Mark Isham

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Mark Isham
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Mark Isham (b. September 7, 1951, in New York) is an American trumpeter, synthesist and Academy Award-nominated composer. He works in a variety of genres, including jazz, electronic and film music.

Isham studied classical music, but also became interested in jazz, rock, and pop music. During the 70s he became a touring and session musician in various assemblies (Charles Lloyd, Beach Boys, Van Morrison) and appeared later as guest musician on many releases of well-known artists (David Sylvian, Rolling Stones, Susan Vega).

His early solo releases during the 80s had a strong emphasis on electronics, ranging from New Age (all Windham Hill releases) to abstract (soundtracks). During the 90s Isham rediscovered his roots in (contemporary) classical music and jazz and blended these genres in many releases of this incredibly productive period of his career.
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CT-1-1081 Mark Isham - Rubisa Patrol album art Art Lande, Mark Isham, Bill Douglass, Glenn Cronkhite, Rubisa Patrol Art Lande, Mark Isham, Bill Douglass, Glenn Cronkhite, Rubisa Patrol - Rubisa Patrol (Album) ECM Records, ECM Records CT-1-1081 US 1976 Sell This Version
REV-32 Mark Isham - A Jazz Composer's Ensemble album art Paul Nash (6) Featuring Mark Isham With Eddie Marshall (2) & Art Lande Paul Nash (6) Featuring Mark Isham With Eddie Marshall (2) & Art Lande - A Jazz Composer's Ensemble(LP, Album) Revelation Records (3) REV-32 US 1979 Sell This Version
6.26164 AP, 6.26164, TA-C-1027 Mark Isham - Vapor Drawings album art Mark Isham Vapor Drawings (Album) Windham Hill Records 6.26164 AP, 6.26164, TA-C-1027 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
WT-1041 Mark Isham - Film Music album art Mark Isham Film Music (Album) Windham Hill Records WT-1041 US 1985 Sell This Version
208 056 Mark Isham - Trouble In Mind (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art Mark Isham / Marianne Faithfull Mark Isham / Marianne Faithfull - Trouble In Mind (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Island Records 208 056 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
WH-0706 Mark Isham - The Emperor And The Nightingale album art Hans Christian Andersen, Glenn Close, Mark Isham Hans Christian Andersen, Glenn Close, Mark Isham - The Emperor And The Nightingale (Album) Windham Hill Records WH-0706 US 1987 Sell This Version
L-19113, L 19113 Mark Isham - The Steadfast Tin Soldier album art Jeremy Irons, Mark Isham Jeremy Irons, Mark Isham - The Steadfast Tin Soldier (Album) Windham Hill Records L-19113, L 19113 Australia & New Zealand 1987 Sell This Version
ECM 1338, 831 621-1 Mark Isham - We Begin album art Mark Isham / Art Lande Mark Isham / Art Lande - We Begin (Album) ECM Records, ECM Records ECM 1338, 831 621-1 US 1987 Sell This Version
CS 3919 Mark Isham - The Beast Of War (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art Mark Isham The Beast Of War (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) A&M Records CS 3919 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
VJD-32201 Mark Isham - The Moderns (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art Mark Isham And Charlelie Couture* Mark Isham And Charlelie Couture* - The Moderns (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Virgin, Virgin VJD-32201 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
VG 2513 Mark Isham - Castalia album art Mark Isham Castalia (Album) Virgin, Virgin VG 2513 Greece 1988 Sell This Version
0777 7 86050 2 7 Mark Isham - Castalia album art Mark Isham Castalia(CD, Album) Virgin 0777 7 86050 2 7 US 1988 Sell This Version
PRCD9999 Mark Isham - Special Radio Edits album art Mark Isham Special Radio Edits(CD, Promo, Smplr) Virgin, Virgin Records America, Inc. PRCD9999 US 1988 Sell This Version
01934 11080-2 Mark Isham - Tibet album art Mark Isham Tibet (Album) Windham Hill Records 01934 11080-2 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
WT-0712 Mark Isham - Thumbelina album art Kelly McGillis, Mark Isham Kelly McGillis, Mark Isham - Thumbelina (Album) Festival Records WT-0712 US 1989 Sell This Version
74041-70208-2 Mark Isham - The Emperor's New Clothes album art Mark Isham, John Gielgud Mark Isham, John Gielgud - The Emperor's New Clothes (Album) Windham Hill Records 74041-70208-2 US 1990 Sell This Version
1-91359 Mark Isham - Love At Large (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art Mark Isham Love At Large (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Virgin 1-91359 US 1990 Sell This Version
BW012 Mark Isham - Childscape album art Ray Russell Featuring Gil Evans And Mark Isham Ray Russell Featuring Gil Evans And Mark Isham - Childscape(CD, Album, RE) B&W, B&W Music BW012 UK 1990 Sell This Version
VUSMC26 Mark Isham - Mark Isham album art Mark Isham Mark Isham (Album) Virgin America, Virgin America VUSMC26 Italy 1990 Sell This Version
V 2619, 210 630 Mark Isham - Everybody Wins (Original Soundtrack) album art Mark Isham Everybody Wins (Original Soundtrack) (Album) Virgin V 2619, 210 630 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
73138-35611-4 Mark Isham - Billy Bathgate (Music From The Original Soundtrack) album art Mark Isham Billy Bathgate (Music From The Original Soundtrack) (Album) Milan 73138-35611-4 US 1991 Sell This Version
CD CH 528 Mark Isham - Reversal Of Fortune (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art Mark Isham Reversal Of Fortune (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Milan America CD CH 528 US 1991 Sell This Version
VSD-5343 Mark Isham - Little Man Tate (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art Mark Isham Little Man Tate (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Varèse Sarabande VSD-5343 US 1991 Sell This Version
RCE 74041-70772-2 Mark Isham - The Boy Who Drew Cats album art William Hurt, Mark Isham William Hurt, Mark Isham - The Boy Who Drew Cats(CD, Album) Rabbit Ears, BMG Kidz, Rincon Children's Entertainment RCE 74041-70772-2 US 1991 Sell This Version
VSD-5374 Mark Isham - The Public Eye (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) album art Mark Isham The Public Eye (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Album) Varèse Sarabande VSD-5374 US 1992 Sell This Version

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curtisryan9

curtisryan9

October 6, 2020
edited 8 months ago
An absolute genius of an artist, who has slowly slipped from the dizzying heights of his most prolific period (1978-1988), where he utilised various synths, combined them with a jazzy nature via his trademark flugel-horn sound through soundtracks and the notable collaborations with other artists such as David Sylvian and Art Lande, then strangely seemed to give up with this truly amazing sound to score films such as Racing Stripes and Bill And Ted 3. The mind baffles. I'd normally hold back on this type of critique, but he seems to have become lost in his Scientology and ignorance. Numerous attempts to advise reissues and other various matters with the fact he was charging around £50 for a 6-track vinyl LP (Cover Art), with no reply purely explains itself. A shame.

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