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BOOK REVIEW

Instrumental by Dave Chisholm

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Instrumental Dave Chisholm 136 Pages ISBN: # 1940878152 Z2 Comics 2017 With Instrumental trumpeter/composer/cartoonist Dave Chisholm presents a black and white morality tale about a struggling young trumpeter and bandleader—with an accompanying soundtrack. There have been previous instances of visual/musical collaborations: I think of Alan Moore's The Birth Caul (and other “workings") that involved spoken word and music, in some cases later illustrated; more recently, songwriter Jonathan Coulton commissioned a graphic novel ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Dave Chisholm: Instrumental

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Trumpeter/composer Dave Chisholm has a creative skill outside of music: he's also an accomplished cartoonist. His graphic novel Instrumental tells the story of an aspiring trumpeter who almost loses his soul after receiving a cursed trumpet, and this album serves as the Soundtrack. The seven selections have titles paralleling the chapters in the graphic novel, but they are rarely directly programmatic; it's more a matter of mood. So the comic and the music each can be experienced alone, but there ...

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Dave Chisholm: Calligraphy

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Trumpeter, composer and comic book writer Dave Chisholm made a confident recording debut with Radioactive (Self Produced, 2010), a big band album featuring five of his original tunes. On Calligraphy he takes a different approach, performing another set of originals in a quintet setting. Along with this paring-down of the ensemble, Chisholm's writing makes even more use of space and a “slow burn" approach to the development of mood and tension. Chisholm's trumpet tone is breathy and ...

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Dave Chisholm: Radioactive

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Radioactive was recorded in Salt Lake City in 2009, while bandleader/composer/trumpeter Dave Chisholm was working on the Master of Music degree at the University of Utah. Recording a debut album as leader with a 17-piece big band might be considered a tad hubristic, even for a Masters program--"start small" might be the received wisdom--but why not, if the chops are there to back it up? Chisholm's chops are there, instrumentally and compositionally; and so too are those of his young ...

TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Dave Chisholm

Read "Take Five With Dave Chisholm" reviewed by Dave Chisholm

Dave Chisholm is a trumpet player and composer who currently lives in Salt Lake City. He is moving to Rochester, NY in the fall of 2010 to pursue his DMA at the Eastman School of Music. He has his bachelor and masters degrees from the University of Utah.Dave's first album, Radioactive, is coming out June of 2010 and features five of his new big band compositions. It is inspired largely by comic books. Dave is also a published ...


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