CTI Records

CTI Records

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CTI is a record label owned and overseen by legendary jazz producer Creed Taylor (CTI stood for Creed Taylor Inc.).

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 Chapter XI; 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 shortlived, 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, resuming 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), with distribution initally being handled by PolyGram, then Bluemoon, and finially Koch Records. This version of the label lasted until 1998.

In 2002, CTI started to issue mail-order only releases via CTIRecords.com, but the website no longer exists. The site also sold Creed Taylor productions from the Bethlehem, ABC, Impulse, Verve and CTI catalogs.

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.

Labelcode: LC 1969
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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
2HW 3577 George Benson The George Benson Collection (Album, Comp) 2HW 3577 US 1981 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
7SSY-21 Patti Austin / Deodato* Patti Austin / Deodato* - Say You Love Me / Super Strut(7", Promo) CTI Records 7SSY-21 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
8T-3014 George Benson Shape Of Things To Come(8-Trk, Album) A&M Records, CTI Records 8T-3014 US 1968 Sell This Version
41 CTI 6020 Airto* Free(LP) CTI Records 41 CTI 6020 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
201 Hank Crawford I Hear A Symphony / Sugar Free(7") CTI Records 201 Brazil 1976 Sell This Version
228E-6016 Fuse One Fuse One(CD, Album, RE, RM, Gol) CTI Records 228E-6016 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
228E-6017 Fuse One Silk(CD, Album, RE, RM, Gol) CTI Records 228E-6017 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
228E 6018 Ron Carter Blues Farm(CD, Album, RE, RM, Gol) CTI Records 228E 6018 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
228E 6019 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 Milt Jackson With Hubert Laws - Goodbye(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, 24K) CTI Records 228E-6020 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
901 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(7", Single) A&M Records, CTI Records 916 US 1968 Sell This Version
940 Wes Montgomery Georgia On My Mind / I Say A Little Prayer For You 940 US 1968 Sell This Version
956 Tamiko Jones Ya Ya / Goodnight My Love (Single) 956 US 1968 Sell This Version
972 Kai Winding & J.J. Johnson Kai Winding & J.J. Johnson - Never My Love / Saturday Night Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week(7", Single) A&M Records, CTI Records 972 US 1968 Sell This Version
1003-2 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(CD) CTI Records 1006-2 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
1021 Tamba 4 Samba Blim / Watch What Happens(7", Promo) A&M Records, CTI Records 1021 US 1968 Sell This Version
1023 Walter Wanderley Surfboard(7", Promo) A&M Records, CTI Records 1023 US 1969 Sell This Version
1035 J* & K* J* & K* - Betwixt & Between / Wichita Lineman(7", Single, Promo) A&M Records, CTI Records 1035 US 1969 Sell This Version
1050 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(7", Promo) A&M Records, CTI Records 1056 US 1969 Sell This Version
1056 Tamba 4 California Soul(7") A&M Records, CTI Records 1056 US 1969 Sell This Version
1057 George Benson Don't Let Me Lose This Dream (Part 1)(7") A&M Records, CTI Records 1057 US 1969 Sell This Version
1075-S Paul Desmond Lady In Cement (Main Title)(7") A&M Records, CTI Records 1075-S US 1969 Sell This Version
1076-S George Benson My Woman's Good To Me / Jackie, All (Single) 1076-S US 1969 Sell This Version
1216 Quincy Jones Gula Matari(7", Mono) A&M Records, CTI Records 1216 US 1970 Sell This Version
13/76 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
3001 y Lalo Schifrin Jaws(12") Fonior, CTI Records 3001 y Belgium 1976 Sell This Version
5.002 Seawind Seawind(LP, Album) CTI Records 5.002 Venezuela 1977 Sell This Version
5.007 Seawind Window Of A Child(LP, Album) CTI Records 5.007 Venezuela 1978 Sell This Version
0006.015 George Benson White Rabbit (Album) 0006.015 Germany 1972 Sell This Version
0006 021 Deodato* 2001(LP, Album, RE) CTI Records, CTI Records 0006 021 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
0006045 George Benson Bad Benson(LP, Album) CTI Records 0006045 Germany 1975 Sell This Version
8008 Stanley Turrentine Salt Song(LP, Album, Promo, RE) CTI Records 8008 US 1982 Sell This Version
8012 Jim Hall Concierto(LP, Album, RE) CTI Records 8012 US 1979 Sell This Version
8013 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)(7") A&M Records, CTI Records 8532 US Unknown Sell This Version
9005 George Benson In Concert - Carnegie Hall(LP) CTI Records 9005 France 1976 Sell This Version
9011 Claudio Roditi W/ Kenia Claudio Roditi W/ Kenia - Red On Red(LP, Album) CTI Records 9011 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
27236-2 Larry Coryell Never Never(CD, Single) CTI Records 27236-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
27238-2 Larry Coryell I'll Be Over You(CD, Single) CTI Records 27238-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
32 349 3 Deodato* Also Sprach Zarathustra(LP, Comp, Club, RE) CTI Records 32 349 3 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
33.002 Lalo Schifrin Jaws(7") CTI Records 33.002 Germany 1976 Sell This Version
33.003 Bob James Westchester Lady(7") CTI Records 33.003 Germany 1976 Sell This Version
0033.006 Deodato* Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001) / Spirit Of Summer(7", Single, RE) CTI Records 0033.006 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
0033.007 Patti Austin Golden Oldies (7") CTI Records 0033.007 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
35.969-H Hubert Laws Feelin' Alright(7") CTI Records 35.969-H Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
