Monday, October 26, 2009

The Art of Jazz

One of the many great things lost with the demise of vinyl records as a format is the loss of album art. There was always something magical listening to the music while holding a great piece of art in your hands known as the album cover. As great as some covers might be, staring at a tiny representation on a CD cover just doesn't come close to holding an album.

One of the best genres for album art was the Jazz covers from the 50's and 60's. The Blue Note, Impulse, Atlantic, Dial, and Savoy labels took great care in producing covers of these classic albums. Thanks to the fantastic Swedish website Birka Jazz, I have downloaded and created a file of over 400 of these priceless covers. These are a must for any fan of Jazz or album art in general. This contains classic covers from every 50's and 60's Jazz musician you can imagine (Coltrane, Miles, Charlie Parker, Django Reinhardt, Mingus, Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, and so many others).

You can even make these your screen saver if you have a Windows operating system (I assume you can with Mac but don't know how). For Windows, you just have to extract the files to your My Pictures folder located in My Documents, set your screen saver to point to the folder, configure to stretch the images, and you have hours of great eye candy on your computer.

I hope you like these as much as I do. The .Zip file of the covers can be found here.

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