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New York producer/composer/musician Rob Mounsey is one of the best kept secrets of the music industry. He is well known for his arrangements and performances for such artists as Aretha Franklin, James Taylor, Madonna, Paul Simon, Aaron Neville, Eric Clapton and just about any one else you can think of. He is a five-time Grammy nominee and winner of two Emmys.

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Article: Album Review

Steve Khan: Patchwork

Read "Patchwork" reviewed by John Kelman


Amongst the many myths out there about music-making—especially in jazz, where the improvisation quotient is often so high—is that composing may, indeed, be work, but doesn't require the kind of relentless attention to detail that far more truthfully defines how many artists write and arrange their music. These days, one need only look to music by ...

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Steve Khan: Public Access / Headline / Crossings

Read "Public Access / Headline / Crossings" reviewed by John Kelman


It's been a great couple of years for Steve Khan fans who are (relatively) new to the guitarist's work, especially his early releases, thanks to UK-based BGO Records. First, his '70s-era trio of fusion-centric LPs on Columbia Records, 1977's Tightrope, 1978's The Blue Man and 1979's Arrows, were remastered and reissued in a 2015 two-CD set, ...

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Steve Khan: Backlog

Read "Backlog" reviewed by James Nadal


In what could best be described as an enduring exploration, Steve Khan has undertaken the role of expanding and redefining the role of the guitar in the hybrid genre of Latin Jazz. Backlog continues with the concept established as far back as 2005 on The Green Field (Tone Center), in the transformation of straight-ahead jazz compositions ...

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Steve Khan: Backlog

Read "Backlog" reviewed by Mark F. Turner


Steve Khan's love affair with Latin music germinated in the 1980's with his stellar Eyewitness recordings and continued to develop in a number of releases including 2011's Parting Shot and 2014's Subtext both on Tone Center Records. Backlog is third in this series and represents some of the esteemed jazz guitarist's finest work to date.

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Steve Khan: Subtext

Read "Subtext" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


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 who was a member of Khan's early ...

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Article: Extended Analysis

Subtext

Read "Subtext" reviewed by John Kelman


Change is a fact of life, and it's something that's better to be embraced than challenged; as inevitable as death and taxes, it's one of those things that you may as well accept, because there are few, if any, options to do otherwise. That said, while the then-aptly titled Parting Shot (Tone Center, 2011) suggested that ...

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News: Recording

Guitarist Steve Khan Returns With "Subtext" (Tone Center) - June 24 Release

Guitarist Steve Khan Returns With "Subtext"  (Tone Center) - June 24 Release

With Subtext, the unique trajectory of Steve Khan’s musical story expands and evolves, while re-asserting its linkage to the broad sweep of a fascinating discography, one off to the side of conventional. In short, Khan’s body of recorded work affirms that common ideal and true ambition defining jazz artistry: to create a personal, identifiable voice.Ever the ...

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Article: Album Review

Steve Khan: Subtext

Read "Subtext" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Guitarist Steve Khan's latter day work has been increasingly focused on Latin jazz fusion of various shapes, so the scope and direction of Subtext should come as no surprise to his longtime followers. This album arrives three years after Parting Shot (Tone Center, 2011) and runs along similar lines. That one was an originals-heavy, percussively-coated session ...

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Article: Interview

Erin Dickins: In Her Own Voice

Read "Erin Dickins: In Her Own Voice" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


It was a long time coming, but for singer Erin Dickins, recording her debut solo album Nice Girls (Champagne Records, 2010) proved well worth the wait.Several musical lifetimes ago, Dickins was a founding member of Manhattan Transfer and appears on their first album, Jukin' (Capitol, 1971). While she has remained close with Tim Hauser, ...


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