Reza Khan

Reza Khan

Instrument: Guitar | Location: New York City

With his latest and most ambitious album to date, he’s ready to join the ranks of all the greats he has played with for years, reaching new levels of acceptance and success.
—Jonathan Widran

Updated: April 7, 2021

Born: February 10, 1965

A socially conscious musical citizen of the world, Reza Khan has a long-established history of blazing fresh trails, pushing limits and finding unique ways to redefine what is possible in contemporary jazz. Working with some of the genre’s most revered sidemen, the Bangladesh born and raised, NYC-based composer/guitarist has, since his 2009 debut Painted Diaries, taken a freewheeling approach to creating his dynamic, infectious yet unpredictable fusion of pop, jazz, soul and world music influences. Having scored his first Billboard Top Ten single with “Drop of Faith” from his critically acclaimed fifth album Next Train Home, the most logical approach moving ahead would have been a slick, in the pocket urban/smooth jazz session. Instead, helping us navigate our way through the darkness, anxiety and steep challenges of the past year, Khan graces us with an empowering way forward along a fascinating, twist and turn filled Imaginary Road.

As the guitarist takes us from the kaleidoscopic rays of sunshine infusing “Waiting for the Sky” to an ultimately hopeful journey of limitless landscapes on the closing title track, he follows in his long tradition of creating a multi-faceted theme driven musical narrative. “Perhaps it’s counter-intuitive, but while working on song sketches in different styles after releasing Next Train Home, my first thought was, how do I make this CD very personal and less commercial,” says Khan, whose previous albums include A Simple Plan (2011), The Dreamwalker (2013) and Wind Dance (2016)

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Contemporary Fusion Reviews: “Magically melodic guitar jazz Reza Khan – Imaginary Road” FEBRUARY 11, 2021

Keys and Chords: REZA KHAN “IMAGINARY ROAD” EXCERPT: “In his career, Reza Khan has created his own musical world, performing music that is often easy-listening but never predictable. His guitar solos, while inspired at times by Pat Metheny, Lee Ritenour and Wes Montgomery, have their own musical personality. MARCH 3, 2021

Midwest Record: February 12, 2021 Review EXCERPT: “REZA KHAN/Imaginary Road: A smooth jazz guitarist naming his album after Will Ackerman’s later in life record label? Are we looking for a hidden message? Right in the pocket of those highly enjoyable, west coast non-new age instrumental albums by guitarists and their A list pals

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Waiting for the Sky

From: Imaginary Road
By Reza Khan