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Early Jazz Album Covers by Andy Warhol

Updated on February 15, 2018
Various Artist "Progressive Piano" RCA Victor 12" LP Vinyl Record, Album Cover Art and Design by Andy Warhol
Various Artist "Progressive Piano" RCA Victor 12" LP Vinyl Record, Album Cover Art and Design by Andy Warhol | Source

Jazz Album Cover Designs by Andy Warhol

In the 1950s Pop Art genius Andy Warhol was a successful free-lance commercial artist and among his New York clients of swanky magazines and highbrow shops, Andy also produced illustrations for album covers for several record labels, a total of fifty albums in his career but for the purposes of this Hub we will be looking at the album cover designs that Warhol created in the mid to late 1950s for Blue Note, Prestige and RCA Victor Records. Warhols' illustrations from this period are whimsical and lighthearted and almost never conform to normal or standard proportions.These album cover illustrations here show Warhols' signature blotted line technique, whereas he would add less or more paint to his lines and blot them with another more absorbent paper while the work was still wet.


Kenny Burrell "Kenny Burrell, vol. 2" 1956

Kenny Burrell, vol. 2 Blue Note Records BLP 1543 12" LP Vinyl Record, Album Cover  Illustration by Andy Warhol
Kenny Burrell, vol. 2 Blue Note Records BLP 1543 12" LP Vinyl Record, Album Cover Illustration by Andy Warhol | Source

Artie Shaw "Both Feet In The Groove" 1955

Artie Shaw "Both Feet In The Groove" RCA Victor 1201 12" LP Vinyl Record, Album Cover Illustrations by Andy Warhol
Artie Shaw "Both Feet In The Groove" RCA Victor 1201 12" LP Vinyl Record, Album Cover Illustrations by Andy Warhol | Source

Joe Newman "I´m Still Swinging" 1955

Joe Newman "I´m Still Swinging" RCA Victor 1198 12" LP Vinyl Record, Album Cover Art and Design by Andy Warhol
Joe Newman "I´m Still Swinging" RCA Victor 1198 12" LP Vinyl Record, Album Cover Art and Design by Andy Warhol | Source

Count Basie 1955

Count Basie RCA Victor Records EPC-1112  Vintage 7" Vinyl EP 1955 Cover Illustration by Andy Warhol
Count Basie RCA Victor Records EPC-1112 Vintage 7" Vinyl EP 1955 Cover Illustration by Andy Warhol | Source

Conte Candoli "Cool Gabriels" 1956

Conte Candoli "Cool Gabriels" Groove Records 1003 12" LP Vinyl Record with Album Cover Art and Design by Andy Warhol
Conte Candoli "Cool Gabriels" Groove Records 1003 12" LP Vinyl Record with Album Cover Art and Design by Andy Warhol | Source

J J Johnson, Kai Winding, Bennie Green "Trombone by Three" 1956

Jay Jay Johnson, Kai Winding, Bennie Green "Trombone by Three" Prestige Records 4 with Album Cover Art by Andy Warhol
Jay Jay Johnson, Kai Winding, Bennie Green "Trombone by Three" Prestige Records 4 with Album Cover Art by Andy Warhol | Source

Thelonious Monk Sonny Rollins & Frank Foster

Thelonious Monk with Sonny Rollins and Frank Foster Prestige Records 7053.12" LP Vinyl Record with Album Cover Art by Andy Warhol
Thelonious Monk with Sonny Rollins and Frank Foster Prestige Records 7053.12" LP Vinyl Record with Album Cover Art by Andy Warhol | Source

Kenny Burrell "Blue Lights, vol. 1" 1958

Kenny Burrell "Blue Lights, vol. 1" Blue Note Records BLP 1596 12" LP Vinyl Record with Album Cover Art by Andy Warhol
Kenny Burrell "Blue Lights, vol. 1" Blue Note Records BLP 1596 12" LP Vinyl Record with Album Cover Art by Andy Warhol | Source

Kenny Burrell "Blue Lights, vol. 2" 1958

Kenny Burrell "Blue Lights, vol. 2" Blue Note Records BLP 1596 12" LP Vinyl Record with Album Cover Art by Andy Warhol
Kenny Burrell "Blue Lights, vol. 2" Blue Note Records BLP 1596 12" LP Vinyl Record with Album Cover Art by Andy Warhol | Source

Johnny Griffin "The Congregation" 1958

Johnny Griffin "The Congregation" Blue Note Records BLP 1580 LP Vinyl Record with Album Cover Art by Andy Warhol
Johnny Griffin "The Congregation" Blue Note Records BLP 1580 LP Vinyl Record with Album Cover Art by Andy Warhol | Source

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      These are very creative. Thank you for publishing this lens. I enjoyed seeing this work by Warhol. Now I know more about his creative works.

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      motobidia 5 years ago

      I didn't know Warhol illustrated jazz albums! I can see his signature color play on "Kenny Burrell Blue Lights" albums. Well done!

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