Album Review of
Imaginary Road

Written by Joe Ross
March 27, 2021 - 11:23pm EDT
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Guitarist Reza Khan displays good understanding of sound colorings. On this album of all original music, Khan’s nylon-strung and electric instruments are paint brushes that chromatically create sonic images in the sunshine, crisp morning breeze, summer night, or along a tranquil river. With “I See Stars” and “La Liaison,” Khan is joined by classical rhythm guitarist Sergio Pereira. Five tracks feature the electric lead guitar work of Miles Gilderdale, with “Waiting for the Sky” and “It’s Happening” producing lively energy, and “Broken River” and “Seven Mile Road” creating feelings of peace, harmony and tranquility. Kahn’s sixth album also has consummate musicians providing rhythm, strings and wind instruments, keyboards and sound design. The guitarist paints his soundscapes with a master’s touch of delicacy and restraint. Born in Bangladesh, Khan studied computer science in the U.S., worked for the United Nations and played music in South Africa before returning to New York.  His smooth contemporary jazz, with distinctive worldly sensibilities, is presented with joy and sensitivity. Imaginary Road leaves us with strong feelings of hope and optimism for the future. It also seems to be calling for more compassion, unity and coexistence. As a bridge for international relations and empowerment, Reza Khan’s music motivates people to lead positive change in a troubled world.  (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)