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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
This is not the first time Creed Taylor's CTI, one of the most progressive labels of the '70s, has been anthologized, but The Cool Revolution -- tied into a series of album reissues handled by Masterworks Jazz -- is the most comprehensive one of them all. A straightforward compilation consisting of four themed discs, it focuses on the label's years as a thriving independent, from 1970 through 1976. Disc one, "Straight Up," spotlights the output most likely to appeal to jazz purists. Even the selection off Don Sebesky's Giant Box, the label's biggest production -- something the average jazz critic quite possibly deemed not merely elaborate but flagrantly ostentatious -- ...
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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
This is not the first time Creed Taylor's CTI, one of the most progressive labels of the '70s, has been anthologized, but The Cool Revolution -- tied into a series of album reissues handled by Masterworks Jazz -- is the most comprehensive one of them all. A straightforward compilation consisting of four themed discs, it focuses on the label's years as a thriving independent, from 1970 through 1976. Disc one, "Straight Up," spotlights the output most likely to appeal to jazz purists. Even the selection off Don Sebesky's Giant Box, the label's biggest production -- something the average jazz critic quite possibly deemed not merely elaborate but flagrantly ostentatious -- allows plenty of space for soloists Freddie Hubbard and Grover Washington, Jr. and is nothing if not jazz. Disc two, "Deep Grooves/Big Hits," features some of the label's most notable reinterpretations and creative crossovers, including organist Johnny Hammond's expansive, rolling take on Carole King's "It's Too Late," Deodato's number two hit version of Strauss' "Also Sprach Zarathustra," Esther Phillips' terrifying reading of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson's "Home Is Where the Hatred Is," and the immortal winding groove that is Hubbard's "Red Clay." Disc three further preserves Taylor's legacy as the one who brought Brazilian music to the U.S., when he was with Verve in the early '60s. Releases from Antonio Carlos Jobim, Astrud Gilberto, Deodato, and Airto are showcased, while Turrentine's version of Nascimento's "Salt Song" also features the latter two, both of whom were present during dozens of CTI sessions. Much of "Cool and Classic," the fourth disc, takes further strides to emphasize the label's connection to the past as it achieved contemporary relevance. Cuts from Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker's Carnegie Hall Concert, Vol. 1 and Baker's She Was Too Good to Me are included, as are some standards -- spirited and occasionally radical looks at "A Child Is Born" from Kenny Burrell and "Take Five" from George Benson. Bob James' "Westchester Lady," however, had little connection to the past when it was released in 1976. It would have been an ideal punctuation mark for the box it's the sixth track of the fourth disc's nine, not just because it's technically the latest recording here. Its soaring fusion of funk, disco, and easy listening boldly and gorgeously exemplifies the oft-polarizing character of the CTI catalog. As far as significant omissions are considered, one can begin with the label's earliest years under A&M, which were highlighted by Quincy Jones' Walking in Space and Milton Nascimento's Courage. There simply wasn't enough room to go deep with the soul-jazz offshoot Kudu; as a leader, Idris Muhammad released some of the funkiest, most beloved dancefloor material on the subsidiary, but he is shut out, as are Phil Upchurch and Tennyson Stephens, whose duo album of moody soul-jazz has always deserved more attention. And