Whether this composite CD package, comprising three ‘Steve Khan’ albums, would be of much interest to followers of a website concentrating mostly on ‘Progressive Rock’ material would be hard to say. Actually though the opportunity to purchase and investigate the following three ‘Khan’ albums “1. Public Access (1989) . 2, Headline (1992) and 3, Crossings (1994) ” at a bargain basement price is a decision well worth considering. Even if, at the end of the day this jazz orientated music is totally not for you and messes up your carefully arranged rack of ‘Flower Kings, Spoks’ Beard and Haken’ CDs, then even if you pass it on to someone else it would be for very little in terms of a cash outlay. However, from a music listening perspective, it is the opportunity to discover something completely different and then ultimately the chance to immerse yourself in a pool of some wonderfully relaxing Jazz fusion music at low cost. Of course Jazz Fusion is an acquired taste, never comprising much in the way of full on grandiose time changes or little in the way of combined guitar and keyboard histrionics it is more about subtle discordant interplay and complex bass and percussive drum patterns.
If this review was for a specialist jazz platform then each of the three albums would need to be examined separately by an expert of this genre of music but as I am not an expert and that this account is intended solely for a progressive rock based review site then it is sufficient to look at all three albums together as a single offering.
Often described as the musicians musician, who is ‘Steve Khan’, well he is an American jazz guitarist born( April 28, 1947) in Los Angeles, California and is the son of the famous lyricist Sammy Cahn, Not only does he play the prominent guitar role within his own band or as a guest on other studio recordings but he is also involved in the composition and arrangement of a multitude of fusion records either as a sole composer or more often as not within a conglomerate of other likeminded artists. He has, for example been featured on several Steely Dan albums.
On first listen you get the impression that the resultant distinctly Latin tinged jazz has evolved from long extended studio jam sessions and certainly this may well be true for the majority of the tracks. It is apparent with the three separate albums featured here, despite the lengthy time periods between each recording, that a truly consistent comradery and wonderfully tight association exists between the various musicians involved in the different band line-ups. Most notable is the clever interplay between bass and guitar, namely the subtle and extremely adept lead guitar of Steve Khan and then the fascinating busy bass lines of his fellow bassist at the time. Reinforcing the Latin feel and embedded within the body of the music are multitudes of lyrical but codswallop Mexican style vocal phrasings together with oodles of weird percussive noises and what sounds at times remarkably like tortured beasts crying out for help. The nature of this kind of music comprises what of seems a great deal of repetition but is in fact a series of subtle progressive steps that gradualy direct the music to different levels of harmonious intent. The time keeping throughout is directed and led consistently with sharp expressive drumming exploring a vast array of different time signatures and percussive phrasing.
Summary: A three album in one CD package that is really worth investigating and the opportunity to listen to another sphere of music (at low cost)
Artwork: Fantastic well detailed booklet with original cover illustrations and superb liner notes.
Blue Zone 41
Caribbean Fire Dance
3.All or Nothing at All
Think of One
What I'm Said
It's You or No One
I Love Paris
While My Lady Sleeps
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