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May 14, 2008


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Jon Foley

Marc: Great series so far; I'm looking forward to the last two parts.
As far as that J.J. Johnson/Kai Winding album, now called "Nuf Said," I'm glad it's been reissued, but look how they've ruined Burt Goldblatt's famous, perfectly-designed (and award-winning, I believe) cover - they've put all kinds of text, in various non-matching fonts, everywhere on the cover and completely spoiled his design. Then they gave it a dumb title it never had; the original title was "K + JJ" in tiny letters within the bell of the trombone, which you can just barely see now. Someone at Rhino (package designer Lyn Bradley?) should get fired for that one.
If you can get an image of the original cover, I wish you'd print it next to the current one so people could see the difference.

Jon Foley

Thanks for replacing that ugly Rhino cover with the original Bethlehem one. Quite a difference!

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