Mingus Plays Piano
Mingus Plays Piano

Impulse (1963)

Expression, John Coltrane
Expression, John Coltrane

Impulse (1968)

Victory ar Sea, Vol. 1
Victory ar Sea, Vol. 1

RCA Victor, composer Richard Rodgers (1959)

He Hears His Master's Voice
He Hears His Master's Voice

RCA Victor, 60 Years of Music America Loves Best (1979) Kalin repainted and slightly revised the trademark image from a 1899 painting by English artist Francis Barraud, A.R.A..

Brahms Violin Concerto
Brahms Violin Concerto

RCA Victor: Chicago Symphony, Heifetz (1958)

Glenn Miller
Glenn Miller

RCA Victor: Selections from the Glenn Miller Story 1963)

Flip Phillips
Flip Phillips
Duke Ellington / Rockin' in Rhythm
Duke Ellington / Rockin' in Rhythm

Decca (1970)

Night at Santa Rita
Night at Santa Rita

Flying Dutchman, Robert Scheer (1969) An account of a night spent in the Santa Rita prison farm in Alameda County, CA. Ron Carter and James Spaulding perform musical backgrounds, as DJ Rosko reads Scheer's account in his deep voice.

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Illustration • Record Album

1960s-70s  •  The popularity of the mass market paperback began to wane in the early '60s, crowded out by hardcover books, trade and celebrity paperbacks, TV, photography and the recorded music industry. Vinyl records became a major part of the cultural landscape. When the best-selling, 45 rpm plain-jacketed 7" single lwas surpassed by the 12” LP record, the larger album cover required art. Although the convention of depicting musicians with their instruments meant less freedom with concept, Vic continued to experiment with techniques and styles. A life-long music lover, he was in his element, traveling to concerts and festivals with a press pass and a camera, capturing images that would later appear as illlustrations by themselves, or be used as the basis for album covers, liner notes, concert programs, and fine art.

© 2015 by Rebecca Kalin

Vic created over 100 album front covers as well as back covers and liners, e.g., the inside liner pen & ink drawing of John Coltrane for A Love Supreme. Among his clients were: RCA Victor, Decca Jazz, Impulse, Flying Dutchman, Brunswick, Celestial Harmonies and Philco.