Isaiah J. Thompson
Calling Isaiah J. Thompson “A fresh new
voice on piano” is just one way of admitting
there is a cultural lag between what any young
artist is doing and the time it takes for word
to spread about him or her to the majority of
jazz listeners. Composed In Color should change
all that. It marks the young pianist’s debut on
Red Records, but is already his second album
following Isaiah J. Thompson Plays The Music of
Buddy Montgomery, which came out in 2020.
Here his concerns were remaining true to Buddy
Montgomery’s legacy, but on Composed In Color
we hear a musician whose ideas and style
are drawn from the life experiences of the inner
man, a style whose spirit, sparkle and spontaneity
strives for its own identity in the crowded
marketplace of jazz releases. As an improviser,
his soloing is mature and well constructed, and
possesses consistency and continuity unusual
in a young player. In just one stride, from his debut
as a leader to his debut on Red Records, he
has made the jazz world sit up and take notice.
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