Reza Khan

 
 

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Jazz guitarist Reza Khan finds “Home” while traveling abroad

 

The single, “Drop of Faith” featuring Nils, will pave the arrival of his fifth album,

“Next Train Home,” arriving April 5.

 

NEW YORK CITY(20 February 2019):Severely dehydrated from the oppressive heat during his travels from Mali to Uganda, Reza Khanwas hospitalized after collapsing in a United Nations office. To avoid the lengthy hospitalizationprescribed by doctors, he convinced them that he would recover faster if he was ensconced in a hotelroom instead. During that five-day stay, he broke out his portable guitar and wrote the title track for his fifthalbum, “Next Train Home,” which drops April 5. 

 

The New York City-based, Bangladesh-born Khan serves as program manager for the UN, contributing to peace and conflict operations throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East. During the six-week trek abroad, he wrote the twelve songs for the album, recordingthe conceptual ideas on his laptop using a folding guitar and a simple keyboard that he travels with in his backpack. After experimenting with rock, pop, world music and soul-jazz over the course of his first four albums, Khan believes thatcomposing the music for “Next Train Home” took him in a creative direction that led to his self-discovery as an artist in search of a “home.”

 

“The title ‘Next Train Home’ represents a destination where I feel totally comfortable and at ease surrounded by familiar sounds, emotions and conviction as an artist. The ‘Home’ is testament of a destination as an artist looking for a signature in recognition, style and branding. After a long soul-searching exercise moving from genre to genre, I feel like I am finally settled as a writer, composer and stylist. Artistic direction found, the destination is identified thus I am ready to take the next train home,” said Khan, who produced the record.

 

Khan’s musical home is arichly-culturedcomposite of straight-ahead and contemporary jazz, global beats and rhythms,and a strong Brazilian jazz inflection.Whenhewas deemed healthy enough to returnhome to New York, Khan enhanced the tracks with afull complement ofnoted contemporary jazz kingpins: guitarist Nils, saxophonists Jeff Kashiwa and Andy Snitzer, keyboardist Philippe Saisse, pianistMatt King, bassist Mark Egan, horn manDavid Mann (sax and flute) and percussionist Gumbi Ortiz.Mauricio Zottarelliand Graham Hawthorne shared the drum throne equitably.

 

“Next Train Home” is a multi-format collection that will be serviced to both jazz and smooth/contemporary jazz outlets for airplay. Khan co-produced the first single, “Drop of Faith” with Nils. It’s an inspirationaloffering showcasing Khan’s nimble nylon guitar gymnastics on the verses while Nils’s celestialelectric guitarillumines the invigorating chorus.

 

“It’s a song about the courage I used to embark upon this new artistic journey with a smile on my face and sunshine in my eyes. I know I had to trust my instinct and follow my heart,” added Khan, who will celebrate the album release with a May 9 concert date at the CityWinery NYC.

 

Khan was reared in a musical household where the foundation of his musical palette was Indian classical music. Initially a percussionist (tabla), he then studied sitar and sarod before being exposed to - and subsequently falling in love with - pop-rock music (Peter Frampton, Eagles, Grand Funk and America). That’s when he switched to guitar, embracing the recordings of Pat Metheny and other contemporary jazz guitar greats.After forming a band called Yours Truly in Bangladesh where they sold more than 500,000 albums, Khan shelved his musical muse in favor of his fledgling path in international relations. In time, he found a way to indulge both passions, dropping his first solo disc,“Painted Diaries,” in 2008.Subsequent releases followed – “A Simple Plan” (2011), “The Dreamwalker” (2013) and “Wind Dance” (2016) –and a few years ago, Khan returned to the stage. Playing shows for sold-out crowds at venerable New York City venues and ata variety of festivals, his eclectic resume of gigs boasts playing in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Las Vegas, San Diego, Dubai and Kuwait.Khan has cultivated a devout East Coast fanbase that he aims to spread west with the arrival of “Next Train Home.”

 

“Next Train Home” contains the following songs:

 

“Drop of Faith” featuring Nils

“Gathering” featuring Jeff Kashiwa and Philippe Saisse

“Clear Skies”

“It’s About Time” featuring Jeff Kashiwa and Matt King

“Beyond the Trees” featuring Andy Snitzer

“Zero Tolerance” featuring Philippe Saisse and David Mann

“Club 368” featuring David Mann

“Plutonik” featuring Philippe Saisse

“The Way”

“Cloud Nine” featuring Andy Snitzer

“Under the Moon” featuring David Mann

“Next Train Home” featuring Mark Egan and Matt King

The Smooth Jazz Ride

Reza Khan – Wind Dance

 

June 25, 2016

Reza Khan CD

Combining all manner of musical eclecticism from pop, jazz, rock, fusion, and world, Bangladesh-born and raised, New York City-based guitarist and composer Reza Khan is back with his 3rd installment of mind-charging melodies and hooks called Wind Dance, an undertaking that takes music to another level of excitement and wonder.

Khan is just not another musician with good artistic vision. His music is an extension of who he is as, by day, he serves as a program manager for the United Nations where he contributes to peace operations and many conflict operations throughout Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. In addition, his humanitarian efforts have led him to various parts of Latin America where he learned firsthand about poverty and human rights abuses. In fact, it was this eye-opening journey that led to his decision to work for the U.N. He also served as a member of a peacekeeping force in Angola. He also lived in South Africa in the late 90s where he married and started his family. To say that this artist has led a truly interesting, awe-inspiring life is truly an understatement. His creative music has only complemented that life.

