Reid Miles created a body of work to die for while working for Blue Note throughout the middle of the Twentieth Century.
Rare to find a designer who so perfectly complimented the musicians he worked with - avante garde... yet functional and although of its time still a blueprint for graphic designers today. Superb.
Blue Note - Uncompromising Expression (Thames & Hudson) by Richard Havers is the first official biography of the jazz label founded by Berlin-born Alfred Lion and writers Max Margulis and Emanuel Eisenberg in New York in 1939.
In charting Blue Note's evolution, Havers' book in fact tells the story of jazz itself as it moved from boogie-woogie and swing to be-bop and into the avant-garde and beyond.
From Creative Review