CTI Records

CTI Records

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CTI is a US record label owned and overseen by legendary jazz producer Creed Taylor (CTI stood for Creed Taylor Inc.).
Label Code: LC 1969 / LC 01969

He began the CTI label in 1967 as an imprint of Herb Alpert's A&M Records. Three years later Taylor took CTI out from under the A&M umbrella and relaunched CTI as an independent label. Most titles from 1970 through 1977 were distributed by Motown.

In 1978, the label filed for bankruptcy; however, much of its catalog has remained in print (Creed Taylor launched the 8000 reissue series in 1979.) Taylor and Vic Chirumbolo, CTI's Vice-President and Sales Manager, pulled through and formed a new distribution deal with Columbia Records, but this deal was short lived, and ended in 1980 with Columbia retaining the rights to CTI's master tape library (i.e., the titles released between 1970 and 1979.) Then the label went independent once again, and continued active until 1984, releasing new albums by such artists as Jim Hall, Roland Hanna and the all-star studio band Fuse One.

Creed Taylor restructured CTI in 1989, following a jury award as a result of the long running lawsuit with Warner Brothers over George Benson's contract. Creed Taylor resumed his partnership with engineer Rudy Van Gelder and photographer Pete Turner when recording the all-star session Rhythmstick in June 1989 (an ambitious project released on vinyl, CD, VHS and LaserDisc in 1990). Five other joint CD/VHS/Laserdisc projects were planned with CD distribution initially being handled by PolyGram, then Mesa/Bluemoon Recordings, Ltd.(1991-92), Independent National Distributors, Inc. 1993-94 and finally Koch Records(1995-96). In 1993, David Bean was appointed President of CTI Records and Video in New York. He was joined shortly afterwards by David Grossman as VP of Sale and Marketing, and together they handled the final CTI original releases, numbered 6723**-2. The final CTI original release is believed to be Steve Laury - Vineland Dreams.

In 2002, CTI started to issue mail-order only releases via ctirecords.com and it's sister website ctijazz.com - the website ceased operation in 2009. The site also sold Creed Taylor productions from the Bethlehem, ABC, Impulse, Verve and CTI catalogs. [There are a number of snapshots of the ctirecords.com website in the Internet archive, see link in url section] - the website is active again (Sept. 2021) and under development on behalf of Taylor's family. At this point it's unclear what the website will be used for.

In Japan, King Records remains CTI's distributor since 1970. More recently, Creed Taylor himself produced an extensive SHM-CD reissue series in 2009, supervising all the remasterings done by Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. In September 2010, a new CTI project, "The CTI Jazz All-Star Band: Montreux Jazz Festival 2009" (produced by Taylor and engineered by Van Gelder) was released in Japan on CD, DVD and Blu-ray formats.

Extensive CD reissue series have been coordinated in Europe and in the U.S. by producer Didier C. Deutsch, former CTI publicist, as well as in Japan by producers Yoichi Nakao, Arnaldo DeSouteiro and Susumu Morikawa.

