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Cover Up!

George KahnAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (June 17, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Playing Records
  • ASIN: B001AR018S
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,150 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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West coast jazz pianist George Kahn tackles jazz versions of songs he loves by Pink Floyd, Cream, John Mayer, The Beatles and others.
There is a fair amount of confusion about the meaning of West Coast Jazz. Some argue that the term refers to jazz recorded on the west coast from Los Angeles up to San Francisco. Others say that West Coast Jazz refers to a certain sound rather than to a location. Some go so far to call it a brand created by West Coast record companies.
I envision West Coast Jazz as an attitude, a feeling, a vibe that could only have originated in a place filled with palm trees, open horizons, ocean breezes and urbanity. It was an answer to the left turn that took place when the Big Bands died out and jazz starting chasing the Bird down the bebop trail.
I hope you enjoy our latest foray into West Coast Jazz as much as we enjoyed creating it.

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All About Jazz Review by Jay Deshpande:
In the liner notes to Cover Up!, George Kahn discusses his goal of drawing upon the heritage of west coast jazz. For most people, this brings to mind Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, or the Lighthouse All Stars.
For Kahn, though, it means a particular way of portraying the popular songs of his youth tunes that fall outside the normal purview of jazz. On this disc, he provides graceful renditions of Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, John Mayer, and Bill Withers. Hence, as jazz updates of rock covers, Cover Up! is a coherent project.
In spite of the title's other potential meaning, everything on Kahn's album is perfectly overt. This is perhaps its greatest link to west coast jazz, which moved away from the intellectualism of New York bebop Dizzy Gillespie is largely responsible for the field of jazz education, and Charlie Parker absorbed Stravinsky in addition to the blues.
Whether it's Bill Withers' Use Me, which he plays according to the original recording, or the jazz standard Yesterdays, which he spins unexpectedly out of the melody of the John Lennon's Yesterday, Kahn presents music not as a set of cerebral enigmas, but as something fun for both the listener and the player. In this sense, he touches on the visceral pleasure that is usually connected to rock more than jazz.
The playing, very much in the jazz idiom, is strong throughout. Kahn surrounds himself with other highly competent Los Angeles musicians. The most stand-out name on the set is Alex Acuna, formerly the percussionist for Weather Report. The finest playing, though, comes from bassist Brian Bromberg, who acquits himself as nicely on the bass-heavy 70s sound of Use Me as he does in an eloquent high-register solo on Sunshine of Your Love.
In improvisation, Kahn's tendency is towards modal playing, which doesn't wholly fit with the traditions of west coast jazz. On Sunshine of Your Love, Wes' Coast, and a John Coltrane-style My Favorite Things, he draws heavily from the language of Miles Davis circa Kind of Blue (Columbia, 1959).
Wes' Coast, which Kahn explains as Wes Montgomery meets Miles Davis, draws equal parts from Davis' compositions Milestones and So What. Although an excess of modal jazz can turn to an easy conceit, playing at length over such scales suits Kahn's voice: it is here that he sounds most urbane. The strength of Cover Up! lies in its careful balance of originals, standards, and pop covers. With little alteration to the original recording, John Mayer's Waiting On The World to Change becomes a tasteful gospel appeal in the pianist's hands. But just as inspiring is the latin-beat Mitchell's Blues, a wonderful, lively composition by Kahn, with great horn-work from Justo Almario and John Fumo. Throughout the album, Kahn uses breadth and accessibility to keep the listener thoroughly entertained. --All About Jazz, reviewed by Jay Deshpande

From the very start - Brian Bromberg's hard-driving bass opening to Cream's familiar Sunshine of Your Love- this band will be right there in your room. It's not just because of the recording quality - which is outstanding. Pianist George Kahn, drummer/percussionist Alex Acuña, and bassist Brian Bromberg are strong players. Strong, not loud. They play with confidence and energy. It's jazz. Why Cream? Why not? Kahn's goal is to create music that is classic, contemporary, hip and cool, all at once. He has been doing just that in his recordings since founding his independent label, Playing Records, in 1999. For his sixth CD, Cover Up!, he has created jazz versions of music he grew up with, including Cream, the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Wes Mongomery, and Blue Mitchell.
Kahn's classical training (he majored in Music Composition at Brandeis) and the natural flow of his playing are exhibited in his approach to the Beatles' songs. The trio explores all the nuances of Eleanor Rigby. On Yesterday/Yesterdays, Kahn creates a beautiful interlude between the Beatles and up-tempo Kern. This quickly leads to solo exchanges between Bromberg and Kahn which will leave you wondering which song is which. Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb is played majestically. That composition and Kahn's gospel version of John Mayer's Waiting on the World to Change demonstrate his sensitivity to lyrics. Two originals represent the constantly evolving Miles Davis. Wes' Coast introduces the exciting guitar playing of Pat Kelley as Wes Montgomery meets Miles in the early sixties. John Fumo IS Miles. The electric and funky Cover Up& is a more contemporary take featuring Kelley again with Justo Almario on tenor. Mitchell's Blues provides solo room for all, while in another original, Mr. K.V., with its innovative bass/piano intro, Bromberg salutes bassist Karl Vincent. My Favorite Things goes Afro-Cuban with Acuña on percussion and Almario in a masterful solo that is all his own. On Bill Withers' Use Me, vocalist Courtney Lemmon projects raw emotion. What a voice! Let's hear more. Cover Up! is West Coast jazz for today, This reviewer is from an earlier generation than George Kahn so can attest that it will speak to you regardless of what music you grew up on. --Bill Falconer, Jazzreview.com

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George Kahn's Cover Up! doesn't waste any time. The swing kicks in hard and fast - thanks to Brian Bromberg's vicious bass - on the infectious and recognizable Cream classic Sunshine of Your Love. After getting your attention, Kahn and his all-star band guide us through a collection of jazz, rock classics and original compositions that swings from beginning to end. As with previous Kahn releases, Cover Up! is characterized by great arrangements played by monster musicians. The music, while complex, sounds effortless, and skillfully blends straight-ahead and contemporary styles into a sound rooted in tradition while emanating from today. The band has everything it needs to turn the Pink Floyd teen anthem Comfortably Numb into a wistful jazz ballad, to bop hard a la 60s Blue Note on Mitchell's Blues, groove to the guitar-driven Wes' Coast, and get to some down-right dirty funk on the title track. George Kahn's Cover Up! is a sterling musical statement from an unselfish and swinging pianist. Don't let it go unnoticed.

- Alfredo Cruz
KRTU Jazz for San Antonio
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