It's About Time (CSULA album)

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It's About Time
It's About Time (CSULA CD).jpg
Studio album by California State University, Los Angeles Jazz Ensembles
Released 1990
Recorded Group IV Recording
Los Angeles, California
Sage and Sound Recording
Hollywood, California
Genre Jazz, Big band, instrumental
Label CSULA 890
Producer David Caffey, Jeff Benedict, Scott Ackerman
California State University, Los Angeles Jazz Ensembles chronology
It's About Time
For the Love
of Art

cat. # CSULA 890
Audio sample
Audio sample
"The Glide"

It's About Time is the first CD digital format album release by the California State University, Los Angeles Jazz Ensembles completed in 1990. In addition to two big bands (1989/1990) the CD features the CSULA Jazz Sextet. The jazz bands had numerous student musicians that have made a name for themselves as professionals to include Luis Bonilla, Jack Cooper, Corey Gemme, Alan Parr, Randall Willis, Paul De Castro, Alex Henderson, Sheffer Bruton, Ruben Ramos, and José Arellano.


In 1984 and 1985, the California State University, Los Angeles Music Department and CSULA Associated Students decided to fund LP recordings of the jazz ensemble to better serve as a teaching tool for student music, jazz groups. It's About Times is the fifth of six albums to come from CSULA during the 1980s featuring the award winning CSULA #1 Jazz Ensemble.[1] The CD contains tracks from the #1 CSULA Jazz Ensembles of two successive years and a sextet to include compositions of five students and from the two directors (professors David Caffey and Jeff Benedict).

There has been a consistent tradition of musicians coming from the CSULA program who have worked with major musical acts, on major studio and movie projects, and hold positions in higher education in music. The roster on this album is self-evident as to the diversity and level of student musicians CSULA developed at that time and has for many years dating far back to musicians (graduates) such as Lennie Niehaus and Gabe Baltazar.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by various artists listed.

No. Title Length
1. "It's About Time (José Arellano)" 5:16
2. "Only Forever (David Caffey)[2]" 5:40
3. "The Glide (Ralph Towner, arr. Scott Ackerman)" 7:34
4. "There's a Small Hotel (Richard Rodgers, arr. Jack Cooper)[3]" 7:08
5. "Tentatively Kimberly (Paul De Castro) - CSULA Jazz Sextet" 7:03
6. "Not A Moment To Lose (Ruben Ramos) - CSULA Jazz Sextet" 7:03
7. "Chick's Delight (Paul De Castro) - CSULA Jazz Sextet" 3:23
8. "Castle Creek Shuffle (Jeff Benedict)[4]" 6:33
9. "Ain't It Wonderful? (Tom Kubis)[5]" 4:30
10. "Incredible Journey (Bob Mintzer)[6]" 7:16
Total length: 44:65

Recording Sessions[edit]




  • Recording engineers (Group IV Recording): George Belle
  • Recording engineers (Sage & Sound): Jim Mooney and Jerry Wood
  • Mixing engineers: George Belle (1989)
  • Mixing engineers: Jim Mooney and David Caffey (1990)
  • Mastering: CMS Digital, Robert Vosgien
  • Cover photo: Greg Parks


  1. ^ 1982 Playboy Jazz Festival winner (Playboy Jazz Festival Volume I, OCLC 16737109), 1986 finals of the Pacific Coast Collegiate Jazz Festival, 1988 combo winner of the Pacific Coast Collegiate Jazz Festival, special invited performances at the 1987 MENC Convention in Seattle and the 1989 IAJE Convention in San Diego
  2. ^ Only Forever, UNC Jazz Press, catalogue listing and sound file
  3. ^ There's A Small Hotel, UNC Jazz Press, catalogue listing and sound file
  4. ^ Castle Creek Shuffle, UNC Jazz Press, catalogue listing
  5. ^ Ain't It Wonderful?, Ejazzlines
  6. ^ Incredible Journey, Ejazzlines

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