In This Issue
“What are some of your all-time favorite record album covers?”
For many of us, record album cover art is as responsible for our love of music as the music itself. Particularly in the analog era, when the primary way to hear new music was whatever radio stations played, imagination would often provoke record album purchases.
A great album cover stimulated curiosity about how the music would sound, enthusiasm for the artist, and often a reach for the wallet. As our record collections grew, so did an appreciation for the cover art, and album cover favorites emerged.
“What are some of your all-time favorite record album covers?” This question was posed via email to a small number of prominent and diverse people, and the responses of Gary Giddins, Jimmy Heath, Fred Hersch, Joe Hagan, Maxine Gordon, Tim Page, Veronica Swift and Marcus Strickland are among the 25 writers, musicians, poets, educators, and photographers who participated. In addition to their selections, the album cover art for every title is displayed. The results – like the 1962 Bill Evans/Jim Hall Undercurrents album shown here – are quite entertaining and fascinating.
Also in this issue…An interview with Mary Schmidt Campbell, author of An American Odyssey: The Life and Work of Romare Bearden, who discusses the life of the great 20th century American artist; “And so we left for Paris” by Sophie Jonas-Hill is the winning story of the 50th Jerry Jazz Musician Short Fiction Contest; two new podcasts by Bob Hecht (one on Paul Desmond, the other on Art Farmer); 18 poets contribute 20 poems to our March poetry collection; new jazz listening recommendations; and lots more…