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Isaac Young Quartet / Press

“The Isaac Young Quartet has been nominated twice for a New England Music Award. The funk-jam band from Hartford, Connecticut is constantly lumped into the jazz category because their particular compositions are complex and challenging to play. Yet, the band’s namesake, Isaac Young, is still ecstatic about the dual recognition. “It was a true honor,” Young said. “It was amazing because it was our second nomination. Actually, during the first nomination, I was getting my home inspected. I just bought a house last year. We got a phone call from someone who was like ’Hey, you’ve been nominated for this award.’ And the first year we were blown away. Just getting the nod from it two years ago was ago was a big enough honor. Then to get it for the second year in a row, we were all beside ourselves. It was a great statement that people are listening.” Recognizing that his Isaac Young Quartet is not a mainstream band playing conventional pop tunes...[cont.]”

"We kind of do the jam-band circuit as well as the jazz circuit," explains Isaac Young, whose group took the Best Jazz spot at the CT Music Awards last year and has been "riding that wave of momentum" ever since. "We've been trying to blur the line for people between straight-ahead jazz, bebop, swing and everything, and the jam-band scene, like funk and danceable music and things of that nature," he says. The band never repeats a show and never plays a song the same way twice. Instead of just trading off solos like typical jazz bands, they have moments of collective improvisation in which the music takes on a life of its own. In addition to performing, everyone in the band teaches in the West Hartford / Hartford area where they're based. The group originally formed in 2006 with a different lineup, and kept mutating until they discovered the lineup and sound they've currently got. Since 2011 the core group has been: Isaac Young on sax and piano, Jesse Combs on guitar, Jon Dostou...cont

“The jazz world is roomy, with many corners to explore. There's the academic scene, always looking to progress the game a step or two, wary of retracing steps and just fine with alienating a few listeners, thanks. There's also smooth jazz, hugely popular with mainstream listeners and best enjoyed during trips to the dentist. Somewhere in between lurk the jam-band jazzers — purveyors of accessible, groove-oriented funk for ass-shaking and stretched-out, rock-influenced improvisations. They approach jazz with brains and libido. It will entertain the Cabernet-sipping night club set, but mostly it succeeds at animating throngs of stoned noodle-dancers. The Isaac Young Quartet, who'll open for pianist Marco Benevento at Arch Street Tavern on Thursday, wear the patchouli proudly. But it wasn't necessarily a conscious decision to seek out the jam-band scene. Continued...please click link to finish article.”

“To say Isaac Young, a 25-year-old bandleader from New Britain, is just a jazz musician, or even just a saxophone player, isn't quite right. True, his groups — a Trio, a Quartet, a groove-jazz project called Puremotion and another called the Trio from Rio — improvise. And yes, tenor sax is Young's weapon of choice. (He also rocks a mean Rhodes piano and EWI, short for "electronic wind instrument.") If there's a conceptual thread running through his projects, however, it's rhythmic, not generic: they all groove. "If you can't dance to the music, why play it?" Young said. "If people don't get out of their chairs, what's the point?" Young's a Framingham, Mass. native and a classically trained pianist. He was playing jazz with his own band at 14. He was later a student at the University of Hartford's prestigious Jackie McLean Institute. "It was with a sense of hopeful optimism that I started pursuing the jazz thing," Young said. Continued....”

“Isaac Young and company blend a soulful concoction of be-bob, funk, ethereal vibes, and straight ahead jazz with their album, The Alpha State. You make feel like you have taken a step back in time with the opening track, The Cell; reminiscent of a Miles Davis vibe, also to note, The Trane that Miles Took. Pushing the button on our time machine takes us back even further with the track Camelot (With the Blue Afro), which paints of a picture of medieval times. But before we get stuck knee deep in the past, Isaac brings us back to present times with fresh instrumentation on each track. Isaac weaves his saxophone through 9 songs of inspired jazz and soul to fill your mind no matter what time period you’re in. If you have found The Alpha State, you have found a gem. This album continues the trend that great music is not needed by signing to a major label. Get this album and help support our independent artists. ”

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