Summer 1991

David Stone Martin

Jazz Graphics

by Manek Daver, Graphic-Sha, £27.50

Jazz Graphics by Manek Daver (Graphic-Sha, £27.50) is an encyclopaedic compendium of album covers designed by David Stone Martin for Gene Krupa, Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum and an army of jazz stars. Beginning his career in the mid-1940s, Martin used pen, brush and ink in drawings as searching and fluid as a soprano sax solo. A portfolio of more recent portraits monopolises space that might have been devoted to showing the covers bigger, but for anyone interested in the visual history of jazz this Japanese book is a must.

First published in Eye no. 4 vol. 1 1991

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