CTI Records

CTI Records

Profile:
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, but the website no longer exists. 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, such as the one linked below]

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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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
The Devil's Toothpick  album cover Various The Devil's Toothpick(Laserdisc, 12", Album, NTSC, S/S) CTI Records Japan 1993 Sell This Version
2H5 3577 The George Benson Collection  album cover George Benson The George Benson Collection(Cass, Comp, Club) Warner Bros. Records 2H5 3577 US 1981 Sell This Version
2HW 3577 The George Benson Collection  album cover George Benson The George Benson Collection (Comp) 2HW 3577 US 1981 Sell This Version
2HW 3577 The George Benson Collection  album cover George Benson The George Benson Collection(2xLP, Comp, Promo, Wak) Warner Bros. Records 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
4D-6 Deodato 2  album cover Deodato* Deodato 2(LP, Album, Quad, Gat) CTI Records 4D-6 Japan 1974 Sell This Version
7AM-5015 What's Your Name?  album cover 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
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-3001 A Day In The Life  album cover Wes Montgomery A Day In The Life(8-Trk) A&M Records, CTI Records 8T-3001 US Unknown Sell This Version
8T-3002 Wave  album cover 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 Shape Of Things To Come  album cover George Benson Shape Of Things To Come(8-Trk, Album) A&M Records, CTI Records 8T-3014 US 1968 Sell This Version
12WB-1 Freddie Hubbard Polar AC(LP, Album) CTI Records 12WB-1 Taiwan 1975 Sell This Version
19 Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing  album cover Hank Crawford Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing (Album) 19 US 1974 Sell This Version
30 CTI 6021 Prelude  album cover Deodato* Prelude(Cass, Album) CTI Records 30 CTI 6021 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
30 CTI 6057 Two  album cover Bob James Two(Cass) CTI Records 30 CTI 6057 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
31C 064 60850 Courage  album cover 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 2  album cover Deodato* Deodato 2(Cass, Album, RE) Record Bazaar, CTI Records 31 RB 319 Italy 1981 Sell This Version
32 CTI 6029 Deodato 2  album cover Deodato* Deodato 2(8-Trk, Album) CTI Records 32 CTI 6029 Italy 1973 Sell This Version
41 CTI 1 Brasiliana  album cover Various Brasiliana(LP) Cti Records, CTI Records 41 CTI 1 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
41 CTI 6020 Free  album cover Airto Moreira Free (Album) 41 CTI 6020 Italy 1974 Sell This Version
201 I Hear A Symphony / Sugar Free  album cover Hank Crawford I Hear A Symphony / Sugar Free(7", Single) CTI Records, One Way (2) 201 Brazil 1976 Sell This Version
228E 6016 Fuse One  album cover Fuse One Fuse One(CD, Album, RE, RM, Gol) CTI Records 228E 6016 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
228E-6017 Silk  album cover Fuse One Silk(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Gol) CTI Records 228E-6017 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
228E 6018 Blues Farm  album cover Ron Carter Blues Farm(CD, Album, RE, Gol) CTI Records 228E 6018 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
228E 6019 Body Talk  album cover George Benson Body Talk(CD, Album, RE, RM, Gol) CTI Records 228E 6019 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
228E-6020 Goodbye  album cover 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 Concierto  album cover 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 Prelude  album cover Deodato* Prelude(CD, Album, RE) CTI Records 240E 6843 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
0000.701 Virgin Land  album cover Airto* Virgin Land(LP, Album) CTI Records 0000.701 Germany 1975 Sell This Version
0000704 Macho  album cover Gabor Szabo Macho(LP, Album) Salvation (4), CTI Records 0000704 Germany 1975 Sell This Version
901 We And The Sea (No's E Ou Mar)  album cover 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 Wind Song / Goin' On To Detroit  album cover Wes Montgomery Wind Song / Goin' On To Detroit(7", Single) A&M Records, CTI Records 916 US 1968 Sell This Version
