Alexander Jarman

Fred Seligo's Jazz Photography

Alexander Jarman
Fred Seligo's Jazz Photography

This week's featured album art is another beauty. Fred Seligo took the photograph used for Archie Shepp's 1966 Impulse recording simply titled Archie Shepp Live in San Francisco. Seligo began his career as an aspiring drummer before turning his attention to photography, and his genuine appreciation for musicians comes across in many of his works. He took photographs that were used for album covers by an impressive array of jazz artists, including Buddy Rich, Bill Evans, Jimmy Smith, and Oliver Nelson just to name a few. Seligo was a regular at the L.A. jazz club Shelleys Manne-Hole, thought this album was recorded at the now defunct Bay Area venue the Both/And Club. He made an important mark on the jazz photography world despite tragically dying at the young age of 34.

The track In A Sentimental Mood, listed below, starts off with an impressive and powerful statement from Shepp's saxophone before the rest of the band brings in the melody.  Enjoy.