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California Concert: The Hollywood Palladium (CTI Records 40th Anniversary Edition)

Various Artists Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 2010)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • ASIN: B003YM3ZHG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,169 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Impressions (previously unreleased)
2. Fire And Rain
3. Red Clay
4. Blues West
5. So What (previously unreleased)
Disc: 2
1. Here's That Rainy Day
2. It's Too Late
3. Sugar
4. Leaving West
5. Straight Life (previously unreleased)

Editorial Reviews

With CTI Records having gone independent in 1970, founder Creed Taylor celebrated the early success of the label with a one night only concert at the Hollywood Palladium on July 18, 1971. Taylor handpicked a dream team of CTI artists for California Concert: The Hollywood Palladium, with GEORGE BENSON on guitar, FREDDIE HUBBARD on trumpet, HUBERT LAWS on flute, STANLEY TURRENTINE on tenor saxophone, HANK CRAWFORD on alto saxophone, JOHNNY HAMMOND on organ and electric piano, RON CARTER on bass, BILLY COBHAM on drums and AIRTO MOREIRA on percussion.

Californina Concert: The Hollywood Palladium is newly remastered from the original two-track analog tapes and is the most complete version of the legendary concert ever released. This 2-CD set 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.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT JAZZ PLAYED BY MASTERS FROM ANOTHER ERA November 3, 2010
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Two discs 77, 76 minutes each approximately. The sound has been remixed from the original 8-track master tapes, and is clean and warm sounding. Each disc is slipped in , bare, into cardboard pockets inside the tri-fold cardboard holder. Inside the fold-out is a reproduction of an article by Leonard Feather on the concert, along with b&w photos of the musicians. The booklet has a six page essay on Creed Taylor, CTI Records and the artists/tracks from this concert. Also included is a track by track listing of songs titles and who played on each track. This edition contains three previously unreleased tracks.

This concert, recorded in 1971 at the Hollywood Palladium, in L.A., is a fine example of a particular sound in jazz at that time. All the musicians recorded for Taylor's company, and this concert was the first by the group, known as the CTI ALL-STARS. The music is a blend of straight ahead jazz, some funk, some pop, some soul, and a bit of a progressive style mixed together. The musicians on this set are-George Benson-guitar, Freddie Hubbard-trumpet/flugelhorn, Hubert Laws-flute, Stanley Turrentine-tenor sax, Hank Crawford-alto sax, Johnny Hammond-organ/electric piano, Ron Carter-bass, Billy Cobham-drums, and Airto Moreira-percussion.

Beginning with (a previously unreleased) "Impressions" by John Coltrane, the band stretches out on a long version (24 minutes) of this well known tune, and it sets the scene for whats to come. All the band members get a chance to show their chops on this tune, and the 4/4 time and the simple song form lets the band set up a nice groove. "Fire and Rain" is a feature for Hubert Laws on flute, and here he really surpasses the studio version of this popular song.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST OF CTI RECORDS--no strings attached September 7, 2011
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CTI records, which 40 years ago was a raging success with the new jazzfusion sound, is now reissuing most of their key albums, just as they had done 20 years ago. The centerpiece of CTI records' reissue overview, is their 4CD box set, THE COOL REVOLUTION. Don't misunderstand me, that's a nice set. However, the problem that Creed Taylor's jazzfusion albums have faced since those years after Miles Davis' BITCHES BREW changed the sound of jazz almost overnight, is that the production values, ie, STRING CHARTS/ORCHESTRATIONS, tended to make much of the CTI catalouge sound TOO SMOOTH, to sound like authentic JAZZ ROCK FUSION. From the standpoint of the big jazz fusion albums (Miles Davis' BITCHES BREW, John McLaughlin's BIRDS OF FIRE, Herbie Handcock's HEAD HUNTERS, Chick Corea's RETURN TO FOREVER), this is undebatable. String charts, with other orchestrated colorings, no matter how restrained or inventive Sebesky wrote the charts, did produce a sound at times closer to "Soft jazz". The irony is that in the 1950s, PARKER WITH STRINGS, or BILLIE HOLIDAY with strings, was a symbol of high class jazz. For that matter, add to the list Mile's albums in collaboration with Gil Evans. Now, consider the SMOOTH JAZZ (read: death via Elevator muzak)that people listen to today, like Kenny G. No wonder people equate string charts with schmuck-jazz. Yet to this day, these CTI albums, even tho they were often made by the very people who INVENTED JAZZ FUSION while working with Miles Davis, or who played with Weather Report, or Return to Forever, are considered "lite jazz', or instrumental music, due to the instrumentation used on some numbers. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mike's picks July 22, 2011
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If you like your Jazz live, this is a must have. The sound quality is great and the music is better. If you are a fan of CTI records you can not go wrong with this 2-cd set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind blowing!! August 5, 2011
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These are truly masters WOW what a treat! There is nothing I could say that would adequately describe the sound.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any classic jazz lover June 10, 2011
By Tharpy
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I heard a couple of tracks off this album on a local jazz radio program, wrote down "California Concert" and Freddie Hubbard. I later looked it up on the net and ordered it on-line immediately. It arrived to me here in Australia about 4 weeks later and I absolutly LOVE it. A must have for any jazz lover and especially one who appreciates a great trumpet player.

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5.0 out of 5 stars World class jazz played by all time greats December 20, 2010
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What an incredible concert this is! Every musician that was involved in this concert is a virtuoso on his chosen instrument. Talk about an all star lineup. Being a tremendous admirer of the music produced by Creed Taylor on his CTI/Kudu label, I'll admit that I'm biased. But if you're a CTI/Kudu fan, this is an absolute must. There are so many highlights on here that it's hard to choose among so many great moments. But for me, the tracks that really stand out are "Red Clay," "It's Too Late," "Leaving West" and "Straight Life." The emcee for this concert sounds like a complete idiot. There are times when he actually starts yelling into his microphone as the musicians are playing! Despite that annoying flaw, this is truly great jazz played by incredible musicians. Very highly recommended!
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