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TITLE
Muriel
FORMAT
CD

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FARO 187CD FARO 187CD
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RELEASE DATE
12/30/2016

2015 release. Having emerged out of West London's broken beat movement in the '90s as bandleader of the cult soul/jazz outfit SK Radicals, Sean Khan's music holds a fascinating place in jazz's lineage. On Muriel, jazz greats Coltrane, Jaco, Herbie and Gil, are paid tribute to, as is goya music, the label Sean attributes to kick-starting his recording career, as well as being a key facilitator of the broken beat movement as a whole. These references reflect Sean's unique musical standpoint: his axis of influence pivots between classic, free and Latin jazz and a specific sense of rhythm and experimentation drawn from his immersion in the broken beat scene. This combination of musical approaches, coupled with Sean's belief in a concept of "instinct over intellect" (while retaining an appreciation of the philosophy behind the music) lays the foundation for the album's stirring innovation. The masterful compositions on Muriel are teeming with technical prowess and drenched in soul with the help of some world-renowned vocalists including father of British neo-soul Omar, Brazilian musical icon Sabrina Malheiros and Heidi Vogel of The Cinematic Orchestra. Sean Khan's exquisite alto sax throughout the album demonstrates both his technical prowess and keen understanding of jazz's history, whilst continuing to carve out its future. The swing-laden, percussive beats of Laurie Lowe and the underlying slung double bass lines of Mike Edmonds, lay the foundational groove for Sean's highly accomplished and expressive sax playing. Album opener "Things To Say" and "Sister Soul" each feature the vocal talents of Diana Martinez and Sabrina Malheiros respectively, which flawlessly compliment Khan's luscious arrangements, while "Dance For Little Emily" showcases Sean's ingenuously darting sax solos. On Muriel, Khan immerses himself in his jazz roots and, in doing so, has produced his finest album to date, one that uniquely reflects the high-quality Far Out Recordings jazz sound. Features remixes by: Henry Wu, 4 Hero and Ben Hauke.