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Sonny Clark Blue Note record cover

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.

Gil Melle Patterns in Jazz Album Cover
Gil Melle Patterns in Jazz Album Cover (above).

Indestructible by Art Blakey. Cover design by Reid Miles

It's Time by Jackie McLean. Cover design by Reid Miles
It’s Time by Jackie McLean. Cover design by Reid Miles (above) – love this one typographically!

Joe Henderson. Cover design by Reid Miles
Joe Henderson. Cover design by Reid Miles (above).

Let Freedom Ring by Jackie McLean. Cover design by Reid Miles
Let Freedom Ring by Jackie McLean. Cover design by Reid Miles (above).

Midnight Blue by Kenny Burrell Cover design by Reid Miles
Midnight Blue by Kenny Burrell Cover design by Reid Miles (above).

The Magnificent Thad Jones Blue Note 1527 12" LP 1956
The Magnificent Thad Jones Blue Note 1527 12″ LP 1956 (above).

Thelonious Monk with Sonny Rollins and Frank Foster (1954)

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.

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Jazz LP covers from the 1940s to 1990s TASCHEN

I’ve seen this “Jazz Covers” book for a while now and after stumbling across a ton of beautiful typographic + illustrated album covers on pinterest, I couldn’t wait to share a few of my favorites. Most of these classic covers were designed by Reid Myles for Blue Note Records. It’s cool how the design of these covers mimic the expressive nature of the music on the albums. Design inspiring art indeed. I can’t wait to get my hands on this series of books from Taschen. Here are a few of my favorites below. Get into it.

Kenny Dorham Blue Note 4127 (1963)
Kenny Dorham, Blue Note 4127 (1963) (above).

Andy Warhols Early Jazz Cover
Andy Warhol early Jazz cover (above).

BLUE NOTE 7018 - Boogie Woogie Classics - Meade Lux Lewis 1944
BLUE NOTE 7018 – Boogie Woogie Classics – Meade Lux Lewis 1944 (above).

Bongoes Reeds Brass Vol. 2 (1961)
Bongoes/Reeds/Brass Vol. 2 (1961) (above).

Dexter Gordon's Our Man in Paris by Francis Wolff & Reid Miles 1963
Dexter Gordon’s “Our Man in Paris” by Francis Wolff (photo) & Reid Miles (design), 1963 (above).

Duke Ellington Historically Speaking LP 1956
Duke Ellington: Historically Speaking Label: Bethlehem BCP 60 12” LP 1956 Design (above).

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