December 21, 2016
Fred Seligo- Jazz Photographer
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.
December 16, 2016
Donald Silverstein- From Fashion to Jazz
This week's featured album art comes from tenor saxophonist Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis. Afro-Jaws was released in 1961 on the Riverside Label. The photography for the cover was provided by Donald Silverstein, who worked for Vogue in Europe during the 1960s and 70s. He is perhaps best known for the iconic portraits he took of Jimi Hendrix and his band (one of which was used for the inner sleeve of their album Axis Bold as Love). Silverstein took photographs of many Riverside artists, including Bill Evans, Cannonball Adderley, and Sonny Rollins, just to name a few. The visual pun that Silverstein created relates both to Davis' nickname and to the cultural content of the album, which featured Afro-Cuban compositions.