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 . . . 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

Elsewhere Art . . . Ronnie Jordan

4 Jul 2021  |  <1 min read

When guitarist Ronnie Jordan first arrived on the acid jazz scene in the early Nineties I interviewed him in London, in a pub near his home. He was a lovely man and quite taken with the fact that I was from New Zealand and that I had heard his music. We had a very friendly conversation with quite a few laughs along the way. And every now and then my partner at the time, who was... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Mills and McCartney

29 Jun 2021  |  <1 min read

Another example of "if the album doesn't exist, then let's make it". Both characters are real and were actually around Abbey Road studios at the same time. And McCartney being fond of banging the ol' johanna on pub songs, then why might he not hook up with the popular and populist Mrs. Mills? The coincidence of McCartney having been married to Heather Mills later in life... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Kenny Barron

21 Jun 2021  |  <1 min read

Jazz pianist Kenny Barron was coming to New Zealand in 2017 and who wouldn't want to intervew him? He'd played with Dizzy, Getz, Charlie Haden, founded the group Sphere to keep the music of Thelonious Monk alive and . . . So much more. He was a fascinating guy to speak with but when it came to creating a college for the article I realised he was not "a face" to anyone outside... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Vernon Reid

14 Jun 2021  |  <1 min read

This collage was very simple but oddly enough it took quite a long time to execute properly. It is of Vernon Reid from the band Living Colour and it accompanied a 2017 interview with him, the second time I had spoken with him (the first being back in 1993). He was articulate and sometimes quite righteousy fiery, as he had every right to be. As a black rock band Living Colour had... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Bob Dylan

10 Jun 2021  |  <1 min read

It's hardly surprising that Bob Dylan gets dozens of articles at Elsewhere, he's 80 after all and that means not just six decades of music but reviews, overviews and that on-going and sometimes terrific Bootleg Series. Most in that series are interesting if not revelatory, although the Basement Tapes thing has never had me once replay it. However much to my surprise -- given his... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . the Beatles

6 Jun 2021  |  1 min read

Because there is a finite number of studio recordings by the Beatles, just for my amusement I sometimes make up my own and write about them under the Absurd Elsewhere page. Given the title of that page and the uttery improbable albums I invent (not all by the Beatles as you may see if you look: Taylor Swift, Lorde and Jimi Hendrix are not immune) it always surprises me how many people take... > Read more

Elsewhere Art. . . . Jay McShann

31 May 2021  |  <1 min read

The thing you learn about jazz is that if you write about it most people aren't interested. Aside from jazz aficionados who will be quick to point out how wrong you are, which album is better, why you should have written about someone else instead . . . So when I was writing about jazz (and very Elsewhere music) for certain magazines directed at a more "rock" audience I'd try... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Joe Meek

24 May 2021  |  <1 min read

The temptation when thinking about the collage for an article on Joe Meek's sci-fi pop album I Hear a New World would be to go the whole spaced-out look. After all, that was the theme of the album, and of course he had recorded the exceptional instrumental Telstar for the Tornados which evoked the space-race of the early Sixties. But the tragedy of Meek's life meant that such an image... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Lola Falana

21 May 2021  |  1 min read

I'll be honest, I'd never heard of Lola Falana until was flicking the pages of coffee-table book of photographs by Sammy Davis Jr. And I learned two things: Sammy was a more than decent photographer-cum-documentarian who, of course, had "access" to his scene with Sinatra and the rest of the Rat Pack; and that Lola Falana -- who was his partner for a while -- was an astonishing... > Read more