Pick Of The Day /// Francis Wolff and Reid Miles.

5 February, 2015

Il Jazz, per me, è sempre stato letteralmente un mondo a parte nella musica e lo è ancora adesso. Qualche anno fa andai a suonare a Siena e mi ritrovai in un contesto dove si parlava del 70° anniversario della storica etichetta BLUE NOTE che vennero poi festeggiati in un concerto qualche giorno dopo.
Un amico che aveva organizzato il mio live mi fece vedere il video di presentazione dell’evento ed io rimasi di sasso perché ripercorrevano tutte le cover che avevano fatto storia nel Jazz ovviamente targate BN. Tralasciando il video che vi lascio in fondo al post, potrei presentarvi i due artisti in questione con  una similitudine simile legata al basket…
Se il manager-talent-scout viaggia a “braccetto” con il team di allenatori allora il gioco espresso dalla squadra sarà d’impatto e spesso efficace.
Questa analogia è capitata alla Blue Note quando ha assunto prima il fotografo Francis Wolff e poi il graphic design Reid Miles. Aggiungete a tutto questo un cast di artisti fuori “script” per talento e avrete la storia in 3 arti differenti: musica, fotografia e graphic design. Tantissime le cover del genere che avuto la fortuna del tocco di questi due tra il 1950 al 1960 e saliamo oltre i 500 LP targati dal duo. Pensate che alcune di queste hanno ispirato cover di altri generi e di altri artisti come il Blue Train per John Coltrane che ispirò  il design per gli album 12 Bar Blues di Scott Weiland del 1998, e per All of the Above di J-Live.
Quando guardo le loro cover penso alla realizzazione visiva del JAZZ. Stasera sono di scena con Fabio Musta al @ Tilt di Avellino, parlavamo di dischi e delle cover che hanno attraverso le loro combinazione e siamo giunti ad una conclusione…


Wolff with Miles ??? The PERSONIFICATION Printification of Jazz.


reidfrancis


Art Blakey, Blue Note 4003 

Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers   Label: Blue Note 4003   12″ LP 1958
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Buck Hoeffler

 

Dizzy Reece, Blue Note 4006 

Dizzy Reece: Blues In Trinity   Label: Blue Note 4006   12″ LP 1958
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Donald Byrd, Blue Note 4007 

Donald Byrd: Off to the Races   Label: Blue Note 4007   12″ LP 1958
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Horace Silver, Blue Note 4008 

Horace Silver: Finger Poppin´   Label: Blue Note 4008   12″ LP 1958
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Bud Powell, Blue Note 4009

 Bud Powell: The Scene Changes   Label: Blue Note 4009   12″ LP 1958
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Jimmy Smith, Blue Note 4011 

Jimmy Smith; The Sermon!   Label: Blue Note 4011   12″ LP 1959
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Jackie McLean, Blue Note 4013 

Jackie McLean: New Soil   Label: Blue Note 4013   12″ LP 1959
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Art Blakey, Blue Note 4015  

Art Blakey at the Jazz Corner of the World   Label: Blue Note 4015   12″ LP 1959
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Horace Silver, Blue Note 4017 

Horace Silver: Blowin´ The Blues Away   Label: Blue Note 4017   12″ LP 1959
Design: Reid Miles   Illustration: Paula Donohue

 

Walter Davis, Blue Note 4018 

Walter Davis Jr: Davis Cup   Label: Blue Note 4018   12″ LP 1959
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Kenny Burrell, Blue Note 4021 

Kenny Burrell at the Five Spot Cafe   Label: Blue Note 4021   12″ LP 1959
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Dizzy Reece, Blue Note 4023

 Dizzy Reece: Star Bright   Label: Blue Note 4023   12″ LP 1959
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Jackie McLean, Blue Note 4024 

Jackie McLean: Swing, Swang, Swinging   Label: Blue Note 4024   12″ LP 1959
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Donald Byrd, Blue Note 4026 

Donald Byrd: Fuego   Label: Blue Note 4026   12″ LP 1960
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Freddie Redd, Blue Note 4027 

Freddie Redd – Jackie McLean: The Connection   Label: Blue Note 4027   12″ LP 1960
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Herb Snitzer

 

Art Blakey, Blue Note 4029 

Art Blakey: The Big Beat   Label: Blue Note 4029   12″ LP 1960
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Hank Mobley, Blue Note 4031 

Hank Mobley: Soul Station   Label: Blue Note 4031   12″ LP 1960
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Lee Morgan, Blue Note 4034 

Lee Morgan: Lee-Way   Label: Blue Note 4034   12″ LP 1960
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Horace Parlan, Blue Note 4037 

Horace Parlan: Us Three   Label: Blue Note 4037   12″ LP 1960
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Jackie McLean, Blue Note 4038 

Jackie McLean: Capuchin Swing   Label: Blue Note 4038   12″ LP 1960
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Stanley Turrentine, Blue Note 4039 

Stanley Turrentine: Look Out!   Label: Blue Note 4039   12″ LP 1960
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Freddie Hubbard, Blue Note 4040 

