David Stone Martin & The Art of Jazz
Jazz at First Sight
the Graphic Art of DSM
The Art of Jazz
In the world of record collecting there is one jazz artist collected the world over who has never played an instrument, not even a single note of music but has left his mark on the jazz culture. Illustrator David Stone Martin or DSM was one of the most prolific and influential graphic designers from the postwar period. Martin has designed several hundred album covers, primarily those of jazz musicians including artist such as Stan Getz, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Jelly Roll Morton and Duke Ellington to name but a few. In my opinion Martins signature hand sketched graphics along with two or three primary colors, perfectly captured the energy and spontaneity of the jazz idiom. Martin produced covers for jazz record labels of the 1940s thru 1960s such as Asch Records, Dial Records, Disc Records, with a majority of album covers created for jazz impresario Norman Granz for the following labels, Mercury / Clef Records (verve), and Jazz at the Philharmonic. In the 1970s thru the 1980s Martin created album cover designs for In-terplay, Progressive, Pablo (another Granz label) among others totaling over four hundred covers in his lifetime.
Billie Holiday "All or Nothing at All" 1957
Art Tatum "The Genius of Art Tatum No. 11" 1956
Stan Getz "Interpretations by the Stan Getz Quintet, vol. 3" 1955
Billie Holliday "All Or Nothing At All" 1956
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David Stone Martin and Norman Granz had a long standing relationship fueled by the love of jazz. Martin created over well 200 album cover designs for various Granz projects but Martins first commission for Norman Granz was to design a logo for the "Jazz At The Philharmonic" concert and tours. Martin created the famous Trumpeter logo, which Granz featured on all his concert programs and record labels.
In the mid 1940s, Norman Granz's recordings were pressed and distributed by Mercury Records. These records also have the trumpeter logo on the label, which distinguished them from Mercury´s own recordings.
Norman Granz established his first record label Clef in 1946 which issued almost a hundred jazz 10" LPs in the early half of the 1950s. Many of these recordings were also issued on the Mercury label. Clef also continued on to issue about 165 LPs in the 12" format, some of which were reissues of the 10" format LPs.
The trumpeter logo continues to be used today on reissues and is still perhaps the best recognized logo in jazz.
Charlie Parker "Charlie Parker Big Band" 1954
Roy Eldridge "Roy Eldridge Collates" 1952
Roy Eldridge and Dizzy Gillespie "Roy and Diz" 1955
Album Cover Art by David Stone Martin
Norman Granz "Jazz at the Philharmonic, vol. 3" 1946
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Barney Kessel "Swing Guitars" 1955
Oscar Peterson "Oscar Peterson Plays Irving Berlin" 1953
Lester Young "Lester Young: Collates No.2" 1953
Charlie Parker "The Magnificent Charlie Parker" 1955
Various Artist "Alto Sax" 1957
Lester Young "Lester Young Trio" 1952
Billie Holiday "Billie Holiday Sings" 1953
Charlie Parker "Charlie Parker Plays South of the Border" 1952
Art Tatum "The Genius of Art Tatum, vol. 3" 1954
Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie "Bird and Diz" 1952
Flip Phillips "The Flip Phillips Quartet" 1950
Roy Eldridge "Swing Goes Dixie" 1956
Roy Eldridge, Art Tatum 1956
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Barney Kessel "Orfeo Negro Medley" 1955
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