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Midnight Brew by George Kahn

Pianist/Composer/Arranger George Kahn presents the best mixture of various styles of jazz on Midnight Brew. Kahn keeps the historical aspect of jazz alive by showing that earlier forms of jazz that made the genre popular in the 40's can still be used today to satisfy any taste in jazz. Kahn gets his sense of style from working commerically on films and advertisements. He shows on every track that he can sell a song.

For straight ahead jazz lovers, Kahn salutes fellow pianist Dave Brubeck with the CD's title track. He also pays homage to Billy Higgins with A Bop for Billy and to John Coltrane with 12 Short Years. Smooth jazz lovers will enjoy Kahn's take on the Motown favorite Heard It Through the Grapevine and Stevie Wonder's Don't You Worry About a Thing.

One of the amazing things about Midnight Brewis the originals that George Kahn presents. Otro Tu and Night Shadows show how Kahn can write in the straight ahead mode while bringing about contemporary feelings and structure. Kahn can also work wonders on vocal arrangements, such as show on Out of Time, featuring vocalist Tierney Sutton.

Kahn does get strong backing from his main group of supporting players, but also uses guest talent very well. Saxophonist Eric Marienthal gives life to Heard It Through the Grapevine, but with the right amount of soul that fits Kahn's style. Flutist Justo Almario has the smooth groove to Night Shadows that gives that special touch.

Midnight Brew shows the experience and the sensitivity that George Kahn has. No wonder he is asked to work in other media by others. However, Kahn should do more in his solo career and Midnight Brew hopefully should lead into more releases. Draw me another.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: George Kahn
  • CD Title: Midnight Brew
  • Genre: Contemporary Jazz / Modern
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Playing Records
  • Rating: Four Stars
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