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 . . . Richard X Bennett

22 Apr 2021  |  1 min read

This image may be confusing for many, given New York pianist/composer Richard X Bennett hasn't crossed into too many Elsewhere and otherwise lives . . . . despite my best efforts. Bennett came our way back in 2013 with the album New York City Swara on which he played Indian raga pieces on piano. Which is odd, difficult and – when you think about microtones and drone -- all but... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Chet Baker

21 Apr 2021  |  1 min read

Chet Baker was -- like Dean Martin -- a man whose gifts came so easily he took them for granted and was casually dismissive of them. Dean would walk into a recording studio or onto a film set, do what was required with the minimum of effort and then head for the golf course or, later in life, to the same restaurant. The gift was just there to to be rolled out when required and then he could... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Louis Armstrong

18 Apr 2021  |  <1 min read

Absolutely obvious I know. But what else are you going to for the great Louis Armstrong other than cast him as some holy man radiating light out of New Orleans? This was created to accompany an article on various Dixieland compilations, a genre of jazz I have always had some aversion to because of the cliches of men in bowler hats sitting on the back of a flat bed in some smalltown... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . the Modern Jazz Quartet

14 Apr 2021  |  <1 min read

This art was just absurd . . . as absurd in a way as the fact the buttoned-down, besuited and ineffably cool Modern Jazz Quartet would briefly appear on the Beatles' Apple label for two albums in the late Sixties. The American group seemed incongruous on a label launched the wake of Sgt Pepper and which was scooping up oddballs or releasing Lennon and Harrison's vanity projects. But... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Pilot

9 Apr 2021  |  <1 min read

Too easy really. When deciding to write about the British pop group PIlot for the We Need to Talk About pages, the idea just came immediately. Pilot from Scotland were inspired by the Beatles and in the mid Seventies started having popular, Beatlesque-MOR hits like Magic. They were a decent enough Beatle-style pop band and in the absence of the actual Beatles who'd broken up a few years... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Dave Brubeck

4 Apr 2021  |  1 min read

When I first thought of doing a collage to accompany a piece on Dave Brubeck this idea was almost too obvious: in his younger days he had been on the cover of Time, and his most popular album was Time Out which included the memorable Take Five. It was that Time Out album (the original of which I still have) which attuned me to jazz in the years before the Beatles. I have told some of that... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . two jazz guitarists

29 Mar 2021  |  <1 min read

When considering a couple of albums by jazz guitarists Ralph Towner and John Abercrombie in 2017, I was struck by just how old they were: these were men now in their Seventies and yet I still thought of them as being maybe late Thirties or early Fourties. For some reason the idea of visual homage to older artists -- be they painters or musicians -- came to mind and Picasso's Three Musicians... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Frank Zappa

24 Mar 2021  |  <1 min read

I have done a few collages of Frank Zappa (soon I will post Frank as the Mona Lisa) because his distinctive appearance lent itself to a kind of cut-up and refracted image . . . which I felt also reflected his very diverse music. As with the albums where you listen to one and think you've figured him out then another one is so different it changes your persective, I hoped this kind of image... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . for Japanese ambient artists

24 Mar 2021  |  <1 min read

When the very beautiful collection Kankyo Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental and New Age Music 1980-1990 arrived in 2019 it was so seductive and engrossing that it was quite transporting. Not to the busy Japan of streets and markets or the oppressive highrises that are so familiar, but the quieter interior spaces in offices and homes and temples. This collage was an attempt to... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Charles Lloyd

21 Mar 2021  |  <1 min read

Given that the Charles Lloyd album this was created for is a quiet affair, some explanation is needed of this chaotic looking collage. The album was Lift Every Voice and it has been a longtime Essential Elsewhere Album. But the art refers to the time of its creation, not the resulting music. The great saxophonist -- who had been acclaimed by the hippie/Age of Aquarius generation for... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . for Janis Joplin

21 Mar 2021  |  <1 min read

I can't remember why this was created, or where or who used it, but I wrote a major piece about the great Janis Joplin, noting that of all the dead rock star legends of the Sixties she has been the least revived and repackaged and revered. She just seemed too unmanageable, too assertive and probably even too rock'n'roll for current tastes.  I also noted that she would scare the... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . for John Coltrane

19 Mar 2021  |  <1 min read

Any album by John Coltrane is worth taking the time to respond to, and not just in an aural way. The truest response to any work of art is to create another. Is it not? And even if your response is weak in the comparison at least you responded in kind. This is weak. But what visual work could ever convey the emotional depth, technical proficiency and thoughtful dimensions of... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Miles Davis

19 Mar 2021  |  <1 min read

Needless to say there is quite a lot about Miles Davis at Elsewhere, including my 1988 interview with him, hence the tagline at the bottom. I can't remember exactly what this piece was illustrating but it wasn't a consideration of Sketches of Spian (despite the imagery) because I did another piece for that. Maybe for something I wrote about the Milestones album given the year at the... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . for studio boffins

17 Mar 2021  |  <1 min read

Sometime in the very late Eighties I spent a day in an Auckland studio with a very well known dance-pop band. It was one of the dullest days imaginable. They had recorded their instrumental parts previously and this day was set aside to watch sine waves on a screen, shift them around, repeat them, and so construct their songs from the invisible (and sometimes even inaudible) parts.... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . for Miles Davis in an Indo-jazz tribute

12 Mar 2021  |  <1 min read

By chance, some years ago I came across a three-record box set from 2007 ("audiophile collector's edition" no less) entitled Miles From India: A Celebration of the Music of Miles Davis. It was produced by Bob Belden and among the Davis alumni on this Indo-jazz rethinking of Davis' music were Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Marcus Miller, Wallace Roney, Mike... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . for Fatima al Qadiri

10 Mar 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 muisic".  This woman -- born in... > Read more

Elsewhere Art . . . Tomasz Stanko

8 Mar 2021  |  <1 min read

The great jazz trumpeter Tomasz Stanko from Poland died in 2018 but I always had the impression he wasn't widely known in New Zealand. Yet his albums on ECM were certainly available, albeit in very limited quantities. This art was done quite some time ago when I thought his work needed to be discovered, especially an album like Lontano (2006). Years as a journalist taught me that... > Read more