: CTI CT 507 [45]Master No.: CT 507 A/CT 507 BRecorded: March 16; April 23, 24 and 29, 1970(strings and horns overdubbed May 8, 20 and 22, 1970Released: July 1970 [Thanks to Doug Payne, and Arnaldo DeSouteiro for recording dates, musicians] One of two 45’s released […]

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Happy Born Day Freddie Hubbard

April 7th, 1938 marks the day Freddie was born. Sadly, Freddie Hubbard passed on December 29th, 2008 aged 70. This post is my way of celebrating his time with us. Freddie burst onto the music scene in the late 1950’s and working with, and featured on the 1958 album by The Montgomery Brothers called And 5 Others. He moved to […]

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CT 506

CT 506 Train Station – John Martine Side A: Train Station (2:05)Side B: What I Chose To Say (2:10)John MartineIssues: CTI CT 506 [45]Master No.: CT 506 A/CT 506 BRecorded: 1970Released: May 1970 Perhaps the most interesting of all the “Taylors Dozen” singles, even if not musically. Maybe, but not exclusively because John Martine looks like he lived in Boulder […]

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CT 505

CT 505 Feelin’ Alright? – Hubert Laws Side A: Feelin’ Alright? (2:30)Side B: Let It Be (2:15)(from Crying Song)Hubert LawsIssues: CTI CT 505 [45]Master No.: CT 505 A/CT 505 BRecorded: July 24th, 1969(both tracks)Released: 1970 (probably June) Two more tracks from the sessions held at the American Sound Studios in Memphis, Tennessee, primarily with the Memphis Boys rhythm section. Both of these tracks were recorded on July […]

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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 Theme From Good Kind Bad. The 1976 awards were 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 The Girl From Ipanema, which won the GRAMMY for Record […]

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CT 504

CT 504 – La La You – Hack Bartholomew Side A: La La You (2:40)Side B: Let Me Tell You What I Found Out (2:15)Issues: CTI CT 504 [45]Master No.: CT 504 A/CT 504 BRecorded: UnknownReleased: March 1970 Looking For Masters In the Feb. 28th, 1970 issue of Billboard Magazine, as part of the launch of the independent company, CTI, Creed Taylor is quoted as saying […]