Although perhaps not as sexy a name in jazz circles as Blue Note or Verve, CTI Records has put out an outstanding catalog of contemporary jazz work over the years. To celebrate their 40th anniversary (CTI first spread its wings in 1970), the label is re-releasing six of its masterpieces, remastered, for the first time, this month. Also of note are two brand new releases: CTI Records: The Cool Revolution, a deluxe 4-CD multi-artist box set retrospective (39 tracks total, grouped thematically), and California Concert: The Hollywood Palladium (the most complete version of the historic Hollywood Palladium all-star concert recorded July 18, 1971).
In addition, six more remastered selections are slated for shelves come January. Today I'll share a cut from the first of the remasters that I've had a chance to spin, Stanley Turrentine's album Sugar. Behind him are Freddie Hubbard, George Benson, and Ron Carter, all equally skilled musicians. Put together, they lay down some blues-orientated jazz that just grooves, especially under Turrentine's sax work . It features the album's original three tracks, plus two additional ones, including a smokin' live version of the title track. Check it out below, and keep your eyes peeled for other releases in upcoming weeks
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