The next Warhol-Miles cooperation for Blue Note records follows the same path as the Kenny Burrell album: in 1956 there was an album called Introducing Johnny Griffin, with a cover designed by Reid Miles and a photo of Griffin by Francis Wolff. So for the next Griffin album on Blue Note with a Reid Miles design, Miles asks Warhol to make a graphic interpretation of the Francis Wolff photo portrait.
I have not found a contact sheet in the Warhol archives, but there is little doubt that the source picture Warhol used was either the one on the LP cover of Introducing Johnny Griffin, or a photo from that same photoshoot.
The colors on Griffins shirt in the Warhol drawing, are a great match with Griffin’s very vivid bop style on The Congregation, on tracks like Latin Quarter or It’s You or No One. Great album!
One of the earliest posts in this blog was about the Congregation album, and the differences in the printing of the colors on the album. Very few reissues have the same vivid colors as the original 1958 edition, with laminated cover. I have to admit I am a bit obsessed, and found a pressing where the colors of the cover are really well: a French issue from 1984, on Blue Note, Pathé Marconi EMI. Just talking about the cover art of course, if you want to know about sound quality of different pressings, you will have to consult other websites specialized in that matter.