Guestbook archive 5. This archive takes us from August 2003 up to January 2005. Return to the current Guestbook here.
Hello Steve: Love the tunes for years. I got to write reviews of several of your CDs at All Music Guide as a "Thank you!" Hope to hear that good olde jazz fusion, like the "BLADES" era, come back again on a new release. Ciao! P.S. I came across some rare out-of-print releases by Steve Khan, and you fans can find them at the link I have provided below.
Jazz Fusion Guy
Wake Forest, NC USA - Sunday, January 09, 2005 at 20:05:26 (EST)

Just seeing what you are up to. I'm retired from teaching at Indiana U., and live in North Carolina!!!
Linda Pastor
Apex, NC USA - Wednesday, December 08, 2004 at 09:53:46 (EST)
A great site and your music is some of the most stimulating that I've ever listened to!
Theo Brown
Saskatoon, SK Canada - Wednesday, December 01, 2004 at 15:32:11 (EST)
I love your music!
Pedro Rodrígues
Figueira da Foz, Portugal - Tuesday, November 23, 2004 at 21:51:51 (EST)
Hola Pana: Gracias por compartir con nosotros tu talento y buena música en el 6to. Dominican Republic Jazz Festival. Te reitero que las puertas de mi hogar siempre estaran abiertas para ti y gracias por darnos tu presencia. Abrazos. HDN
Hector Darío Nicodemo
Santiago, Rep. Dominicana - Monday, November 08, 2004 at 11:04:26 (EST)
Hi, Steve. Please allow me to ask you a question regarding your equipment. If I am correct, your guitar sound for some tunes on your CD "LET'S CALL THIS" is slightly panned. I wonder if you pan the sound by your Ernie Ball volume pedal? Thank you and have a nice day. Ciao.
Ken Matsuo
Osaka, Japan - Saturday, October 30, 2004 at 14:09:33 (EDT)
Iiiiiiiiiiiirrrrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaadddoooooooooooooo!!! [I've been told that this means: "Etínho, YOU ROCK!!!!" And so, to this I must say: "Obrigado Ana!!!"]
Ana Paula
Nova Friburgo, Brasil - Saturday, October 09, 2004 at 19:13:16 (EDT)
I was surprised to know that you have had a recording with the Japanese singer, Satoh Chikuzen and keys player, Satoru Shionoya in 1996 or so. I have not had the CD and its details yet, but you seemed to play with Steve Jordan, Don Alias and Anthony Jackson. What a nice surprise!
Ken Matsuo
Osaka, Japan - Sunday, October 03, 2004 at 14:04:57 (EDT)
Hola Steve!! Yo espero que todo es bueno con usted y su familia...!! We survived yet ANOTHER hurricane!! I bought Cal Tjader's "LATIN KICK" at a used CD not heard that album since 6th grade when my dad would play it every Sunday after mass!!! Awesome!! There is so much soul and feeling on that record. Plus, I think "Jamboree" on "PARAÍSO" is so close to that style of music!!! I love the chordal vamps on there...
L D Adonis
Tampa, FL USA - Friday, October 01, 2004 at 00:12:34 (EDT)
Took several lessons 30 years ago from SK, who lent me "CHILI CON SOUL" to study. Still have Clare Fischer sheet music! "Ontem a Noite," with its extreme and beautifully disjunct melody, has stayed with me my whole life.
J.R. Longyear
Westchester, NY USA - Friday, September 17, 2004 at 07:57:56 (EDT)
Dear Steve: After reading what you wrote about Elvin Jones, I bought his "ILLUMINATION" CD as I didn't know that much about him. There will be a tribute to him at our Detroit Jazz Festival. Thanks for your CD recommendations!!! They rarely miss!
Claude Carlson
Lake Orion, MI USA - Thursday, September 02, 2004 at 06:50:46 (EDT)
Dear Steve, I am ashamed to say that, up until now, I did not know your music. But that is OK, 'cause there is a first time for everything. Tomorrow that will change. I'll go to the record store. Also, being a Brecker fan, thx for the analysis of Brecker's solos. Thx!!!
Karl Meesters
Brussels, Belgium - Wednesday, August 11, 2004 at 16:11:30 (EDT)
Me gusta mucho tu forma de tocar, que pastillas me recomiendas para lograr un sonido como el tuyo? Las Seymour Duncan o DiMarzio son las que puedo conseguir aquí, cual me recomiendas? FELICIDADES POR TU MÚSICA!!!