940 Georgia On My Mind / I Say A Little Prayer For You  album cover Wes Montgomery Georgia On My Mind / I Say A Little Prayer For You 940 US 1968 Sell This Version
956 Ya Ya / Goodnight My Love  album cover Tamiko Jones Ya Ya / Goodnight My Love (Single) 956 US 1968 Sell This Version
972 Never My Love / Saturday Night Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week  album cover 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 Afoxé  album cover 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  album cover Rhythmstick Rhythmstick(CD, Album) CTI Records 1006-2 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
1008 Where Have All The Flowers Gone? / Fly Me To The Moon  album cover Wes Montgomery Where Have All The Flowers Gone? / Fly Me To The Moon (Single) 1008 US 1968 Sell This Version
1016 Goodnight, My Love / Please Return Your Love To Me  album cover Tamiko Jones Goodnight, My Love / Please Return Your Love To Me(7", Promo, Whi) CTI Records 1016 US 1968 Sell This Version
1021 Samba Blim / Watch What Happens  album cover Tamba 4 Samba Blim / Watch What Happens 1021 US 1968 Sell This Version
1023 Surfboard  album cover Walter Wanderley Surfboard (Single) 1023 US 1969 Sell This Version
1023-S Surfboard  album cover Walter Wanderley Surfboard(7", Promo) A&M Records, CTI Records 1023-S US 1969 Sell This Version
1035 Betwixt & Between / Wichita Lineman  album cover J* & K* J* & K* - Betwixt & Between / Wichita Lineman (Single) 1035 US 1969 Sell This Version
1050 Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da  album cover Paul Desmond Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da(7") A&M Records, CTI Records 1050 US 1969 Sell This Version
1056 California Soul  album cover Tamba 4 California Soul 1056 US 1969 Sell This Version
1057 Don't Let Me Lose This Dream (Part 1)  album cover George Benson Don't Let Me Lose This Dream (Part 1) 1057 US 1968 Sell This Version
1075-S Lady In Cement (Main Title)  album cover Paul Desmond Lady In Cement (Main Title)(7") A&M Records, CTI Records 1075-S US 1969 Sell This Version
1076-S My Woman's Good To Me / Jackie, All  album cover George Benson My Woman's Good To Me / Jackie, All (Single) 1076-S US 1969 Sell This Version
1216 Gula Matari  album cover Quincy Jones Gula Matari(7", Mono) A&M Records, CTI Records 1216 US 1970 Sell This Version
13/76 Jaws / House Of The Rising Sun  album cover 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 The George Benson Collection  album cover George Benson The George Benson Collection(CD, Comp, RE) Warner Bros. Records 1976 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
2376 Gilberto With Turrentine  album cover Gilberto* With Turrentine* Gilberto* With Turrentine* - Gilberto With Turrentine (Album) 2376 Argentina 1978 Sell This Version
3001 y Jaws  album cover Lalo Schifrin Jaws(12") Fonior, CTI Records 3001 y Belgium 1976 Sell This Version
3577-2 The George Benson Collection  album cover George Benson The George Benson Collection (Comp) 3577-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
5002 Seawind  album cover Seawind Seawind (Album) 5002 Venezuela 1977 Sell This Version
5.007 Window Of A Child  album cover Seawind Window Of A Child(LP, Album) CTI Records 5.007 Venezuela 1978 Sell This Version
0006.015 White Rabbit  album cover George Benson White Rabbit(LP, Album, RE, Gat) CTI Records 0006.015 Austria Unknown Sell This Version
0006 021 2001  album cover Deodato* 2001(LP, Album, RE) CTI Records, CTI Records 0006 021 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
0006.026 Mizrab  album cover Gabor Szabo Mizrab(LP, Album) CTI Records 0006.026 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
0006045 Bad Benson  album cover George Benson Bad Benson(LP, Album) CTI Records 0006045 Germany 1975 Sell This Version
6066 Then There Was Light Vol. 2  album cover Hubert Laws Then There Was Light Vol. 2(LP, Gat) CTI Records 6066 Europe 1976 Sell This Version
6068 Velvet Darkness   album cover Allan Holdsworth Velvet Darkness (LP, Album, Promo, Gat) CTI Records 6068 US 1976 Sell This Version
70.77 CTI Summer Jazz At The Hollywood Bowl Live Two  album cover CTI All-Stars CTI Summer Jazz At The Hollywood Bowl Live Two(LP) CTI Records 70.77 Europe 1977 Sell This Version
8008 Salt Song  album cover Stanley Turrentine Salt Song(LP, Album, Promo, RE) CTI Records 8008 US 1982 Sell This Version
