Basquiat (1960-1988) had become well known among artists ever since the early 80's, and he has since grown infamous. The man lived fast, intense, and brief. What he left behind is incredible art.
Now, it only takes a little reading into Jean for some mentioning of his incessant playing of music while producing. The majority of it? Jazz. Some 3,000 lp's were found in his NYC loft following his untimely death. It included many of the classics from Blue Note, and others who played before his hay day in neighboring Harlem. Here is a compilation of songs drawn from that collection, with the help of Gerard Basquiat, his father. All in all, 12 main staples in early jazz from the likes of Dizzy, Bird, Miles, and Coltrane. Salute Jean's jazz!
Album with JMB painting cover art:
A couple of his pieces:
This particular one ^ is a collaboration with Andy Warhol.