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Win a CTI Records 40th Anniversary Prize Pack!

George Benson: White Rabbit Ron Carter: All Blues Deodato: Prelude
Paul Desmond: Pure Desmond Jim Hall: Concierto Milt Jackson: Sunflower

Sony Masterworks Jazz is celebrating the 40th anniversary of CTI Records by reissuing six albums this week. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:

White Rabbit is perhaps George Benson’s finest album for CTI, featuring the signature title track arrangement of the Jefferson Airplane classic – a 1972 Grammy® nominee for Best Jazz Performance by a Group.

All Blues by Ron Carter makes its debut on CD in the U.S. (it was previously only released in Japan). Carter was voted Bassist of the Year in DOWNBEAT’s Readers’ Poll in 1973, 1974 and 1975, highlighting his work with CTI.

Deodato’s Prelude includes his Grammy®-winning hit title track, an arrangement of Richard Strauss’s fanfare from Also Sprach Zarathustra, used as the main theme in 2001: A Space Odyssey. This song is the biggest hit the CTI label would ever have. The album’s title track won 1974 Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance, and rose to No. 2 on the U.S. pop charts.

Pure Desmond by Paul Desmond was not only highly praised but it also brought to the spotlight the considerable talents of Canadian guitarist Ed Bickert. It also features Ron Carter on bass and Connie Kay on drums. Paul Desmond was voted by DOWNBEAT’s readers into its Jazz Hall of Fame in 1977.

For his work on Concierto, Jim Hall received a Grammy® nomination in 1975 for Best Jazz Performance by a Soloist. He was also named Guitarist of the Year in DOWNBEAT’s Jazz Poll in 1974, the year before he recorded Concierto.

Sunflower is the most revered album by Milt Jackson, one of the greatest of jazz vibraphone players, and most acclaimed improvisational blues instrumentalists of all time. He was a founding member of the legendary Modern Jazz Quartet, voted by DOWNBEAT’s readers into its Jazz Hall of Fame in 1999.

That is an awesome array of jazz goodness. And we have a prize pack that contains one of each release–and you can win it. Want to enter? Here’s how: use the form below. Remember you can enter once a day. If we draw your name when the contest ends, you snag the lot. Good luck!

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