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Album Review

Steve Khan is a bit of an enigma in jazz guitar circles, as he neither clearly succeeds nor fails in any of his efforts. This is an exception, however, as the presence of Dave Weckl makes for one of the best GRP releases of the '90s. Khan's sound is still a bit weak, but his compositions are strong, as is the amazing percussion of Manolo Badrena. A longtime collaborator with Khan, Badrena seems to have every type of percussion ever made and uses them all effectively. Weckl thrives on the Latin rhythms and both players are complementary to each other. As with his other recordings, Khan's solos are not very interesting, and like Larry Coryell, he tries to play too fast. Despite this, they all seem to be having a great time. "Kamarica" is one of the happiest tunes here and contains some phenomenal soloing by Weckl. "Botero People" has a nice relaxed feel and a great bassline, proving that the tunes here are well written with a focus on rhythm rather than just improvisation. Although Badrena's singing is in Spanish, it is pleasant and an integral part of the music even if you don't know what he's saying. "Mama Chola" is the most intense piece here and features more great soloing by Weckl, who not only helps hold the band together, but actually manages to carry it for the majority of the session.

Customer Reviews

Steve, Always an Inspriation

I have several SK's works and this record is hard, wild and great creative improved fun. What A Band.

I sent this record to Steve for a signature and he sent me back 2 more for nothing with a nice thank you letter.

What a great guy who appreciates his fans.

Just redid a "Live Muther For Ya" which needs to be added to the collection.

Bob, Denver, Co

This one could stay in the CD tray for a long time

"Steve Khan's Public Access is the latest effort from his fine Eyewitness group. It's the same band he's had, with Dave Weckl replacing Steve Jordan. There's more of Manolo Badrena singing here, with Jordan's rock-solid back backbeats giving way to Weckl's more flamboyant approach. The amount of space in the music, a plus during Eyewitness, is still present, thanks largely to bassist Anthony Jackson's judicious placement of his subway notes. Khan flutters from idea to idea on "Butane Elvin," as Weckl jigs and jags and Badrena makes the wildlife come alive. Khan shines in a quiet way on a ballad by his father (composer Sammy Cahn), then drives the band out with a Latin theme, "Mama Chóla," that features the splashy Weckl. This one could stay in the CD tray for a long time." - Robin Tolleson DOWN BEAT 4-1/2 stars - May, 1990


Born: April 28, 1947 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The son of lyricist Sammy Cahn, Steve Khan is best-known for his fusion records, but has proven on a few occasions that he can also play more straight-ahead. He originally played piano and drums, not starting on guitar until he was 20. After graduating from U.C.L.A. in 1969, Khan moved to New York and worked steadily in jazz, pop, and R&B settings, including with Maynard Ferguson, Buddy Rich, the Brecker Brothers, Joe Zawinul's Weather Update, and with fellow guitarist Larry Coryell. In 1981, he...
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  • $5.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Fusion
  • Released: Jan 1989

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