while the late-'70s releases weren't successful from a commercial standpoint, there are plenty of gems across albums led by Art Farmer, Patti Austin, and Nina Simone. So, there is plenty to explore not just within the set, but beyond. The discs comes in gatefold, vinyl-style packaging. The liner notes, succinct for such a project of this scope, nonetheless supply plenty of information, while each track is accompanied with full session details musicians, recording dates. It's a shame that the 12" x 12" surfaces display 32 shrunken album covers instead of two previously unused photographs taken by Pete Turner, the man who helped give CTI its distinctive look. That would have no doubt been just another enticement for '70s jazz novices and junkies.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/2010
  • Label: Masterworks
  • UPC: 886977682124
  • Catalog Number: 776821
  • Sales rank: 65,947

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sugar - Stanley Turrentine (10:04)
  2. 2 Moment's Notice - Hubert Laws (6:57)
  3. 3 So What - Ron Carter (11:24)
  4. 4 Autumn Leaves - Chet Baker (7:05)
  5. 5 Speed Ball - Stanley Turrentine (6:40)
  6. 6 The Intrepid Fox - Freddie Hubbard (10:43)
  7. 7 Ifrane - Randy Weston (5:16)
  8. 8 Free as a Bird - Grover Washington Jr. (8:14)
  9. 9 So What - George Benson (9:11)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Red Clay - Freddie Hubbard (12:09)
  2. 2 It's Too Late - Johnny Hammond (10:58)
  3. 3 Home Is Where the Hatred Is - Esther Phillips (3:25)
  4. 4 We Got a Good Thing Going - Hank Crawford (5:59)
  5. 5 White Rabbit - George Benson (6:57)
  6. 6 Fire and Rain - Hubert Laws (7:56)
  7. 7 What a Difference a Day Makes - Esther Phillips (4:31)
  8. 8 Follow Your Heart - Joe Farrell (6:52)
  9. 9 Also Sprach Zarathustra - Deodato (9:02)
  10. 10 Mister Magic - Grover Washington Jr. (8:59)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Stone Flower - Antonio Carlos Jobim (3:19)
  2. 2 Ponteio - Stanley Turrentine (3:41)
  3. 3 First Light - Freddie Hubbard (11:05)
  4. 4 Salt Song - Stanley Turrentine (7:15)
  5. 5 Pensativa - Hubert Laws (3:54)
  6. 6 Tombo in 7/4 - Airto (6:24)
  7. 7 Sunflower - Milt Jackson (8:48)
  8. 8 Return to Forever - Airto (10:15)
  9. 9 Wave - Paul Desmond (6:17)
  10. 10 Carly & Carole - Deodato (3:40)
  11. 11 Brazil - Antonio Carlos Jobim (5:25)
Disc 4
  1. 1 My Funny Valentine - Gerry Mulligan (8:46)
  2. 2 All Blues - Ron Carter (9:32)
  3. 3 Song to a Seagull - Don Sebesky (5:49)
  4. 4 Pavane - Hubert Laws (7:41)
  5. 5 What'll I Do - Chet Baker (3:58)
  6. 6 Westchester Lady - Bob James (7:25)
  7. 7 A Child Is Born - Kenny Burrell (8:39)
  8. 8 Take Five - George Benson (7:09)
  9. 9 Concierto de Aranjuez - Jim Hall (19:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Tropea Electric Guitar
Ray Barretto Percussion, Conga
Chet Baker Trumpet
Joe Beck Guitar
George Benson Guitar, Electric Guitar
Ed Bickert Electric Guitar
Phil Bodner Bass, Clarinet, Flute, Alto Flute, Bass Flute, Baritone Horn, Oboe, Piccolo, Soprano Saxophone
Michael Brecker Tenor Saxophone
Ron Carter Bass, Electric Bass, Piccolo Bass
Hank Crawford Alto Saxophone
Jack DeJohnette Drums
Paul Desmond Alto Saxophone
Jon Faddis Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Astrud Gilberto Vocals
Don Grolnick Keyboards
Jim Hall Guitar
Johnny Hammond Organ
Herbie Hancock Piano, Electric Piano
Joe Henderson Piano, Tenor Saxophone
Dave Holland Bass
Milt Jackson Vibes
Bob James Piano, Conductor, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Electric Harpsichord
Earl Klugh Guitar
Hubert Laws Flute, Alto Flute, Bass Flute, Piccolo, Soprano Saxophone
Ronnie Laws Tenor Saxophone
John McLaughlin Electric Guitar
Gerry Mulligan Baritone Saxophone
Horace Parlan Organ, Piano, Electric Piano
Esther Phillips Vocals
Jerome Richardson Flute
