Backlog is guitarist Steve Khan’s fifth recording since his return from a decade-long absence and a real pleasure to hear. The production filters the work of some of jazz’s great players through Latin-rhythm and percussive rhythms. The body-moving grooves are derived from compositions by Thelonious Monk, Greg Osby, Bobby Hutcherson Stevie Wonder and Ornette Coleman. On the more laidback side are compositions by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen, as well as Johnny Mandel and Johnny Mercer. The band, like the music on this effort, is stellar. The lineup includes Mark Walker on drums, Rubén Rodriguez on bass, Marc Quiñones and Bobby Allende on bongos and other percussion. Guests on the set include Rob Mounsey on keyboards, Randy Brecker on trumpet, Mark Mainieri on vibraphone and vocalist Tatiana Parra. Fantastic performances by all involved in an outstanding package of music .
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Tracks: Criss Cross, Concepticus in C, Latin Genetics, Our Town, Head Start, Rojo, Invisible, Emily, Go Home, Catta.