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In the small hours of the morning, on a headlongcollision into history, ambition, and magic, a trumpeter wails in theapocalypse.
"You are making ithappen. All the deaths. All thedestruction."

Tom is a solid, but not great,musician. While his bandmates are happy to play gigs for themselves at their ownclubs, drinking free beer and shooting the breeze, Tom aches for the next level,whatever that is. And as musicians are wont to do in magical fables, he meets amysterious stranger with a seemingly simple offer: take a battered old trumpetfor free, and just enjoy it, no exchanges and no strings. Whenever Tom plays it,the extraordinary music blows away his growing throngs of fans, and deadlymishaps start to follow. Tom may not have sold his soul for the music of theheavens, but he seems to have bargained away something much more serious.

From the critically acclaimed jazz musicianDave Chisholm, Instrumental is a high-spirited, suspenseful, formallyinventive, visually musical graphic novel, an epic yet intimate riff on ourlonging search for what's next.

DaveChisholm is a trumpet player, songwriter, composer, bandleader, educator,and visual artist currently residing in Rochester, NY. The breadth of Chisholm'sartistic output is exemplified in a long string of widely varied projectsincluding the big-band jazz of his debut album Radioactive (2010), thepost-rock-meets-jazz-improvisation soundscapes on Calligraphy (2011), hissoulful indie-rock singer-songwriter project Talking Under Water, theblistering straight-ahead jazz performed by Utah group John Henry, and theupstart jazz big bands Salt Lake Alternative Jazz Orchestra and Colossus. As atrumpet player, Dave has garnered international acclaim. In 2012, he performedsix nights at the Umbria Jazz Festival as part of Ryan Truesdell's "Gil Evans:Centennial" project. In 2009, he was one of two recipients of the DownbeatStudent Music Award for outstanding collegiate soloist. He has also receivednumerous accolades and awards at both the Reno Jazz Festival and the Universityof Northern Colorado Jazz Festival. Dave wrote and illustrated his first graphicnovel, LET'S GO TO UTAH!, in 2009, followed by short comics in MYSPACE DARKHORSE PRESENTS, and Locust Moon's Eisner Award-winning anthology, DREAM ANOTHERDREAM. He currently teaches at State University of New York at Brockport and atthe Hochstein School of Music and Dance.

Publisher: New York :, Z2 Comics,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781940878157
Branch Call Number: GX CHI
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,chiefly illustrations ;,26 cm


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Jul 15, 2017

This was an extremely fun read, and for those musicians out there, it will be even more meaningful! The artistic style is striking and enrapturing, despite the absence of color; the story is strange, entangling the supernatural with the power of music, but interesting nonetheless. Although you by no means have to be a musician to understand the story, it certainly makes things more interesting. However, what I found most intriguing about this Graphic Novel, was that it comes with an accompanying sound track, which you can access via the link provided on the verso of the front cover. It's up to you whether you read, then listen, vice versa, or do it all at the same time!

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