Album Cover Art: Wayne Shorter

Wayne Shorter weekend continues here at First Draft. Today, we take a look at some of his solo album covers.

We begin at the very beginning with the cover of his 1959 debut album. It’s saxy but is it sexy? Beats the hell outta me.

It’s somewhat disorienting that Wayne’s first few records were released by Vee-Jay records. By 1965’s Juju, he was a Blue Note recording artist. The cover was photographed and designed by Reid Miles.

Appropriately enough, 1969’s Schizophrenia has a crazy cover by John Zoiner. I wonder if Zoiner was a joiner.

Native Dancer is one of Wayne’s finest albums, solo or otherwise. Nancy Donald’s cover is on the simplistic side, but the music is not. Stay tuned.

How about a show of hands for this 2005 album?

The last word goes to Wayne Shorter and Milton Nascimento with Native Dancer. If you’ve never heard it, give it a virtual spin while it lasts online.

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