Art by Elsewhere

For many years, even before this website arrived almost 20 years ago, Graham Reid had been involved in art and design (CD, record and Cassette sleeves, posters and illustrations).

Here are some recent collages and art, with links to the Elsewhere articles they were for.

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Elsewhere Art . . . the Pipkins

29 Nov 2021  |  1 min read

After a lifetime listening to what Noel Coward dismissively called “cheap music”, Elsewhere is in no doubt about the reductive nature of pop music. But sometimes that's part of its charm. We hold some affection for Herman's Hermits' version of the old music hall song I'm Henry The Eight just for the sheer silliness of it (“second verse, same as the first”).... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Eden Ahbez

22 Nov 2021  |  <1 min read

Singer-songwriter Eden Ahbez was a hippie two decades before hippies came to attention. In 1948 Life magazine profiled him -- on the strength of his song Nature Boy which had quickly become a standard after Nat King Cole covered it -- and found him to be a bearded vegetarian longhair into yoga. Elsewhere was drawn to write about him in our on-going column WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT because a... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Ringo Starr

12 Nov 2021  |  <1 min read

It seems harmless fun to make up things like Beatles albums or post parodies of academic articles about pop music. But every now and again people take something at Absurd Elsewhere seriously, and yet all the clues that these are parodies, satire or utter nonsense are scattered about. Ringo as a sexually confused young man? I Wanna Be Your Man originally written by some old blues guy?... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Lloyd McNeil

1 Nov 2021  |  <1 min read

Lloyd McNeil is a pretty obscure character. First of all he's a jazz musician and that's a minority music, and he played jazz flute, an instrument which hasn't been in the frontline for many decades. And the album this collage was to illustrate was recorded in '69 and only given a run of about 1000 copies. All pretty obscure, right?  The album was Asha and it was given a... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . free jazz #2

25 Oct 2021  |  <1 min read

This deliberately fractured and crowded collage was created to accompany a piece entitled 10 Rare Free Jazz Albums I'm Proud To Own, one my many recent columns where I look at what is on the shelves and -- sometimes with shame -- decide to write about them as a block. And try to explain why I have them, and sometimes why I shouldn't.  As I recall most of the rare free jazz albums... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Sun Ra

18 Oct 2021  |  <1 min read

The article this collage accompanied was about a Sun Ra album which ran counter to how many had heard and embraced him, as the spaced out jazz musician heading off to the stars and beyond. Sun Ra had also lead big bands and knew how to write charts which were blues-based and swinging. In that, he was closer to Ellington (hence his cameo here) than some prog-rock band. The album in... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Jeff Healey

11 Oct 2021  |  <1 min read

Blues singer- guitarist Jeff Healey -- who died in 2008 -- was a great collector of 78rpm records. When Elsewhere interviewed him in the early 2000s he spoke about the 11,000 he had at home (he'd just bought another 30 or 40 in a nearby store) and so evoking that old time music and look just seemed a bit obvious for this collage. He also loved Dixieland and so there had to be a... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Bevis Frond

4 Oct 2021  |  <1 min read

And after last week's coincidence of posting a collage of Wayne Shorter in the same week a Santana album (featuring Shorter) came off the shelf at random for consideration now comes . . . This collage I did exactly five years ago when introducing the UK cult band Bevis Frond fronted by Nick Saloman. "Introducing" a band which had been going for 30 years and had released as... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Wayne Shorter

27 Sep 2021  |  <1 min read

As I mention in the story which this collage accompanied, this record by Wayne Shorter literally came to hand when I was going through a bunch of albums my eldest son left behind when he moved to Britain. It had been a while since I had listened to the particular Shorter album I pulled out, and I confess probably a few years since I had listened to any of his recent work. And so if... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Robert Graettinger

20 Sep 2021  |  <1 min read

Our on-going WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . pages allows us to introduce unusual artists or albums, and sometimes another view of a familiar name. There are some pretty oddball characters covered there, and one is this fellow, Robert Graettinger. The heading on my piece was The Ghoul of Third Stream because he was a two-metre tall musician/composer described by Art Pepper as looking... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . free jazz

