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CTI Records: The Cool Revolution

CTIRecords: The Cool Revolution deluxe
4-CD box set

New 2-CD version of 1971's
California Concert from The Hollywood Palladium
Albums from CTI greats
George Benson, Ron Carter, Deodato,
Freddie Hubbard, Hubert Laws,
Stanley Turrentine and more

Masterworks Jazz celebrates the 40th anniversary of CTI Records, the beloved jazz label founded in 1970 by producer Creed Taylor, beginning October 5 with the release of 6 classic CTI titles remastered on CD followed by CTI Records: The Cool Revolution, a deluxe 4-CD multi-artist box set retrospective on October 12.  Two weeks later on October 26, the double-CD restoration of California Concert: The Hollywood Palladium (1971) will be released with 90 minutes of music rarely heard and never before available.  The The 40th anniversary commemorationwill also include reissues of 6 more classic CTI albums, plus four collectible vinyl LPs in the coming months.

CTI Records: The Cool Revolutionwill contain four hour-long-plus discs, each presenting a thematic overview of a particular aspect of CTI: Straight Up Jazz, Deep Grooves/Big Hits, The Brazilian Connection, Cool and Classic.  The 39 tracks in the box set – as well as all CTI anniversary edition titles – are remastered for the first timefrom the original analog ¼-inch tapes.  Reissues producer Richard Seidel and engineers Mark Wilder, Maria Triana and Dave Darlington recapture the rich, distinctive sound of the original LPs achieved by Taylor and original engineer Rudy Van Gelder.  CTI Records: The Cool Revolutionincludes a lavishly illustrated 20-page, LP-sized booklet containing rare photos, plus new liner notes by noted jazz critic Dan Ouellette with comments by CTI artists and enthusiasts.

The 2010 edition of California Concert: The Hollywood Palladiumis the most complete version of the historic Hollywood Palladium all-star concert recorded July 18, 1971.  It doubles the content of the original five-song LP release with five additional tracks - three of them previously unreleased - and restores the original concert sequence for the first time.  Creed Taylor hand-picked a dream team of CTI artists for the occasion: Freddie Hubbard, Hubert Laws, Hank Crawford, Stanley Turrentine, George Benson, Johnny Hammond, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham and Airto Moreira.  Liner notes are by multi-Grammy winning musician-producer Bob Belden who says California Concert: The Hollywood Palladium  "...ranks up there with the greatest jazz concerts of all time…"

There will also be a full slate of classic CTI album reissues packaged in eco-friendly softpack sleeves that replicate the original gatefold LP design and their iconic covers most with photos by Pete Turner.  Six titles will arrive on October 5: She Was Too Good To Me by Chet Baker, God Bless the Child by Kenny Burrell, Red Clay by Freddie Hubbard, StoneFlower by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Morning Star by Hubert Laws (first time on CD), and Stanley Turrentine's Sugar.  Upcoming January 2011 CD releases include White Rabbit by George Benson, All Blues by Ron Carter (first time on CD outside of Japan), Prelude by Deodato, Pure Desmond by Paul Desmond, Concierto by Jim Hall, andMilt Jackson's Sunflower.

October 26sees 180-gram vinyl LP reissues of 4 classic CTI albums using the original gatefold sleeve designs accompanied with digital download cards: Red Clay by Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine's Sugar,White Rabbit by George Benson and Prelude by Deodato.

In the 1970s, CTI, its music, its style and its discriminating quality transformed contemporary jazz. The roster worked almost like a repertory company, in which great musicians took turns in the spotlight and accompanying each other. The albums they and their colleagues created set new standards in their look as well as their sound.  "[Creed Taylor's] plan was ingeniously simple, yet famously maverick: record top-tier musicians, keeping their artistic integrity intact while also making their art palatable to the people.  CTI thus achieved that rare balance of jazz and commercialism," writes Dan Ouellette in the liner notes.  CTIsurpassed the majors and fellow indies to be named the #1 Jazz Label of 1974 by Billboard.  The immediate success of CTI's recordings has echoed across the decades in a profound influence on jazz, pop, R&B and hip-hop.

October 5, 2010: 6 Reissues of Classic CTI Albums




Freddie Hubbard

Red Clay


  1. Red Clay
  2. Delphia
  3. Suite Sioux
  4. The Intrepid Fox
  5. Cold Turkey
  6. Red Clay (Live)



Stanley Turrentine



  1. Sugar
  2. Sunshine Alley
  3. Impressions
  4. Gibralter
  5. Sugar (Live)


Chet Baker

She Was Too Good To Me


  1. Autumn Leaves
  2. She Was Too Good To Me
  3. Funk In Deep Freeze
  4. Tangerine
  5. With A Song In My Heart
  6. What'll I Do
  7. It's You Or No One
  8. My Future Just Passed



Antonio Carlos Jobim  StoneFlower


  1. Tereza My Love
  2. Children's Games
  3. Choro
  4. Brazil
  5. Stone Flower
  6. Amparo
  7. Andorinha
  8. God And The Devil In The Land Of The Sun
  9. Sabia
  10. Brazil [alternate take]


Hubert Laws

Morning Star


  1. Morning Star
  2. Let Her go
  3. Where Is The Love
  4. No More
  5. Amazing Grace
  6. What Do You Think Of This World Now?