Freddie Hubbard: Open Sesame   Label: Blue Note 4040   12″ LP 1960
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Tina Brooks, Blue Note 40441 

Tina Brooks: True Blue   Label: Blue Note 4041   12″ LP 1960
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Horace Silver, Blue Note 4042 

Horace Silver: Horace-Scope   Label: Blue Note 4042   12″ LP 1960
Design: Paula Donohue

 

Freddie Redd, Blue Note 4045 

Freddie Redd: Shades of Redd   Label: Blue Note 4045   12″ LP 1960
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Duke Jordan, Blue Note 4046 

Duke Jordan: Flight To Jordan   Label: Blue Note 4046   12″ LP 1960
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Art Taylor, Blue Note 4047 

Art Taylor: A.T.´s Delight   Label: Blue Note 4047   12″ LP 1960
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Art Blakey, Blue Note 4049 

Art Blakey: A Night in Tunisia   Label: Blue Note 4049   12″ LP 1961
Design: Reid Miles

Art Taylor, Blue Note 4057 

Stanley Turrentine: Blue Hour   Label: Blue Note 4057   12″ LP 1961

 Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Hank Mobley, Blue Note 4058 

Hank Mobley: Roll Call   Label: Blue Note 4058   12″ LP 1961
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Kenny Drew, Blue Note 4059 

Kenny Drew: Undercurrent   Label: Blue Note 4059   12″ LP 1961
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Jackie McLean, Blue Note 4067 

Jackie McLean: Bluesnik   Label: Blue Note 4067   12″ LP 1961
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Horace Parlan, Blue Note 4074 

Horace Parland: On the Spur of the Moment   Label: Blue Note 4074   12″ LP 1961
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Hank Mobley, Blue Note 4080 

Hank Mobley: Workout   Label: Blue Note 4080   12″ LP 1961
Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Dexter Gordon, Blue Note 4083 

Dexter Gordon: Dexter Calling   Label: Blue Note 4083   12″ LP 1961
Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Baby Face Willette, Blue Note 4084 

Baby Face Willette: Stop and Listen   Label: Blue Note 4084   12″ LP 1961
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Freddie Hubbard, Blue Note 4085 

Freddie Hubbard: Ready for Freddie   Label: Blue Note 4085   12″ LP 1961
Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Leo Parier, Blue Note Freddie Hubbard, Blue Note 4087 

Leo Parker: Let Me Tell You ‘Bout It   Label: Blue Note 4087   12″ LP 1961
Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Art Blakey, Blue Note 4104 

Art Blakey: Buhaina´s Delight   Label: Blue Note 4104   12″ LP 1962
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Jackie McLean, Blue Note 4106 

Jackie McLean: Let Freedom Ring   Label: Blue Note 4106   12″ LP 1962
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Don Wilkerson, Blue Note 4107 

Don Wilkerson: Preach Brother   Label: Blue Note 4107   12″ LP 1962
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Herbie Hancock, Blue Note 4109 

Herbie Hancock: Takin’ Off   Label: Blue Note 4109   12″ LP 1962
Design and Photo: Reid Miles

Dexter Gordon, Blue Note 4112 

Dexter Gordon: Go   Label: Blue Note 4112   12″ LP 1962
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Don Wilkerson, Blue Note 4121 

Don Wilkerson: Elder Don   Label: Blue Note 4121   12″ LP 1963
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Donald Byrd, Blue Note 4124 

Donald Byrd: A New Perspective   Label: Blue Note 4124   12″ LP 1963
Design and photo: Reid Miles

 

Herbie Hancock, Blue Note 4126 

Herbie Hancock: My Point of View   Label: Blue Note 4126   12″ LP 1963
Design and photo: Reid Miles

 

Kenny Dorham, Blue Note 4127 

Kenny Dorham: Una Mas   Label: Blue Note 4127   12″ LP 1963
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Dexter Gordon, Blue Note 4133 

Dexter Gordon: A Swingin´ Affair   Label: Blue Note 4133   12″ LP 1963
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Joe Henderson, Blue Note 4140 

Joe Henderson: Page One   Label: Blue Note 4140   12″ LP 1963
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Johnny Coles, Blue Note 4144 

Johnny Coles: Little Johnny C   Label: Blue Note 4144   12″ LP 1963
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Don Wilkerson, Blue Note 4145 

Don Wilkerson: Shoutin’   Label: Blue Note 4145   12″ LP 1963
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Dexter Gordon, Blue Note 4146 

Dexter Gordon: Our Man in Paris   Label: Blue Note 4146   12″ LP 1963
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Hank Mobley, Blue Note 4149

 Hank Mobley: No Room for Squares   Label: Blue Note 4149   12″ LP 1963
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Art Blakey, Blue Note 4156 

Art Blakey: The Freedom Rider   Label: Blue Note 4156   12″ LP 1963
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Lee Morgan, Blue Note 4157 

Lee Morgan: The Sidewinder   Label: Blue Note 4157   12″ LP 1963
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Eric Dolphy, Blue Note 4163 

