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  • Audio CD (December 16, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B000002B7D
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,846 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By the mid-'90s, trumpeter Mark Isham didn't need to make another solo album. After all, his artistic reputation--and financial security--had already been assured by his work as a film and television composer. He had won Oscar, Grammy, and Emmy nominations for his scores, as well as ongoing critical." Somehow, though, it wasn't enough--he "wanted a vehicle where I could realize my own artistic vision." That vehicle is Blue Sun, Isham's first solo album in four years and the first straight-ahead, acoustic jazz album of his career. He recorded it with the jazz quintet he has led in Los Angeles in recent years (pianist David Goldblatt, saxophonist Steve Tavaglione, bassist Doug Lunn and drummer Kurt Wortman) and that's the band he brings to this project, which mirrors his lifelong admiration for Miles Davis. Isham's Blue Sun does have the understated romanticism of "Kind of Blue," especially in the leader's muted-trumpet smears and in pianist David Goldblatt's space-filled broken chords. The most obvious tribute comes on "And Miles to Go... Before He Sleeps," a ballad tribute to Davis featuring Isham's languid trumpet lines. --Geoffrey Himes

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Every time I hear it, it stops me dead in my tracks.
piperglenn
This is a very intimate, personal, understated, and reflective effort from Isham.
ROGER L. FOREMAN
And this music is so good the inevitability is still satisfying.
"ray@eyeandear.freeserve.co.uk"

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By ROGER L. FOREMAN on September 30, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I hate to make Miles Davis comparisons, and I won't even attempt to critique his technique--I'll let the experts and the brass players do that. I will simply say that, as years have gone by, when I am in the mood for a trumpet CD, I reach for SKETCHES OF SPAIN or BLUE SUN. I don't know what that says for Miles or Isham, but I love both. BLUE SUN is such a wonderful blend of sounds, melodies, and harmonies that I just don't get tired of hearing it. From the opening percussive notes of "Barcelona," right through the subtle keyboard and sax intro to "That Beautiful Sadness," the more restless feel of "Trapeze" and the melancholy "Lazy Afternoon," Isham has me in his grasp. I love the sax harmony and interplay on "Blue Sun," the sorrow of "In More Than Love," and the tip of the hat to both Miles Davis and Robert Frost (I'm a high school English teacher, so I really appreciate the Frost reference) on "And Miles To Go . . . Before He Sleeps." I love just the hint of electric on the closing tune, "Tour de Chance," as well--it closes everything nicely.
Where he really slays me, though, is on "In a Sentimental Mood," track 8. I don't think anyone, living or dead, could wring any more emotion and "sentiment" out of a melody than Isham does on this piece. Ohhhh. It's almost exhausting to listen to, but somehow I don't feel exhausted when it's done--I feel refreshed and invigorated. He's done all the work--I just need to slow down and listen. . . . Really nice keyboard work underneath and behind the melody--very understated and appropriate. I don't know how a person could listen to Isham on this track and not run out and buy the CD.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By "ray@eyeandear.freeserve.co.uk" on December 10, 2001
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This is the first time I have felt moved to take up the "write a review" invitation. But I want to repay the artists and pass on the good news. This CD has brought, and continues to bring, me enormous pleasure. It appeals to the mind, the feelings, and the body - there's times when you just HAVE to move to the rhythm. We have a pretty extensive collection of music, but I've listened to Blue Sun so often I can almost anticipate every note as it arrives. And this music is so good the inevitability is still satisfying. It's years since I listened so much to a single album - the Dead's Europe 72, Big Fun by Miles, Future Games by Spirit, Astral Weeks, After Bathing At Baxter's, Tim Buckley's Blue Afternoon. Not a duff track, not a weak link and the arrangement on the Duke Ellington cover just may be one of the best covers of any tune ever. If you made it to this review I guess you are contemplating buying this anyway??? Hesitate no more.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By rash67 VINE VOICE on July 15, 2002
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One of my all time favorites.

Mark Isham's music straddles that no-man's land between Jazz, New Age and filmscores, which is a shame because record companies often don't know which area to put his albums in! This album is all Jazz, not New Age or Jazz-lite.

It's is an overlooked classic! Great lyrical, meditative music, warm and laid back. There is a warm tone to it, I would call it "Red Sun" or "Orange Sun" I think if I had named it, the name "Blue Sun" sounds a little too cool, unless it's an oblique reference to Miles Davis "Kind of Blue".

Usually this music sounds improvisational, but occasionally it sounds a tad scripted, but that's a minor criticism, the overall effect is smooth, pleasant and laid back, without sounding like vacuous Smooth Jazz. He has the paid particular attention to tone, perfectly, with the Harmon mute. A quality so often missing in Jazz today. As is stated below, the sound is often quite reminiscent of Miles Davis pre-1965 period. Listen to "Round Midnight" by Davis, then listen to this!

I consider this a great find, I find myself returning to listen over and over late at night. Don't miss this one.

Well recorded. Five stars for recording, 4 1/2 for performance, if it were a better seller, it would deserve 5 stars under my tough grading system!

Improves with repeated listening. Highly recommended. Buy this album. I wish Mark Isham would do another album like this one
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Humberto Mejia on July 1, 2006
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I usually do not review profound jazz albums because the quality of analysis of other more qualified reviewers prevents me from adding anything more substantial, so i would just like to share my first impression.

Im 42 yo and this is the first time I hear an album of Mark Isham, this is music to relax and to think, not the type of relax you expect from new-age or that type of music..this is the music to watch Edward Hopper paintings and ponder on the subtle levity of existence
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By loce_the_wizard VINE VOICE on December 13, 2005
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Mark Isham's "Blue Sun" is infused with a sensibility that is refined and cool-cool in the jazz idiom. Mr. Isham wrote seven of the songs here, and he plays these modern jazz arrangements with confidence and skill. I suppose that any discussion of a trumpet-led jazz ensemble has to acknowledge Miles Davis, so let it be said that Mr. Isham does not imbue his music with the sneer that marred some of Mr. Davis' later works and that this session echoes his work form the latter part of the 1950s.

Mr. Isham moves through the jazz landscape deftly, adding some flourishes here and there that are clearly modern, but the overall sound is that of a classic jazz quintet drawing on electric bass, acoustic and electric piano, drums, and tenor sax to coax and compel listeners to keep their ears open. It would be a mistake to relegate this recording to the role of background music, for it should not be considered part of the "lite" or triple-z jazz (as in snoozzze) that infests FM radio and department stores. "Blue Sun" rewards the attention to details that comes from really listening.
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