CTI in Canada - help with identifying date ranges and reissues:
A&M CTI from 1967 to 1970 - handled by Quality Records Limited.
A&M CTI after 1970 - handled by A&M Records Of Canada Limited
CTI from Feb 1970 until May 1973 - handled by Quality Records Limited
CTI from May 1973 to March 1977 - handled by CTI Records Of Canada Ltd.
CTI from March 1977 to late 1979 - handled by RCA Limited
CTI from late 1979/early 1980 to 1984 - handled by Sefel Records Ltd.
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Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title ( Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
2H5 3577 George Benson - The George Benson Collection George Benson The George Benson Collection (Comp) 2H5 3577 US 1981 Sell This Version
2HW 3577 George Benson - The George Benson Collection George Benson The George Benson Collection (Comp) 2HW 3577 US 1981 Sell This Version
2PRO 9015 Charles Fambrough The Proper Angle(CD, Promo, Smplr) CTI Records 2PRO 9015 Canada 1991 Sell This Version
2PRO9019 Ernie Watts With Gilberto Gil Ernie Watts With Gilberto Gil - Afoxe(CD, Promo, Smplr) CTI Records 2PRO9019 US 1991 Sell This Version
2 PRO 9028 Jim Hall Youkali(CD, Album, Promo) CTI Records 2 PRO 9028 US 1992 Sell This Version
2PRO 9035 Jürgen Friedrich My Shy I(CD, Single, Promo) CTI Records 2PRO 9035 US 2003 Sell This Version
2 RB 266 Various - California Concert - The Hollywood Palladium Various California Concert - The Hollywood Palladium(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Record Bazaar 2 RB 266 Italy 1980 Sell This Version
03 Grover Washington, Jr. - Inner City Blues Grover Washington, Jr. Inner City Blues (Album) 03 US 1971 Sell This Version
4D-6 Deodato* - Deodato 2 Deodato* Deodato 2(LP, Album, Quad, Gat) CTI Records 4D-6 Japan 1974 Sell This Version
7AM-5015 Richard Barbary : Soul Machine - What's Your Name? Richard Barbary : Soul Machine Richard Barbary : Soul Machine - What's Your Name?(7") A&M Records, CTI Records 7AM-5015 Brazil 1968 Sell This Version
7A QS6 Deodato* - Prelude Deodato* Prelude(8-Trk, Album, Quad) CTI Records 7A QS6 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
7SSY-21 Patti Austin / Deodato* - Say You Love Me / Super Strut Patti Austin / Deodato* Patti Austin / Deodato* - Say You Love Me / Super Strut(7", Promo) CTI Records 7SSY-21 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
8T-3001 Wes Montgomery - A Day In The Life Wes Montgomery A Day In The Life(8-Trk) A&M Records, CTI Records 8T-3001 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-3002 Antonio Carlos Jobim - Wave Antonio Carlos Jobim Wave(8-Trk, Album) A&M Records, A&M Stereo Tape, CTI Records 8T-3002 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-3014 George Benson - Shape Of Things To Come George Benson Shape Of Things To Come(8-Trk, Album) A&M Records, CTI Records 8T-3014 US 1968 Sell This Version
8T-3023 Quincy Jones - Walking In Space Quincy Jones Walking In Space(8-Trk, Album) A&M Records, CTI Records 8T-3023 US Unknown Sell This Version
12WB-1 Freddie Hubbard Polar AC(LP, Album) CTI Records 12WB-1 Taiwan 1975 Sell This Version
17DY-5508-1 Fuse One - Double Steal Fuse One Double Steal (7", Single, Promo) CTI Records, CTI Records 17DY-5508-1 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
19 Hank Crawford - Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing Hank Crawford Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing (Album) 19 US 1974 Sell This Version
30 CTI 6002 Antonio Carlos Jobim - Stone Flower Antonio Carlos Jobim Stone Flower(Cass, Album) CTI Records 30 CTI 6002 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
30 CTI 6015 George Benson - White Rabbit George Benson White Rabbit(Cass, Album, RE, Dol) CTI Records 30 CTI 6015 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
30 CTI 6021 Deodato* - Prelude Deodato* Prelude(Cass, Album) CTI Records 30 CTI 6021 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
30 CTI 6043 Bob James - One Bob James One(Cass, Album) CTI Records 30 CTI 6043 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
30 CTI 6057 Bob James - Two Bob James Two(Cass) CTI Records 30 CTI 6057 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
31C 064 60850 Milton Nascimento - Courage Milton Nascimento Courage(LP, Album, RE) A&M Records, A&M Records, CTI Records, CTI Records 31C 064 60850 Brazil Unknown Sell This Version
31 RB 319 Deodato* - Deodato 2 Deodato* Deodato 2(Cass, Album, RE) Record Bazaar, CTI Records 31 RB 319 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
32 CTI 6029 Deodato* - Deodato 2 Deodato* Deodato 2(8-Trk, Album) CTI Records 32 CTI 6029 Italy 1973 Sell This Version
32 CTI 6043 Bob James - One Bob James One(8-Trk, Album) CTI Records 32 CTI 6043 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
41 CTI 1 Various - Brasiliana Various Brasiliana(LP) Cti Records, CTI Records 41 CTI 1 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
41 CTI 6020 Airto* - Free Airto* Free (Album) 41 CTI 6020 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
201 Hank Crawford - I Hear A Symphony / Sugar Free Hank Crawford I Hear A Symphony / Sugar Free(7", Single) CTI Records, One Way (2) 201 Brazil 1976 Sell This Version
