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Album Review

What do you get when you have a superb rhythm section, saucy keyboards, a hot and brassy mini-horn section, and one very tasteful jazz- and chops-laden guitarist all come together with some jazz and some fusion in mind? You have the magic of Steve Khan and the Brecker Brothers coming together. With folks like this, and Steve Gadd and Bob James too, you have a formula for success.

Khan's compositions are smooth yet lively enough not to bore. His unique drive, and pristine flourish and tone on his modded Fender Telecaster, and even his deft acoustic work, all come together to make a very satisfying blend of sexy jazz and funked-up, be bop fusion. Yet there is that special touch that only Steve Khan can add that makes his releases a signature sound on each outing. If you listen closely, you will hear Larry Coryell-ian riffs and stylings (as Khan and Coryell used to jam together, and did record together).

Much ado is made about Mike Stern's guitar work in the '80s and '90s, but one listen to Khan and you will immediately hear who his big inspiration was. Next time you pick up an old Stern release you stand a good chance of seeing the words "produced by Steve Khan." ~ John W. Patterson, Rovi

Customer Reviews

quality delivered

It's one thing to have an amazing line up of musical talent, but it is also important to have great material to demonstrate that musical prowess. Steve Khan not only delivers the talent, but the tunes are great. I have much musical ground to cover, since learning of the Steve Khan library. I believe there was divine music inspiration for the years 1975-1979, and this album is a reflection of that level of quality.

Tightrope

Hallelujah! Thank you iTunes for including this album! One of my all-time faves.

Tightrope

This is a spectacular album. I love the eleven-four timing Steve uses in the track Tightrope. It builds anticipation, which leads into straight four-four during the solo section. That to me was a pretty cool move. Great doubling between the clavinet and the rhythm guitar, too. I bought the entire album and I love it even more!

Biography

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,...
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