Sonny Clark Blue Note Album Cover (above).
The other week I blogged about vintage jazz album covers and today I wanted to share a second round of favorites from this period. Many of these album covers were designed by Reid Miles for Blue Note Records. According to Wikipedia, “After working in New York in the early 1950s for John Hermansader and Esquire magazine, Miles was hired in his own right around 1955 by Francis Wolff of the jazz record label Blue Note to design album covers when the label began releasing their recordings on 12″ LPs. Miles designed several hundred covers, frequently incorporating the session photographs of Francis Wolff and, later, his own photographs, although many of his later designs dispensed entirely with photographs.” It’s pretty amazing he designed hundreds of these covers, what a great artist output! Hopefully one day I can get my hands on some of these classic covers. Get into it.
Thelonious Monk with Sonny Rollins and Frank Foster (1954, above). This particular cover was done by Andy Warhol, he did a whole series of album overs which are pretty great.
I also REALLY love this series by designer Ty Mattson who created album covers for the TV series Homeland modeled after vintage record covers. How great? They all look pretty real don’t they?