The Specialty Years

In 1956, Creed Tylor quit his first gig as a record business executive at Bethlehem and moved over to ABC-Paramount, which would later become ABC Records, and had earlier been called AM-PAR. These were specialty recording years of Creed Taylor productions. The Specialty Years Creed Taylor arrived in New York City in 1954, aged 24-years old, with no experience or […]

Happy Halloween – Shock

It’s that time of year again, Halloween. Enjoy a track from the 1958 album “Shock” by the Creed Taylor Orchestra. SHOCK¬†The Creed Taylor OrchestraNew York City: c. 1958Kenyon Hopkins (arr, cond).ABC Paramount ABC/ABCS-259 (issued November 1958) Track-1 from Side-B, “Haunted House” 3:01 Released in November 1958, while “Shock” is billed as by The Creed Taylor Orchestra, it is in fact […]

Nightmare!!(Album Cover)

Happy Halloween – The Red-Eyed Rats

Happy Halloween from me via legendary jazz music producer Creed Taylor, the Kenyon Hopkins Orchestra, and right at the start of his career, engineer Phil Ramone. This track is taken from side-B, track-1 of the Nightmare!! album. Although I think of myself as a “CTI completist”, I didn’t know this album existed until I found a copy in a thrift […]