Cover from first issue US Release of First Light CT 6013

On This Day: First Light

On this day, September 14th, 1971 – Freddie Hubbard went into the studio to record what would become his Grammy winning album, First Light. Recorded over two days, the 14th and 16th, and Rudy Van Gelder’s Englewood Cliffs studio, using an ensemble cast containing many of the CTI “All Stars” with arrangements and conducting by Don Sebesky. Among the sidemen […]

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 […]

CTI Artists on TV

Enjoy two great live performances from artists from CTI. Both comes from VHS tapes I managed to buy from ebay. I was hoping to avoid getting into converting VHS tapes, as they are often more trouble than they are worth. On the full length video of the 1976 awards, George Benson performs his hit “Breezin’” but his years of work […]

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 […]

picture of Freddie Hubbard playing trombone

Happy Born Day Freddie Hubbard

April 7th, 1938 marks the day Freddie was born. Sadly, Freddie Hubbard passed on December 29th, 2008 aged 70. This post is my way of celebrating his time with us. Freddie burst onto the music scene in the late 1950’s and working with, and featured on the 1958 album by The Montgomery Brothers called And 5 Others. He moved to […]

On This Day – Red Clay – 50 Years ago

On this day in 1970 a group of preeminent Jazz musicians and a young drummer assembled at Rudy Van Gelder studios in Englewood Cliffs New Jersey, to record what would become a defining album for both Jazz in the early 1970s, and also for Creed Taylors newly independent CTI label. Freddie Hubbards Red Clay. MUSICIANS The musicians were Freddie Hubbard, […]