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Frank Olinsky paints Rusty Cloud.

April 27th, 2008

Rusty Cloud
When I was a budding record producer my go-to guy for album covers was my great friend from childhood, Frank Olinsky, who went on to become one of the most respected and successful music designers of the last 30 years (starting, most famously, with his co-design of the MTV logo). He selflessly went to work on whatever I asked him for, including this unreleased album cover for the unreleased (really tasty) jazz album cut by R&B pianist/singer/songwriter Rusty Cloud (Bo Diddley, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, The Blues Brothers). (Maybe I can find and post the tapes someday.)

Frank’s a great designer, but, in my eyes, an even more incredible illustrator and painter. This cover always reminded me of Eberhard Weber’s “The Colours of Chloë”, but with Frank’s trademark wry humor.

Charles Walker & The New York City Blues Band > Blues From The Apple

March 7th, 2008

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Hank Jones > Groovin’ High

December 29th, 2007

Hank Jones > Groovin' High
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Jaki Byard > Family Man

December 27th, 2007

Jaki Byard
The CD reissue from 2000

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Hank Jones > Bop Redux

December 26th, 2007

Hank Jones > 'Bop Redux
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Cecil Taylor Unit > Spring of Two Blue-J’s

April 19th, 2007

Front cover

Cecil Taylor

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Charlie Haden & Hank Jones.

May 21st, 2006


I played a song from this album a couple of years ago, but it’s so great I had to put up another. And it’s logical proof of yesterday’s Hank post.

Charlie Haden made his reputation in the early 60s with Ornette Coleman’s avant garde jazz revolution (after a mid-western childhood playing with his family’s country & western band). After a period of drug addiction and resurrection through political action, he settled back on the West Coast, taught and CalArts, and resumed an early interest in duets (with among others Pat Metheny, Kenny Baron, and Ornette). This album with Hank is my favorite of a great bunch. A combination of gospel songs and church hymns, they’re interpretations by two of the sublime players of their generations. Easy going down and smart at the same time.

Charlie Haden: bass
Hank Jones: piano

Hank Jones.

May 20th, 2006


Jason Plapp (co-creator of Bradwurst, “the only character who’s ass you can see from all directions”) asked me about some jazz he could check out. I assume because I started my career as a jazz record producer. So Jason’s giving me inspiration to search out and post some of my favorite jazz tracks. There won’t be any other rhyme or reason other than that I like them, but maybe they’ll be useful pointers. And I’ll link to Wikipedia biographies to help guide whatever sketches I put up.

Hank Jones is one of the great journeymen of his (and our) time. He comes from Detroit, made his name as a bebopper in the 40s, and settled in as one of the most versatile stylists of any era, equally comfortable in music popular before and after his coming of age. His brothers Elvin (from John Coltrane’s great quartet) and Thad (Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Big Band) also [Read more…]