Thursday, September 25, 2014

CD Reissue of the Month - "CTI Summer Jazz At The Hollywood Bowl - Live One"

Instrumental CD Reissue of the Month
CTI All Stars: "CTI Summer Jazz at the Hollywood Bowl - Live One" (CTI/King) 2014

Produced by Creed Taylor
Featuring: Bob James, Eumir Deodato, Johnny Hammond, Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Airto Moreira, Milt Jackson, George Benson, Hubert Laws, Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine, Hank Crawford, Joe Farrell & Grover Washington, Jr.
MCs: Leonard Feather & Rick Holmes
Photos: K. Abe (aka Katsuji Abe)
Design: Sib Chalawick

Recorded live on July 30, 1972 by Wally Heider, mixed (by David Palmer @ Electric Lady Studios) and originally released in 1977, it's now reissued as a bonus CD of the "CTI Supreme Collection" series.

For the very first time, this historical concert is being released on three separate CDs (Live One, Live Two and Live Three), like they were originally issued on vinyl in July 1977. Two previous reissues came out in Japan (in 1991 and 2003) reuniting the three volumes on 2-CD sets.

This "Live One" includes four extended tracks: Hank Crawford's blues "Grits Bowl," an extraordinary performance of Grover Washington, Jr. in a Marvin Gaye medley consisting of "Inner City Blues" and "Mercy Mercy Me," George Benson's astonishing take on The Mamas & The Papas' "California Dreaming," and Freddie Hubbard at the height of his powers on his own jazz standard "First Light."

1 comment:

tjturner said...

I was disappointed in these reissues of the Live Concerts. They didn't go down the same channel of production as the rest of the CTI Supreme Collection. First they are not Blu-Spec CDs, then the the dynamics in volume sound very compressed when compared to the 1991 and 2003 issues, Something that the series promised not to do (EQing, compression etc.) I'm not sure where you found your copy but it may be worth noting that these CDs may not be commercially available. (so I think). But only to those who submitted entry coupons in Japan. I found mine on eBay luckly.