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CTI Records (Creed Taylor International or Creed Taylor Incorporated) was a jazz record label founded in 1967 by Creed Taylor, initially as a subsidiary of A&M Records.

Taylor had previously founded Impulse Records and worked for Verve Records, and had earned a reputation as a respected producer of jazz albums. His productions for CTI shared a characteristically warm, soft ambience and helped establish smooth jazz as a commercially viable musical genre. Among the label's prominent artists were Larry Coryell, Freddie Hubbard and Antonio Carlos Jobim. A subsidiary label of CTI, Kudu, was launched in 1971 and was oriented more towards soul jazz. Its roster of artists included Grover Washington, Jr., Hank Crawford and Idris Muhammad.

CTI Records declared bankruptcy in 1978, but most of its catalog has remained in print. CTI's post-A&M Records output is now owned by Columbia Records, while Kudu albums have been reissued on Motown's MoJazz imprint.

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