Legendary record producer, Creed Taylor, dies at 93

Creed Taylor was an American record producer, best known for his work with CTI Records, which he founded in 1967.

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American record producer Creed Taylor dies at 93

Creed Taylor, the visionary jazz record producer and founder of the Impulse! and CTI labels, who brought bossa nova to the global market, passed away this morning at the age of 93. Over a 50-year career that yielded almost 300 albums, Creed Taylor’s gift as a record producer was getting the best out of jazz musicians in the recording studio.

He created musical settings that enhanced their talents, and possessed an unerring ability to broaden an artist’s commercial appeal without sacrificing their creative needs. Following the news of Taylor’s passing, a number of his friends and colleagues shared statements about this music industry legend.

“From his visionary ear for talent to his singular skills as a producer, Creed Taylor’s impact on jazz can’t be overstated,” shared Jamie Krents, President of Verve, Impulse! and Verve Forecast Records.

“Whether it was signing John Coltrane to Impulse! Records or helping to introduce Bossa Nova music to the world via his work with Charlie Byrd, Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto for Verve, Creed’s integrity and innovative, open-minded approach to music have made him an inspiration in perpetuity to everyone at these labels and he will be dearly missed.”

Creed Taylor Age, Family, Early Life

Creed Taylor was born on May 13, 1929(93 years old) in Lynchburg, Virginia, U.S. He holds an American Nationality and he belongs to white ethnicity. His Zodiac sign is Taurus.

creed taylor family

Creed Taylor has prohibited the media from knowing specifics about his family, therefore there are no details available.

Creed Taylor Wife, What about his Children?

There is no any information about Creed Taylor’s relationship. If we find any information about his relationship we will update later.

Creed Taylor’s career, what is his profession?

Creed Taylor career included periods at Bethlehem Records, ABC-Paramount Records (including its jazz label, Impulse!), Verve, and A&M Records. In the 1960s, he signed bossa nova artists from Brazil to record in the US including Antonio Carlos Jobim, Eumir Deodato, João Gilberto, Astrud Gilberto, and Airto Moreira. Shortly thereafter, Taylor relocated to New York City in order to pursue his dream of becoming a record producer.

Although he had no formal training in record production, he recalls that his “mix of naivete and positive thinking” convinced him that he could succeed.

After arriving in NYC, Taylor approached another Duke University alum who was running Bethlehem Records.

Taylor persuaded the label to allow him to record the vocalist Chris Connor with the trio of pianist Ellis Larkins. Due in part to the album’s success, Taylor became head of artists and repertoire for Bethlehem, where he remained during its two most significant years, recording such artists as Oscar Pettiford, Ruby Braff, Carmen McRae, Charles Mingus, Herbie Mann, Charlie Shavers, and the J.J. Johnson-Kai Winding Quintet.

In 2009

Taylor toured Europe with the CTI All Stars band. The first concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival was recorded and filmed for a CD/DVD/Blu-ray release, CTI All Stars At Montreux 2009, featuring Hubert Laws, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Randy Brecker, John McLaughlin, George Duke, Mark Egan, and special guest Jamie Cullum.

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The album was engineered by Rudy Van Gelder with cover art by Pete Turner. That same year, Taylor himself produced, for the first time, an extensive CTI reissue series on SHM-CD format, “The CTI + RVG” series, working for the last time with Van Gelder. In 2010, Taylor once again put together the CTI All Stars for another tour, this time with Bryan Lynch replacing Randy Brecker. A video was filmed at the Burghausen Festival and was broadcast on German TV.

How much is Creed Taylor Net worth?

Creed Taylor has not disclosed his financial details. Thus it is hard to estimate his net worth.

Which school and college did he go to?

Creed Taylor completed an undergraduate degree in psychology from Duke University in 1951 while actively performing with the student jazz ensembles the Duke Ambassadors and the Five Dukes.

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Is he available on any kind of social media platforms?

Creed Taylor is not active on social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Physical Appearance of Creed Taylor’s Height, Weight

HeightNot Available
Hair colorWhite
Eye colorBlack
WeightNot Available
Body typeFit
Sexual orientationStraight

Interesting facts about Creed Taylor’s should be knows

Zodiac signTaurus
Relationship StatusSingle