Steve Khan - Got My Mental (rel.1997)
Front Cover Album Info
Artist/Composer Steve Khan
Title Got My Mental
Length 67:57 Discs: 1 Tracks: 8
Format CD Packaging Jewel Case
Label Evidence Cat. Number N/A
Style General Jazz Rating
Musicians Credits
Jack DeJohnette drums
Steve Khan guitar
John Patitucci bass
Engineer Malcolm Pollack
Track list
R.P.D.D. 07:30
Paraphernalia 08:34
Common Mama 06:34
Got My Mental 09:43
The Last Dance 08:43
Sham Time 08:28
I Have Dreamed 09:20
Cunning Lee 09:05
_Got My Mental is a satisfying trio date with bassist John Patitucci and drummer Jack DeJohnette, and a nice complement to Let's Call This, Khan's 1991 trio album with Ron Carter and Al Foster. As on the earlier outing, Khan includes only one original tune, focusing instead on challenging material by eminent post-bop figures. Wayne Shorter and Lee Morgan are again represented, but this time in the company of Keith Jarrett ("Common Mama"), Eddie Harris ("Sham Time"), and Ornette Coleman ("R.P.D.D."). Khan also presents his laid-back take on two standards, "I Have Dreamed" by Rodgers & Hammerstein and "The Last Dance" by Jimmy Van Heusen and Khan's father, Sammy Cahn. Four rotating percussionists -- Don Alias, Bobby Allende, Marc Quinones, and Café -- join the trio intermittently. It's fairly uncommon to hear Khan in such a straight-ahead setting. His articulation is superb on the tough bop-oriented lines of the Coleman piece and original title track, although he can become a bit stiff as his solos progress. Shorter's "Paraphernalia," like "Masqualero" on the previous record, was once played by the Miles Davis Quintet and is particularly difficult to carry off with a guitar trio. But Khan doesn't let that stop him. His big, reverby sound and spacious chords create a full spectrum of sound on this and every other tune. ~ David R. Adler, All Music Guide