Expectations – Keith Jarrett
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Thanks for resurrecting this (and for not using the re-issued CD version, which Columbia just photocopied from the LP). I’m impressed that you identified the font! I did the lettering on tracing paper, in about 30 minutes, using a specimen sheet found in the Columbia Records’ art department. I had wanted them to let Keith do the lettering in his own handwriting but they thought I should do it, to match the drawing.
Yes, Florian. Music back then was the center of cultural excitement – far more than art galleries or museums – so I really wanted my work on album covers. But there were no other musicians whose esthetics were as close to mine as Keith’s. I got to meet him just before “Expectations” was published and he was really depressed about the project. He had wanted the album to be his first solo effort, but Columbia, in their wisdom, rejected the music he submitted, thinking he was too young to have attracted enough of an audience for a solo album to sell well. They did not foresee that his solo concerts would make his albums bestsellers.