The Cover Art of Blue Note Records Hardcover – 6 Sep 2010
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About the Author
Glyn Callingham runs the legendary Ray's Jazz Shop in London. He is co-author of The Cover Art of Blue Note Records Volumes 1 and 2, East Coasting and California Cool. He contributes to several jazz magazines and is a walking encyclopaedia on jazz of the fifties and sixties. Graham Marsh is an art director, illustrator and writer. He is the co-author and art director of many ground-breaking books including The Cover Art of Blue Note Records Volumes 1 and 2, East Coasting and California Cool all published by Collins & Brown.
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Top Customer Reviews
A splendid timeless collector's piece for all music fans.
Most of the work is by Reid Miles and over fifteen years he created about five hundred LP covers, frequently using the gutsy black and white photos of musicians taken by Francis Wolf. Many of these great photos have a black background because they were taken in the windowless studio of Blue Note's main recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder.
Considering that plenty of these cover designs are well over forty years old they still look fresh and dynamic. I think it is because they are really quite simple, a great photo, straightforward typography and perhaps Reid Miles secret: the clever use of space. Flick through the pages and cover after cover have empty areas, these helped to create the Blue Note look. Most LP covers were usually designed to avoid empty space, "fill that hole with the track titles" was no doubt a common cry in record company marketing departments.
This compact paperback is a lovely reminder of some wonderful work by a designer who created so much from so little.
A must have!!!
Beautifully produced and a mine of information on the finest Jazz label.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
it's a pitty it was not mentioned that this version is not the 10inch version - it's a tiny version and the lovely blue note covers don't get the adeguate respect. Read morePublished on 4 Aug. 2014 by MeLuca
A must have for avid jazz fans with glorious reproduction covers of some of the greatest albums of all time. Read morePublished on 17 July 2014 by J Dingwall
A must for Blue Note aficionados, neatly condensed into a (just over) pocket sized volume and nicely bound. Highly recommended.Published on 15 Jun. 2014 by A. Matthews