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Steve Khan has always been a consummate, story-telling improviser. His extensive resume and distinguished solo career spans jazz fusion, modern mainstream, and with Subtext, he delves a bit deeper into the Latin element, when looking back at his days recording and performing with former Weather Report percussionist Manolo Badrena
's chord voicings atop a bulging, medium tempo Latin jazz romp. True to form, his animated and curvaceous single note lines counterbalance the bubbly pulse, where the rhythm section seems on the verge of bursting at the seams.
The guitarist bends his strings to generate a little emphasis on the primary motif and tosses in a few off-kilter contrasts, as he pitches an alternating viewpoint. And the rhythm section enacts an oscillating jamboree during the bridge as Khan comps with a two-chord vamp, segueing to an understated melody line towards closeout. Consequently, Khan's artistry and acute vision convey a touch of class that underscores the heart of matters.
Track Listing: Track #1; Track #2; Track #3.
Personnel: Steve Khan: guitar; Ruben Rodriguez: electric bass, baby bass; Dennis
Chambers;drums; Marc Quinones: timbal, bongo, percussion; Bobby Allende:
conga, bongo (1);Randy Brecker: flugelhorn (1); Rob Mounsey: keyboards
(2, 5); orchestrations (3, 4, 6,7), coro (7); Gil Goldstein: accordion
(7); Mariana Ingold: vocals (7).