Eric Dolphy: Out To Lunch   Label: Blue Note 4163   12″ LP 1964
Design and photo: Reid Miles

 

Joe Henderson, Blue Note 4166 

Joe Henderson: In ´n´ Out   Label: Blue Note 4166   12″ LP 1964
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Wayne Shorter, Blue Note 4173 

Wayne Shorter: Night Dreamer   Label: Blue Note 4173   12″ LP 1965
Design and photo: Reid Miles

 

Herbie Hancock, Blue Note 4175 

Herbie Hancock: Empyrean Isles   Label: Blue Note 4175   12″ LP 1964
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Crachan Moncur, Blue Note 4177 

Grachan Moncur: Some Other Stuff   Label: Blue Note 4177   12″ LP 1964
Design and photo: Reid Miles

 

Jackie McLean, Blue Note 4179 

Jackie McLean: It´s Time   Label: Blue Note 4179   12″ LP 1964
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Kenny Dorham, Blue Note 4181 

Kenny Dorham: Trompeta Toccata   Label: Blue Note 4181   12″ LP 1964
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Wayne Shorter, Blue Note 4182 

Wayne Shorter: JuJu   Label: Blue Note 4182   12″ LP 1964
Design and photo: Reid Miles

 

Duke Pearson, Blue Note 4191 

Duke Pearson: Wahoo   Label: Blue Note 4191   12″ LP 1965
Design and photo: Reid Miles

 

Wayne Shorter, Blue Note 4194 

Wayne Shorter: Speak No Evil   Label: Blue Note 4194   12″ LP 1965
Design and photo: Reid Miles

 

Herbie Hancock, Blue Note 4195 

Herbie Hancock: Maiden Voyage   Label: Blue Note 4195   12″ LP 1965
Design and photo: Reid Miles

 

Freddie Hubbard, Blue Note 4196 

Freddie Hubbard: Blue Spirits   Label: Blue Note 4196   12″ LP 1965
Design and photo: Reid Miles

 

Bobby Hutcherson, Blue Note 4198 

Bobby Hutcherson: Dialogue   Label: Blue Note 4198   12″ LP 1965
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Lee Morgan, Blue Note 4199 

Lee Morgan: The Rumproller   Label: Blue Note 4199   12″ LP 1965
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Lee Morgan: Gettin Around 

Dexter Gordon: Gettin Around   Label: Blue Note 4204   12″ LP 1965
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Pete La Roca, Blue Note 4205

 Pete La Roca: Basra   Label: Blue Note 4205   12″ LP 1965
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Sam Rivers, Blue Note 4206 

Sam Rivers: Contours   Label: Blue Note 4206   12″ LP 1965
Design and photo: Reid Miles

 

Hank Mobley, Blue Note 4209

 Hank Mobley: Dippin’   Label: Blue Note 4209   12″ LP 1965
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Jackie McLean, Blue Note 4215 

Jackie McLean: Right Now!   Label: Blue Note 4215   12″ LP 1965
Design: Reid Miles

 

Wayne Shorter, Blue Note 4219 

Wayne Shorter: The All Seeing eye   Label: Blue Note 4219   12″ LP 1966
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Larry Young, Blue Note 4221 

Larry Young: Unity   Label: Blue Note 4221   12″ LP 1966
Design: Reid Miles

 

Lee Morgan, Blue Note 4222 

Lee Morgan: Cornbread   Label: Blue Note 4222   12″ LP 1966
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Joe Henderson, Blue Note 4227 

Mode for Joe Henderson   Label: Blue Note 4227   12″ LP 1966
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Hank Mobley, Blue Note 4230 

Hank Mobley: A Caddy for Daddy   Label: Blue Note 4230   12″ LP 1966
Design and photo: Reid Miles

 

Wayne Shorter, Blue Note 4232

 Wayne Shorter: Adam’s Apple   Label: Blue Note 4232   12″ LP 1966
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Cecil Taylor, Blue Note 4237 

Cecil Taylor: Unit Structures   Label: Blue Note 4237   12″ LP 1966
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Stanley Turrentine, Blue Note 4240

 Stanley Turrentine: Rough’n Tumble   Label: Blue Note 4240   12″ LP 1966
Design: George Wright   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Stanley Turrentine, Blue Note 4256 

Stanley Turrentine: The Spoiler   Label: Blue Note 4256   12″ LP 1966
Design: Reid Miles   Photo: Francis Wolff

 

Ornette Coleman, Blue Note 4287 

Ornette Coleman; New York Is Now!   Label: Blue Note 4287   12″ LP 1968
Design: Forlenza Venosa Associates   Photo: Frances Wolff

 

Donald Byrd, Blue Note 4292

 Donald Byrd: Slow Drag   Label: Blue Note 4292   12″ LP 1968
Design: Forlenza Venosa Associates   Photo: Charles Keddie

 

Wayne Shorter, Blue Note 4297 

Wayne Shorter: Schizophrenia   Label: Blue Note 4297   12″ LP 1968
Photo: Charles Keddie



 

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