Raúl René Carrillo Araujo
Guadalajara, Jalisco México - Friday, July 30, 2004 at 19:20:51 (EDT)
Steve Khan anecdote: When I was a struggling guitar player 25 years ago, he was cool enough to talk to me, a complete stranger; and write to me, and give me some of the best advice of my whole life. God Bless this man, he was then, and is now, truly a rare, quality human being. And his music ain't too shabby either! Love ya, Steve
Gary Zee
Newbury Park, CA USA - Monday, July 26, 2004 at 20:25:48 (EDT)
Steve! I just finished reading your tributes to both Ray Charles and Elvin Jones(@ the NEWS page), and found them to be very beautiful. Thank you for taking the time to acknowledge these special artists who are now no longer with us.
James 'Doc' Doucette
New Orleans, LA USA - Friday, June 11, 2004 at 19:32:16 (EDT)
Hey Steve! Great website! Just wanted to let you know that after months of searching, I walked into Amoeba Music in Hollywood the other day and for the umpteenth time, checked your spot in Jazz Vinyl section. Lo and behold, I found a SEALED import of "MODERN TIMES," - not "BLADES" mind you, "MODERN TIMES"! How do I feel? Would I sound too L.A. if I said stoked?! I haven't heard that record in years, and it's just as much a joy to hear it now as it was the first time. I was lucky enough to see Eyewitness many years ago at Montclair State College with Dave Weckl. Hope I can see you perform out here sometime!
Darren Lolk
Los Angeles, CA USA - Saturday, June 05, 2004 at 17:34:37 (EDT)
Queridísimo Steve! Tu página sigue siendo extraordinaria, estoy superorgullosa de tí! Realmente conmovedor, por lo verdadero y emotivo, el mensaje de nuestro amigo Rafael, el cual comparto en toda su expresión. Nuevamente para tí, mi cariño y admiración, por ser tan grande músico y, especialmente, mejor ser humano, sensible, inteligente...y lleno de humor! T.Q.M. Vio
Caracas, Venezuela - Thursday, May 20, 2004 at 10:57:10 (EDT)
Querido Etí: Acabo de visitar el link(NEWS) que me enviaste a tu página web y lo que dices allí es totalmente cierto. Yo también he llegado a creer que estos seres humanos sobresalientes, únicos y extraordinarios van a estar junto a nosotros en vida y se quedarán para siempre. Cuando estas cosas irremediables ocurren no puedo evitar aquella comparación o más bien la pregunta terrenal, odiosa pero cierta: ¿Por qué no se van más temprano mas bien los seres malvados, los que aportan solo dolor y desasosiego al mundo o a su entorno, los criminales y los políticos inútiles que agobian a países enteros, la gente mediocre que usa el poder, el dinero, la fama para mantener y propagar sus "ideas" idiotizantes, vulgares y avergonzantes para la raza humana y para los seres vivos de este planeta? Pero a medida que voy enumerando cosas en esta pregunta, voy recibiendo respuestas y una de ellas es que Elvin es una luz que no se apagará nunca; él iluminó, ilumina y seguira iluminando a mucha gente y a cada una de las cosas que conforman este planeta y el resto del universo. Su sabiduría y maestría son cosas que van muchísimo más allá de lo tangible, de lo creíble como la música misma. De verdad me hubiese gustado ser, por lo menos un minuto, testigo presencial de su humanidad, pero ahora me queda percibirlo(creo que en el estado en el que Elvin prefería que lo percibieran) en forma de ondas sonoras, invisible, ¡Vibración perfecta y pura! Toda mi admiración para este fantástico ser humano y artista, lamentando mucho su partida.....
Rafael Greco
Caracas, Miranda, Venezuela - Tuesday, May 18, 2004 at 23:12:53 (EDT)
Steve: Glad to know that you'll be close by in June!! Hope to see you, IF I can make it. Was listening to "LET'S CALL THIS" and "CASA LOCO" the other day.
L D Adonis
Tampa, FL USA - Monday, May 17, 2004 at 14:26:33 (EDT)
Steve: I've been listening to your music all day on XM Satellite Radio, Channel 72!!! What a wonderful tribute to your recorded work by Russ Davis. He could not have been more full of praise for all that you have done. When could we expect a new CD from you? Anyway, from here, I am hoping that you had a wonderful birthday!!!
