We have no idea why it was shelved. I have a feeling Creed Taylor and Herb/Jerry could have had a falling out over CTi and they shelved it for that reason. (A few albums got little or no release at this time.) Either of them could have decided it wasn't worth a release. Or maybe Luiz Eça didn't like the end product. We'll never know.
And Sebesky went along with Creed to the new label, so...I wonder if that was a similar situation with George Benson's I Got A Woman and some Blues which was recorded in 1969 but not released until 1984.
Desmond's Bridge Over Troubled Water was not even a Creed Taylor production--Sebesky produced and arranged that set. But other than that and being released on A&M proper, it does fit in with that A&M/CTi sound, making me wonder if Taylor had produced it, but didn't want his name associated with the record at that point.
Absolutely---in fact (and I haven't gotten that far yet), that summer, CTi would blow up the chart and really begin the new jazz approach with Freddie Hubbard's RED CLAY.A lot of that would change, I'm sure--a lot of fusion would start hitting the jazz charts not too soon after, since In A Silent Way led the way for Miles' fusion albums that would kickstart a lot of new music. Herbie Hancock, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Return To Forever, etc., I would imagine pulled the jazz chart out of its lull.
And I don't even think those are the greatest records out there, especially the latter which actually sounds kind of tired. (I won't even get into the fact that they're not even close to jazz...but at least they had chart recognition regardless.)CRYSTAL ILLUSIONS finally fell off after 33 weeks and YE-ME-LE spent so much time in the jazz top ten you'd have thought it was a hit record.