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Esther Phillips: Performance

Read "Performance" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The decades-long battle with drug addiction, which ultimately led to her untimely demise, contributed to vocalist Esther Phillips' status as a tragic second-tier figure in the larger annals of popular music history, but her music itself was often a triumph of soul-stirring ecstasy. By the time Phillips arrived at CTI's sister label, Kudu Records, her early ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Lonnie Smith and Johnny Hammond: Organ Explorers Of The Kudu Kind

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When the 40th Anniversary celebration of Creed Taylor's CTI Records began, the focus fell on the label's flagship artists and classic albums, but the final wave of releases shines a light on some neglected works that are only now seeing their first U.S. release on CD. The four CDs that bring this celebration to an end--which ...

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CTI Celebrates Kudu Legacy: Lonnie Smith, Johnny Hammond, Hank Crawford, Esther Phillips

Read "CTI Celebrates Kudu Legacy:  Lonnie Smith, Johnny Hammond, Hank Crawford, Esther Phillips" reviewed by Chris May

CTI Masterworks' 40th anniversary reissue program has, until now, focused on producer Creed Taylor's primary label. Two multi-disc sets and 24 single discs have made available on CD cherished CTI LPs by artists such as trumpeters Chet Baker and Freddie Hubbard, saxophonists Paul Desmond and Stanley Turrentine, guitarists George Benson and Kenny Burrell, vibraphonist Milt Jackson ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Masterworks Jazz Concludes The Celebration Of The 40th Anniversary Of CTI Records With The Release Of Four More Classic Reissues

FROM ESTHER PHILLIPS, HANK CRAWFORD, JOHNNY HAMMOND AND LONNIE SMITH All Available for the First Time on CD ON OCTOBER 4TH Also available, critically acclaimed CTI Records: The Cool Revolution deluxe 4-CD box set and California Concert: The Hollywood Palladium 2-CD set featuring previously unreleased tracks, and 24 reissues of classic CTI albums Masterworks Jazz concludes its celebration of the ...

NEWS: RECORDING

First Time on CD: Sony Masterworks Jazz Releases More Classic Reissues

Masterworks Jazz continues its celebration of the 40th Anniversary of CTI Records with reissues of four more classic CTI albums available on August 9. Available for the first time on CD are Airto's Fingers, Jackie Cain & Roy Kral's A Wider Alias, Joe Farrell's Outback and Randy Weston's Blue Moses. All four releases have been remastered ...

NEWS: RECORDING

CTI Records 40th Anniversary Celebration Continues

MASTERWORKS JAZZ continues the celebration of the 40th anniversary of CTI Records, the beloved jazz label founded in 1970 by producer Creed Taylor with the release of 4 more classic reissues available on April 12, 2011. They include: George Benson's Beyond the Blue Horizon, Freddie Hubbard's First Light, Don Sebesky's Giant Box and Stanley Turrentine's Salt ...

NEWS: RECORDING

CTI 40th Anniversary Celebration Continues With 6 More Classic Reissues by Sony Masterworks

CTI RECORDS 40th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION CONTINUES!

SONY MASTERWORKS JAZZ RELEASES CLASSIC REISSUES FROM GEORGE BENSON, DEODATO, MILT JACKSON, PAUL DESMOND, JIM HALL AND RON CARTER: Available January 25, 2011

Also available: Critically acclaimed CTI Records: The Cool Revolution deluxe 4-CD box and California Concert: The Hollywood Palladium 2-CD set featuring previously unreleased tracks

Masterworks Jazz continues ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

California Concert: The Hollywood Palladium

Read "California Concert: The Hollywood Palladium" reviewed by John Kelman

CTI All Stars

California Concert: The Hollywood Palladium

CTI Masterworks

1971 (Reissued 2010)

With the emergence of CTI Masterworks and the firing salvo of its comprehensive, four-CD box set, CTI Records--The Cool Revolution (2010), CTI Records is back and better than ever. With upgraded sound and packaging that lovingly recreates, albeit ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Various Artists: CTI Records - The Cool Revolution

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Various Artists

CTI Records--The Cool Revolution

CTI Masterworks

2010

The late 1960s was, in many ways, a time of reckoning for jazz. While the music had continued to evolve over the previous half century, it was coincident with the emergence of rock music as a serious force that jazz began to ...

Johnny Hammond: Breakout

Read "Breakout" reviewed by Jim Santella

The CTI jazz catalog holds many surprises. This one features a strong 8-piece band led by organist Johnny Hammond (1933-1997), who was known earlier as Johnny “Hammond" Smith. Recorded in 1971, the album emphasized swinging mood music with a flair for popular sounds. It marked a turning point in the career of Grover Washington, Jr. He, ...