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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Isaiah B Brunt Music: Isaiah B Brunt - A Moment In Time - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, A Moment In Time, from Isaiah B Brunt and it's refreshing. Opening with Still Waiting, Isaiah Brunt takes the lead on vocal and guitar backed by the cool piano work of Mike Lemmier, bass by George Porter Jr and drums on Doug Belote. The horn section featuring Jeffrey T Watkins on sax and Ian E Smith on trumpet and trombone really give the track a taste of New Orleans. Singing The Blues has a bit more of a contemporary pop track with solid horns and piano backing. Sarah E Burke adds nice backing vocals and the lap steel work of Brunt is very textural. Vocal phrasing by Brunt on That Place On The Road really reminds me a bit of Jim Morrison, the lizard king and Smoky Greenwell adds harmonica work, giving the track more color. Lost Jacket Blues has a straight up 12 bar drive but the horn section pumps it up giving it a hotter feel. A nice sax solo by Watkins gives the track more sparkle. Funky track, May I Dance With You, has a cool rhythm with riding B3 work by Lemmier on the top. Burke's backing vocals are a real treat and Brunt's guitar work trading with Watkins results in a super funky sax solo. Very nice. Travel Back In Time is a really cool track featuring Tuba Steve driving the train with his Sousaphone work. James Evan's excellent clarinet lines give the track a real feel of New Orleans, accented by the drum style of Belote and the horn punctuation by Smith and Watkins. Boogie track, Party Late All Night, keeps it low key relying mostly on Brunt's vocal lines but with a swinging sax solo by Watkins. Wrapping the release is title track, A Moment In Time, a quiet ballad with nicely blended vocals with Burke. The addition of David Stocker on Mellotron and the slide work by Brunt gives the track a particularly smooth soothing feel.

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