Vinnie Colaiuta and Mark Isham
A-Tone Recordings, an imprint of Extreme Music
Vinnie Colaiuta is a master session drummer – from Sting to Herbie Hancock via Frank Zappa and Joni Mitchell – there’s almost no chance you’ve never heard his work. He’s playing those sizzling hi-hats on the them tune to the TV show ALF ffs!
Mark Isham is probably as prolific – a trumpeter and synth player – he has appeared on records by Van Morrison and Pharoah Sanders. He’s made over a dozen albums under his own name spanning jazz and ambient but as a composer he’s best known for contributing to and creating dozens (and dozens) of TV and film scores.
Here Isham and Colaiuta combine to make a mood-piece of 25 minutes that is split into tracks but feels very soundtrack-y; gloriously so, by the way.
There is some of the feel of Colaiuta’s first solo album but where that was too often (and logically enough) a drum showcase, here he dials back the fills to make background textures for Isham’s synth swabs.
Opener, April Rain, introduces the instruments and perhaps more importantly the instrumentalists, and then the title track plays out like a new take on Wayne Shorter’s music for Glengarry Glen Ross, all evocations of rain in the sizzle and swagger that Vinnie offers.
Short, dark moods (The Mind Without Fear) that almost seem to be missing Bowie doing his Scott Walker-approximations mix and mingle with Eno-esque wafting (Minor Characters).
Hard Candy is so entirely in my wheelhouse. A nice new discovery. Perhaps my favourite new/ish genre of music is soundtrack albums for movies that don’t exist. And this is certainly a brilliant example of mood-pieces that feel like their own movie or story.