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ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Tomasz Dabrowski: Ninjazz

Read "Ninjazz" reviewed by Don Phipps

Dark and foreboding, with a slight touch of heat, Polish trumpeter Tomasz Dąbrowski's album Ninjazz offers up a selection of work that reminds one of his mentor, the late great Tomasz Stanko, with a bit of Enrico Rava, Kenny Wheeler, and Mark Isham thrown in for good measure.

Dabrowski is joined on this effort ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Mark Isham: Blue Sun

Read "Mark Isham: Blue Sun" reviewed by John Kelman

Mark Isham
Blue Sun
Columbia Records
1995

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Michael Shrieve's Spellbinder: Michael Shrieve's Spellbinder

Read "Michael Shrieve's Spellbinder" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Drummer Michael Shrieve's Spellbinder is not your garden variety group. It's a beast of band that slams, seduces, grooves, jams, and rocks in high gear. Should we expect anything less from the rhythmic motor behind Santana?

While Shrieve is best known as the driving force behind that legendary outfit, both in its original ...

only sky

Read "only sky" reviewed by John Kelman

Despite a career that now goes back over three decades, the relative infrequency of releases from guitarist and sound sculptor David Torn renders any new one, at the very least, a cause for speculation...if not enthusiastic anticipation. Beyond the soundtracks that have become one piece of the puzzle that defines who Torn is--and acting as engineer ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Art Lande: Revealing the Infinite

Read "Art Lande: Revealing the Infinite" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

Born in New York City on February 5, 1947, pianist and drummer Art Lande has been a font of creativity throughout his long and multifaceted career. Lande grew up in Long Island and started studying piano at age four; he attended Williams College, then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1969. During the early ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Art Lande / Dave Peterson: Polar Opposites

Read "Polar Opposites" reviewed by Florence Wetzel

Nestled in the foothills of Boulder, Colorado, there is a rare and precious jazz gem: pianist Art Lande. Born in 1947, Lande has had a long and fruitful career, including membership in his Rubisa Patrol quartet, which included trumpeter Mark Isham and drummer Bill Douglass. He recorded for ECM from 1973 to 1987, with players such ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Tony Levin, David Torn and Alan White - Levin Torn White (2011)

By Tom Johnson Something keeps pulling guitarist David Torn and bassist Tony Levin together. It's a partnership that blossomed with 1987's Cloud About Mercury, with drummer Bill Bruford and trumpeter Mark Isham, and, for what seemed like an eternity to fans, felt as if it might be a one-off project. In a way, it was. The two ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

David Sylvian: To Blow the Heart Wide Open

Read "David Sylvian: To Blow the Heart Wide Open" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

Many artists deliberately avoid taking risks, making changes instead opting for the safe, but David Sylvian is not one of them. Across his illustrious career, Sylvian has always sought to take listeners out of their comfort zone. Self-consciousness and introspection permeate every corner of his works. His most riveting songs have explored various topics, including spirituality ...

ARTICLE: EXTENDED ANALYSIS

David Sylvian: Manafon

Read "David Sylvian: Manafon" reviewed by John Kelman

David Sylvian
Manafon
samadhisound
2009

Since first emerging as the lead singer of 1980s synth pop group Japan, singer/multi-instrumentalist David Sylvian has turned, in many ways most surprisingly, into one of pop music's most intrepid explorers. As early as his first solo album, the crooner with a distinctive and intentioned vibrato ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Mark Isham Live at the Apple Store

Mark Isham Live at the Apple Store

Live at the Apple Store: Mark Isham

Grammy Award‒winning trumpet player and Oscar-nominated film composer Mark Isham provided music for the upcoming films “Fame" and “Bad Lieutenant." See Mark and his band, Houston Street, at this special live performance and hear songs from his latest album, Bittersweet, a collection of timeless jazz standards.

Join Mark ...