Remembering Rudy Van Gelder

Rudy Van Gelder died August 25th, 2016. Rudy was as responsible for the CTI/KUDU sound, the sound of Creed Taylor’s “new jazz”, as anyone. Rudy didn’t play the instruments, he didn’t decide of the tracks, he didn’t do the arrangements, and the style of play, and overall sound wasn’t Rudy. He did though make sure that he captured every moment […]

One Night With Blue Note

Strictly not a Creed Taylor produced effort, but a tribute to Blue Note founders, Alfred Lion, Max Margulis, and Francis Wolff. Notwithstanding that, the recordings here were recovered from laserdiscs, and feature many artists, both leaders and sidemen that were signed to, or performed for CTI, including Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter, Kenny Burrell, Grover Washington Jr, and many more. As […]

Weekend In London

Looks like George Benson will have two “new” releases later this year. News has reached me that Benson’s new label, Provogue, part of the Mascot Label Group, are going to release a sequel to the 1978, Warner Brothers, Weekend In LA live album. The new album, also recorded live, is titled Weekend In London”. As I understand it, was recorded […]

Live at the Village Vanguard

Label: Laser Vision ‎– MJ122-15FLFormat: Laserdisc, 12″, Single Sided, Stereo, NTSC, CLVCountry: JapanReleased: 1983Genre:Jazz Another in the laserdisc series, again not produced by Creed Taylor, but featuring artists that earned their “chops” performing, writing, and recording with Creed, so of particular interest. Interestingly, when I was offered this laserdisc, I was unaware it existed. It wasn’t listed on discogs until […]

For The Record

Let’s Talk Laserdiscs I’ve been working through the process of curating, archiving, converting, call it what you will, laserdiscs. Between 1978 and the late 1990’s, laserdiscs, or MCA Discovision were digital media. [See my first effort, Ron Carter Live / Double Bass] While the video was almost always only the same quality as VHS tape, effectively analog rather than 4k, […]

M*A*S*H – Due to a possible infection…

April 24th, thanks to Harry in Sunny Central Florida this post has been updated to correct my oversight about the original soundtrack release which did in fact include Suicide is Painless, the vocal track, as the theme tune. The update contains information from Billboard Magazine and Gale Sherwood Magee’s book Robert Alman’s Sountracks. It also includes additional information from Doug […]

A Little “Something” For The Weekend

I’ve been busy working on a vinyl to digital conversion of George Bensons The Other Side of Abbey Road. I have a purchased MP3 version and we have access to 2x streaming versions, which I suspect are same sourced. They are not great, a bit flat, even when the HD version is streamed. So I’ve been working on my own […]

Bob James – Birthday mix

Bob James/Don’t Mess With Mister Bob. To celebrate Bobs birthday on December 25th, I put together this 3-track mix of some great tracks he bought us, among many. I have more than one hundred albums in my collection that Bob has worked on. I’ve seen him live three times, once in the early 1980’s and twice recently. Bob is still […]

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RIP Allee Willis

Allee Willis passed away on Christmas Eve, 2019. Phenomenal song writer, a full bio, plus discography etc. can be found on discogs. Allee wrote dozens of great song lyrics, @Verdine_White bought Allee to@MauriceWhiteEWF and Allee wrote lyrics for both September, Boogie Wonderland and many other tracks for @EarthWindFire and many other artists. As far as I’m aware, while I have Allee […]

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Baddest – Grover Washington, Jr.

Baddest likely took its lead and title from earlier CTI albums, “The Baddest Hubbard” and “The Baddest Turrentine” and was the last in the line. Right at the point where the CTI Records was struggling financially, and Washington was leaving the label for Motown, a temporary stop before settling at Electra. His first Motown release, “Reed Seed” was as a […]