While assembling the album cover Portrait Playoff (One and Two), I considered having a satellite event where the artist portrait was not a photograph, but a painting, drawing, watercolour, stick and ochre, whatever. But that idea did not really mesh with the ‘realistic’ covers, and so was shelved.

Yet those LPs making it through the qualifying rounds were diverse and interesting. I thought fans of cover art might enjoy them.

Bill Evans

Bill Evans – New Conversations [Warner, 1978]

Ken Hensley

Ken Hensley – Eager To Please [Bronze, 1975]

Count Basie

Count Basie & HIs Orchestra – Basie [World Record Club, 1971]

Vince Jones

Vince Jones – Spell [John Bye, 1985]

Lenny Bruce

Lenny Bruce – Carnegie Hall [United Artists, 1972]

Billy Cobham

Billy Cobham – Total Eclipse [Atlantic, 1974]

Ry Cooder

Ry Cooder – Get Rhythm [Warner Bros, 1987]

George Benson

George Benson – Benson Burner [Columbia, 1976]

Jethro Tull (Ian Anderson)

Jethro Tull (Ian Anderson) – Too Old To Rock ‘n’ Roll [Chrysalis, 1976]

Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith – The Empress [Columbia/Avan-Guard, 1971]


In which style would you like your portrait rendered?

For myself, I rather like the join-the-dots of the Neil Diamond cover used as the feature image.


  1. Give me the style of Ken Hensley, I dig it!

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  2. I’ll go with the Billy Cobham. But the Benson Burner one was good comic relief!!

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  3. I love that Basie cover. Can’t tell what the medium is…watercolor with some ink? The Lenny Bruce cover is interesting, in that he looks African-American….

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    1. So you’d like to be portrayed in the Basie/Yellow Submarine style? 😉


  4. I would like to be represented in the style used on the Vince Jones one – that looks very cool. I may even replicate the cover for such a portrait.

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    1. Excellent. Um, do you have a trumpet?


      1. … bah. Could I just pose with a stick and let the artist get creative?

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  5. Tangled Up In Music (by Ovidiu Boar) · · Reply

    What about Dylan’s Self-Portrait?

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    1. Indeed. There could be several instalments of this theme, couldn’t there?


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