George Kahn | Secrets from the Jazz Ghetto

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Secrets from the Jazz Ghetto

by George Kahn

Secrets Revealed! West Coast Jazz pianist George Kahn carries the tradition of jazz greats like Dave Brubeck, Vince Guaraldi and Horace Silver into the 21st Century with his latest release. This 2-CD set with 26 tracks includes 7 new compositions.
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1. Sombras De Noite (Night Shadows)
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2. Over the Rainbow
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3. Waltz For Diana
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4. My Funny Valentine
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5. See Cruise
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6. Say Goodbye
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7. Benji
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8. Freedom Vessel
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9. Open House
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10. Out of Time
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11. One Moment of Your Life
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12. 5 To Get Ready, 10 To Go
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13. The Hero's Journey
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14. Too Much Sax
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15. The Big 4-0
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16. Millennium Schmellenium
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17. Evan's Seven
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18. A Bop For Billy
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19. Swiss Cheese
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20. Midnight Brew
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21. Mercedes the Lady
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22. Gnomesayin'
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23. Wes' Coast
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24. Mitchell's Blues
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25. Evan's Eleven
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26. Wayne's World
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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West Coast Jazz pianist George Kahn carries the tradition of jazz greats like Dave Brubeck, Vince Guaraldi and Horace Silver into the 21st Century with his latest release, SECRETS FROM THE JAZZ GHETTO. George’s 7th album is a 2-CD set, filled with 26 tracks that feature some of the best jazz musicians on the west coast playing his original music.
Included is a retrospective of songs from Kahn’s previous recordings, plus 7 new compositions that were recorded live in the studio in 2009 and 2010. The music covers a range of styles, from bebop to Cool Jazz to Latin , Bossa Nova and contemporary jazz. Tierney Sutton, Eric Marienthal, Justo Almario, Andy Suzuki, Brian Bromberg, and Alex Acuna are just a few of the artists that join George on this compilation. The album also features new renditions of two of the greatest jazz standards, “Over The Rainbow” and “My Funny Valentine”.
In addition to his previous albums, Kahn’s music has been featured in film and on TV, including "Men of a Certain Age", "The Young and the Restless", "How William Shatner Changed the World" and commercials for Lexus. If you have never heard George’s music before, now is the time to discover one of the best-kept secrets in Jazz: SECRETS FROM THE JAZZ GHETTO


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Edward Blanco

CD/LP Review | Published: June 16, 2010, allaboutjazz.com
West Coast jazz pianist George Kahn revisits past successes on Secrets From The Jazz Ghetto selecting some of his best compositions from five of his previous six albums for this compilation recording. This seventh outing contains 26 pieces covering a range of styles from contemporary to bebop, and from Bossa Nova to Latin and Cool jazz. Though the main repertoire on this two-disc set album reprises music recorded between 1998 to 2008, there are seven new recordings revealed here as the first of Kahn's secrets. The music is quite varied, accessible and challenging to the core, an obvious conclusion after a sampling of the album—and that's no secret.
The first four pieces on disc one (Nightside), are new recordings beginning with the Brazilian-shaded "Sombras De Noite" (Night Shadow) featuring Luba Mason on vocals and guitarist Pat Kelly. Harold Arlen's classic "Over The Rainbow" is the next piece enjoying another new interpretation that showcases saxophonist Andy Suzuki and Kahn on delicate solos. The third tune, "Waltz For Diana" is special for Kahn, penned for his wife, to whom the entire album is dedicated and is five minutes of pure West Coast bop pleasure. The pianist is masterful on "My Funny Valentine" both on the keys and in the unique arrangement he provides. The melody is painted with glowing soprano lines from Suzuki and a bit of improvisation on his part makes the tune just a tad challenging to discern.
Vocalist Tierney Sutton appears on a couple of originals, including "One Moment of Your Life" which had been previously recorded, but unreleased until now. "Evan's Eleven" comes out swinging with a funky perky beat behind M.B. Gordy's strong stick work on the last gyrating number of the set. "Wayne's World" takes a more contemporary road ending the album on a high note, an expansive nine-minute plus finale featuring brilliant tenor lines once again from Suzuki, tantalizing piano play from the leader, and stellar bass lines from Karl Vincent.
Kahn draws on five tracks from Midnight Brew (Playing Records, 2002) including "A Bop for Billy," "Swiss Cheese" and the title track, with saxophonist Eric Marienthal, and trumpeter Bobby Rodriguez. "Say Goodbye" and "The Big 4-0" are two pieces showcasing trumpeter Wayne Bergeron among the four charts taken from "Out of Time (Playing Records, 1998). The balance of the album contains selected pieces from Freedom Vessel (Playing Records 2000), Compared To What? (Playing Records, 2004), and his highly acclaimed Cover Up (Playing Records, 2008).
For those not familiar with George Kahn's music, Secrets From The Ghetto is the perfect vehicle to get acquainted with one of the finest pianist and composers in the jazz world today. Delivering a variety of styles recorded with some of the best jazz musicians in the world, this album provides a good bang for the buck with a number of outstanding musical scores included. That's the real secret here.

Kirk Silsbee review

Published in Downtown LA News
"Kahn is a mainstream pianist whose work is a compendium of most of the great styles and motifs of late '50s to mid '60s jazz, a glorious period when seemingly anything was possible within the music. He's capable of introspective lyricism, funk-drenched backbeats, modal ruminations and flat-out swing. His current album, Secrets From the Jazz Ghetto, compiles his original compositions from previous releases and adds seven new pieces."