Khan is joined on this album with some true C-jazz heavyweights, namely trumpeter Rick Braun, saxmen Andy Snitzer and Nelson Rangell (Rangell plays flute here), Acoustic Alchemy guitarist Miles Gilderdale, guitarist Marc Antoine, keyboardist/composer/producer Philippe Saisse, and Pat Metheny bassist Mark Egan. The result is a colorful cornucopia of majestic and artful beauty.

To demonstrate the definitive array of eclecticism shown here, you simply must witness the different textures between such tracks as the telling lead track “Ride” (which starts off moving along like a warm breeze then cranks up to an upbeat display of soulful expression featuring Snitzer’s sax), the pop/jazz/soft rock melodic touch of the title track, the funky grit of “Overdrive,” the tender World feel of “The Other Side,” the jazzy, South America-tinged “Sunset Highway” and “Villa Rosa,” and the very diverse “Bridge of Angels.” The entire album is an expression of individualism in the full sense of the word. So much musical wisdom to be taken from this recording.

If you seek a project that has that paint-with-a-broad-brush approach to jazz, this one should speak to you.

 

— Ronald Jackson, The Smoorh Jazz Ride

REZA KHAN FORGES A FRESH, FREEWHEELING POP, JAZZ

AND GLOBAL FUSION DRIVEN ‘WIND DANCE’ WITH SOME

OF CONTEMPORARY JAZZ’S HEAVY HITTERS 

 

The Bangladesh Born and Raised, NYC Based Composer/Guitarist’s

Fourth Album – Launching With The Lead Single “Ride” -

Features Powerhouse Performances By Andy Snitzer,

Rick Braun, Mark Egan, Miles Gilderdale (Acoustic Alchemy),

Nelson Rangell, Philippe Saisse and Marc Antoine

 

 

Three critically acclaimed Jazz charting albums into his dynamic, multi-faceted career, Reza Khan’s music is a freewheeling mix of infectious pop, jazz and global influences, delightfully and defiantly transcending easy genre categorization. Still straddling the classical Indian and Bengali music of his youth with contemporary funk grooves and free form energetic sounds of Western rock and fusion, the Bangladesh born and raised NYC based composer/guitarist enlists a batch of contemporary jazz’s heaviest hitters on his latest album Wind Dance – whose high energy lead single “Ride” was recently released to radio.

Alternately intimate and explosive, exploring a wide range of grooves, moods and musical colors throughout, the 11-track collecdtion features powerhouse performances and solos by saxophonist Andy Snitzer (who provides emotional thrust on “Ride”), trumpeter Rick Braun, Pat Metheny bassist Mark Egan, Acoustic Alchemy guitarist Miles Gilderdale, sax/flutist Nelson Rangell, Philippe Saisse and Marc Antoine, whose snappy and playful flamenco guitar joins with Rangell’s spirited flute harmonies and Saisse’s whimsical piano and synth improvisations to create soulfully exotic magic on “Villa Rosa.” Many of these players have also contributed to Khan’s previous recordings, which include  A Simple Plan (2009), Painted Diaries (2011) and The Dreamwalker (2011).

While these greats ensemble alongside Khan to develop his original compositions, the guitarist remains committed to opening fresh creative floodgates for the members of his longtime live band – bassist Ray Dienneman, saxophonist Nigel Innes, drummer Bill Donnelly and guitarist Brian Taylor. He asked each to bring a composition into the sessions for Wind Dance. Dienneman and Khan wrote the summery, easy flowing funk driven “Sunset Highway,” while Taylor penned (and Khan arranged) the sensual and mystical ballad “East Bound” (so named for its hypnotic sitar touches). Touches of mysticism, Eastern instrumentation and earthy exoticism also infuse the dreamy and soulful “Bridge of Angels,” written by Donnelly and Khan and featuring Innes’ lush soprano sax.

Khan’s musical journey provides the perfect cultural parallel to the work he does for his fascinating and important “day job” as a program manager for the United Nations, where he contributes to peace operations and multiple conflict operations throughout Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Prior to that, Khan, who graduated from Queens College with a degree in computer science, worked as a software consultant for numerous high level companies. Over the years, his calling as a humanitarian has led him everywhere from Latin America (where his introduction to poverty and human rights abuses inspired him to work for the UN) to Angola, where he was a member of a peacekeeping force in that war torn country. In the late 90s, he lived in South Africa, where he performed and composed music and also married and started a family.

“My musical career fulfills me in different ways while driving home the reality that music is the one force that can truly unite people from all races and geographic locations,” says Khan, who has built a loyal East Coast fan base while performing at NYC hotspots like BB Kings, Drom and Zinc Bar. “In situations where I walk into serious meetings, before I talk about anything related to peace, politics and security, I ask, ‘What do you like listening to?’ Three years ago, I was in Middle East talking to somebody who is a political activist, who is notoriously difficult to deal with. Instead of starting with talk of negotiations, I spoke to them about our mutual love for Arabic blues. Music has the power to bring worlds together beyond our wildest imaginations, and as an independent artist still excited about exploring so many different forms, I am finding that the potpourri of sounds still smells and feels good!”   

 

SmoothJazz.com

The inspiration behind world-fusion guitarist, Reza Khan’s 4th solo album release, WIND DANCE, came in an instance, upon a breeze and swirled meaning through movement into the recording artist’s mind. “This is a story of a Twilight Dream,” Reza recalls, which sparked a song title on the new album, he continues, “it happened in a breath of an instance or in a whole life, I don’t know.” This engaging collection is magical and mystical in a way that only Reza can harness through composition and playing. The guests on the project are as special as the music itself, including performances from Andy Snitzer, Philippe Saisse, Nelson Rangell, Mark Egan, Miles Gilderdale, and Marc Antoine. WIND DANCE will move your mind and body through a journey of sweet reflection and musical expression; prepare to be blown away!