Every musician is influenced by someone. The Beatles had Chuck Berry. The Rolling Stones had Howlin’ Wolf. Bob Marley had Sam Cooke. For guitarist Reza Khan it was Peter Frampton after his brothers in Bangladesh brought home a bootleg copy of Frampton's seminal album, Frampton Comes Alive. That was it. The incredible energy of Frampton’s playing and the intensity of those live shows sold millions, became a pop music phenomenon and influenced up and coming guitarists worldwide. With Reza’s latest instrumental masterpiece, Imaginary Road, he’s connected with some of the best in the industry. Bassist Mark Egan (founding member of Pat Metheny Group) guests on the magnificent track, ‘It’s Happening’, with his extraordinary fretless bass - it’s a true joy to hear the influence of Pat Metheny on Reza's guitar work on this song with Mark that takes you places. Reza travels the world visiting exotic locations either for his music or work - he also works for the UN- and has captured that world vibe in his music. His Indian heritage and a current love of Spain (pre-pandemic) culminate in a wonderous batch of songs including ‘Somewhere East’. It's an exhilarating blend of David Mann’s wind instruments (soprano and flute), Maurizio Zottarelli’s drums and Manu Katche’s (Sting, Peter Gabriel) inspired percussion beats and Matt King’s piano solo. Such a treat for the ears! World influences are injected throughout Reza’s sixth album with the help of Brazilian classical guitarist, Sergio Pereira, Acoustic Alchemy’s Miles Gilderdale on electric lead guitar and Philippe Saisse with his blend of keyboards and synths. King’s soothing piano is highlighted on ‘Seven Mile Road’ - an actual mountain road in the Canary Islands leading towards the volcano La Tieda.
Khan writes on his website about the new album…”there are moments when I was naturally drawn between Indian and Spanish styles which makes the project even more interesting. The record is about our journey on the imaginary road where love, lust, desire triangulate in evolutionary way and open doors in an unimaginable surprise filled with both happy and sad aspects of life." It was a ride I won’t forget - I suggest you take it sometime soon.
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