Acoustic Sounds
By: Michael Fremer

October 1st, 2022



"Creed Taylor: The Music Came First" Now Available For Streaming

Tracking Angle editor has some FaceTime in doc along with Taylor, Ron Carter, Ashley Kahn, Herb Alpert and many others

Creed Taylor produced records are no doubt among your most treasured, whether on CTI, which he founded in 1967, or Verve or other labels in which he was involved. Taylor passed away Augusts 22nd, 2022 at age 93. The recently released documentary "Creed Taylor, The Music Came First" is now available as a free, high resolution stream on the Snapshots Music and Arts Foundation website. If you click on "Vimeo" from that site you can watch full screen at 1080p.

Here's how the site describes the doc:

"Creed Taylor was a seminal figure in American music, producing hundreds of pivotal jazz recordings over his decades long career. He worked behind the scenes, guiding the look and sound of classic records like Getz/Gilberto’s The Girl From Ipanema, John Coltrane’s Africa Brass, and CTI albums beloved by music listeners around the world.


"The documentary features stories from A&M’s founders Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, the CTI All Stars, Ron Carter, Hubert Laws, Harvey Mason, Lenny White with arranger Don Sebesky. Jazz educators Ashley Kahn, John Snyder and Michael Fremer join Creed’s family, painting an intimate portrait of a reclusive figure. Creed Taylor takes center stage, sharing memories of Rudy Van Gelder, Stan Getz, and the classic records he produced."

The segment in which I appear in this Jonathan Bewley documentary was recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's legendary Englewood Cliffs, NJ studio. Being in the same documentary as Ron Carter, Herb Alpert, Jerry Moss, Ashley Kahn and the others is a kick! Bewley brought over to my place the great organist Larry Young's son. I played for him the Music Matters reissue of Unity. Watching his reaction was another kick!