209 Jürgen Friedrich Summerflood(CD, Album, RE, RM) CTI Records, CTI Records 209 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
228E 6016 Fuse One - Fuse One Fuse One Fuse One(CD, Album, RE, RM, Gol) CTI Records 228E 6016 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
228E-6017 Fuse One - Silk Fuse One Silk(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Gol) CTI Records 228E-6017 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
228E 6018 Ron Carter - Blues Farm Ron Carter Blues Farm(CD, Album, RE, Gol) CTI Records 228E 6018 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
228E 6019 George Benson - Body Talk George Benson Body Talk(CD, Album, RE, RM, Gol) CTI Records 228E 6019 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
228E-6020 Milt Jackson With Hubert Laws - Goodbye Milt Jackson With Hubert Laws Milt Jackson With Hubert Laws - Goodbye(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, 24K) CTI Records 228E-6020 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
240E 6812 Jim Hall - Concierto Jim Hall Concierto(CD, Album, RE) CTI Records 240E 6812 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
240E-6813 George Benson In Concert - Carnegie Hall(CD, Album, RE, RM) CTI Records 240E-6813 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
240E 6843 Deodato* - Prelude Deodato* Prelude(CD, Album, RE) CTI Records 240E 6843 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
0000.701 Airto* - Virgin Land Airto* Virgin Land(LP, Album, RE) CTI Records 0000.701 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
0000704 Gabor Szabo - Macho Gabor Szabo Macho(LP, Album) Salvation (4), CTI Records 0000704 Germany 1975 Sell This Version
865 Wes Montgomery - A Day In The Life Wes Montgomery A Day In The Life (Single) 865 US 1967 Sell This Version
882 Antonio Carlos Jobim - Wave / Triste Antonio Carlos Jobim Wave / Triste(7") A&M Records, CTI Records 882 US 1967 Sell This Version
883 Wes Montgomery - Windy / Watch What Happens Wes Montgomery Windy / Watch What Happens(7", Styrene) A&M Records, CTI Records 883 US 1967 Sell This Version
901 Tamba 4 - We And The Sea (No's E Ou Mar) Tamba 4 We And The Sea (No's E Ou Mar)(7", Promo) A&M Records, CTI Records 901 US 1968 Sell This Version
916 Wes Montgomery - Wind Song / Goin' On To Detroit Wes Montgomery Wind Song / Goin' On To Detroit (Single) 916 US 1968 Sell This Version
921 Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker - Concierto En El Carnegie Hall Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker - Concierto En El Carnegie Hall(LP) CTI Records 921 Argentina 1977 Sell This Version
940 Wes Montgomery - Georgia On My Mind / I Say A Little Prayer For You Wes Montgomery Georgia On My Mind / I Say A Little Prayer For You 940 US 1968 Sell This Version
940-S Wes Montgomery - Georgia On My Mind Wes Montgomery Georgia On My Mind(7", Mono, Promo) A&M Records, CTI Records, A&M Records, CTI Records 940-S US 1968 Sell This Version
956 Tamiko Jones - Ya Ya / Goodnight My Love Tamiko Jones Ya Ya / Goodnight My Love (Single) 956 US 1968 Sell This Version
972 Kai Winding & J.J. Johnson - Never My Love / Saturday Night Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week Kai Winding & J.J. Johnson Kai Winding & J.J. Johnson - Never My Love / Saturday Night Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week (Single) 972 1968 Sell This Version
1000 Rhythmstick Rhythmstick(VHS, Album, NTSC) CTI Records 1000 US 1989 Sell This Version
1003-2 Ernie Watts With Gilberto Gil - Afoxé Ernie Watts With Gilberto Gil Ernie Watts With Gilberto Gil - Afoxé(CD, Album) CTI Records 1003-2 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
1006-2 Rhythmstick - Rhythmstick Rhythmstick Rhythmstick(CD, Album) CTI Records 1006-2 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
1008 Wes Montgomery - Where Have All The Flowers Gone? / Fly Me To The Moon Wes Montgomery Where Have All The Flowers Gone? / Fly Me To The Moon (Single) 1008 US 1968 Sell This Version
1016 Tamiko Jones - Goodnight, My Love / Please Return Your Love To Me Tamiko Jones Goodnight, My Love / Please Return Your Love To Me(7", Promo, Whi) CTI Records 1016 US 1968 Sell This Version
1021 Tamba 4 - Samba Blim / Watch What Happens Tamba 4 Samba Blim / Watch What Happens 1021 US 1968 Sell This Version
1023 Walter Wanderley - Surfboard Walter Wanderley Surfboard (Single) 1023 US 1969 Sell This Version
1023-S Walter Wanderley - Surfboard Walter Wanderley Surfboard(7", Promo) A&M Records, CTI Records 1023-S US 1969 Sell This Version
1035 J* & K* - Betwixt & Between / Wichita Lineman J* & K* J* & K* - Betwixt & Between / Wichita Lineman (Single) 1035 US 1969 Sell This Version
1050 Paul Desmond - Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da Paul Desmond Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da(7") A&M Records, CTI Records 1050 US 1969 Sell This Version
1056 Tamba 4 - California Soul Tamba 4 California Soul 1056 US 1969 Sell This Version
1057 George Benson - Don't Let Me Lose This Dream (Part 1) George Benson Don't Let Me Lose This Dream (Part 1) 1057 US 1968 Sell This Version
