36 Typography Based Jazz Album Covers

The history of Jazz has always been known for its photo journalism. We all have a favorite photo; Dexter Gordon pondering in his own smokey haze, John Coltrane looking calm, determined, and retrospective all at the same time on his Blue Train album cover. All those are wonderful, but what about the record covers with barely any picture at all? The one’s that are represented by fonts and characters only? Photography was not the only important thing in almost every Jazz era. Graphic Design was prominent as well, with creativity and imagery reaching the same inspirational levels as the music it represented. Here is a post dedicated to A-Z, and how it can be applied to making a great Jazz album cover.

If you know of any other typography based album covers that are not mentioned in this post, please leave a link in the comments.

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are faces allowed? if not somebody should find one featuring Q.


posted by Roz Doyle on 04.21.11 at 3:09 pm

If faces were allowed, it would open up a WHOLE WORLD of Jazz covers! Some have faces, but the theme is Typography based. Thanks Ms. Roz Doyle.

posted by Haylow on 04.24.11 at 7:51 pm

Are any women represented in those covers? If not, this is new but it’s hot and it’s Ella:


posted by Roz Doyle on 04.21.11 at 3:12 pm

Thank you for the Female representation!

posted by Haylow on 04.24.11 at 7:50 pm

What about Ornette Coleman’s “Ornette!” album. It’s got a great all-letters cover. Madlib paid tribute to it with his “Yesterdays Universe” album by his Yesterday’s New Quintet project. Both are great covers.



posted by Griffin on 04.21.11 at 6:59 pm

Excellent suggestion! Please excuse the omission. “Ornette” is such a Jazz name, too.

posted by Haylow on 04.24.11 at 7:50 pm

How could you miss Roy Ayer’s Stone Soul Picnic? A stencil blocked like font laid on top of a hippie love-in photo shot šŸ™‚

Great topic on creative jazz art!

posted by EH Reynolds on 04.24.11 at 2:10 pm

Honestly, I really was thinking of that one, but I felt the background pic made it borderline. Definitely worth an Honorable Mention.

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posted by @laurentadrianto on 09.21.12 at 10:28 pm


Must point out Robert Brownjonhs Vibrations Album cover for Enoch Light and the Light Brigade. Hope you will include it when you see it.


posted by Joseph on 10.11.12 at 6:46 am


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