A MOMENT IN TIME Isaiah B. Brunt (Isaiah B. Brunt Music)Here is the latest release from this Australian multi-instrumentalist and studio vet. A decidedly uptown take on the blues, A Moment In Time is maybe a little cleaner than I like my blues, but good singing and playing is always worth a listen.Isaiah’s approach is playful at times and he’s a good storyteller. As a singer he reminds me of a young John Mayall and as a songwriter and performer his sense of groove is impeccable. Too many musicians participating here to list them all, but George Porter Jr. of The Meters plucks the fat strings on all but one of these nine cuts. The horn section lends a Blues Brothers/ New Orleans feel to the album overall, making this a more upbeat set than your average blues record.A Moment In Time is a lively, fun, enjoyable record. American Blues Scene Magazine compares Brunt to Lonnie Mack’s unhurried style, likening his storytelling ability and vocal delivery to the great Delbert McClinton- not bad company at all. This is also an extremely well produced record- as I look between my Energy speakers while listening, I can almost see the band and where each player might be standing, a detail overlooked by many producers that gives music geeks like me no small amount of pleasure.If I were to sum up A Moment In Time in a single word, it would be ‘suave’- I love the finesse of each of the musicians, and while this doesn’t approach the egg-headedness of jazz, the skill and deft touch on the instruments is nifty. Some great stuff amongst these nine tracks and some pretty powerful playing- definitely worth a listen.
ESSENTIALS: Still Waiting, Lost Jacket Blues, Party Late All Night