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Cool jazz album covers

August 15, 2012

Very, very cool jazz album covers. Can’t remember what I was looking for. But fell into a trap filled up with jazz album covers from the 50ties and 60ties. So cool, so simple, so well designed. From what I found, here is a small selection, where you almost can hear the music by looking at the covers.

Most of the covers are designed by the outstanding American graphic designer Reid Miles, who was the man behind hundreds of album covers for Blue Note from about 1955.

One of the album covers are designed by Saul Bass, who designed quite some fantastic film posters and famous film title sequences. Logo design and album cover design as well as film-making he mastered as well. Another two from this fine selection are designed by well known book jacket and album cover designer Paul Bacon. Bacon was a jazz musician too, favorite instrument was the comb.

Donald Byrd. Design: Reid Miles

Thad Jones. Design: Reid Miles

Joe Henderson. Design: Reid Miles

Kenny Dorham. Design: Reid Miles

John Coltrane. Design: Reid Miles

Horace Silver. Design: Reid Miles

Sonny Clark Trio. Design: Reid Miles

Duke Ellington. Design: Saul Bass

Kenny Burrell. Design: Reid Miles

The Jazz Messengers. Design: Neil Fujita

Hank Mobley

Sonny Rollins. Design: Paul Bacon

Benny Golson. Design: Paul Bacon