Tightrope (Steve Khan album)

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RecordedMarch/April 1977 at Media Sound Inc, New York City, New York
Genre Jazz, Fusion
Label Tappan Zee Records (Columbia Records)
Producer Bob James
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Tightrope is the 1977 debut solo album of jazz guitarist Steve Khan.



Bob James who just got him signed to Columbia Records produced the album for his own Tappan Zee label, a sub-division of Columbia. [2] Bob James plays a then fashionable Oberheim polyphonic synthesizer. All other musicians were (at some point) members of the Brecker Brothers band including Khan himself who was part of the band in the years just before his solo debut and was featured on their second album, the 1976 Back to Back and the following Don't Stop the Music. Khan writes: "At the time, I suppose I felt it was my 'mission' to somehow maintain the original sound and line-up of the Brecker Bros. Band, only featuring my guitar a little more." [2] On his website he also states that Tightrope was his best-selling album he has "ever made, and is probably directly attributable to the inclusion of [...] "Darlin' Darlin' Baby," originally recorded by the O'Jays." [2]

Track listing

  1. "Some Punk Funk" – 5:20
  2. "Darlin' Darlin' Baby (Sweet Tender Love)" (Gamble and Huff, Khan) – 6:29
  3. "Tightrope (for Folon)" – 5:44
  4. "The Big Ones" (Randy Brecker, Khan) – 6:02
  5. "Star Chamber" – 5:19
  6. "Soft Summer Breeze" (Eddie Heywood, Judy Spencer) – 5:00
  7. "Where Shadows Meet" – 3:40

All tunes written by Steve Khan except as noted parenthetically above. [1]
All arrangements by Steve Kahn, except tracks 2 and 6 arranged by Bob James.



Chart (1978)Peakposition
US Billboard Pop Albums [3] 157
US Billboard Top Jazz Albums [3] 14

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  1. 1 2 http://www.allmusic.com/album/tightrope-mw0000919537
  2. 1 2 3 Steve Khan on his website about the album
  3. 1 2 "Steve Khan Tightrope Awards". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2016-05-20.