1075-S Paul Desmond - Lady In Cement (Main Title) Paul Desmond Lady In Cement (Main Title)(7", Styrene) A&M Records, CTI Records 1075-S US 1969 Sell This Version
1076-S George Benson - My Woman's Good To Me / Jackie, All George Benson My Woman's Good To Me / Jackie, All (Single) 1076-S US 1969 Sell This Version
1139-S Quincy Jones - Oh Happy Day Quincy Jones Oh Happy Day(7", Single, Promo) A&M Records, CTI Records 1139-S US 1971 Sell This Version
1216 Quincy Jones - Gula Matari Quincy Jones Gula Matari(7", Styrene, Pit) A&M Records, CTI Records 1216 US 1970 Sell This Version
13/76 Lalo Schifrin / Idris Muhammad - Jaws / House Of The Rising Sun Lalo Schifrin / Idris Muhammad Lalo Schifrin / Idris Muhammad - Jaws / House Of The Rising Sun(12", Promo) CTI Records, Kudu 13/76 Germany 1976 Sell This Version
1976 George Benson - The George Benson Collection George Benson The George Benson Collection(CD, Comp, RE) Warner Bros. Records 1976 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
2376 Gilberto* With Turrentine* - Gilberto With Turrentine Gilberto* With Turrentine* Gilberto* With Turrentine* - Gilberto With Turrentine (Album) 2376 Argentina 1978 Sell This Version
3001 y Lalo Schifrin - Jaws Lalo Schifrin Jaws(12") Fonior, CTI Records 3001 y Belgium 1976 Sell This Version
3577-2 George Benson - The George Benson Collection George Benson The George Benson Collection (Comp) 3577-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
5.002 Seawind - Seawind Seawind Seawind (Album) 5.002 Venezuela 1977 Sell This Version
5.003 Lalo Schifrin - Towering Toccata Lalo Schifrin Towering Toccata(LP, Album) CTI Records, CTI Records 5.003 Venezuela 1977 Sell This Version
5.005 David Matthews* - Dune David Matthews* Dune(LP, Album) CTI Records, CTI Records 5.005 Venezuela 1977 Sell This Version
5.007 Seawind - Window Of A Child Seawind Window Of A Child(LP, Album) CTI Records 5.007 Venezuela 1978 Sell This Version
0006.015 George Benson - White Rabbit George Benson White Rabbit (Album) 0006.015 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
0006 021 Deodato* - 2001 Deodato* 2001 (Album) 0006 021 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
0006.026 Gabor Szabo - Mizrab Gabor Szabo Mizrab(LP, Album) CTI Records 0006.026 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
0006.028 Airto* - Fingers Airto* Fingers (Album) 0006.028 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
0006 029 Deodato* - Deodato 2 Deodato* Deodato 2 (Album) 0006 029 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
000 6033 George Benson - Body Talk George Benson Body Talk (Album) 000 6033 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
0006045 George Benson - Bad Benson George Benson Bad Benson(LP, Album) CTI Records 0006045 Germany 1975 Sell This Version
000 6051 Ron Carter - Spanish Blue Ron Carter Spanish Blue(LP, Album, RE) CTI Records, CTI Records 000 6051 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
0006054 Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker - Carnegie Hall Concert Volume 1 Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker - Carnegie Hall Concert Volume 1(LP, Album, RE) CTI Records, CTI Records 0006054 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
0006055 Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker - Carnegie Hall Concert Volume 2 Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker - Carnegie Hall Concert Volume 2(LP, Album, RE, Gat) CTI Records, CTI Records 0006055 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
0006.057 Bob James - Two Bob James Two (Album) 0006.057 Germany 1975 Sell This Version
0006.060 Jim Hall - Concierto Jim Hall Concierto (Album) 0006.060 Germany 1975 Sell This Version
0006063 Bob James - Three Bob James Three(LP, Album, Gat) CTI Records, CTI Records 0006063 Germany 1976 Sell This Version
6066 Hubert Laws - Then There Was Light Vol. 2 Hubert Laws Then There Was Light Vol. 2(LP, Gat) CTI Records 6066 Europe 1976 Sell This Version
6068 Allan Holdsworth - Velvet Darkness Allan Holdsworth Velvet Darkness (LP, Album, Promo, Gat) CTI Records 6068 US 1976 Sell This Version
0063.35 George Benson - The Best Of George Benson George Benson The Best Of George Benson(LP, Comp) CTI Records 0063.35 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
70.77 CTI All-Stars - CTI Summer Jazz At The Hollywood Bowl Live Two CTI All-Stars CTI Summer Jazz At The Hollywood Bowl Live Two(LP) CTI Records 70.77 Europe 1977 Sell This Version
8004 Milt Jackson - Sunflower Milt Jackson Sunflower(Cass, Album, RE, Dol) CTI Records, CTI Records 8004 US 1981 Sell This Version
8008 Stanley Turrentine - Salt Song Stanley Turrentine Salt Song(LP, Album, RE) CTI Records 8008 US 1982 Sell This Version
8012 Jim Hall - Concierto Jim Hall Concierto(LP, Album, RE) CTI Records 8012 US 1979 Sell This Version
8013 Airto* - Virgin Land Airto* Virgin Land(LP, Album, RE) CTI Records 8013 US 1979 Sell This Version
8532 Wes Montgomery - Windy / A Day In The Life (Part 1) Wes Montgomery Windy / A Day In The Life (Part 1) 8532 US Unknown Sell This Version
9003 Fuse One - Fuse One Fuse One Fuse One(LP, Album, RP) CTI Records 9003 US 1981 Sell This Version

