Thursday, September 9, 2010

CTI Records 40th Anniversary Celebrated by Masterworks Jazz With Multiple Releases

CTI Records: The Cool Revolution deluxe 4-CD box set available October 12; New 2-CD version of 1971's California Concert: The Hollywood Palladium arrives October 26

Albums from CTI greats George Benson, Ron Carter, Deodato, Freddie Hubbard, Hubert Laws, Stanley Turrentine and more

NEW YORK, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Masterworks Jazz celebrates the 40th anniversary of CTI Records, the beloved jazz label founded in 1970 by producer Creed Taylor, beginning October 5 with the release of 6 classic CTI titles remastered on CD followed by CTI Records: The Cool Revolution, a deluxe 4-CD multi-artist box set retrospective on October 12. Two weeks later on October 26, the double-CD restoration of California Concert: The Hollywood Palladium (1971) will be released with 90 minutes of music rarely heard and never before available. The 40th anniversary commemoration will also include reissues of 6 more classic CTI albums, plus four collectible vinyl LPs in the coming months.

CTI Records: The Cool Revolution will contain four hour-long-plus discs, each presenting a thematic overview of a particular aspect of CTI: Straight Up Jazz, Deep Grooves/Big Hits, The Brazilian Connection, Cool and Classic. The 39 tracks in the box set – as well as all CTI anniversary edition titles – are remastered for the first time from the original analog 1/4-inch tapes. Reissues producer Richard Seidel and engineers Mark Wilder, Maria Triana and Dave Darlington recapture the rich, distinctive sound of the original LPs achieved by Taylor and original engineer Rudy Van Gelder. CTI Records: The Cool Revolution includes a lavishly illustrated 20-page, LP-sized booklet containing rare photos, plus new liner notes by noted jazz critic Dan Ouellette with comments by CTI artists and enthusiasts.

The 2010 edition of California Concert: The Hollywood Palladium is the most complete version of the historic Hollywood Palladium all-star concert recorded July 18, 1971. It doubles the content of the original five-song LP release with five additional tracks - three of them previously unreleased - and restores the original concert sequence for the first time. Creed Taylor hand-picked a dream team of CTI artists for the occasion: Freddie Hubbard, Hubert Laws, Hank Crawford, Stanley Turrentine, George Benson, Johnny Hammond, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham and Airto Moreira. Liner notes are by multi-Grammy winning musician-producer Bob Belden who says California Concert: The Hollywood Palladium "...ranks up there with the greatest jazz concerts of all time..."

There will also be a full slate of classic CTI album reissues packaged in eco-friendly softpack sleeves that replicate the original gatefold LP design and their iconic covers most with photos by Pete Turner. Six titles will arrive on October 5: She Was Too Good To Me by Chet Baker, God Bless the Child by Kenny Burrell, Red Clay by Freddie Hubbard, StoneFlower by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Morning Star by Hubert Laws (first time on CD), and Stanley Turrentine's Sugar. Upcoming January 2011 CD releases include White Rabbit by George Benson, All Blues by Ron Carter (first time on CD outside of Japan), Prelude by Deodato, Pure Desmond by Paul Desmond, Concierto by Jim Hall, and Milt Jackson's Sunflower.

October 26 sees 180-gram vinyl LP reissues of 4 classic CTI albums using the original gatefold sleeve designs accompanied with digital download cards: Red Clay by Freddie Hubbard, Stanley Turrentine's Sugar, White Rabbit by George Benson and Prelude by Deodato.

In the 1970s, CTI, its music, its style and its discriminating quality transformed contemporary jazz. The roster worked almost like a repertory company, in which great musicians took turns in the spotlight and accompanying each other. The albums they and their colleagues created set new standards in their look as well as their sound. "[Creed Taylor's] plan was ingeniously simple, yet famously maverick: record top-tier musicians, keeping their artistic integrity intact while also making their art palatable to the people. CTI thus achieved that rare balance of jazz and commercialism," writes Dan Ouellette in the liner notes. CTI surpassed the majors and fellow indies to be named the #1 Jazz Label of 1974 by Billboard. The immediate success of CTI's recordings has echoed across the decades in a profound influence on jazz, pop, R&B and hip-hop.

SOURCE Masterworks Jazz

Music News & Notes

John Lennon Killer Mark Chapman Denied Parole

The idiot who killed Beatle John Lennon has been denied parole for the sixth time. Mark Chapman, 55, will remain in prison until at least August 2012 before he can re-apply for release. (I won't show a picture of him)

Chapman, who shot Lennon dead in New York in 1980, was interviewed via video by the New York state parole board. They acknowledged his institutional record, but noted the murder’s “premeditated, senseless and selfish act of tragic consequence."

Lennon would have turned 70 next month.

I say let him out. Justice would be done by someone, somewhere and hopefully he suffers......