David McCrory
Wheaton, MN USA - Saturday, May 01, 2004 at 21:05:14 (EST)
Steve: I am so grateful to you for helping me with Keith Jarrett's version of "Ballad of the Sad Young Men." Without your help, I would have never figured out the changes. Amazing how I (and my family) used to listen to your father's music..."Three Coins In the Fountain" gave so much pleasure to people during the 1950s. He would be proud of you. Thank you for your help. Wayne Renardson, bassist
Wayne Renardson
Nashville, TN USA - Thursday, April 29, 2004 at 12:03:41 (EDT)
I am a huge fan of Wes Montgomery and your transcriptions are excellent. I was wondering if you ever experimented with the thumb technique? What is your take on the tone achieved?
Josh Marks
Augusta, GA USA - Wednesday, April 28, 2004 at 14:18:33 (EDT)
Hola Steve. I would like to know how you make that strange delayed portamento sound in "Blades" or "Paraphernalia"? Is the Ibanez DML10 required to get the sound? Last but not least, we all are looking forward to seeing you in Japan soon. Ciao, ciao.
Ken Matsuo
Osaka, Japan - Tuesday, April 20, 2004 at 10:54:33 (EDT)
Que Loco todo bien? Ey Steve hace rato no escribia y decidí hacerlo por el Guestbook esta vez. Espero que todo este muy bien por allá y que estes siempre haciendo y disfrutando buena música! Sigo disfrutando tus excelentes discos y pensando. Cuándo vendra un disco nuevo?
Federico Miranda
San José, Costa Rica - Saturday, March 06, 2004 at 02:13:40 (EST)
Hello Steve: My roommate was playing "PUBLIC ACCESS" the other day(which I turned him on to!), and it prompted me to drop you a line. I remember mentioning to you a couple of years ago that the last thing my brother and I listened to together, before he died, was "LOCAL COLOR." Well, unbelievably, that was 10 years ago. The two of us were up very late on a marathon talk session and, at about 3 A.M., I put on "LOCAL COLOR," which he'd never heard before. He loved it. Thanks for a very special memory. Stan. P.S. Please come and play in London some day. I can just see you playing the Jazz Cafe in Camden Town. I could personally guarantee a big turn out. get your agent to talk to me!! Thanks for the music.
Stan Neil
London, UK - Friday, March 05, 2004 at 18:16:25 (EST)
Hi Steve: I'm the guy, formerly from Houston(by way of Long Island), who used to write you fan mail - and I appreciated each and every response. I finally got to see you play live in Georgetown(@ Blues Alley) maybe 10 years ago - Jay Anderson was on bass. Just wanted to say how much I appreciate your music, and yes, that of your Dad as well. Sammy is an American musical hero to many - and you, his son, really take jazz/fusion to another level. Good Luck Steve! Vaughn
Vaughn Olson
Charlotte, NC USA - Saturday, February 28, 2004 at 18:30:49 (EST)
Hey Steve, I'd just like to thank you for all the great music! All the amazing stuff you've done over the years. I still think your mic'ed-up electric solo on Tom Scott's "Lost Inside the Love Of You" is absolutely amazing. You're one of the best, Steve! [Ben: That was NOT me!!! The solo was played by Eric Gale!!! -Steve]
Queensland, Australia - Wednesday, February 18, 2004 at 04:35:54 (EST)
That's the longest list of favourites I've seen on a website. Nice site......and playing!
Mike Coleman
London, England - Friday, February 06, 2004 at 05:13:59 (EST)
HI STEVE! Just wanted to take the time to thank you for all the great trancscriptions and info posted on your website. I'm a guitarist and singer, jingle writer and perfomer living on Long Island. I currently have a 9 piece band playing, u guesed it, "club dates." I have been playing now for about 41 years, I'm almost 46. Wow, time is flying! I'm also a student and friend of the great PAT MARTINO. It's great to hear these old recordings of his, isn't he something else?!?! I was wondering where you reside now? Teaching? Thanks so much again for the great study material and God bless you and yours as Pat would say! Bobby Corsetti
Bobby Corsetti
Bellport, NY USA - Wednesday, January 28, 2004 at 12:20:51 (EST)
Hello, I discovered your albums two years ago because I liked the covers(you know "THE BLUE MAN" and "ARROWS"), and so, I bought your albums in the record shop. And wow, I was amazed by the music, and then I discovered the other things you've done, and I will say this: Continue your great work! I hope you can one day perform in France(When was the last time you played here?)!! Greetings from a French fan! Philippe
Philippe Isenmann
Strasbourg, France - Friday, January 23, 2004 at 20:51:02 (EST)
Hola Steve! Eres un excelente guitarrista con una manera de tocar muy peculiar, la manera en que usas la armonía haces que suene muy fresco y creo que hoy en día es muy dificil crear algo diferente, felicidades por tu trabajo es genial. FELIZ AÑO 2004! Un fuerte abrazo para ti....
