Sean Khan - Palmares FantasyFar Out Recordings
Saxophonist Sean Khan heads to Rio De Janeiro to collaborate with the iconic multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal. You could say that these two are kindred spirits when it comes to improvisation. Their quest for freedom and being in the moment is heard throughout on tracks like "Montreux". This Pascoal original finds him creating rhythms with the use of a teapot and a pint of water. Khan's phrasings are subtle but resonate nonetheless. Another Pascoal cover. the breezy jazz funk "Tudo Que Voce Podia Ser" features the sublime vocals of Rio native Sabrina Malheiros. Khan's own compositions hit the mark as well. The orchestral "Moment Of Collapse" is draped in wind swept strings and the beautiful vocals of Heidi Vogel. "The Blonde" finds them swinging hard and having a good time. Bassist Paulo Russo and Asymuth drummer Jim Mullen keep the rhythm percolating at a fever pitch and laying the groundwork for Khan's soloing. Inspired by the 17th Century settlement of Palmares in Brazil's Alagoas region, Khan takes the listener on an astral journey that is pure bliss. Khan and Pascoal together are a real treat that you shouldn't miss.
Reg Dancy, 07/18