Yama – Art Farmer

Doug Payne takes us through his voyage a rediscovery of Art Farmer’s[1]Art Farmer | Discography | Discogs “Yama”[2]Art Farmer with Joe Henderson – Yama | Releases | Discogs, one of the last recordings released on CTI. Forty years ago this month, one of the last of the original CTI releases found its way onto American record-store shelves. But hardly anyone […]

Happy Birthday Creed Taylor

33,967 days ago, Creed Taylor was born in Lynchburg, Virginia on May 13th, 1929, , Happy 93rd birthday Creed. The more I learn about Creed Taylor, the more it’s obvious that Creed let his productions speak for him and the artists. There are remarkably few videos or film that include Creed, that’s both a statement about the time where his […]

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Grammys: Two Drummers, A Bass Player And A Trumpeter

Best Wishes to Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Steve Gadd and Randy Brecker at this Sunday’s 64th GRAMMY awards. While Ron was the only artist to record a leader album produced by Creed Taylor, with both CTI and KUDU albums, Jack, Steve and Randy were just as integral to the success of the artists, albums and labels. For the 64th awards, […]

Go With The Flow

One of the best and worst parts of collecting obscure music releases, is if they eventually find a new formal release or re-release you have that moment of disappointment. For me, as with this website, I really enjoy sharing music and musical performances and while I sometimes feel foolish for spending $120 for the Kathy McCord album[1]CT 1000 – The […]

Picture of the George Benson 5 CD Set "Original Album Classics" and George Benson himself.

Happy Born Day: George Benson

March 22nd it’s Happy Birthday for George Benson, born in 1943. This post is about two interesting items that feature George Benson’s back catalogue from the early 1970’s. Spotify playlists are included, even if you don’t have access to Spotify, there is some interesting side information. Writing about George Benson is difficult, much has already been written by both critics […]

The Best Of 2021 On ctproduced

Back in 2019, before COVID hit, I decided it was time to share the music, recordings and people that gave us 30-years of Creed Taylor productions. 2021 marked the first full year for #ctproduced and I had planned at the end of the year to do one of those end of year posts. Hopefully, 2021 will be the only year […]

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The Street Sounds Mix

We didn’t arrive in New York City Until 1983, giving rise to the saying “I’m not from here, but I got here as quick as I could.” In 1983 New York was still grimy and worn down. Years of mismanagement and underfunding had left whole neighborhoods in a state of decay. For a short period, we had a company rented […]

CD Cover of the 2003 CTI Masters Vol 2 album, people standing with a raised hand.

On This Day: Stay The Course

I have almost the entire CTI/KUDU catalog on a USB hard drive in the car. It’s almost time to replace those old lossy versions with the original CD copies I’ve bought, or the re-engineered, re-ripped versions I’ve worked on over the last 5-years. Many of them date from the “CTI on CD” re-issues in the late 1980’s[1]https://www.discogs.com/label/444653-The-Original-CTI-Recordings-Digitally-Remastered-For-Compact-Disc, some from the […]