Coast to Coast Album Covers: Classic Record Art from New York to LA

Overview

Jazz is forever associated with labels like Blue Note, Prestige, Atlantic, Contemporary, Pacific, and Riverside. Each of these companies strove to communicate the essence of its sound through album covers. Now, this captivating anthology of 400 covers brings East and West together in a bicoastal jam session for the eyes. The hard-edged, straight-ahead playing of New York musicians was perfectly reflected in moody, monochromatic photography, quirky graphics, and bold typography, while bright colors and playful ...

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Overview

Jazz is forever associated with labels like Blue Note, Prestige, Atlantic, Contemporary, Pacific, and Riverside. Each of these companies strove to communicate the essence of its sound through album covers. Now, this captivating anthology of 400 covers brings East and West together in a bicoastal jam session for the eyes. The hard-edged, straight-ahead playing of New York musicians was perfectly reflected in moody, monochromatic photography, quirky graphics, and bold typography, while bright colors and playful themes expressed the funky vibe of California cool.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Pulling together two earlier titles, California Cool and East Coasting, this excellent survey of the cover art of the classic jazz labels of the 1950s and 1960s, along with Marsh and Callingham's reissued The Cover Art of Blue Note Records, keeps this aspect of jazz's history readily available and affordable. Succinct essays give important context and lead into the body of the book, which consists of page after page of lovingly reproduced examples of the adventurous and still compelling album art from such labels as Riverside, Atlantic Records, Prestige, and Pacific Jazz. These bold graphic concepts coupled with now-classic photographs and the innovative use of color and art reveal the degree to which these designs were more than just packages for the music; they served, along with jazz itself, to help create and convey the feel of an era. VERDICT An essential title for jazz fans and, at this price, a good choice for most readers with even a passing interest in the cultural history of the mid-20th century.—Mark Woodhouse, Elmira Coll., NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781907554353
  • Publisher: Collins & Brown
  • Publication date: 9/6/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 425,681
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham Marsh is an art director, illustrator, and writer of many groundbreaking books, including The Cover Art of Blue Note Records, East Coasting, and California Cool, all published by Collins & Brown.

Glyn Callingham is a walking encyclopedia of 1950s and 60s jazz and runs the legendary Ray's Jazz Shop in London. He is the coauthor of the books above and contributes to several jazz magazines.

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