157

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


comments powered by Disqus

Shop

More Articles

Read The Big Wig CD/LP/Track Review The Big Wig
by Ian Patterson
Published: May 24, 2017
Read The Dreamer Is the Dream CD/LP/Track Review The Dreamer Is the Dream
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 24, 2017
Read Bill Evans – Another Time: The Hilversum Concert CD/LP/Track Review Bill Evans – Another Time: The Hilversum Concert
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: May 24, 2017
Read The Failure of Words CD/LP/Track Review The Failure of Words
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 24, 2017
Read Groove Dreams CD/LP/Track Review Groove Dreams
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: May 23, 2017
Read Kami Fusen CD/LP/Track Review Kami Fusen
by Glenn Astarita
Published: May 23, 2017
Read "The Book of Transfigurations" CD/LP/Track Review The Book of Transfigurations
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: May 8, 2017
Read "Left" CD/LP/Track Review Left
by John Sharpe
Published: November 22, 2016
Read "Have Yourself an Alto Madness Christmas" CD/LP/Track Review Have Yourself an Alto Madness Christmas
by Jack Bowers
Published: December 4, 2016
Read "Black Shuck" CD/LP/Track Review Black Shuck
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: December 17, 2016
Read "Mujo" CD/LP/Track Review Mujo
by John Sharpe
Published: July 16, 2016
Read "Binary" CD/LP/Track Review Binary
by Dave Wayne
Published: January 5, 2017

Why wait?

Support All About Jazz and we'll deliver exclusive content, hide ads, hide slide-outs, and provide read access to our future articles.

Buy it!