picture of Hack Bartholomew playing a trumpet

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 […]

News paper advertisement for Boscovs

On This Day: Boscov’s, Reading PA

OTD: March 7th, 1974, Boscov’s department store, Americas largest family owned dept. store, was discounting their entire stock of CTI and Kudu albums. They ran this advert in the Reading Eagle that day. It would have been a great day to buy at 2020 $ values ­čÖé I bought a few of these new in the UK, mostly from Hearsay […]

picture of the FLW 45/single

CT 503

CT 503 – Mr. Invisible – Flow Side A: Mr. InvisibleSide B: Daddy(from Flow)Issues: CTI CT 503 [45]Master No.: CT 503 A/CT 503 B Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Dec. 17, 18, 1969, Jan 20, 1970Released: March 1970 As part of evolving CTI beyond jazz, Taylor had spotted and signed a band called Flow. The only thing you need to know about Flow for now, is […]

Picture of Matthews in Captains hat, winking

Happy Birthday – David Matthews

In 1975, Dave was playing Monday nights at the Five Spot cafe in New York, with a 12-piece combo band, when Creed Taylor offered him a position as house arranger for CTI. Dave would work for CTI as Chief arranger through until 1978, and record both modern jazz and some of the CTI jazz funk, disco classics. I’ll spend more […]

Picture of Ron carter with double bass

Happy Birthday – Ron Carter

Ron Carter is the a 4x nominated, 2x Grammy Award winner; The Guinness World record acknowledged most recorded bassist of all time; A National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master; a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the Music Department of City College of New York, having taught there for 20 years, and received an honorary Doctorate from the Berklee College of […]

Kathy McCord single CT 502

CT 502

CT 502 – Take Away This Pain – Kathy McCord Side A: Take Away This Pain (?)(from Kathy McCord)Kathy McCordIssues: CTI CT 502 [45]Master No.: CT 502 A/CT 502 B Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Nov. 18, 19, 20, 24 Dec. 2, 1969Released: In USA, never released, promo only. February 1970. Creed Taylor wanted to begin our relationship by recording my sister, as I didn’t […]

CT 501

CT 501 – La Jean – Hubert Laws First single on CTI will be “Let It Be” by Laws, which has just been shipped.” Creed Taylor – February 28th, 1970 Billboard magazine “Taylor Bows Label – In Deal With King” Side A:┬áLa Jean┬á(2:30)Side B:┬áLet It Be┬á(2:15)(from┬áCrying Song)Hubert LawsIssues:┬áCTI CT 501 [45]Master No.:┬áCT 501 A/CT 501 B Recorded: July 1969Released: February […]

pictures of singles in the CT 5xx series

A Taylor’s Dozen

A “Baker’s dozen” is twelve plus one. Starting in February 1970, fifty years ago, CTI Records started releasing their CT 500 series singles. There were a baker’s dozen, plus one released with the original style green CTI labels used on on the initial release of single and albums for the newly independent CTI Records. In this post, and linked posts, […]

On This Day – Red Clay – 50 Years ago

On this day in 1970 a group of preeminent Jazz musicians and a young drummer assembled at Rudy Van Gelder studios in Englewood Cliffs New Jersey, to record what would become a defining album for both Jazz in the early 1970s, and also for Creed Taylors newly independent CTI label. Freddie Hubbards Red Clay. MUSICIANS The musicians were Freddie Hubbard, […]

RIP Claudio Roditi

His death was announced by his long time partner and wife, Kristen Park on January 19th, via a Gofundme page setup for Claudio. It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of my beloved husband, Claudio Roditi, late Friday evening, January 17, 2020. He was a loving husband and best friend to me for 45 years, although I […]