Monday, May 03, 2004

Australian press for new CD

I believe there are reviews in the Sydney Morning Herald & Limelight magazine soon to be published, but I'm delighted by the response in the press for my new CD Keeping the Standards. Here's a roundup to date:

“The world of Mark Isaacs is a strangely compelling place. Passionate, whimsical, joyfully erratic, sometimes eccentric and always deeply thoughtful . . letting loose, overflowing with ideas”
THE AUSTRALIAN

“There have been some hugely impressive jazz trio albums released in the past 12 months, but none has made me smile as much as this new one from Isaacs . . littered with moment after moment of superb timing and crack ensemble”
AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW

“Numinous interpretations delivered with a measured grace, displaying all the beautiful reasons why the piano trio format is so bewitching and ageless”
SUNDAY HERALD SUN

“The trio’s musicianship and Isaacs’s inventiveness make the standards fly. His power lies in his ability to put each standard through many re-inventions. He morphs the familiar into the unexpected and then repeats the process over and over again. Great music, whatever genre, is about tension and release. This has it in spades”
THE AGE

“It's as if Isaacs' mission is to show a tune all the different things it can be. As ever with Isaacs, it is direct, concentrated and free-wheeling, as playful and serious as art can be”
AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW

“A gorgeous rendition, this is where the trio is at its most inspired: there is a sense that they are simply letting the music happen and you feel fortunate to be a witness”
RHYTHMS MAGAZINE

“Their interpretations avoid any suggestion of the prosaic and become pieces of rare and sometimes fragile beauty”
CANBERRA TIMES

“Taking on the challenge of finding something new to say with some familiar songs [Isaacs] succeeds brilliantly”
THE BULLETIN

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