Claudia Patricia Flores Reos
Guadalajara, Jalisco México - Tuesday, January 06, 2004 at 18:23:00 (EST)
¡Hola Etí! Este mensaje es para hacerte llegar un abrazo grandísimo de año nuevo. Pana, que el 2004 te permita disfrutar de cada uno de sus días con paz, amor, felicidad, dicha, prosperidad, abundancia, música, creatividad, éxito y salud. FELÍZ AÑO 2004!!!!!! Te quiero mucho bro. Abrazos, Rafa
Rafael Greco
Caracas, Venezuela - Wednesday, December 31, 2003 at 16:19:53 (EST)
Steve, best wishes for a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
Tony Calabro
Latrobe City, Vic. Australia - Monday, December 29, 2003 at 23:36:33 (EST)
Steve: I love "LET'S CALL THIS"!!! It's the only CD of yours I have. Your friend on the other side of the world. Jean-Philippe [Dear Jean-Philippe: I received your letter months ago, and I did try to answer you, but just today, my letter was returned to me, because your address was difficult to read, and/or somehow incorrect or insufficient. Sorry about that!! Happy Holidays, and I hope a friend tells you about the website!!!]
Jean-Philippe Mayandi
Le Port, Île de la Réunion - Saturday, December 27, 2003 at 15:03:28 (EST)
Hello Steve....I am a jazz guitarist playing in the tradition of Wes and Green, as well as Jimmy Ponder. Just wanna say "Thanx!" for the outstanding books you've written. The last one I bought "PENTATONIC KHANCEPTS" is extremely useful. As a big fan of McCoy Tyner, it is fascinating to be able to add part of his "language" to your own musical language, thanx to your book!!!
Anders Jonasson
Stockholm, Sweden - Tuesday, December 02, 2003 at 02:10:17 (EST)
Steve: Although I have already said all this to you in previous e-mails, I feel I just have to put it in the Guestbook for ALL to see! Your music has touched me like none other in a long, long time. I must listen to "PUBLIC ACCESS" 4-5 times a week. And, of course "BLADES" and "YOU ARE HERE," etc., etc.! There is something for every mood, every minute of the day. "PUBLIC ACCESS" will probably always be my all-time favorite as it is the first recording of yours I ever heard. "Sisé" is soooo incredibly awesome, as are all the songs on there. Thank you for doing what you do, and please KEEP DOING IT! And remember---you've got a couple of Memphis residents that will go wherever necessary to see you perform live!
Yvette Rhoton
Memphis, TN USA - Wednesday, November 26, 2003 at 17:32:19 (EST)
Hi Steve, my name is Victor, and I have been studying jazz guitar. I was wondering if you gave "Lessons by mail"? If so, please contact me. Do you speak Spanish? [from Steve: Sí Victor, yo puedo leer en Español!!!]
Victor Báez
Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, England - Thursday, November 13, 2003 at 07:02:16 (EST)
Excellent site! Hope you're back in California one of these days, so Randall and I can see you, enjoy your music, and your fabulous command of the guitar.