Crosby, Stills & Nash to Record Classic Rock Covers Album

Crosby, Stills & Nash are working on an album of classic rock covers, which is being produced by Rick Rubin, who has worked with everyone from Johnny Cash to Slipknot to Slayer to LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys. Graham Nash told Billboard that CS&N are only about a third of the way through the process, but they plan on offering up their renditions of songs by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band and many more. Should be a winner!


PROCESSION To Release 'Destroyers Of The Faith' In October

Chilean veteran doom metal band PROCESSION is scheduled to release their new album, 'Destroyers Of The Faith' this October.  It will be made available on vinyl via High Roller Records and as a digi-CD through Doomentia Records. The cover artwork was created by Claudio Botarro.

"Destroyers Of The Faith" track listing:

01. Hyperion
02. Destroyers Of The Faith
03. The Road To The Gravegarden
04. Chants Of The Nameless
05. Tomb Of Doom
06. White Coffin

According to a press release, "Destroyers Of The Faith" contains "46 minutes of total doom metal armageddon!" Cool!


SUICIDAL ANGELS: 'Dead Again' Artwork, Track Listing Unveiled

Greek thrashers SUICIDAL ANGELS will release their third album, "Dead Again", on November 19 via NoiseArt Records. The winners of the Rock The Nation awards 2009, which was presented by magazines from all over Europe, the quartet has found itself a perfect home as the label is a division of Rock The Nation, which also serves as the band's booking agency.

"Dead Again" track listing:

01. Damnation
02. Reborn In Violence
03. Bleeding Holocaust
04. The Trial
05. Suicide Solution
06. Beggar Of Scorn
07. Victimized
08. Violent Abuse
09. The Lies Of Resurrection
10. Search For Recreation
11. Dead Again
12. Final Dawn

The CD's cover artwork was created by Ed Repka, who has previously worked with MEGADETH and DEATH, among many others.  "Dead Again" was recorded with producer R.D. Liapakis and engineer C. Schmid at Prophecy and Music Factory studios.

Love the cover art!

FORBIDDEN: 'Omega Wave' Cover Artwork Revealed

The cover artwork for "Omega Wave", the much-anticipated new album from reactivated San Francisco Bay Area thrashers FORBIDDEN, has been released.

"Omega Wave" will be released in Europe on October 22 and in North America on October 26 via Nuclear Blast Records. It was recorded at Sonic Room/Audio Voyage Studios in Livermore, California, produced by FORBIDDEN guitarist/songwriter Craig Locicero with Tim Narducci, and mixed by Sean Beavan (SLAYER, MARILYN MANSON, NINE INCH NAILS).

FORBIDDEN's current lineup consists of Russ Anderson on vocals, Craig Locicero on guitar, Steve Smyth on guitar, Matt Camacho on bass and Mark Hernandez on drums.


Autopsy Back With The Tomb Within (12'' vinyl)

Death Metal legends Autopsy return after a 15 year absence with a brand new EP from the featuring 5 unreleased tracks and cover art by renowned fantasy/horror artist Matt Cavotta.

This 12" vinyl edition of 'The Tomb Within' comes with a free poster of the stunning cover artwork and is limited to just 1000 numbered copies.


Abraxas Reveals New Album "Damnation" Art

Abraxas has revealed the cover artwork for the new album "Damnation," which can be viewed here. The band also commented on uploading a new track from the album:

"Hey Guys! Finally here are updates from us! Our brand new a track 'Leviathan Of Blood And Fire' is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. The track comes off the group's debut album, 'Damnation' which will be release later 2010. Abraxas's new album contains 10 songs [plus two bouns re-record EP and Sepultura cover] of the strongest material to date!"

The "Damnation" track listing is as follows:

1. Astaroth (Intro/Instrumental)
2. Through Blood We Return
3. Crowned Rebellion
4. A Species Untrue
5. Ingrowing Masochistic Perversion
6. Folding For Our Demise
7. Leviathan Of Blood And Fire
8. Damnation Uncreation
9. Universal Collapse
10. Receptacle Of Sin (Acoustic Instrumental)
11. To The Wall (SEPULTURA Cover)
12. Eternally Erased (Re-Recorded For Bonus )
13. Agony Absolution (Re-Recorded For Bonus)


Cover Art:Rihanna-Only Girl (In the World)

Rihanna disrobes on the red-hot cover of her brand new single “Only Girl (In the World).” Here is your first look at the revealing artwork, which portrays a long-haired RiRi naked in a field clutching her red rose dress. The Stargate-produced dance record goes to iTunes on Sept. 21, while her fifth studio album LOUD! is due in November.


Bryan Ferry recruits Kate Moss for album cover artwork

Bryan Ferry has recruited the sensational Kate Moss for the cover of his upcoming solo album 'Olympia.' For the artwork (pictured), the model is depicted in the same pose as the 19th century Édouard Manet painting of the same name.

The album is the follow-up to 2007's 'Dylanesque' and features eight new songs and covers of Tim Buckley's 'Song To the Siren' and Traffic's 'No Face, No Name, No Number'.