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The Top 10 Jazz Album Covers of All Time

These classic discs look as good as they sound

Miles Davis
Bitches Brew (Columbia)

In the same way that the album’s over-the-top artwork by Mati Klarwein broke a long line of Miles covers that featured photos of his charismatic image, so too did the music therein reinvent the trumpeter, as well as countless jazz musicians since. Klarwein, influenced by Ernst Fuchs and drawn to the psychedelic nexus of surrealism and pop culture in the ’60s, also did Santana’s Abraxas cover during that same time. Can you dig it? One of several seminal Miles albums, Bitches Brew has assumed nearly mythic status in the jazz world and beyond. Dylan went electric at Newport in 1965 and Miles went electric with Bitches Brew in 1969. American music would never be the same.

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