Sony Reissues Six Vintage CTI Jazz Titles

Iconic jazz label releases albums from Jim Hall, Ron Carter, Deodato, George Benson, Milt Jackson and Paul Desmond.

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Paul Desmond

The iconic record label CTI, noted for its slick cover photography, gatefold albums and 70s sound, recently celebrated its 40th Anniversary. The label has long since left the control of its founder, Creed Taylor, and is now owned and managed by Sony, who kicked off the anniversary celebration in the fall of 2010 with the release of CTI: The Cool Revolution 4-CD box set and California Concert: The Hollywood Palladium 2-CD set. Now they’re getting down to the business of reissuing all those great albums from the storied catalogue.

Although the vintage artwork and gatefold covers don’t have the same wallop in the smaller CD format, the releases still open up the same way as the old LPs. And the music remains as fresh as when it was originally created and released in the early ’70s. The first single albums to be reissued are: Jim Hall Concierto; Ron CarterAll Blues; DeodatoPrelude; George Benson White Rabbit; Milt Jackson Sunflower; Paul Desmond Pure Desmond.

Although the leaders are all notable and influential artists, the names of the sidemen on these albums are just as impressive and likely to resonate with the serious jazz fan. For example, the Milt Jackson date includes a band of Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter and Billy Cobham backing the legendary vibes player. And Jim Hall’s album includes Paul Desmond, Chet Baker, Carter, Steve Gadd and Roland Hanna.

The Benson album was perhaps his most popular for the CTI label, while Deodato’s Prelude included his hit single, an arrangement of Richard Strauss’s fanfare from Also Sprach Zarathustra.