Marte Roling & Fontana Records

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In the 1960s, Dutch artist Marte Röling was commissioned to design a series of album covers for Fontana Records. These beautiful releases have become legendary in the free jazz scene, as their visually extravagant yet folky design perfectly complements the music. Below, a gallery of 13 Röling covers for albums by Paul Bley, Dollar Brand, Marion Brown, Ted Curson, the Jazz Composer’s Orchestra, the New York Art Quartet, the New York Contemporary Five, Dewey Redman, George Russell, Cecil Taylor, and more.

Several of these albums have recently been reissued on CD in Japan, in mini-LP sleeves that replicate the original artwork; check Amazon Japan or eBay.

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