“Hot Off The Presses” so to speak is the Digital redesign and reissue of a book I designed over 15 years ago. I did all the layout, design and image work.
Author Bruce Spizer, a New Orleans attorney, published this book as his first in a series of 9 books total, chronicling the recordings of the Beatles in America and UK. Primarily geared towards collectors, it also has lots of great stories about how the music was made. If you’re a Beatle fan, this is a must-have.
The original book was a heavy coffee-table book full of images and detailed descriptions of every conceivable label. Bruce re-edited the book by placing all such information at the end of each chapter, giving the reader the opportunity to skip the label details without missing any of the stories. You can merely tap on the highlighted page number and skip forward to the next chapter, bypassing the highly detailed information. The digital book also gives the reader the ability to navigate pages by touching the screen. By merely touching the page reference, the desired page appears on the screen. And after checking out the new page, you can touch the GET BACK key to take you back to where you once belonged (or at least back to where you were reading). The digital book also gives you the ability to enlarge images. This is particularly helpful when you want to read small text in advertisements and on record labels. It’s a really cool feature that can’t be done in a regular book.
JASON MARSALIS on the Vibes with a “swinging mix of post-bop jazz, bluesy swing, and contrapuntal post-bop sections” (allmusic.com) for his IN A WORLD OF MALLETS. And what fun when the CD cover was painted onto a cake for the release party. Basin Street Records
DAVELL CRAWFORD‘s MY GIFT TO YOU is phenomenal. This new Basin Street Records release is a deluxe package with a 24-page booklet that includes lyrics, original photos, and commentary from Davell. In addition, we created an Itunes liner notes PDF booklet for downloads.
Songs of Freedom, Resistance and the Underground Railroad
This is the second in a series of educational materials produced by the New Orleans Jazz National Historic Park. It is a two-disc set with a deluxe oversized digipak and a full-color 16-page booklet.
The images were created by Stephen Marc from his magnificent book, Passage on the Underground Railroad. Published by Stephen Marc in conjunction with the University Press of Mississippi www.upress.state.ms.us/books/1125
The CD is currently available at the New Orleans Jazz NHP, 916 North Peters Street, New Orleans, LA