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Initial post: 8 Mar 2013 10:52:47 GMT
Last edited by the author on 8 Mar 2013 10:53:22 GMT
Elastic Rock says:
.....off to think about this one...

Posted on 8 Mar 2013 11:33:10 GMT
Ajarn Col says:
Good thread that should have some mileage in it

Well obviously the first that springs immediately to mind is Bitches Brew. The second right now was Evans/Hall Undercurrent (much better in blue as on allmusic).

Posted on 8 Mar 2013 16:35:47 GMT
Don Juandre says:
Ok, just to start the ball rolling... I won't repeat 'Undercurrent' but that is a favorite,along with:
- Wes Montgomery: The Wes Montgomery Trio (always liked that sketch; then, in no particular order:)
- Jimmy Raney: A
-Donald Byrd: The Catwalk
-Kenny Burrell:Blue lights
-Dave Brubeck: Time Out
-Billie Holliday: Sings
Archie Shepp: Painted Lady
Weather Report: Heavy Weather
Ron Carter/Jim Hall: Art of the Duo and - idiosyncratically...
Eric Dolphy:Out to lunch... (Not sure why, but it's perfect for the album!)
- Were all the '50's - early 60's Blue Note covers all (or mostly) done by the same person? Looks likely...
I suppose this is difficult because... well, we haven't got 'em anymore! CD covers just ain't the same!

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In reply to an earlier post on 8 Mar 2013 18:42:55 GMT
Ahmad says:
I love Cecil Taylor cover on his album Silent Tongues

Posted on 8 Mar 2013 23:26:47 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 9 Mar 2013 04:35:32 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Mar 2013 04:48:45 GMT
mancheeros says:
Jack McDuff - Sophisticated Funk
- The album cover is memorable. The music not quite so memorable.

SOPHISTICATED FUNK

Posted on 9 Mar 2013 09:30:31 GMT
Ajarn Col says:
Even although a poor reproduction on amazon, I quite like the Clark Terry album design on Color Changes .Good music too

Posted on 9 Mar 2013 09:57:41 GMT
Last edited by the author on 9 Mar 2013 09:58:16 GMT
Undercurrent Bill Evans has got to be amongst the best sleeve photographs ever, in any format. So, yes, Ajarn, it is right up there.

Posted on 10 Mar 2013 00:04:12 GMT
Don Juandre says:
PS: Shouldn't have missed out: Thelonius Monk - Underground. Come to think of it, the Monk had a fair few good covers.

Posted on 10 Mar 2013 00:48:59 GMT
Ajarn Col says:
This one by Brazilian jazz guitarist Baden Powell has always held a certain appeal for me Seresta Brasileira

Posted on 10 Mar 2013 12:19:24 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Mar 2013 12:21:00 GMT
Elastic Rock says:
New Perspective
Magic of Ju-Ju [VINYL]
Undercurrent
Way Out West
Una Mas
No Room For Squares
Sunflower
Street Lady
American Garage
Folk Songs

and this definitely isn't one of them!
Push Push (LP Version) - Herbie Mann

I'm a sucker for the great Blue Note covers and ECM as you see.

Posted on 10 Mar 2013 12:52:24 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Mar 2013 12:52:38 GMT
How about the ten worse covers? For a starter "Friends" by Chick Corea that has what looks like Smurfs playing instruments. Of course this is all a matter of personal taste.....

Posted on 10 Mar 2013 14:02:44 GMT
Ajarn Col says:
Probably as well known for its cover as the classic Horace Silver album inside . Another personal favourite Song for My Father

Posted on 10 Mar 2013 14:37:16 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2013 15:04:01 GMT
Carradale says:
Plenty great suggestions here.

But lots of Jazz albums are full of covers , surely.....

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In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2013 16:53:07 GMT
Ajarn Col says:
Interpretations rather than covers in jazz, Carr ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2013 16:54:40 GMT
Carradale says:
I know, I know....! :-(

Posted on 10 Mar 2013 17:32:19 GMT
mancheeros says:
I agree, Blue Note and ECM have created many of the most striking jazz album covers - photographically and typographically speaking. But here are two more that are not from those labels.

Ornette Coleman - Virgin Beauty

Return To Forever - Romantic Warrior

Posted on 10 Mar 2013 20:14:24 GMT
Ajarn Col says:
Ol' Blue Eyes is frequently referred to in a jazz context. were it otherwise In The Wee Small Hours would still be favourite.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2013 20:17:21 GMT
Carra!!!! Long time. How you keeping? All well I hope.

Another gem, again from Blue Note and a Reid Miles one at that Unity

Posted on 10 Mar 2013 20:42:48 GMT
Ajarn Col says:
Intriguing and a very good album to boot Jimmy Raney 'a'

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2013 20:44:47 GMT
Yes, hard to see where that cover came from, although obscurity can often be just as effective.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2013 21:07:54 GMT
Ajarn Col says:
Having done a little research it appears that as well as a period of alcoholism, Jimmy Raney suffered for 30 years from Ménière's disease - a degenerative condition that eventually led to near complete deafness in both ears. Although that didn't affect his playing, I wouldn't be at all surprised if that album cover is connected with that debilitating disease.

Posted on 11 Mar 2013 00:44:59 GMT
Last edited by the author on 11 Mar 2013 01:13:40 GMT
mancheeros says:
Three 70s fusion covers which I rather like for being so-of-their-time...

Lonnie Liston Smith - Expansions

Lenny White - Venusian Summer
http://www.discogs.com/viewimages?release=1820883

Herbie Hancock - Man-Child
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