Studies in black, brown and beige
Jazz: New York in the Roaring TwentiesBy Robert Nippoldt, with texts by Hans-Jürgen Schaal
Translated by Isabel Varea
Taschen, £34.99, hardback with music CD
Handsome may be the word to describe this book, conceived by German illustrator Robert Nippoldt, a lavish telling of the story of jazz in New York. Texts about its movers and shakers – Fletcher Henderson, Coleman Hawkins, Duke Ellington, Paul Whiteman et al – are added to pieces on recording techniques and important locations, to summon up the glories of the uptown world of jazz in Manhattan in the Gatsby era (perhaps that explains its translation into English this year – it originally appeared in 2007 in Germany). These texts are set against Nippoldt’s slightly crude hatched felt-pen-like drawings, all done in black, brown and beige (to quote a Duke Ellington suite).
Top: illustration of ‘Fats’ Waller by Robert Nippoldt from Jazz: New York in the Roaring Twenties.
Martin Colyer, designer, design director at Reader’s Digest, London
Read the full version in Eye no. 86 vol. 22 2013
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