It’s late on May13th, 2023. I didn’t want today to pass without remembering Creed Taylor on the anniversary of his birth in 1929. The feedback, comments and subscriptions to this website from social media have far exceeded the original number I thought might be interested in Creed Taylor’s work. More than 2,000 receive notifications and emails for each post. I’m delighted, I hope Creed realized how much the music he produced meant to so many?
I don’t have my usual level of detail for this year. Just a few short updates. After a few emails, today I took a few minutes to update the Creed Taylor entry on wikipedia to explain why no results show-up for Creed when you search on Grammy.com – Net, net it’s complicated.
In other wikipedia news, after a fairly extensive copyright purge by the wikimedia commons team, the picture of Creed at the Grammys with Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz wife, Monica, “was deleted on Commons by Túrelio (Copyright violation: Derived from a no-permission file)“. I’ve been in touch with Creed’s sons and have secured a picture from 2021 – it can be added to his page after we’ve followed the correct procedure to add it to wikimedia commons. The days of wikipedia being the wild west of information storage are long gone.
Finally, since this is the first anniversary of Creed’s birth, since he passed – I thought I’d re-up my post from just after his death was announced. It includes the Snapshots film celebration of his work with many of those still here. Sadly, that is fewer each year. Every time I watch the film I spot something new. If you have not seen it, take the link below. If you have, maybe watch again – what did you see that surprised you, or made you think?
Two ironies. One, the current Recording Academy President is Harvey Mason Jr. He is son of Harvey Mason the drummer who makes more than a passing appearance in the film. Two, Monday marks 60-years since the ceremony for Stan Getz https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stan_Getz Grammy for the “Best Jazz Performance, Soloist or Small Group (Instrumental) “Desafinado”, released in 1962. Strange old thing, coincidence.
This is one of the only commercial film or video interviews of Creed. Thanks to Jonathan, for the film, and to Herb’s foundation for covering most of the expense.