September 7, 2022 Playlist

"Red Clay" by Freddie Hubbard (1970)
Freddie Hubbard "Red Clay"  1970 (USA)
Creed Taylor passed away this year at the age of 93. Among his many achievements, he founded the CTI (Creed Taylor Incoporated) record label which released some of the best jazz of the 1970's. CTI records come in slick gatefold packages and are always pressed on top-quality viny, so I have been collecting everything on that label for years. But even better, I've never come across a CTI release that wasn't solid music, and many of them are terrific. The most important element is the incredible lineup of talent who played on their albums: the usual suspects who turn up on large numbers of CTI albums include George Benson, Hubert Laws, Ron Carter (greatest bassist ever), Joe Henderson, Stanley Turrentine, Bob James, and Freddie Hubbard. The other thing that makes CTI great is that these aren't "old fashioned" jazz albums, they were very contemporary for their time, blending modern jazz ideas from the 60's with the pop eclecticism of the 70's. Some albums are more funky, or more pop, or even classical/jazz fusions. CTI was progressive not in the sense of "prog rock" but in the sense of seeking new and innovative sounds to incorporate into jazz. Freddie Hubbard was probably the biggest star on the label, and Red Clay was one of CTI's biggest sellers and most acclaimed releases. I joked that Hubbard was Miles Davis' arch-enemy because those two stood head and shoulders above all other trumpet players of their era in terms of popularity, and their styles are actually pretty similar - comparisons not helped by the fact they used a lot of the same musicians on their albums, including the aforementioned great Ron Carter as well as Herbie Hancock, who both play on this album.
(N) = New Release
(R) = Listener Request

Artist Song Album Year Country
Public Image Ltd.AttackPublic Image: First Issue1978UK
The FallThe Man Whose Head ExpandedFall In A Hole1983UK
The Mars VoltaCavalettasThe Bedlam In Goliath2008USA
black midi 27 QuestionsHellfire (N)2022 (Rough Trade)UK
Panda Bear & Sonic Boom Livin' In The AfterReset (N)2022 (Domino)USA/UK
All Them Witches Bulls (live)Live On The Internet (N)2022 (New West)USA
Osees Scum ShowA Foul Form (N)2022 (Castle Face)USA
Boris NosferatouHeavy Rocks (N)2022 (Relapse)Japan
Bronze Swell
Absolute Compliance (N)
2022 (Castle Face)USA
Kikagaku Moyo ("Geometric Patterns") EffeKumoyo Island (N)2022 (Guruguru Brain)Japan
The Babe Rainbow Something New (live)Levitation Sessions (N)2022 (Reverberation Appreciation Society)Australia
Frank ZappaManx Needs Women
   --> The Black Page Drum Solo / The Black Page #1
   --> The Black Page #2 (live)
Zappa In New York1977USA
Phil Manzanera / 801Flight 19Listen Now1977UK
1910 Fruitgum Co.1910 Cotton Candy CastleIndian Giver1969USA
CrowI Need LoveMosaic1971USA
Hot LuckStereonucleosisThe Loop: Chicago Rocks Volume One
(various artists compilation - brought to you by WLUP-FM 98 and The County Seat stores)
Scott WalkerPatriot (A Single)Tilt1995UK/USA
Sun Araw78 SutraRock Sutra2020USA
Anteloper Delfin Rosado ("Pink Dolphin")Pink Dolphins (N)2022 (International Anthem)USA
DeodatoAlso Sprach Zarathustra (2001) (Richard Strauss)Prelude1973Brazil/USA
Freddie Hubbard
(with Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Joe Henderson & Lenny White)
Red Clay (R)Red Clay
Freddie Hubbard
Hubert Laws, Ron Carter, George Benson & Jack DeJohnette)
Polar ACPolar AC1975USA
Hubert Laws
(with Ron Carter
, George Benson & Bob James)
Cymbaline (Pink Floyd)Crying Song1969USA
Ron Carter
(with Joe Henderson & Billy Cobham)
117 SpecialAll Blues1974USA
Archie SheppThe Girl From Ipanema (A.C. Jobim)Fire Music1965USA

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