Producer/keyboardist/guitarist Reza Khan definitely knows and handles his niche in music well. His hard-to-pigeonhole style of intermixing a little country, a little rock, and a lot of world influences gives his projects a unique sound that followers of such a blend have to really appreciate.
Here with his latest release, A Simple Plan (a title that I�m sure was inspired by his daughter-inspired song of the same name here), Khan lays out simple catchy melodies representative of lands and settings from every corner of the earth in many ways.
As I implied in my review of his previous release, Painted Diaries, his music touches a special kind of palate. While not for everyone, its appeal is undeniable among �world travelers.�
Khan employs the saxy sax of Andy Snitzer on this project on select tracks, and it only enhances those tunes. My fave here would �Painted Stories� where the saxman exhibits his noteworthy skills passionately. The beautiful finale �September Morning,� with all of its world touch, is a truly appropriate way to end this potpourri of global journeys.
Using the sitar, accordion, and a kind of �riding on horseback into the sunset� approach, this album covers many of the universal moods.
On the jazz side of things, a couple of tracks get the job done. The tunes that come to mind would be �Language of Love,� �Sweetest Things,� and the funky-in-a-country-kind-of-way track, �Funktionality��this latter piece features a very impressive accordion solo by Viviane Amoux, by the way. The rest of the album is a well-done world-flavored project, especially if you like that �outdoorsy/frontier� kind of world material.
Overall, another fine effort by a fine artist who knows the landscape of his music and how to paint vivid images of it.