Steve Khan has never been a shy guitarist, but in the commercial world he appears a bit diffident. This is probably why he makes one album a year or maybe one album sometimes every two or three years. But judging by the work on each, he is perfectionist. Consider Subtext which features not only exquisite repertory, but magnificently craftsmanship on each of the songs. His playing is of a remarkable gliding kind. Notes seem to roll off his strings in phrases that form wide arcs that carve the air with magnificent motifs and incredibly beautiful melisma.
Outstanding interplay between refined musicians, stunning sound quality, and great song writing. Plus the tracks flow seemlessly into each other as if making an empirical statement or telling a story.The genre is clearly jazz fusion, but elements of pure straight-ahead and latin jazz permeate throughout.
Parting Shot represents a most special moment for Steve, because it is the first time that he has felt ready to present an entire recording dedicated to Latin Jazz. Anthony Jackson, Manolo Badrena, and Steve are together yet again, alongside their bandmate of 20 years, Dennis Chambers, where, joined by master Latin musicians, Marc Quinones and Bobby Allende, they have crafted these 10 pieces of music. It is their hope that everyone will enjoy the recording to the fullest.
"HEADLINE" brought the trio with Ron Carter & Al Foster back together, but, once again Polydor K.K.(Japan) had their own ideas about the direction I should pursue. Go Steve!This time, in addition to the trio tracks, they wanted me to record with the "Eyewitness" instrumentation. As Anthony Jackson, Dennis Chambers and I had been touring Europe as a trio, it was easy to add Manolo Badrena to the mix, and this VERY special chemistry came back to us without missing a beat. ~ Steve Khan
Fresh off his monumental work on Steely Dan's Gaucho, Steve went into the studio and cut these fabulous tracks. The three-piece really works, and Ron Carter on bass is exceptional. But it's Khan that really shines – his creative guitar interpretation of Monk's original angular piano sound makes for heavenly listening, awash with texture, color, and personality.
"CASA LOCO" is really the recording most bassists and drummers point to as the one you've got to have…..the performances of Anthony Jackson and Steve Jordan here are just incredible. ~ Steve Khan
This 1998 reunion finds the pair exploring contemporary fusion moods spiced with the exotica of Brazilian and Latin climes. Mounsey's imaginatively orchestral keyboards often set the pace (percussionist Marc Quinones is also added on five of the eight tracks). But You Are Here is clearly a showcase for Khan's fine work on steel and nylon-stringed acoustic guitar.