The greatest album covers of jazz

  • Published on:  11/19/2018
  • Blue Note captured the refined sophistication of jazz during the early 60s, giving it its signature look in the process.Follow Vox Earworm on Facebook for more: asked to visualize what jazz looks like, you might picture bold typography, two tone photography, and minimal graphic design. If you did, you’re recalling the work of a jazz label that single-handedly defined the “look” of jazz music in the 1950s and1960s: Blue Note. Inspired by the ever present Swiss lettering style that defined 20th century graphic design (think Paul Rand), Blue Note captured the refined sophistication of jazz during the early 60s, particularly during the hard bop era, and gave it a definitive visual identity through album covers.Some songs don't just stick in your head, they change the music world forever. Join Estelle Caswell on a musical journey to discover the stories behind your favorite songs.Check out the entire Vox Earworm playlist here: The headline for this video has been updated since publishing.Previous headline: How one designer created the "look" of is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out our full video catalog: Vox on Facebook: Twitter:


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  • David Nwokedi 18 days ago

    That looks suspiciously like Estelle at 2:39! :) Great video as always!

  • Don Lasky 7 months ago

    Props to the vox graphic designer who had to re-design all these covers for the purpose of animation.

  • Mathieu Plasse 5 months ago

    Vox animation is always a delight. Good job!!

  • Tadeoska 7 months ago check this out!! It's from 2011.

  • Star Gazer 7 months ago

    Would love a coffee table book of Blue Note album covers....

  • Jack McGee 7 months ago

    Where can learn to photo shoot album cover. I have a access to over 10,000 very earlier jazz album covers ( i.e from 1920's on up. I need to learn how to create the jig, type of lens to use, lighting, exposure, etc. so the album is square and shot consistently album to album. Covers (and albums) are all stored and maintained in pristine condition by the collector. will be using a new high end Cannon digital camera. The collector also has created a very detailed database of each album and the a...

  • nardis 7 months ago

    This one has other covers as well, very nice book:

  • Robert Hohan 7 months ago

    The editing and graphics on this clip are FANTASTIC!

  • Walter Hayley 4 months ago

    mjears , my reel to reel ran in both directions... multi-track recording and playback...

  • mjears 7 months ago

    Fantastic is the word! Beautiful work. I was captivated.Just one mistake, to a musician: The reels on the tape recorder are turning the wrong way!

  • Lisandro Reynoso 7 months ago

    The VOX graphic designers and editors are the real MVPs!

  • Karol 7 months ago

    Apparently a lot of graphic design and animation is also done by Estelle, who narrates and researches the topics which makes it even more impressive

  • Alec 7 months ago

    As a visual artist, and someone who plays and listens to jazz regularly, I absolutely loved this video. I hope this series continues and is popular so you guys have more opportunity with it.

  • TheyCallMeNewb 7 months ago

    How in the world was this story edited?!

  • minyeezy 7 months ago

    With After Effects

  • Lance Glasgow 7 months ago

    Your motion design department is composed of gods. Just FYI.

  • Snowball Effect 7 months ago

    Yo... The editing in this video is a testament to the editors' skills, but also the software that lets us make such productions so easily nowadays.

  • Heeteukie • 7 months ago

    Estelle! She also does the voice-over and research for the video

  • TheBrcylmz 7 months ago

    WHO is making these edits like whos the editor

  • Isaac Kangas 7 months ago

    The guys names were Wolf and Lion? That's the coolest partnership I've ever heard!

  • Praveen Kulkarni 7 months ago

    Since Sansa and Joffrey?