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Now Playing #34

Posted in Album Art, Music, Now Playing with tags on October 25, 2014 by Dylan Thomas Hayden


Born Salvatore Massaro on this day in 1902, Eddie Lang was the first great guitarist in jazz, and among the earliest guitar heroes in the history of popular music. A virtuoso on his instrument, Lang and his violinist partner brought classical chops to their music and pioneered an influential form of chamber jazz that would be so successfully imitated by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli as to nearly eclipse their own reputations. Lang died tragically at the age of 30 but fortunately for music lovers he was a prolific recording artist as soloist, sideman and freelance session player and his superb musicianship is well documented. Highlights include his solo recordings, which feature his own charming compositions and extreme virtuosity; his many small group recordings with hot jazz stars like Clarence Williams, Bix Beiderbecke, King Oliver and of course Joe Venuti; and his brilliant duets with Lonnie Johnson, probably his only equal at the time. What he might have accomplished had he lived into the age of bebop and electrification can hardly be imagined.

Crumb Scores

Posted in Music with tags on October 24, 2014 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

George Crumb, Agnus Dei
George Crumb, Crucifixus
George Crumb, Spiral Galaxy
George Crumb, Threnody II Black Angel
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Three Musical Birthdays

Posted in Music with tags , , on October 24, 2014 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Luciano Berio
Luciano Berio
24 October 1925 – 27 May 2003

George Crumb
George Crumb
Born 24 October 1929

Sofia Gubaidulina
Sofia Gubaidulina
Born 24 October 1931

Today is a great one for lovers of contemporary music, who will want to join me in wishing a happy birthday to George Crumb and Sofia Gubaidulina, in their eighties and still going strong, while remembering the late, great Luciano Berio.

John Coltrane at the Guggenheim, 1960

Posted in Music, Photo with tags , on October 21, 2014 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

In the Woods of Miyota

Posted in Music with tags on October 20, 2014 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Now Playing #33

Posted in Album Art, Music, Now Playing with tags , , on October 20, 2014 by Dylan Thomas Hayden


It’s nearly ten years since the death of hip hop’s holy fool, and close to twenty since, with the assistance of his Wu-Tang colleagues, he dropped his first album, one of the maddest and baddest records of all time, in any genre. A bizarre collage of gritty beats, freakish sounds, filthy anecdotes and deranged rants it is unique and inimitable and always gets my head nodding while raising a smile. Here are the original album art and another Blue Note influenced re-styling by Logan Walters.

Now Playing #32

Posted in Album Art, Music, Now Playing with tags , on October 19, 2014 by Dylan Thomas Hayden


Not the real cover art of this classic album, but a re-imagining in the style of Blue Note Records by Logan Walters.

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