Sunday, October 26, 2008

Jazz Covers: Jazz LP covers from the 1940s to 1990s

I love Taschen books and their various album cover art books.

Jazz Covers
Wiedemann, Julius (ED)
Paulo, Joaquim
Softcover, flaps 9.4 x 9.4 in., 496 pages, $ 39.99
ISBN: 978-3-8228-2366-8
Edition: English

Vinyl mania

Jazz LP covers from the 1940s to 1990s

This volume features a broad selection of jazz record covers, from the 1940s through the decline of LP production in the early 1990s. Each cover is accompanied by with a fact sheet listing performer and album name, art director, photographer, illustrator, year, label, and more. Special features for jazz lovers include a top-10 favorite records list by leading jazz DJs King Britt, Michael McFadden, Gilles Peterson, Andre Torres, and Rainer Trüby, as well as interviews with legendary jazz personalities Rudy Van Gelder (sound engineer that recorded for many labels such as Blue Note, Impulse!, and Prestige), Creed Taylor (founder of many labels and one of the best jazz producers ever, credited also for bringing bossa nova to the US and fusing it with jazz), Michael Cuscuna (Blue Note jazz producer and catalogue researcher, responsible for its most successful re-editions), Bob Ciano (designer at the CTI Label, founded in the ’70s by Creed Taylor, and one of the greatest cover designers ever), and Ashley Kahn (writer, critic, and journalist for jazz whose books include A Love Supreme, Kind of Blue, and The House That Trane Built).

About the editor:
Julius Wiedemann was born and raised in Brazil. After studying graphic design and marketing, he moved to Japan, where he worked in Tokyo as art editor for digital and design magazines. Since joining TASCHEN, he has been building up the digital and media collection with titles such as Animation Now!, the Advertising Now series, the Web Design series, and TASCHEN's 1000 Favorite Websites.

About the author:
Joaquim Paulo serves as a consultant for major labels and directs a number of radio stations in Portugal. He started to collect vinyl when he was 15 and often flies to London, Paris, New York, and São Paulo to enrich his collection of now over 25,000 jazz LPs. He lives and works in Lisbon and dedicates his free time to recovering old and rare Jazz recordings.

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