37238-2 Larry Coryell, Peabo Bryson & Grover Washington, Jr. Larry Coryell, Peabo Bryson & Grover Washington, Jr. - Tonight Is The Night(CD, Single, Promo) CTI Records 37238-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
38.381 Lalo Schifrin Most Wanted Theme(7", Single) CTI Records 38.381 Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
41079 Deodato* Zarathustra (2001)(7", Single) CTI Records, CTI Records 41079 France 1973 Sell This Version
42521 George "Bad" Benson* Supership(7") CTI Records 42521 France 1975 Sell This Version
42527 Esther Phillips What A Diff'rence A Day Makes (Single) 42527 France 1975 Sell This Version
42544 Esther Phillips Unforgettable(7", Single) CTI Records, Kudu 42544 France 1976 Sell This Version
42579 Lalo Schifrin Jaws(7", Single) CTI Records 42579 France 1976 Sell This Version
0043.001 Eumir Deodato Deodato(LP, Comp) CTI Records 0043.001 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
0043.002 George Benson Jazz Magazine(LP, Comp) CTI Records 0043.002 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
0043.003 Astrud Gilberto Jazz Magazine(LP, Album, RE) CTI Records 0043.003 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
47 926-4 Jim Beard Song Of The Sun(Cass, Album, Promo) CTI Records 47 926-4 US 1991 Sell This Version
50255-6 Chroma (2) Music On The Edge(Laserdisc, 12", S/Sided, NTSC) CTI Records 50255-6 US 1992 Sell This Version
50256-3 Jim Beard Song Of The Sun(VHS, Album, NTSC) CTI Records 50256-3 US 1991 Sell This Version
50256-6 Jim Beard Song Of The Sun(Laserdisc, 12", S/Sided, NTSC) CTI Records 50256-6 US 1992 Sell This Version
50327-6 Larry Coryell Live From Bahia(Laserdisc, 12", NTSC) CTI Records 50327-6 US 1992 Sell This Version
61 002 Deodato* Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)(7", Single) CTI Records 61 002 Belgium 1973 Sell This Version
61.003 Deodato* Rhapsody In Blue / Super Strut(7", Single) CTI Records 61.003 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
61.008 Don Sebesky Skyliner / The Entertainer(7") CTI Records 61.008 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
63.002 Patti Austin End Of A Rainbow(LP, Album) CTI Records 63.002 Germany 1976 Sell This Version
63.004 Ron Carter Yellow & Green(LP, Album, Gat) CTI Records 63.004 Germany 1976 Sell This Version
63.007 Joe Farrell Song Of The Wind(LP, Album, RE, Gat) CTI Records 63.007 Germany 1976 Sell This Version
63.008 George Benson & Joe Farrell George Benson & Joe Farrell - Benson & Farrell(LP, Album, Gat) CTI Records 63.008 Germany 1976 Sell This Version
63.009 Seawind Seawind(LP, Album, Gat) CTI Records 63.009 Germany 1976 Sell This Version
63.012 George Benson In Concert - Carnegie Hall(LP, Album) CTI Records 63.012 Germany 1976 Sell This Version
63.014 Hank Crawford Hank Crawford's Back(LP, Album) Kudu 63.014 Germany 1976 Sell This Version
63.016 Hubert Laws The San Francisco Concert(LP, Album) CTI Records 63.016 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
63.017 Urbie Green The Fox(LP, Album, Gat) CTI Records 63.017 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
63.018 Lalo Schifrin Towering Toccata(LP, Gat) CTI Records 63.018 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
63.019 Art Farmer Crawl Space (Album) 63.019 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
63020 Bob James BJ4(LP, Album) CTI Records 63020 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
63.021 Jeremy Steig Firefly(LP, Album, Gat) CTI Records 63.021 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
63.022 Deodato* Best Of Deodato (Comp) 63.022 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
63.023 John Blair We Belong Together(LP, Album) CTI Records 63.023 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
0063.025 David Matthews* Dune(LP, Album) CTI Records 0063.025 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
0063.026 CTI All-Stars CTI Summer Jazz At The Hollywood Bowl Live One(LP, Gat) CTI Records 0063.026 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
0063.027 CTI All-Stars CTI Summer Jazz At The Hollywood Bowl Live Two(LP) CTI Records 0063.027 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
0063.028 CTI All-Stars CTI Summer Jazz At The Hollywood Bowl Live Three(LP, Album) CTI Records 0063.028 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
0063.029 Urbie Green Señor Blues(LP, Album, Gat) CTI Records 0063.029 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
0063.030 Art Farmer With Yusef Lateef & David Matthews' Big Band* Art Farmer With Yusef Lateef & David Matthews' Big Band* - Something You Got(LP, Album, Gat) CTI Records 0063.030 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
0063.031 Patti Austin Havana Candy(LP, Album) CTI Records 0063.031 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
0063.033 Grover Washington, Jr. The Best Of(LP, Comp) Kudu 0063.033 Germany 1975 Sell This Version
0063.034 Bob James The Best Of(LP, Comp) CTI Records 0063.034 Netherlands 1978 Sell This Version
0063.035 George Benson The Best Of George Benson(LP, Comp) CTI Records 0063.035 Austria 1977 Sell This Version
0063.035 George Benson The Best Of George Benson (Comp) 0063.035 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
0063.036 Esther Phillips The Best Of(LP, Comp) Kudu 0063.036 Germany 1975 Sell This Version
0063.037 Seawind Window Of A Child(LP, Album) CTI Records 0063.037 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
0063.038 Yusef Lateef With Art Farmer Yusef Lateef With Art Farmer - Autophysiopsychic(LP, Album) CTI Records 0063.038 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
0063.039 Art Farmer / Jim Hall Art Farmer / Jim Hall - Big Blues(LP, Album) CTI Records 0063.039 Germany 1978 Sell This Version
0063.041 Nina Simone Baltimore(LP, Album) CTI Records 0063.041 Germany 1978 Sell This Version

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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