Resurgence: Duende (2013)
As with the previous Resurgence recordings, Isaacs composed the seven songs (with two reprises). Duende differs with the addition of Briana Cowlishaw's vocals on pieces featuring Isaac's lyrics ("You Never Forget Love") or as an additional instrument on the pieces without words ("First Light"). Instrumentally, Isaac's voice is omnipresent, supplemented by Matt Keegan's winds or James Muller's guitars. This creative front spins delicate lace of a breezy island variety on "The Beloved" and "Dolce." But Isaacs is not content until he updates the palettes of R&B and Funk with "Gnosis," which begins conventionally enough with some churchy piano.Keegan's tenor saxophone is full-throated and bar-walking, slipping in front of Muller's artful burn.
Isaacs provides two performances of the title piece, one orchestrated and one on solo piano. It is a moody and soft composition, floating and translucent. Songs like this require a penetrating but very light touch. Isaacs proves a very fine composer in both regards. His Resurgence band is a grand vehicle for his vision.
Track Listing: First Light, You Never Forget Love; Duende; The Beloved; Dolce; New Lives; Gnosis; Duende (solo reprise); You Never Forget Love (extended mix).
Personnel: Mark Isaacs: piano; James Muller: electric and acoustic guitars; Matt Keegan: Tenor saxophone, alto clarinet, shaker; Brett Hirst: bass; Tim Firth: drums; Briana Cowlishaw: vocals.
Record Label: Gracemusic
Style: Modern Jazz