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nopussyfooting

nopussyfooting

November 7, 2021
If a friend came to me saying they wanted to get into jazz but didn't know where to start, I'd point them to CTI. It's such a great way to ease someone into jazz-related music without it being too foreign-sounding from what they're used to. This catalog has something for every music-lover wanting to explore the jazzier side of music. For rock fans there's stuff like Deodato (2 especially), or if you're coming from a soul/funk background there's George Benson, some of Freddie Hubbard (First Light), etc. If you're a prog fan you've got your Milt Jackson or Hubert Laws, along with a ton of albums with Billy Cobham on drums.

Such a great catalog to dive right into. Nearly every album has a star-studded lineup so there's redeemable qualities to all the music.
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spinmarket

spinmarket

April 30, 2015
The best late 60s and early 70s jazz records are on CTI. Whenever I see a clean copy on this label in a store I give it serious consideration. They are usually in glossy gatefold sleeves and they often have some of the best players of the day collected for the sessions. Ron Carter, Hubert Laws, Eric Gale, George Benson, etc. Some of the albums can be a little experimental and a bit far for my taste (Joe Farrell, Allan Holdsworth) but most are very accessible. A few favorites if you're looking to explore and especially if you like 70s jazz rearrangements of contemporary pop hits of the 60s and 70s; George Benson: White Rabbit, Freddie Hubbard: First Light, Stanley Turrentine: Sugar, Wes Montgomery: A Day In The Life, and the penultimate CTI release, Quincy Jones: Walking In Space. Here's a great discography with pictures of all the album art. http://www.dougpayne.com/cti.htm