Sunday, 17 August 2014
LP Artwork: Give Him the Ooh-La-La
Of course, Verve founder and impresario, Norman Granz, was a serious art lover. Indeed, he later sold his collection of Picasso paintings to fund his last label - Pablo Records - a decade after he'd sold Verve to MGM.
Pablo was launched in 1973 with a lavish 3-LP boxed set entitled, Jazz at the Santa Monica Civic - recorded at a special concert notable for its line-up including Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, Stan Getz, Ray Brown, Eddie Lockjaw Davis, Tommy Flanagan, Al Grey and Roy Eldridge.