Reid Miles

Reid Miles

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Reid Miles (4 July 1927 – 2 February 1993) was an American graphic designer and photographer.

Reid Miles was born in Chicago on 4 July 1927 but, following the Stock Market Crash and the separation of his parents, moved with his mother to Long Beach, California in 1929.
After high school Miles joined the Navy and, following his discharge, moved to Los Angeles to enrol at Chouinard Art Institute.
After working in New York in the early 1950s for John Hermansader and Esquire magazine, Miles was hired in his own right around 1955 by Francis Wolff of the jazz record label Blue Note to design album covers when the label began releasing their recordings on 12" LPs. Miles designed several hundred covers, frequently incorporating the session photographs of Francis Wolff and, later, his own photographs, although many of his later designs dispensed entirely with photographs.
Miles wasn't particularly interested in jazz, professing to have much more of an interest in classical music, but used the descriptions of the sessions relayed to him by producer Alfred Lion to create the artwork.
Lion's retirement as a record producer in 1967 coincided with the end of Miles' connection with Blue Note. "Fifty Bucks an album...they loved it, thought it was modern, they thought it went with the music...one or two colors to work with at that time and some outrageous graphics!".
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BLP 5061 Fats Sadi Combo* Fats Sadi Combo* - The Swinging Fats Sadi Combo(10", Album, Mono) Blue Note Records BLP 5061 US 1954 Sell This Version
Lou Donaldson Sextet Lou Donaldson Sextet - Lou Donaldson Sextet Volume 2 (Album) Blue Note US 1954 Sell This Version
Milt Jackson With John Lewis (2), Percy Heath, Kenny Clarke, Lou Donaldson And The Thelonious Monk Quintet Milt Jackson With John Lewis (2), Percy Heath, Kenny Clarke, Lou Donaldson And The Thelonious Monk Quintet - Milt Jackson With John Lewis, Percy Heath, Kenny Clarke, Lou Donaldson And The Thelonious Monk Quintet (Comp) Blue Note US 1955 Sell This Version
Julius Watkins Sextet Julius Watkins Sextet - Volume Two (Album) Blue Note US 1955 Sell This Version
Miles Davis Miles Davis - Volume 1 (Comp) Blue Note US 1955 Sell This Version
Hank Mobley Quartet Hank Mobley Quartet - Hank Mobley Quartet (Album) Blue Note US 1955 Sell This Version
7005, LP 7005, PRLP 7005 The Modern Jazz Quartet The Modern Jazz Quartet - Concorde(LP, Album) Prestige, Prestige, Prestige 7005, LP 7005, PRLP 7005 US 1955 Sell This Version
Kenny Dorham Kenny Dorham - 'Round About Midnight At The Cafe Bohemia (Album) Blue Note, Blue Note US 1956 Sell This Version
Jimmy Smith Jimmy Smith - A New Star - A New Sound, Vol. 1 (Album) Blue Note US 1956 Sell This Version
Thelonious Monk Thelonious Monk - Genius Of Modern Music Volume One (Comp) Blue Note US 1956 Sell This Version
Johnny Griffin Johnny Griffin - Introducing Johnny Griffin (Album) Blue Note US 1956 Sell This Version
Miles Davis Miles Davis - Volume 2 (Comp) Blue Note US 1956 Sell This Version
Jimmy Smith Jimmy Smith - At The Organ, Volume 3 (Album) Blue Note US 1956 Sell This Version
Horace Silver Horace Silver - Horace Silver Trio (Comp) Blue Note US 1956 Sell This Version
Jutta Hipp Jutta Hipp - At The Hickory House Volume 2 (Album) Blue Note US 1956 Sell This Version
Thad Jones Thad Jones - The Magnificent Thad Jones (Album) Blue Note US 1956 Sell This Version
The Incredible Jimmy Smith* The Incredible Jimmy Smith* - At Club "Baby Grand" Wilmington, Delaware, Volume 2 (Album) Blue Note US 1956 Sell This Version
Gil Melle* Gil Melle* - Patterns In Jazz (Album) Blue Note US 1956 Sell This Version
Jutta Hipp With Zoot Sims Jutta Hipp With Zoot Sims - Jutta Hipp With Zoot Sims (Album) Blue Note US 1956 Sell This Version
Miles Davis / Stan Getz / Gerry Mulligan / Lee Konitz / Sonny Rollins / Zoot Sims Miles Davis / Stan Getz / Gerry Mulligan / Lee Konitz / Sonny Rollins / Zoot Sims - Conception (Comp) Prestige, Prestige US 1956 Sell This Version
Jutta Hipp Jutta Hipp - At The Hickory House Volume 1 (Album) Blue Note US 1956 Sell This Version
Thad Jones Thad Jones - Detroit-New York Junction (Album) Blue Note US 1956 Sell This Version
The Incredible Jimmy Smith* The Incredible Jimmy Smith* - At Club "Baby Grand" Wilmington, Delaware, Volume 1 (Album) Blue Note US 1956 Sell This Version
Horace Silver Quintet* Horace Silver Quintet* - 6 Pieces Of Silver (Album) Blue Note US 1956 Sell This Version
Kenny Burrell Kenny Burrell - Introducing Kenny Burrell (Album) Blue Note US 1956 Sell This Version