Reza Khan CD Release Party at Iridium NYC!

November 2, 2016    8:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Iridium NYC presents Reza Khan!

Reza Khan Wind Dance

Three critically acclaimed Billboard 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.

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