Undercurrent

The album cover to “Undercurrent,” a 1962 collection of piano/guitar duets by Bill Evans and Jim Hall. The photo of a woman floating in the water at Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida, was taken by Toni Frissel and originally published in the December, 1947 edition of Harpers Bazaar.

Although jazz labels have a well-deserved reputation for innovative album designs, “Undercurrent” still manages to stands apart from the pack. The image, which eerily evokes Millias’ “Ophelia” as well as Shelly Winters’ memorable death scene from “Night Of The Hunter,” adds a disturbing dimension to the contemplative ballads performed by Hall and Evans.

Classic imagery befitting equally classic music.