Saturday, August 02, 2008
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Mark Isham
Song:That Beautiful Sadness
Trumpeter Mark Isham is probably better known for his work in films and his New Age recordings for Windham Hill in the 80s. He also plays on a lot of sessions. This 1995 CD is a rare straight ahead jazz recording. He is heavily influenced by Miles Davis. He was born Sept. 7, 1951 in New York City. He studied classical music as a child and moved with his family to San Francisco. He got into the music scene there and joined The Sons Of Champlin in 1974. In 1976, he formed a jazz group with Art Lande called Rubisa Patrol and the recorded a couple of albums. He played on Taj Mahal's 1977 album Evolution and this got him started playing sessions. He had a band with Patrick O'Hearn called Group 87 that recorded a couple of albums and worked extensively with Van Morrison for several years. Isham recorded his solo debut Vapor Drawings in 1983 for Windham Hill and he became known for his atmospheric synthesizer recordings. He also composed his first film score in 1983 for the Carroll Ballard film Never Cry Wolf. He's very busy with his film music so it's difficult for him to fit in other things. But he was commissioned by the St. Louis Symphony to write a classical piece in 1992. This 1995 CD Blue Sun was Isham's first jazz album and since then he has worked with sax player Dave Leibman on Miles Davis tribute albums and tours. Blue Sun is very good straight ahead jazz with Steve Taviglione on tenor sax, David Goldblatt on piano, Doug Lunn on bass and Kurt Wortman on drums. Isham continues to be very busy with his film work. His most recent CD is the soundtrack for The Mist and his next score will be on Diane English's remake of The Women to be released in September. Here's Mark Isham performing with Dave Leibman at the 2008 San Sebastien Jazz Festival.
If you're wondering what happened to the blog yesterday, it appears that Blogger flagged numerous blogs as spam yesterday so I couldn't post. But I did save yesterday's song of the day and it is now up. Blogger admitted their error late last night and everything is back to normal.