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Title - 'Imaginary Road'
Artist - Reza Khan

For those not in the know, a socially conscious musical citizen of the world, Reza Khan has a long-established history of blazing fresh trails, pushing limits and finding unique ways to redefine what is possible in contemporary jazz.

Working with some of the genre’s most revered sidemen, the Bangladesh born and raised, NYC-based composer/guitarist has, since his 2009 debut Painted Diaries, taken a freewheeling approach to creating his dynamic, infectious yet unpredictable fusion of pop, jazz, soul and world music influences.

Having scored his first Billboard Top Ten single with 'Drop of Faith' from his critically acclaimed fifth album Next Train Home, the most logical approach moving ahead would have been a slick, in the pocket urban/smooth jazz session.

Instead, helping us navigate our way through the darkness, anxiety and steep challenges of the past year, Khan graces us with an empowering way forward along a fascinating, twist and turn filled Imaginary Road (released March 26th, 2021).

While Khan’s name is the one atop Imaginary Road and he is credited as writer/producer, the ten-track set is once again a largely collaborative effort featuring his longtime collaborative core band – bassist Mark Egan, pianist Matt King, rhythm and classical guitarist Sergio Pereira, drummer Maurizio Zottarelli – and guest artists David Mann (all wind instruments), Acoustic Alchemy’s Miles Gilderdale (electric lead guitar) and Philippe Saisse (synth, Moog, Melodion, mallets).

1. 'Waiting for the Sky'
2. 'Neo Funk'
3. 'I See Stars'
4. 'La Liaison'
5. 'Midnight Runner'
6. 'Broken River'
7. 'Seven Miles Road'
8. 'It's Happening'
9. 'Somewhere East'
10. 'Imaginary Road'

On his personable, and highly atmospherically memorable new album, Khan opens with the free flowing ambiance of 'Waiting for the Sky' and the quieter paced, Hammond-imbued 'Neo Funk,' before bringing us the beautiful gossamer of 'I See Stars,' the late afternoon, Mediterranean breeze of 'La Liaison,' and both the lush 'Midnight Runner' and the toe-tappin' delicacy 'Broken River.'

Next up is one of my own personal favorites, the quietly rambunctious 'Seven Miles Road' which is itself backed by the delightful hipsway of 'It's Happening,' the Summer's breeze of 'Somewhere East,' with the joyfully groovy album coming to a close on the bright and perky title track itself, 'Imaginary Road.'

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