CATEGORY: jazz

Medeski, Martin & Wood – Let’s Go Everywhere

I knew nothing about this new MMW album before picking it up. All I saw was a psychadelic, colorful drawing with giant, wavy eared rabbits. I expected an adventurous, fuzzed-out, lengthy soul-jazz epic. Turned out to be an album they…

Herbie Hancock – Headhunters

Headhunters is quite honestly one of my favorite albums. But I never really questioned the ridiculous cover art. Pointy font, posterized photos, Herbie wearing an electronic African mask thing… I just knew it was something crazy when I pulled double…

Ahmad Jamal – Outertimeinnerspace

Artwork and design by Terry Lamb, who apparently did a lot of Camel Cigarette ads in his time.

Wax Poetics – The Cover Story

Soul Sides made a quick post yesterday about a book of album cover art that Wax Poetics Magazine is releasing in “a few weeks”. I’m sure it’s going to be amazing. So I need money for that and their first-five-issue…

Chick Corea – Inner Space

One of my favorite Chick Corea album covers, released in 1966. Photography by Katsuji Abe, design by Haig Adishian.

Wax Poetics #25

Just a heads up. The latest issue of Wax Poetics features a few great photographers mainly involved in hip-hop culture. George Dubose, David Corio, Ernie Paniccioli, Joe Conzo, Jamel Shabazz, Janette Beckman, my favorite Brian Cross (B+) and a few…

Hanne Hukkelberg – Little Things

Hanne Hukkelberg is a Norwegian artist, known for her use of unorthodox instrumentation. I discovered her album a few years ago through her association with the great Jaga Jazzist group. Her music is beautiful and dreamy with a hint of…

Joe Zawinul – Zawinul

Joe Zawinul: July 7, 1932 – September 11, 2007 One of the masterminds behind legendary jazz-fusion group Weather Report, keyboardist & composer Joe Zawinul, died today. Very sad… I’ve wanted this particular album for years and only came across it…

Last Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz & Percussion Ensemble – Miles Away

This album cover showed up in Stones Throw‘s latest newsletter today. No information on the album, other than it being a continuation of Madlib’s Yesterday’s Universe work. Maybe something to do with Miles Davis? The release is sometime in the…

Ahmad Jamal Trio – The Awakening

This is Ahmad Jamal’s The Awakening on Impulse Records. Impulse’s first major signing was John Coltrane who’s influence can be seen as the label grew. It became well known for its free-jazz releases and the orange/black motif of their album…

Frank Zappa – Weasels Ripped My Flesh

A few years ago I had my first taste of Zappa’s music after borrowing Weasels Ripped My Flesh from a dorm friend. The album is a collection of songs by Zappa’s Mothers of Invention band, released after they separated. Most…

Blue Note Records – Reid Miles

Last week I came across a book a book filled with Blue Note album covers. A gem published by Chronicle Books in 2002. It is cover-to-cover artwork with a small amount of text. The book is a great retrospective of…

Oregon – Roots in The Sky

I don’t know much about Oregon. I know they’re a jazz group sometimes referred to as “new age”, a term I try to avoid and regret its connection to late-70’s jazz/world fusion. I recently picked up this specific record, but…

Madlib – Yesterday’s Universe

For my first post, I’m going to talk about one of my favorite music artists, favorite record labels and favorite designers. I thought it was appropriate. This is the cover of Yesterday’s Universe released last Tuesday on Stones Throw Records.…