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George Kahn: DreamCatcher

Read "DreamCatcher" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

George Kahn is another one of those talented West Coast jazz pianists, in the fashion of Dave Brubeck, Ramsey Lewis, Vince Guaraldi and Wynton Kelly. His recorded output presents a sound with a clean, bright polish, and an engaging, easy swing. Each of his previous discs shines a light on the beauty of the mainstream, especially on his terrific 2018 outing Straight Ahead (Playing Records). His tenth album, Dreamcatcher, carries on with that tradition. The group is the ...

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Take Five with George Kahn

Read "Take Five with George Kahn" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet George Kahn George Kahn majored in music at Brandeis University and moved to jny: Los Angeles in 1976 to pursue a music career as a pianist and film composer. His jazz recording career now spans over 20 years. The George Kahn Trio album, released in 2018 reached #16 on the JazzWeek Charts. His new album, George Kahn Quartet -DreamCatcher was released on November 6, 2020. Instrument: Piano. Teachers and/or influences? I studied classical music growing ...

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George Kahn: Straight Ahead

Read "Straight Ahead" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Los Angeles-based pianist George Kahn likes to think of the standard piano trio format as a gateway drug into jazz. He may be right. Think of the classic trios, those of Red Garland, Nat King Cole, Bud Powell. Their sounds are addictive--and distinctively different--but they share the pared-down purity of purpose and relative simplicity of dynamic range that distills the listening experience to its essence. With that essence in mind, Kahn offers up the first trio outing of ...

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George Kahn: Jazz & Blues Revue

Read "Jazz & Blues Revue" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Billed as the “Sass 'n' Soul World Tour," LA jazz pianist George Kahn presents the Jazz & Blues Revue, his eighth album as leader featuring three of LA's finest female jazz vocalist in his first all-vocal project and departure from previous recordings. On tap, fresh new arrangements of thirteen songs that obviously, not only touch on the jazz and blues landscape but, also include elements from the R&B and soul genres. On vocals throughout the session are Gina Saputo, a ...

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George Kahn: Secrets from the Jazz Ghetto

Read "Secrets from the Jazz Ghetto" reviewed by Edward Blanco

West Coast jazz pianist George Kahn revisits past successes on Secrets From The Jazz Ghetto selecting some of his best compositions from five of his previous six albums for this compilation recording. This seventh outing contains 26 pieces covering a range of styles from contemporary to bebop, and from Bossa Nova to Latin and Cool jazz. Though the main repertoire on this two-disc set album reprises music recorded between 1998 to 2008, there are seven new recordings revealed here as ...

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George Kahn: Cover Up!

Read "Cover Up!" reviewed by Edward Blanco

West Coast jazz pianist George Kahn presents fresh new arrangements to pop and rock tunes associated with such groups as Cream, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Bill Withers and John Mayer, in a sense redefining or adding to the controversy, or, as the title of his album would suggest, the Cover Up! of what truly defines the West Coast Jazz. To Kahn, the genre is mainly “an attitude, a feeling, a 'vibe' ... an answer ... when the big bands died ...

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George Kahn: Cover Up!

Read "Cover Up!" reviewed by Jay Deshpande

In the liner notes to Cover Up!, George Kahn discusses his goal of drawing upon the heritage of west coast jazz. For most people, this brings to mind Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, or the Lighthouse All Stars. For Kahn, though, it means a particular way of portraying the popular songs of his youth--tunes that fall outside the normal purview of jazz. On this disc, he provides graceful renditions of Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, John Mayer, ...


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