CD Cover - Tests of Time
I consider the high point of Jazz to be from about 1949/50 to 1970 with the release of Miles Davis’, “Bitches Brew” (1969) and Herbie Hancock’s, “Headhunters,” (1973). That’s not etched in stone, just an opinion.
Whether you agree or not, I think we all realize that was 20+ years of phenomenal growth and development in music and musicians, during an extraordinary period in American history. It still reverberates, but it ain’t what it once was. Probably won’t see the likes of that again.
I was thinking about this because, while checking out new jazz by new guys in the 2000’s (like Ralph Peterson, above) I realized that in 2010, hip/hop/rap is now 30 years old!
Rapper’s Delight! By The Sugarhill Gang, recorded in 1979, hit the charts in 1980. www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QvfrNIK_WQ&feature=related
I was caught off-guard by that. This says something about something, really important about the World in the last 50 years. But I’m not sure if what it’s saying is really remarkable, incredibly tragic or a combination of the two. :-)
Of course, we all have guilty pleasures, right? www.youtube.com/watch?v=7f3XuKiPzbM – 1997.
The above image is another homemade CD cover. I make my own as I can, and do, make more interesting, artistic and fun one’s than the music companies do. Plus its great photoshop and design practice.
Sometimes one of my images is the base for the CD cover, other times, it is a wonderful image from someone else on Flickr. In this case, it was an image by Brie Neitzey. This is her photograph of aged piano keys, called, “Piano Man.” - www.flickr.com/photos/briesworld/5027451851/ - Thank you Brie.
I fell in love with this image immediately, wrote her and asked it I could use it. She kindly said yes. It seemed a fit for a CD entitled, Tests of Time, by drummer Ralph Peterson, and his smooth, clean and crisp, Jazz Messenger-ish quintet. I ain’t sure why: just did.
Additional texture courtesy of Boccacino: www.flickr.com/photos/boccacino/sets/72157614902090929/