John Rewind
Mill Valley, CA USA - Sunday, October 19, 2003 at 21:36:44 (EDT)
Hi Steve, long time. Miss ya. I love your playing, such taste and command of the instrument, not to mention some of the best time ever played. I noticed that you never told the fans here that the secret to your recording sound is that you will only perform nude in the studio. I have never seen it myself, but I heard from Donald and Walter that, after a marathon session in the old days, you were quite chafed. Would you like to add to that here in this forum? Oh to be a drum stool.....hahaha Just kidding, love ya bro. Mail me, I miss ya!! Luke
Studio City, CA USA - Sunday, October 19, 2003 at 08:43:51 (EDT)
Hey Steve: Wishing you all my best. Haven't spoken to you in a while. Planning to be in NYC on the 27th of this month, and hoping to hook-up! I am writing a column this very minute in "BASSICS" Magazine! Wanted to recommend your book on pentatonics in this one. So I came by for a visit to make sure I had all the pertinent info. Peace and harmony. Jimmy-san
Jimmy Haslip
Los Angeles, CA USA - Sunday, October 19, 2003 at 02:51:01 (EDT)
STEVE: This is a great website! There's so much to inspire and instruct! It's great that the "KHANCEPTS" books are available, and no doubt, all of us will benefit from your insights. I hope to see some of Kenny Burrell's "MIDNIGHT BLUE" transcribed in the future? Great choice for one of the albums you'd want, if you were stranded on a desert island. Of course, any addtions of your own material would be great too! Thanks for sharing your knowledge so freely!!! SED
Steve Dill
Waukesha, WI USA - Saturday, October 18, 2003 at 11:56:51 (EDT)
Hi Steve, my guitar teacher Tony Calabro mentioned your name during one of my private lessons. Great site. I was able to purchase your CD, "CROSSINGS." I love your music and playing. Looking forward to purchasing many more. Steve, you play with so much emotion. Thanks for sharing your gift. I play a '335' as well. Best Wishes from Australia. Chris
Chris Dash
Gippsland, Victoria Australia - Wednesday, October 15, 2003 at 22:59:30 (EDT)
I am a big fan of your music. I would hope that you may come around to the Philadelphia area to play. Keep up the great music. I remain...
Samuel Norman
Vineland, NJ USA - Friday, October 03, 2003 at 08:28:49 (EDT)
Dear Steve: When will you come back to Japan? I have been waiting for your trio(or hopefully as Eyewitness!). Would it be possible to come back with Mr. Ben Perowsky, who recently played with a Japanese piano player? Ciao, ciao.
Kenzo Matsuo
Osaka, Japan - Thursday, October 02, 2003 at 14:45:31 (EDT)
Hey Steve: Wow!! You are 2 much!! Back-to-back "Bock to Bock" solos @ KORNER 1. Thanks to you and Blaine for these special treats for all Wes fans!!
Pokey Turner
Visalia, CA USA - Saturday, September 27, 2003 at 03:05:16 (EDT)
Hi, Mr. Steve Harris, ¿Sabía usted que en Caracas existe una persona que lo adora a usted y su maravillosa música? Vive en una urbanización en La Urbina y cada vez que oye su música pareciera que estuviera Steve Khan en persona en el sofá de su casa...Un sueño hecho realidad! Gracias!!
Caracas, DF Venezuela - Saturday, September 13, 2003 at 14:35:00 (EDT)
Hi Steve! Blast from the way past...I don't know if you remember me. We played with Albie Berk and Connie Francis way back when. I've been listening to and enjoying your music thru the ages. A friend of mine sent me your Clare Fischer solo transcription. I can't get enough of Clare's stuff. He's a giant among giants! Be well! L'Shana Tova! Harry
Harry Max
Whitestone, NY USA - Monday, September 01, 2003 at 05:00:17 (EDT)
Steve, Your playing is so beautiful! I love how you listen to the other players. I can hear your mind working as you play... Hope to catch you live someday... Be well, Carl
Carl C.
Louisville, KY USA - Monday, August 11, 2003 at 15:38:04 (EDT)
Hi Steve! I just saw your clinic here today here in Caracas...I will most certainly write you an e-mail later, but for now I just wanted to say that I can't thank you enough for all of the stuff you shared with us today, not only musically, but personally. Thank you for your kind and beautiful words about our country as well as for all of those concepts and that "stupid philosophy" as you called it, even if it is not by any means stupid or anything less than wonderful. In my most perfect Spanish: QUE VAINA TAN BUENA!!!! I hope we can see you playing around here soon...Nos vemos por ahi!!
Luis Miguel Gil
Caracas, MI Venezuela - Sunday, August 10, 2003 at 00:53:37 (EDT)
Just an old fan dropped in for a visit. Wanted to say that your home page is well ogranized and nicely presented. Not everyone brings that off[especially musicians :)]!!! For what it's worth, I own or have owned just about all your available recordings on CD or LP. All time favorites: "CASA LOCO" and "LET'S CALL THIS." Best regards.
John Barr
Anywheresville, USA - Friday, August 08, 2003 at 13:41:50 (EDT)