8012 Concierto  album cover Jim Hall Concierto(LP, Album, RE) CTI Records 8012 US 1979 Sell This Version
8013 Virgin Land  album cover Airto* Virgin Land(LP, Album, RE) CTI Records 8013 US 1979 Sell This Version
8532 Windy / A Day In The Life (Part 1)  album cover Wes Montgomery Windy / A Day In The Life (Part 1) 8532 US Unknown Sell This Version
9003 Fuse One  album cover Fuse One Fuse One(LP, Album, RP) CTI Records 9003 US 1981 Sell This Version
9005 In Concert - Carnegie Hall  album cover George Benson In Concert - Carnegie Hall(LP) CTI Records 9005 France Unknown Sell This Version
9006 Silk  album cover Fuse One Silk(LP, Album, Promo, TP) CTI Records 9006 US 1981 Sell This Version
9011 Red On Red  album cover Claudio Roditi W/ Kenia Claudio Roditi W/ Kenia - Red On Red (Album) 9011 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
10037-4 Close The Door  album cover Donald Harrison Close The Door(Cass, Single) CTI Records 10037-4 US 1994 Sell This Version
27236-2 Never Never  album cover Larry Coryell Never Never(CD, Single) CTI Records 27236-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
27238-2 I'll Be Over You  album cover Larry Coryell I'll Be Over You(CD, Single) CTI Records 27238-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
27238-4 I'll Be Over You  album cover Larry Coryell I'll Be Over You(Cass, Single) CTI Records 27238-4 US 1995 Sell This Version
27 964 XOT The Other Side Of Abbey Road  album cover George Benson The Other Side Of Abbey Road(LP, Album, RE) A&M Records, CTI Records 27 964 XOT Germany Unknown Sell This Version
32 349 3 Also Sprach Zarathustra  album cover Deodato* Also Sprach Zarathustra(LP, Comp, Club, RE) CTI Records 32 349 3 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
33.002 Jaws  album cover Lalo Schifrin Jaws(7", Single) CTI Records 33.002 Germany 1976 Sell This Version
33.003 Westchester Lady  album cover Bob James Westchester Lady(7") CTI Records 33.003 Germany 1976 Sell This Version
0033.006 Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001) / Spirit Of Summer  album cover Deodato* Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001) / Spirit Of Summer(7", Single, RE) CTI Records 0033.006 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
0033.007 Golden Oldies   album cover Patti Austin Golden Oldies (7") CTI Records 0033.007 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
35 779 8 Also Sprach Zarathustra  album cover Deodato* Also Sprach Zarathustra(Cass, Comp) CTI Records 35 779 8 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
35.969-H Feelin' Alright  album cover Hubert Laws Feelin' Alright(7") CTI Records 35.969-H Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
37238-2 Tonight Is The Night  album cover 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
41079 Zarathustra (2001)  album cover Deodato* Zarathustra (2001)(7", Single) CTI Records, CTI Records 41079 France 1973 Sell This Version
42521 Supership  album cover George Benson Supership (Single) 42521 France 1975 Sell This Version
42527 What A Diff'rence A Day Makes  album cover Esther Phillips What A Diff'rence A Day Makes (Single) 42527 France 1975 Sell This Version
42544 Unforgettable  album cover Esther Phillips Unforgettable(7") CTI Records, Kudu 42544 France 1976 Sell This Version
42579 Jaws  album cover Lalo Schifrin Jaws(7", Single) CTI Records, CTI Records 42579 France 1976 Sell This Version
0043.001 Deodato  album cover Eumir Deodato Deodato(LP, Comp) CTI Records 0043.001 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
0043.002 George Benson  album cover George Benson George Benson(LP, Comp) CTI Records 0043.002 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
0043.003 Astrud Gilberto  album cover Astrud Gilberto Astrud Gilberto(LP, Album, RE) CTI Records 0043.003 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
47 926-4 Song Of The Sun  album cover Jim Beard Song Of The Sun(Cass, Album, Promo) CTI Records 47 926-4 US 1991 Sell This Version
50237-3 Live From Bahia  album cover Larry Coryell Live From Bahia(VHS, Album, NTSC) CTI Records 50237-3 US 1992 Sell This Version
50254-3 Rhythmstick  album cover Rhythmstick Rhythmstick(VHS, Hi-) CTI Records 50254-3 US 1990 Sell This Version
50255-3 Chroma (2) Music On The Edge(VHS, Album, NTSC) CTI Records 50255-3 US 1992 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