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In 1970, visionary jazz producer Creed Taylor went independent with CTI, the label he formed three years earlier as a jazz subsidiary of A&M Records. In the decade that followed, CTI, its music, its style, and its discriminating quality transformed contemporary jazz.

Taylor assembled and developed an historic roster of artists, supported by a justly acclaimed


In 1970, visionary jazz producer Creed Taylor went independent with CTI, the label he formed three years earlier as a jazz subsidiary of A&M Records. In the decade that followed, CTI, its music, its style, and its discriminating quality transformed contemporary jazz.

Taylor assembled and developed an historic roster of artists, supported by a justly acclaimed creative team, headed by engineer Rudy Van Gelder. The CTI 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. The immediate success of CTI's recordings has echoed across the decades in a profound influence on jazz, pop, R&B, and hip-hop.

Remastered for the first time using the original two-track analogue masters, this four-CD set celebrates the vintage years of CTI, when a distinctive style and sound were born. Each disc represents an aspect of CTI's artistic personality -- straight-up jazz, big hits, the Brazilian influence, and cool, classic sounds.

Thirty-nine signature recordings showcase all the major artists on the CTI roster, both in solo performances and in the unforgettable collaborations that made each CTI album so distinctive. From the Label

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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
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
Armando Anthony 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   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   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
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
Armando Anthony 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   Arranger
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
Corporation   Composer
Tom Tierney   Archival Assistant
Donna Kloepfer   Master Coordination
Jennifer Liebeskind   Product Development Director
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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