David Sanborn Alto Saxophone
Lonnie Liston Smith Electric Piano
Lew Soloff Trumpet
Marvin Stamm Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Stanley Turrentine Tenor Saxophone
Randy Weston Electric Piano
Warren Covington Trombone, Baritone Horn
Danny Moore Trumpet
Richard Wyands Piano, Electric Piano
Phil Upchurch Bass, Guitar
Bill Watrous Trombone
Lenny White Drums
Mel Davis Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Pee Wee Ellis Conductor
Sivuca Guitar
Jay Berliner Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Al Brown Violin, Viola
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
Steve Kahn Rhythm Guitar
David Nadien Violin
Connie Kay Drums
Airto Moreira Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Daniel Kobialka Violin
Tasha Thomas Background Vocals
Gloria Agostini Harp
Ray Alonge French Horn
David Amaro Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Wayne Andre Trombone, Baritone Horn
Joshie Armstead Background Vocals
Virginia Baker Violin
Seymour Barab Cello
Dave Bargeron Tuba, Bass Trombone
Kenny Barron Electric Piano
Arthur Bauch Viola
Hope Bauch Viola
Gene Bertoncini Guitar
Margaret Branch Vocals
Randy Brecker Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Alfred Brown Viola
Garnett Brown Trombone
Brenda Bryant Vocals
Myra Bucky Violin
James Buffington French Horn
Frederick Buldrini Violin
Michelle Burr Double Bass
Kenny Burrell Electric Guitar
Sam Burtis Trombone
Earl Chapin French Horn
Stanley Clarke Electric Bass
Billy Cobham Percussion, Drums
Harold Coletta Viola
Burt Collins Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Chick Corea Piano, Electric Piano
Anne Crowden Violin
Harry Cykman Violin
Eddie Daniels Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Ardeen de Camp Violin
Cornell Dupree Guitar
Don Sebesky Conductor, Electric Piano
Richard Eade Cello
John Eckert Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Gordon Edwards Bass
Don Ehrlich Viola
Lewis Eley Violin
Max Ellen Violin
Nancy Ellis Viola
Joe Farrell Alto Flute, Bass Flute, Piccolo, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Hugo Fattoruso Harmonica, Keyboards, Vocals
Jorge Fattoruso Drums, Vocals
Paul Faulise Trombone, Baritone Horn, Bass Trombone
Everaldo Ferreira Percussion
Barry Finclair Violin
John Frosk Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Steve Gadd Drums
Eric Gale Guitar, Electric Guitar
John Gatchell Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Paul Gershman Violin
Beth Gibson Violin
Harry Glickman Violin
Emanuel Green Violin
Dick Griffin Trombone
Roland Hanna Piano, Electric Piano
Hilda Harris Background Vocals
Harry Lookofsky Violin
Freddie Hubbard Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Thomas Heimberg Viola
Max Hollander Violin
David Horowitz Synthesizer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Electric Piano, Vocals, Penny Whistle
Leo Kahn Violin
Harry Katzman Violin
Billy Kaye Drums
Kathryn Kienke Violin
Gary King Bass
Harold Kohon Violin
Phil Kraus Percussion, Vibes, Orchestral Bells
Warren Lash Cello
Will Lee Bass
Donna Lerew Violin
Walter Levinsky Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Jesse Levy Cello
Charles Libove Violin
David Liebman Flute, Baritone Saxophone
Guy Lumia Violin
Zovan Melikian Violin
George Marge Bass, Clarinet, Flute, Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Alto Flute, Bass Flute, Oboe, Piccolo, Soprano Saxophone
Harvey Mason Sr. Drums
Barbara Massey Background Vocals
Greg Mazmanian Violin
Charles McCracken Cello
Homer Mensch Bass
Mary Anne Meredith Cello
Jeff Mironov Guitar
Margaret Moores Cello
Jeff Neighbor Double Bass
Andy Newmark Drums
Gene Orloff Violin
João Palma Percussion, Drums
Clarence Palmer Organ
Hermeto Pascoal Flute
Carl Pedersen Violin
Ruggiero Pelosi Violin
Romeo Penque Clarinet, Flute, Bass Clarinet, Alto Flute, Bass Flute, Oboe, Piccolo, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Flora Purim Percussion, Vocals
