Chet Baker - When he was in Lucca, Chet always stayed at the Hotel Universo, room 15 where, sitting on the windowsill, he would often play his trumpet. Room 15, still today highly requested by his fans, looks onto the piazza of the Teatro del Giglio where Chet held several concerts.
The first time I heard [Bitches Brew] I thought it was the most nauseating chaos. I felt sick listening to it. Then gradually I recognized something incredibly brutal about it, and something incredibly beautiful…You’re never quite sure where you are in it. It seems to be swimming around you. It has that sound of a huge empty space, like a cathedral. It wasn’t jazz and it didn’t sound like rock'n'roll. It was building something up and watching it fall apart, that’s the beauty of it.
“It is one of those cultural markers that influenced the look of album covers precisely because of its casual down-home spontaneity and sensibility. Most album covers were carefully staged and controlled, to terrific effect on the Blue Note jazz album covers, and to not-so great-effect on the perfectly posed and clean-cut pop and folk albums. Whoever was responsible for choosing that particular photograph for The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan really had an eye for a new look.“ -Suze Rotolo
Bob Dylan and Suze Rotolo photographed by Don Hunstein for The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan || New York City, February 1963