oliver nelson's the blues and the abstract truth, 1959, for impulse
oliver nelson was a composer and arranger, the album above is considered his best and one of 1959's best albums. this is produced by impulse, already at a time when record companies felt it was better to have photos instead of illustration. jazz was mature and sophisticated enouch that it can withstand the postraits of the players.
jim flora design, pete jolly trio, RCA 1955
this is the early 1950s style with RCA album covers.
david stone master, charlie parker with strings, 1947-1952, mercurty records
david stone master, lionel hampton big band, clef records, 1954
paul chambers, bass on top, 1957 for blue note (blue note presented a unified design throughout, showing the sophistication of jazz through the realistic photos of the musicians
neil fujita, dave brubeck, time out, 1959, columbia
paul bacon,from a de chirico painting, for thelonius monk's misterioso, riverside, 1958
neil fujita,kind of blue, miles davis, 1959, columbia
a very cool sonny, resembling pitcher don newcomb a pitcher for LA Dodgers, blue note, 1957
h. p corbissero design for SUN RA, jazz in silhouette, for evidence, 1959,
clifford brown ensemble, featuring zoot sims, 1955, for pacific jazz records, 1957