Kenny Burrell

God Bless The Child


  1. Be Yourself
  2. Love Is The Answer
  3. Do What You Gotta Do
  4. A Child Is Born
  5. God Bless The Child
  6. Ballad Of The Sad Young Men
  7. Lost In The Stars
  8. A Child Is Born (alternate take)




October 12, 2010: CTI RECORDS: The Cool Revolution Box Set




DISC 1 – Straight Up


Stanley TurrentineSugar

Hubert LawsMoment's Notice

Ron CarterSo What

Chet BakerAutumn Leaves

Stanley Turrentine withMilt Jackson Speedball

Freddie HubbardThe Intrepid Fox
Randy Weston Ifrane

Don Sebeskyfeaturing Freddie Hubbard and

Grover Washington, Jr. Free As A Bird

George BensonSo What



DISC 3 – The Brazilian Connection


Antonio Carlos Jobim StoneFlower

Astrud Gilbertowith Stanley Turrentine Ponteio

Freddie HubbardFirst Light

Stanley TurrentineSalt Song

Hubert LawsPensativa

AirtoTombo In 7/4

Milt JacksonSunflower

AirtoReturn To Forever

Paul DesmondWave

DeodatoCarly & Carole

Antonio Carlos JobimBrazil [alternate take]




DISC 2 – Deep Grooves/Big Hits


Freddie Hubbard Red Clay

Johnny HammondIt's Too Late

Esther PhillipsHome Is Where The Hatred Is

Hank CrawfordWe Got A Good Thing Going

George BensonWhite Rabbit

Hubert LawsFire And Rain

Esther PhillipsWhat A Difference A Day Makes

Joe FarrellFollow Your Heart

DeodatoAlso Sprach Zarathustra [2001]

Grover Washington, Jr. Mister Magic




DISC 4 – Cool and Classic


Gerry Mulligan / Chet BakerMy Funny Valentine

Ron CarterAll Blues

Don Sebeskyfeaturing Paul Desmond

Song To A Seagull

Hubert LawsPavane

Chet BakerWhat'll I Do

Bob JamesWestchester Lady

Kenny BurrellA Child Is Born

George BensonTake Five

Jim HallConcierto De Aranjuez



October 26, 2010: CTI RECORDS: California Concert: The Hollywood Palladium Double CD


Includes 90 minutes of music rarely heard and never-before released


Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Hubert Laws on flute, Hank Crawford on alto saxophone,

Stanley Turrentine on tenor saxophone, George Benson on guitar, Johnny Hammond on organ

and electric piano, Ron Carter on bass, Billy Cobham on drums and Airto Moreira on percussion







Fire And Rain

Red Clay

Blues West

So What




Here's That Rainy Day

It's Too Late


Leaving West

Straight Life





November 2010: Vinyl Reissues of Four Classic CTI Albums





Freddie Hubbard

Red Clay


A-1.  Red Clay

A-2.  Delphia

B-1.  Suite Sioux

B-2.  The Intrepid Fox




Stanley Turrentine



A-1.  Sugar

A-2.  Sunshine Alley

B-1.  Impressions




George Benson

White Rabbit


A-1.  White Rabbit

A-2.  Theme From "Summer Of ‘42"

A-3.  Little Train

B-1.  California Dreaming

B-2.  El Mar






A-1.  Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)

A-2.  Spirit of Summer

A-3.  Carly & Carole

B-1.  Baubles, Bangles and Beads

B-2.  Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

B-3.  September 13




January 25, 2011 - 6 Reissues of Classic CTI Albums



George Benson

White Rabbit


  1. White Rabbit
  2. Theme From "Summer Of ‘42"
  3. Little Train
  4. California Dreaming
  5. El Mar





  1. Also Sprach Zarathustra
  2. Spirit of Summer
  3. Carly & Carole
  4. Baubles, Bangles and Beads
  5. Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
  6. September 13


Milt Jackson



  1. For Someone I love
  2. What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?
  3. People Make The World Go Round
  4. Sunflower
  5. SKJ


Paul Desmond

Pure Desmond


  1. Just Squeeze me
  2. I'm Old Fashioned
  3. Nuages
  4. Why Shouldn't I
  5. Everything I Love
  6. Warm Valley
  7. Till the Clouds Roll By
  8. Mean To Me
  9. Theme from "M*A*S*H"
  10. Wave
  11. Nuages [alternate take]
  12. Just Squeeze Me [alternate take]
  13. Till the Clouds Roll By [alternate take]



Jim Hall



  1. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
  2. Two's Blues
  3. The Answer Is Yes
  4. Concierto de Aranjuez
  5. Rock Skippin' At The Blue
  6. Unfinished Business
  7. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To [alternate take]
  8. The Answer Is Yes
  9. Rock Skippin' At The Blue Note [alternate take]


Ron Carter

All Blues


  1. A Feeling
  2. Light Blue
  3. 117 Special
  4. Rufus
  5. All Blues
  6. Will You Still Be Mine