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Skyliner by Isaiah Sharkey & the Family Tree

I was very curious and skeptic when I found out that this was a CD by a 15-year-old boy who’d be playing some contemporary jazz. Believe me, he just blew me away in the first track. It’s just unbelievable what this teenage boy can do. If you’re a Wes Montgomery lover, then do not hesitate to pick up this CD and enjoy it to the fullest.

The first two tracks on the CD are compositions by Wes Montgomery and Isaiah immediately picks up the fine tunes, as Wes would do. He plays without hesitation and with full vigor throughout the whole CD. He and his guitar are one and you can immediately identify that when you hear this young man play. The rest of the family provides Isaiah with a warm ambiance background but it’s Isaiah and his guitar that takes your breath away.

He imitates Wes Montgomery to the smallest details and one can only presume he’s a big Montgomery fan that has studied his guitar work very intensively. Unfortunately he doesn’t develop his own style throughout the CD and restricts himself to imitating Montgomery. Maybe in time, he’ll break free from the Montgomery style and create his own.

But for now, this CD is more than worth a listen. It’s just breathtaking and especially that it’s only a 15-year-old boy producing a sound of such high class. Strongly recommended!

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Isaiah Sharkey & the Family Tree
  • CD Title: Skyliner
  • Genre: Contemporary Jazz / Modern
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: o.i.e records ltd.
  • Rating: Four Stars
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