Jazz Album Covers | Designed by Neil Fujita, 1955-1959

Charles Mingus: Ah Um, 1959                                                                  Dave Brubeck: Time Out, 1959 
 Design and illustration: Neil Fujita
Chicago Style Jazz, 1955
Illustration: Ben Shahn Design: Neil Fujita
The Jazz Odyssey of James Rushing Esq., 1956                      Little Jimmy Rushing and the Big Brass, 1958
Illustration: Tom Allen Design: Neil Fujita
Art Blakey With the Original Jazz Messengers (1956)      Round About Midnight by Miles Davis (1957)
 Illustration: Don Hunstein / Design: Neil Fujita                     Illustration: Marvin Koner Design: Neil Fujita
Modern Jazz Perspective / Don Byrd - Gigi Gryce, 1957
Artwork: Neil Fujita


Sadamitsu "S. Neil" Fujita ("Foo-JEE-ta") (1921 – 2010) was an American graphic designer 
known for his innovative book cover and record album designs.
Columbia hired him in 1954 to build a design department to build on the work of Alex Steinweiss 
who established the concept cover art. Fujita was the first to introduce painters, photographers and
 illustrators to create cover art for albums. Columbia felt a particular need to keep up with the cover
art of Blue Note Records. Fujita created numerous iconic covers of the period, including that of 
Time Out, 'Round About Midnight, and Mingus Ah Um.


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