Blakey, Art. (1919–1990)

Blakey in Paris - Cover Art Slick Proof

Original proof of the cover art for Art Blakey's 1961 hard bop album Blakey in Paris, from the collection of jazz photographer and cover designer Burt Goldblatt. Blakey is shown in a close-up photograph singing at the left, with text on a bold red background on the right. 14.5 x 15 inches (37 x 38 cm).

Photographer, designer and author Burt Goldblatt is best-known for designing the covers of jazz albums. Among those he captured on record covers were Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and Charles Mingus. A regular visitor to jazz clubs, he often visited musicians at work to photograph them, and was well-known by jazz musicians. The New York Times wrote that his style "encompassed black-and-white portraits and studio photographs, inspired by film noir, as well as gritty street scenes, often abstractly overlaid with flat colors, evoking a sense of urban night life. Expressionistic line drawings of performers in action were also in vogue." (17514)

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