Support All About Jazz

All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Pay $20 and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page, plus this box and the slideout box on the right for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.

I want to help

Dave Isaacs: Flying

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Dave Isaacs: Flying Guitarist Dave Isaacs leads the New York City-based Jackalope Junction band, and with this trio release he improvises melodies within the context of interrelated music genres. Primarily performing on electric guitar, Isaacs works with his rhythm section to navigate through country-blues, rockabilly style swing, and other mediums for him to strut his stuff. On "Front Porch Swing, he overlays a Hammond-B3 groove to complement his jazzy single-note lines. The guitarist alters his sound and mode of attack, primarily to raise the pitch or place a bit of emphasis on the band's ascending movements. To some extent, the hybrid country-swing vamp led by Isaacs' slick-picking maneuvers should appeal to fans of the late guitar-slinger Danny Gatton.

Isaacs lays it all out rather nicely as he periodically implements a bottle-neck for some hot n' nasty, wailing blues licks. The guitarist tones the session down a few notches during his nimble-picking acoustic work on "Waterfall. But he also slams the pedal to the metal in spots.

Overall, he conjures up a tasteful series of events, often dappled with attractive harmonic patterns. And his ability to ad-lib the melodic content of these pieces, framed upon structured grooves, transmits his conviction and astute musicality.

Track Listing: For True; Front Porch Swing; Eight Avenue; Sunrise; La Mosca; Shadows Waltz; Waterfall; The Lonesome Gunslinger Saves The Day; Winter's Lullaby; Xango

Personnel: Dave Isaacs: guitars, Hammond B-3; Bob Stander: bass, bass guitar synth, drum programming; Steve Holley: drums; Al Speed: Hammond B-3 (3).

Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Shadow Brook Records | Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock


CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Shadow Brook Records

More Articles

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus
Support our sponsor

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY IT  

New Service For Musicians!

Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with Premium Musician Profile.