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Steve Khan: Parting Shot

Read "Parting Shot" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

It's tough for artists to remain viable in a fast-paced environment in which hype is focused on the latest flavor of the week or whatever technology and media is creating a buzz. As usual, jazz gets caught in the flux, but guitarist Steve Khan continues to demonstrate that it's not just about the technology or complexity, but the music and who's playing it. Off the heels of the superb live recording The Suitcase (Tone Center, 2008), Khan continues his love ...

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Steve Khan: Parting Shot

Read "Parting Shot" reviewed by John Kelman

Evolution is one of those things where an artist either gradually shifts direction, or makes sudden quantum leaps. Guitarist Steve Khan has done both in a career dating back four decades, and the first of three hot fusion records for Columbia as a leader, Tightrope (1977), that fit firmly in The Brecker Brothers camp, but, with an in-your-face guitar presence that ran the occasional risk of over-dominance. Khan had a clear epiphany with Evidence (Arista, 1980), an overlooked gem interpreting ...

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Ahmad Jamal: A Quiet Time

Read "A Quiet Time" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Su A Quiet Time riluce ancora una volta la luminosa stella di Ahmnad Jamal. Nonostante l'assenza del fedele collaboratore Idris Muhammad alla batteria (con la conseguente minore mobilità ritmico-percussiva), non si notano sostanziali mutamenti di rotta, equilibri ed impasti timbrici. Non influisce sul risultato complessivo nemmeno l'aria e il clima di New York, dopo le precedenti sessions parigine. Jamal lo si ama o no proprio per questa caratteristica immutabilià, che lo ha reso un classico vivente del pianismo jazz. A ...


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