Brilliant Corners

Thelonious Monk is one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time and one of first creators of modern jazz. “The piano ain’t got no wrong notes!” was his philosophy, and his compositions are full of dissonances and angular melodic twists. Brilliant Corners, the title track, has a lurching theme and abrupt time changes, and is one of his most compositionally ambitious works.

Goals:

a true passion project for me as a lover of jazz, my first goal was to update the cheesy tone of the original album art. I also wanted to dispel the idea that Monk’s music would be impossible to understand and to reach out to a wider audience.

Album Front
Album Front

Solution:

Sampling from the deep yet vibrant hues of jazz clubs, I harkened back to the 1950s through my use of color and hand-created texture. I initially created shapes in Illustrator, but printed, crumpled, and re-scanned the illustrations (with final edits in Photoshop) to emulate Monk’s rough tones.

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Record label
Vinyl record
Album Back