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The Top 10 Jazz Album Covers of All Time

These classic discs look as good as they sound

John Coltrane
Ascension (Impulse!)

The late photographer Chuck Stewart (often credited as Charles Stewart) had a unique bond with the introspective and reflective Coltrane. Although Stewart shot the cover photos for many of the saxophonist’s albums on both Atlantic and Impulse!, perhaps no other record cover more aptly demonstrates their unique intimacy and trust. This downright iconic image of Coltrane sitting with his saxophones in his lap beautifully and simply captures his focus and search for higher forms of expression. On Ascension, Trane and his longtime bandmates McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones are joined by a powerful horn section featuring Pharoah Sanders, Freddie Hubbard, Archie Shepp, Marion Brown, John Tchicai and Dewey Johnson, who combine to take the music to new cosmic heights, subtly inferred by the cover’s elevated type.

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