27 October 2010

S. Neil Fujita

S. Neil Fujita, the graphic designer whose work was featured on album covers for Dave Brubeck's Time Out, Miles Davis' Round About Midnight, and Charles Mingus' Mingus Ah Um, passed away last weekend. The New York Times has a lengthy obituary. Fujita also designed book jackets for The Godfather, In Cold Blood, and many others. Though you may not have heard of him, you are undoubtedly familiar with his work.

19 October 2010

Marion Brown

Alto saxophonist Marion Brown, a much loved member of the 1960s jazz avant garde, passed away last week. Peter Hum writes a nice remembrance here. I got my first taste of Brown's music from Destination Out, I'm sure there will be a tribute up at that site soon.

On an unrelated note, you may have noticed my absence lately. I've been working on some projects that have sucked up much of my free time lately, so blogging will likely remain sporadic through November.