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Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

Founded in 1977 Creative Music Productions (CMP Records) had as its original mission the recording of the most interesting, contemporary and creative jazz talents of the day. Never deflected from this path the label formed strong relationships with artists who in many cases were to become touchstone talents of the art of creating music. From early days artists including Trilok Gurtu, Richie Beirach, Glen Velez, John Bergamo, David Liebman and the extraordinary talent of Joachim Kuhn flourished within an atmosphere of mutual respect between artist and label.

Following the creative muse CMP ventured into World Music but gave the artists total respect by recording on location in their countries and only to the highest professional standards. This commitment to authenticity produced the CMP3000 series with its own instantly recognized artwork. Many recorded by Walter Quintus and including recordings by The Heavenly Orchestra of Bali, one of a number of Gamelan music which held a peculiar fascination for the label. In fact the CMP3000 Gamelan recordings are a precious resource to all lovers of that form of expression. Other titles feature Samulnori, produced by Bill Laswell, and Shoba Gurtu mother of Trilok and a big influence on him.

Latterly CMP developed a rockier side and after an absence of time gave the world new recordings by Jack Bruce. Also included were recordings by Mick Karn and David Torn.

With the new opportunity presented by digital distribution the CMP Records catalogue is once more fully available. It has even been possible to include some of the original releases that were only issued in vinyl format.

CMP is a record lovers dream and now available to be explored and enjoyed.

Somethinels – Jack Bruce

Monday, November 10th, 2014

The composer, musician, songwriter, powerhouse vocalist and candidate for one of the greatest bassists of all time recorded some highly acclaimed jazz albums for our CMP label in the early 1990s. Somethinels was the first collaboration between Jack and Eric Clapton since their days with Cream.

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Dark – Joachim Kuhn & Walter Quintus

Friday, October 4th, 2013

The German jazz pianist teamed up with studio electronics specialist Walter Quintus to create the ballet Dark.

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In Flagranti Delicto – Ian Carr’s Nucleus

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Ian Carr was at the forefront of the British jazz rock scene and this 1977 live release fuses jazz with electronic sounds.

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Breathing of Statues – Richard Beirach

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Introspective piano solo album from the New York born jazzer.

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Bergmannslenben – Grubenklangorchester

Friday, October 4th, 2013

German jazz conglomerate loosely translated as pit orchestra sound with a 1982 release.

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On the Edge – John Bergamo

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Solo-recording of the renowned percussionist who worked with Frank Zappa and others

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Crystal Bells – Charlie Mariano

Friday, October 4th, 2013

1979 release from the formidable alto sax player.

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Bestial Cluster – Mick Karn

Friday, October 4th, 2013

The music is Mick Karn at his most uncompromising, and finds the enigmatic artist reunited with Japan colleagues Steve Jansen and Richard Barbieri. Completing the “core” of the group is guitarist David Torn, who also produced the record credits. They are joined by saxophonist David Liebman, flutist Steve Gorn and pianist Joachim Kuhn amongst others.

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Jason’s Chord – Andy Rinehart

Friday, October 4th, 2013

The nine songs on Andy Rinehart’s Jason’s Chord are lyrical vignettes that take listeners on a foray through a world where the Romantic and the Existential live side by side. One of the most refreshing creative statements made during the ’90s, this release established Rinehart as a distinctive voice on the contemporary music scene.

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