CTI Records ( Creed Taylor Inc.) was a company specializing in jazz record label.
CTI was originally founded in 1967 as a sub- label of A & M Records. To this end, Creed Taylor (former producer for Verve and founder of the jazz label Impulse! Records ) has been set. Creed Taylor worked with the sound engineer Rudy Van together funds, who had already recorded the albums for Blue Note Records in his own recording studio.
From the early 1970s, CTI had some successes. Specifically, the 6000 series was commercially quite successful. The debut LP from Eumir Deodato ( Prelude ) of 1972 made it to the UK and in the U.S. charts and generated millions of sales. The idea of a Taylor's own USA -wide distribution system for CTI Records failed, however, and led to the demise of independent production to the usual extent. Also, many of the highly successful CTI ( House ) musicians went to another label. Nevertheless, Taylor CTI Records went on and recordings were released to the 1990s.
Characteristic to the CTI plates was among other things a high caliber and above average attractive graphic design of the cover with innovative imagery, mostly by the U.S. photographer Pete Turner. This was the result of Creed Taylor's commercial sense for glamorous product packaging, as with Verve and Impulse! practiced by him. Today, the rights to the Columbia Records include publications. CTI's concept was produced modern contemporary jazz with soul and funk elements, performed by renowned jazz musicians such as Freddie Hubbard, George Benson, Milt Jackson, Paul Desmond, Ron Carter, Hubert Laws, Bill Evans, and others. Often the allegation was made, CTI recordings biederten with her perfect and smooth production of some perceived as the mass taste. Especially George Benson, Freddie Hubbard and Stanley Turrentine but published on CTI not only some of their most successful, but also to today 's critically -acclaimed albums most.
Some CTI Publications
- Freddie Hubbard - Red Clay (CTI 6001)
- Freddie Hubbard - Straight Life (CTI 6007)
- Astrud Gilberto and Stanley Turrentine - Gilberto with Turrentine (CTI 6008)
- George Benson - White Rabbit (CTI 6015)
- Eumir Deodato - Prelude (CTI 6021)
- Joe Farrell - Moon Germs (CTI 6023)
- Joe Farrell - Upon This Rock (CTI 6042)
- Bob James - One (CTI 6043)