爵士唱片封套设计师Burt Goldblatt擅长将集绘画摄影于一身,早期,他跟David Stone Matin一样以自己的绘画作品作为自己为唱片封面设计的出品,他的绘画风格则是有些浪费主义的色彩,描绘人物的动作表情的曲线更为着力夸张,色彩浓烈充满张力,描绘的角度与构图的灵感更是天马行空,最为出名的作品之一是为Carmen McRae在Bethlehem公司发的同名专辑,是由九个不同发声的口型图来组合。同时注意一下该公司一些经典的唱片,你会发现好多由摄影作品作为设计基低的封面是如此充满浪漫主义诱惑力,而你再翻看一下内页,或许这设计师就是Burt Goldblatt。一些Mosaic的套装相片也是拿他的摄影作品作为封面的,他经常在一些录音室或者俱乐部里给乐手拍照,用这些照片作为他封面设计的基本素材。Burt Goldblatt和Reid Miles、David Stone Matin不同,他曾为过不少的唱片公司设计过封面,Storyville、Bethlehem、Savoy、Impulse、Verve等。这三位封面设计师无疑是当时让爵士乐唱片飞速发展的重要推手。(来源

Burt Goldblatt was an instrumental force in shaping the style and sensibility of the cool jazz era, employing film noir-influenced photography, expressionistic portraits, and abstract imagery to capture the late-night, neon-lit atmosphere of the jazz world. Born in Dorchester, MA, in 1924, Goldblatt served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and after returning from duty he studied at the Massachusetts College of Art. Upon graduating he worked in a printing plant, an experience that afforded him the opportunity to learn all aspects of the business from negative-stripping to plate-making. In his spare time, Goldblatt also taught himself photography, eventually relocating to Boston to pursue a career as a freelance artist, and in 1950 created his first LP cover, a Billie Holiday bootleg sleeve for the Jolly Roger label. In 1953 Goldblatt settled in New York City, accepting a job with CBS Television and designing promotional campaigns and broadcast credit sequences for the series Rawhide and Bachelor Father. He also expanded his album cover portfolio via efforts for Decca and Atlantic, designing more than 200 sleeves in 1955 alone. Goldblatt’s distinctive approach eschewed song titles and other textual clutter in favor of abstract caricatures, idiosyncratic perspectives, and expressive typography. A habitué of jazz clubs and recording studios, he also shot myriad photographs, employing many for subsequent cover art projects. Jazz artists revered Goldblatt and his interpretations of their personas, and the great pianist Bud Powell even wrote a song in his honor. The majority of the artist’s work dates to the mid- to late ’50s and small labels like Savoy and Bethlehem. The emergence of rock & roll and its accompanying visual aesthetics brought his career in music to an end, but Goldblatt made a successful transition into writing, co-authoring 17 books including Starring Fred Astaire and Baseball’s Best. He died of congestive heart failure in Boston on August 30, 2006.

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