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The second challenge of the record was that both Eubanks and Jordan were unavailable at the time we were working on the package, so my question as to what type of guitars were used by the musicians would to go unanswered, at least by them. I spent some time on the internet researching this, settling on a few models (For the record, a Vigier Apege for Stanley and a Gibson Les Paul for Kevin). Then, I called several local record shops to ask if they carried these rare vintage instruments.

Soon, under the watchful gaze of the gracious Karl at Main Drag Music in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, I found myself in the back room photographing some gorgeous and very expensive guitars in an arrangement based on my layouts for the cover images. Both artists eventually approved the results through email.

I've been incredibly fortunate in recent years to have the opportunity to merge two of my passions—music and visual art. And one thing I've learned from collaborating with excellent artists like Christian McBride, Toshiko Akiyoshi, as well as hot young up and comers like Ulysses Owens, Jr. and Matthew Rybicki —there's no end to what can be done visually in the dynamic world of jazz.

Click the "View related photos" button next to my byline to view some of my recent work.

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