Mark Isaacs: Keeping The Standards (2004)
The Standards Project consists of six lengthy investigations of the American Songbook. "Skylark" opens the recital with an impressionistic bang that fades into some double fisted barrelhouse playing. "Gone With The Wind" signals a post bop surprise, with Adam Nussbaum making as much joyful noise as he can. Wayne Shorter’s "Footprints" receives a searingly introspective treatment, one that might have been expected from Bill Evans. "Somewhere" is the longest piece, clocking in at fourteen-plus minutes. Here, Isaacs explores fully the harmonic possibilities of the song.
Mark Isaacs has talent to burn, as proven on his previous contemporary jazz record, Closer, where he performed original compositionsand now he focuses on a standard piano trio playing standards. Keeping The Standards is the beginning of what this writer hopes is a full- blown treatment of the American Canon by an exciting talent.
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Track Listing: Skylark; Gone With the Wind; Footprints; Falling In Love With Love; Somewhere.
Personnel: Mark Isaacs