Jazz Selection 1

Jazz Selection (France) / c. 1957

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Design: A brilliant piece of typography, evoking the unpredictability and play on rhythm of the music. A subtle twist is to be seen in the cap 'A,' which has the stress on the left main stroke instead of the right. The red and green colour combination is also a significant contrast, being at opposite ends of the spectrum. In the early 1920s the Okeh label, which had been using the term 'Colored Catalog' for its black artists, dropped the term in favour of 'Race Records,' which was seen as a positive affirmation of African-American aspirations; other labels soon followed suit. 'Race Series' seen here is a continuation of that practice.

History: Unknown (have info? Please send to info.re.78s@shaw.ca). Label scan courtesy of collector and musicologist Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K. Alternate colour label scan (below) courtesy of jazzologist and collector Dave Dixon of Canada.

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