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by John Kelman
Mark IshamBlue SunColumbia Records1995 Better-known, perhaps, for his work in the film arena as scorer for movies including 1986's The Hitcher, the 1992 reboot of Of Mice and Men and 1998's Blade, Mark Isham has, nevertheless, demonstrated his instrumental prowess as a trumpeter on albums including pianist Art Lande's Rubisa Patrol (ECM, 1976), singer/songwriter Van Morrison's Beautiful Vision (Warner Bros., 1982), David Sylvian's Brilliant Trees (Virgin, 1984), David Torn's Cloud About Mercury (ECM, 1987) and ...read more
by C. Michael Bailey
Miles Davis 1926 - 1991. Gone these eight years (hard to believe), Miles Davis continues to compel tribute recordings. These include Herbie Hancock, et al.’s A Tribute to Miles (Warner Brothers); Benny Golson’s I Remember Miles (Evidence); Shirley Horn’s I Remember Miles (Verve); Keith Jarrett’s Bye Bye Blackbird (EMI); Cassandra Wilson’s I Travelin’ Miles (Blue Note); Endless Miles (NK2), and Carl Allen’s The Dark Side of Dewey (Evidence), just to mention a few. It seems that as these tributes are ...read more
by Douglas Payne
Miles Remembered: The Silent Way Project was, perhaps, inevitable. Trumpeter and composer Mark Isham has always displayed a predilection toward the moody melodicism Miles Davis conveyed in his electric works. But Isham is a far more methodical, constructive player and his themes (especially evident in his jazz scores to films like Afterglow ) hark to something a bit more aching and sadder than Miles's portraits of anger and defiance.Since Isham records for the same label where Miles made ...read more