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Sean Khan-Muriel (Far Out Records)

Saxophonist and composer Steve Khan delivers quite an exceptional album to the discerning un policed jazz ears. It features the vocal gifts of Sabrina Malheiros, Diana Martinez and Omar as well as the remix skills of Henry Wu, Ben Hauke and the reinforced steel template of 4hero. Sean’s eloquent style echoes the tradition set by UK sax exponents Courtney Pine and Steve Williamson and USA predecessors John Coltrane, Gary Bartz or the late George Howard. Sean’s inquisitiveness and passion for all things jazz take on many tentacles as showcased in jazz soul fusion “Things To Say” and my preferred album version of “Samba Para Florence”. Elements of ‘trad jazz’ are emphasised on “Dance For Little Emily”, “Tranes Shadow” Two excellent live drum and bass productions on thought provoking spoken worded “What Has Jazz Become?” and the album take of “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down” all makes for a strongly recommended purchase!!

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