Wednesday, August 20, 2008


by Ben Ratliff // Picador

Cover photograph by © Rolf Ambor /

Other Concepts:

The idea here was to depict John Coltrane as a sound wave. I thought these images were well-known enough to weather the abstraction. But for the final, we went with a stunning portrait that put the focus on his hand on the saxophone keys.

On the back cover, I printed Coltrane's Selmer Mark VI saxophone bell pattern as a subtle black on black background pattern:

Here's a collection of Blue Note: Over 1000 great jazz album covers.

Here's an awesome video of Miles Davis and John Coltrane performing
"So What" Live-New York, April 2, 1959:

I love observing the other musicians. When they're not busy performing, they're busy smoking.