7 September 1951, New York City, New York, USA. Born into a musical family that encouraged him to learn the piano, violin, and trumpet at an early age, Mark Isham began studying the jazz trumpet while at high school and then explored electronic music while in his early 20s. For a time he pursued parallel careers as a classical, jazz and rock musician, performing, for instance, with the San Francisco Opera, the Beach Boys and Pharoah Sanders, but by the early 70s, he concentrated his efforts on jazz. As co-leader of pianist Art Landes Rubisa Patrol, he recorded two albums on ECM Records in the late 70s, continuing his partnership with Lande through to the late 80s. Together with guitarist Peter Mannu, synthesizer player Patrick OHearn and drummer Terry Bozzio, he set up the Group 87 ensemble in 1979, releasing a self-titled debut album in 1980 and A Career In Dada Processing four years later. At the same time, Isham continued his links with rock music,...
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