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Pete Turner Prints

When writing “Pete Turner: Color, Content, Character” I saw an uptick in messages asking what happened to all the reproduction covers that were available for as little as $1.50, and the later $19.50 print on demand original prints? The answer is again, I have no idea, without access to CTI […]

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On This Day: Sky Live

It’s October 30th, that means that 49-years ago, not far from where I live now, Freddie Hubbard and his quartet of trusty sidemen George Cables, Kent Brinkley, Ralph Penland and Junior Cook, were getting ready to perform at the Ebberts Field. No, not the home of the Dodgers in Brooklyn, […]

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Farewell Ronnie Cuber

I was sad to learn from Marc Myers Jazzwax on the passing of Ronnie Cuber, especially in the circumstances [1]Ronnie Cuber (1941-2022) – JazzWax. Ronnie died on October 7th following complications from a surgery he never had that was delayed during COVID. Ronnie Cuber played with George Benson early in […]

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CTI On CD Only Volume-2

To complete this years “Creed Taylor Month” here is “CTI On CD Only Volume-2”. Volume-1 was included in this post. As with the first volume, this mix was compiled to demonstrate some of the great music Creed released after the supposed demise of CTI in the late 1970’s or early […]

On This Day: George Benson and The Rats

I’ve been exchanging emails with UK DJ, Edit supremo, and music historian, Greg Wilson[1]https://blog.gregwilson.co.uk/writing-interviews-features/ about George Benson’s much overlooked, and somewhat complicated track “Supership“. More on that another day. In my filing/indexing folders I noticed that today, September 27th, in 1994, the “Kermit Unpigged” album was released. George Benson worked […]

All Things Ron Carter

Even before the pandemic was over Sir Ron had been busy. Ron does regular member only zoom calls, which are both instructive and entertaining. If you don’t get emails from Ron’s team, I can recommend signing-up at https://roncarterjazz.com you can also get a 15% coupon for merch’ and ever-increasing catalogue […]

The Tribute Mixes and Shows

It’s been a real pleasure to spend the last 2-weeks catching up with the various shows and mixes that have appeared following the announcement of Creed Taylor’s passing. Many of them are obvious journeys through the most well-known of the releases on CTI. As well as my favorites, I’ve listed […]

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September is Creed Taylor Month

It’s with more than a hint of sadness that I’m continuing a tradition originally launched in 1968, Creed Taylor month. This year, in fact this week, marks the first time since the legendary producer Creed Taylor passed on to the great studio in the sky. I do plan to continue […]