"I think of Flora as the Picasso of Jazz; his other-worldly depictions of Jazz musicians capture perfectly the vibe of a certain era of the music—brash, swingin' and full of ecstatic movement. There's another side to Flora as well. If you look closely at his LP illustrations, beyond the exciting flash, you see a cunning method to his cartoonish madness."
Flora has inspired a generation of bedazzled imitators; smiling, post-modern, energetic hipsters with artist's tools in hand, paying homage to the master, and no wonder, too; when it comes to post-modernity in popular musical illustration, there is nobody who can lay a greater claim to the throne. He was the benchmark for the the album era, and a reminder, by way of an LP epitaph, that popular culture can also be high art, and that creativity can (and should) be above all else. In the current environment, where derivation and superficial pastiche are the law of the land, we need people like Jim Flora more than ever.