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Steve Khan: Parting Shot

On his new album, Parting Shot, the underrated guitarist Steve Khan continues exploring a Latin sensibility and reunites his ’90s-era Eyewitness quartet of bassist Anthony Jackson, drummer Dennis Chambers and percussionist Manolo Badrena, adding Marc Quinones (timbales) and Bobby Allende (congas). The graceful rhythm players allow Khan to apply clave rhythms to a couple of Ornette Coleman compositions-the opening stop-and-start arrangement of “Chronology,” a buoyant cover of “Blues Connotation”-and a sashaying facelift of Thelonious Monk’s “Bye-Ya,” but a few of the guitarist’s seven compositions speak with an even better accent. His opening chord patterns on “Change Agent” form the eight-minute track’s infectious hook, and Badrena’s chanted vocals provide a soothing contrast to the intermittent percussive fury within the inside-out groove of the closing “Just Deserts.”

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