Category: jazz

Miles Davis, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, June 1971.

1971 German concert posters by Gunther Kieser.

“You know why I stopped playing ballads? Because I love playing ballads so much.” Miles Davis at the Fillmore East, June 17-20 1970, playing a four night stand opening for Laura Nyro, by Amalie R. Rothschild, via bostonglobe


Cab Calloway, shot here in 1946 by the great William Gottlieb, was born on Christmas Day 1907 in Rochester, New York and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Calloway worried his family by dropping out of law school to pursue a career in entertainment, but clearly it worked out for him in the end.

Miles Davis, 1970, by Don Hunstein, via jazzinphoto

Miles Davis, with Gary Bartz on alto sax, at the Berkshire Music Festival at Tanglewood, August 18, 1970, by David Gahr, via morrisonhotelgallery.

An edit of this photo was used for the 2nd cover of Miles’ 1971 classic album Jack Johnson

Miles Davis working the speed bag at Gleason’s Gym, NYC 1970, by Glen Craig

Miles Davis at Tanglewood, 1970, by Amalie R. Rothschild

Joni Mitchell and jazz legend Pat Metheny in San Francisco, September 7, 1979, by Ed Perlstein, via irishtimes. The live recording from that tour, Shadows and Light, is one my favorite albums by anyone, ever….plus, any excuse to show Joni Mitchell playing electric guitar is a good one!

Aretha Franklin, 1965, by Columbia Records’ Henry Parker. I came across this via nightflight, and remembered it from an album cover….then realized that I’d seen it on THREE album covers over the years.

The first appearance was on 1965′s Aretha Franklin Yeah!!! In Person with Her Quartet (also sometimes just called Yeah!!!), which is part of her sorely overlooked pre-Atlantic catalog on Columbia. This one is especially cool because it’s a live recording with Aretha fronting a jazz quartet (her last jazz outing until 1969), with Kenny Burrell (guitar) and Teddy Harris (piano) featured especially well. 


To be precise, it was recorded live in the studio, with audience sounds overdubbed (a distressingly common practice well into the 70s). Hey, it works, though, and you really don’t know enough about Aretha until you know this record.

It turns out that the box set 

Take A Look: Aretha Franklin Complete On Columbia includes the live studio recording without the audience overdubs, and lo and behold, uses a detail from the very same photo as Yeah!!!.


Tthe 2016 UK vinyl re-release of The Electrifying Aretha Franklin, her second album for Columbia, back in 1962 also used this photo (a vast improvement on the US original, and really, why the hell not). 

It actually sounds a lot more like the 50s, with Aretha on piano fronting big band arrangements of standards (”You Made Me Love You”, “Rock A Bye Your Baby”) and cheesy rock and roll/R&b mashups (”I Told You So”, “Rough Lover”). 


She’d make some giant leaps in very short order, but it’s still startling to hear just how much authority she sang (and played!!!) with at only 19!!! (She was 20 by the time it was released.)

Seriously, check out Spotify, YouTube, or wherever else you scavenge for such things. Between Electrifying as a curio that will blow your mind, and Yeah!!! as an early classic, you’re gonna have some fun with these.