Friday, 17 April 2009
Malcolm Lowry had a life long love of jazz music particularily the essentially "white" sound of the classically trained artists such as Eddie Lang.
Eddie Lang (October 25, 1902 – March 26, 1933) was an American jazz guitarist, regarded as the most important Chicago jazz guitarist and the Father of the Jazz Guitar. He played a Gibson L-4 and L-5 guitar, providing great influence for many guitarists, including Django Reinhardt - Read more on Wikipedia or listen to Eddie at Red Hot Jazz
References to jazz music crop up in many of Lowry's novels. Perle Epstein's essay Swinging The Maelstrom: Malcolm Lowry and Jazz in George Woodcock ed. Malcolm Lowry The Man And His Work (2007) is a very useful starting point to appreciate Lowry's love of jazz.