13 Sep 2021  |  <1 min read

As with anyone who has done their share of marching, there's always the memory of the clenched fist and the demand that someone be freed. So when it came to writing something about militant, black American free jazz from the late Sixties/early Seventies this image just sprang back. I wanted the thing to look like it was a poster battered by events at the time (the burnt edge) and... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Keith Jarrett

6 Sep 2021  |  1 min read

Tragically, there will probably be no more new music from pianist Keith Jarrett. In 2018 he suffered two separate strokes which have left him partially paralyzed down his left side. He could still play with his right hand and through overdubs create his music, but at 76 that seems unlikely. These recent events haven't been the first serious health issues Jarrett has... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Amiri Baraka

31 Aug 2021  |  <1 min read

I'm pretty sure the late Amiri Baraka (born LeRoi Jones in 1934, died 2014) wouldn't have like me. It might not have been personal, but as white writer sometimes passing an opinion on black jazz and blues I would have no place in his worldview. A poet and playright, social critic, advocate for black militancy and arts, essayist and much more, Baraka could be uncompromisingly blunt but... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Soviet-era free jazz

22 Aug 2021  |  2 min read

This collage-cum-Letraset is positively ancient, it dates back to the Soviet-era when jazz was not just supressed in Russia and its satellites but free jazz was way underground and tapes of it were smuggled out, recordings of groups like the Ganelin Trio. So this art was created in 1984 to illustrate an article in the magazine I launched --Passages; The Magazine of Jazz and Elsewhere --... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Stephan Micus

16 Aug 2021  |  <1 min read

German multi-instrumentalist Stephan Micus is one of thse artists you probably only find by accident, such is his extensive catalogue on ECM which defies easy pigeon-holing. I came across him by chance with his Wings Over Water album in '82 when, on scanning the liner notes, I thought, "Flower pots? Yeah, why not?". Aside from gently hitting various pots, singing in a... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . John McLaughlin

1 Aug 2021  |  <1 min read

Frankly this was a bit of a throwaway but anyone who knows of the career of John McLaughlin (Mahavishnu Orchestra etc) would get the joke. This was used to illusrate an article about a live album which acted like a career synopsis and allowed me to offer that overview of his work. The article is here. There is more on the remarkable John McLaughlin at Elsewhere, including an... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . New Zealand jazz

29 Jul 2021  |  <1 min read

There was a time when it seemed every jazz album by a New Zealand singer was just more of the same old standards . . . and as I often said to some of them, if you do something by Sinatra you're inviting a comparison you just can't win. But still they came. I can't remember exactly what prompted this collage but I think it accompanied a few local jazz albums . . . mostly of standards.... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Rosemary Brown

19 Jul 2021  |  <1 min read

It seems the jury is still out on Rosemary Brown, the woman who said she was channeling the undiscovered works of great classical composers such as Chopin, Debussy, Beethoven and others who would talk to her and guide her hands on the piano. She would perform these works to some acclaim and a considerable amount of scepticism. She came from a family of psychics so being in touch with... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Don Cunningham

12 Jul 2021  |  <1 min read

This is the kind of collage which gets you tossed off social media, I am told. It was created to illustrate a piece about the band leader Don Cunningham and his album Something for Everyone. It was a great story: he'd toured Fiji, Australia and the Caribbean in Johnny Mathis' band but then a chance encounter lead him to playing in the Playboy club in St Louis, the album eventuated and... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Fatima al Qadiri

4 Jul 2021  |  <1 min read

When I first heard Fatima al Qadiri in 2017 I was thinking of how the music industry (or at least the PR arm of it) tries to get cut-through into the increasingly short-term atention span of the media ... and maybe by extension the people who actually might listen and buy the "product". Especially in the category of "world music".  This woman -- born in Senegal,... > Read more