Saturday, January 2, 2010

CTI Story in Swing Journal

The January 2010 issue of Japan's jazz bible, Swing Journal, features a long story about CTI Records, including an interview with the label head, Creed Taylor, and several previously unpublished photos from Creed's personal archives. This story comes a propos of the recently released series of CTI albums reissued on SHM-CD format - a project that reunited Creed Taylor with legendary engineer Rudy Van Gelder and other former CTI collaborators such as Pete Turner, Bob Ciano, Ira Gitler, Arnaldo DeSouteiro and Susumu Morikawa. (Creed Taylor, outside Van Gelder Studios, with Stanley Turrentine and George Benson in September 1981 during the recording sessions of "Silk," the second album by the all-star project Fuse One)
(Left: George Benson & Ron Carter during a rehearsal for a CTI All-Stars concert in Detroit in '73; Right: Rudy Van Gelder in the control room of his studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, with Stanley Clarke & Stanley Turrentine on the sofa, during the recording sessions for Fuse One's "Silk" album in '81)

(Top: Rudy & Creed at Van Gelder Studios in May 2009 during the remastering sessions for the CTI SHM-CD series released in November 2009;
Bottom: Paul Desmond & Don Sebesky in a recording session in 1968 during the A&M/CTI era)
(Top: jazz all-time top guitarist, the genius Wes Montgomery in 1967;
Bottom: Brazilian arranger/keyboardist Eumir Deodato during a concert rehearsal in 1973)
(Top: Freddie Hubbard & Hubert Laws practing backstage before a CTI All-Stars concert in 1973;
Bottom: Jim Hall in a live performance back in 1975)
(Pic: Bob James, 1973, one of CTI's chief arrangers)

(Pic: Lalo Schifrin, 1975, during the photo sessions for "Black Widow")

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