30 November 2010
In mid 1960s the British producer Alan Bates initiated a series of avant garde jazz releases for the Fontana, now highly prized by collectors. Not only for the music, but for their unique covers. The series had both Dutch and UK imprints. The covers were made by the Dutch artist Marte Röling. They are beautiful pop art pieces of the time, with fanciful renditions of the artists´ heads and minds.
The sessions origins are varied. Most of them are live concerts, some taken from the artists´ own tapes. 15 albums were issued. For more on Marte Röling and her art, click here.
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Trombonist Kai Christen Winding was one of the founding fathers of be-bop music and truly one of the finest-ever jazz trombonists.
Kai was born in Denmark and came to the U.S. with his family in 1934. In 1940, he made his professional debut as trombonist with Shorty Allen’s band, and played with the bands of Sonny Dunham and Alvino Rey before joining the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II.
After becoming a civilian in 1945, he worked with Benny Goodman’s band and moved onto Stan Kenton’s orchestra, where he helped defined the brassy Kenton sound and became a featured soloist. Thereafter, he hooked himself up with a number of emerging stars of be-bop, the “new jazz,” and recorded prolifically “ most notably, as part of one of the nonets featured on the historic “The Birth of the Cool” (Capitol/1949).Experience his 1971 rendition of Lover Man ...
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Operating a hand drill at the North American Aviation, Inc., a woman is in the control surface department assembling a section of the leading edge for the horizontal stabilizer of a plane.
An employee in the drill-press section of North American's huge machine shop runs mounting holes in a large dural casting, Inglewood, Calif. This plant produces the battle-tested B-25 ("Billy Mitchell") bomber, used in General Doolittle's raid on Tokyo, and the P-51 ("Mustang") fighter plane which was first brought into prominence by the British raid on Dieppe.
Photographed by Alfred T. Palmer, October 1942.