Judith Poska Violin
Randall Pratt Harp
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Amy Radner Cello
Matthew Raimondi Violin
Alan Raph Trombone, Baritone Horn, Bass Trombone
George Ricci Cello
Alvin Rogers Violin
Barry Rogers Trombone
Margaret Ross Harp
Alan Rubin Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Tosha Samaroff Violin
David Samuels Percussion
Lucien Schmit Cello
Frances Schorr Violin
Verne Sellin Violin
Harvey Shapiro Cello
Alan Shulman Cello
Irving Spice Violin
George Strakey Trombone
Tony Studd Trombone, Bass Trombone
Jane Taylor Bassoon
Richard Tee Organ, Piano, Electric Piano
Toots Thielemans Harmonica
Ringo Thielmann Bass, Vocals
Brooks Tillotson French Horn
Frank Vicari Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Grover Washington Jr. Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, tin whistle
Azzedin Weston Percussion
Albert White Viola
Jack Zayde Violin
Harry Zaratzian Viola
Wally Kane Flute, Bassoon
Julius Brand Violin
Michael Comins Violin
Julie Held Violin
Max Polikoff Violin
Herbert Sorkin Violin
Paul Tobias Cello
Emanuel Vardi Viola
Alexander Horvath Violin
Frank Levy Cello
Patricia Smith Vocals
Joe Wallace Trombone
Johnny Williams Electric Bass
Joe Shepley Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Dave Friedman Percussion, Vibes
Peter Gordon French Horn
Tony Price Tuba
Paul Winter Violin
Art Jenkins Conga, Tambourine
Chris Parker Drums
Dave Taylor Trombone
Marky Markowitz Trumpet
Jim Buffington French Horn
Jerry Dodgion Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Elliot Rosoff Violin
Al Regnie Clarinet, Flute
Terry Adams Cello
Richie Landrum Percussion
Louis St. Louis Background Vocals
Ted Israel Viola
Jessy Levy Cello
Joe De Angelis French Horn
Manny Vardi Viola
Sam Brown Electric Guitar
Eric Weisberg Steel Guitar
Ray Beckenstein Flute
Joe Malin Violin
Freddie Waits Drums
Eumir Deodato Organ, Guitar, Piano, Conductor, Electric Piano
Jimmy Buffington French Horn
Joel Cohen Cello
Technical Credits
Gabriel Fauré Composer
Joaquín Rodrigo Composer
Richard Strauss Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Edú Lobo Composer
Milton Nascimento Composer
Carole King Composer
Joni Mitchell Composer
Grace Slick Composer
James Taylor Composer
Joe Beck Arranger
Miles Davis Composer
Paul Desmond Composer
Bob James Arranger, Composer
Thad Jones Composer
Hubert Laws Arranger
John McLaughlin Composer
Lee Morgan Composer
Stanley Turrentine Composer
Randy Weston Composer
Pee Wee Ellis Arranger
Brian Jackson Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Ralph MacDonald Composer
Airto Moreira Composer
Stanley Adams Composer
John Coltrane Composer
Chick Corea Composer
Don Sebesky Arranger, Composer, String Arrangements, Brass Arrangment, Musical Supervision
Clare Fischer Composer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Freddie Hubbard Composer
Wally Heider Engineer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
John Murtaugh Arranger
Jacques Prévert Composer
William Salter Composer
Gil Scott-Heron Composer
Richard Seidel Producer, Liner Notes
Creed Taylor Producer
Grover Washington Jr. Arranger
Mark Wilder Mastering
Dan Ouellette Liner Notes
Ary Barroso Composer
Mike Panico Archival Assistant
Roxanne Slimak Art Direction
John Venable Engineer
Michael Kull Tape Research
Joseph Kosma Composer
Toni Stern Composer
The Corporation Composer
Tom Tierney Archival Assistant
Donna Kloepfer Master Coordination
Jennifer Liebeskind Product Development Director
Maria Triana Mastering
Zak Profera Product Development
Scott Farthing Marketing
Tammy Van Aken Packaging Manager
Maria Grever Composer
Leslie Collman-Smith Marketing
Alex Miller Executive Producer
Eumir Deodato Arranger, Composer
Cathleen Murphy Executive Producer
Dave Hewitt Engineer
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