COVER LOVER: SONNY STITT - BLACK VIBRATIONS


Year: 1972
Art direction/photography: Tony Lane 

Jazz albums in the 60s and 70s were usually sent out with the artist’s picture on the cover, only to realize -later- that the impact on sales was a lot bigger when a feminine touch was added. Hence a plethora of second pressings from this era with artsy photos of luscious playmates.
Following this tradition (though a first press)Sonny Stitt’s album displays a stunning, beautifully lit, bottom-view photography of a statuesque woman in a sensual trancelike state shot by Tony Lane.
The result is minimalistic yet sophisticated. I love the colors, the high contrast and the space arrangement. Icing on the cake, the album title looks as if smoke was coming out of her mouth.