Classic Jazz Album Covers Animated & Brought to Life

Back in 2009, Blue Note Records, the influ­en­tial jazz label, was cel­e­brat­ing its 70th anniver­sary. And The Bel­la Vista Social Pub, look­ing to pro­mote its own sum­mer jazz con­certs in Siena, Tus­cany, came up with a smart idea. Why not pay trib­ute to Blue Note (and pro­mote the Ital­ian con­cert series) by ani­mat­ing the cool cov­er designs that graced Blue Note albums dur­ing its hey­day. These cov­er designs were the work of Reid Miles, a graph­ic design­er who moved from Esquire mag­a­zine to Blue Note around 1955, then designed hun­dreds of aura-cre­at­ing cov­ers until he left the label in 1967. The ani­mat­ed video above, called Hi-Fi, brings Miles’ work back to life. Graph­i­col­o­gy has more on the nos­tal­gia-induc­ing clip here.

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