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Steve: Hope you are well! About a week ago, I pulled out a transcription of Wes Montgomery's "West Coast Blues" by Wolf Marshall, and as I worked my way through it, I played the CD and isolated sections using the software Transcribe. Then, I watched a video. Something was off to me. I wasn't sure what it was.
Then today, I pulled out my tattered copy of your book without tab, and started playing your transcription. The cloud lifted. I had forgotten that I had worked on your transcription years ago! Now it's moving much faster! I guess your transcription was lodged deep in my memory banks somewhere! Who knew?
Anyway, it made me think of you on this snowy day in shutdown DC! Have a great day! Best, Vince
Washington, DC USA - Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 11:20:19 (EST)
THANK YOU so very much for all the awesome Khan guitar magic both past and present, you are truly a guitar legend!!!! CHEERS... YOUR FAN....
Gulfport, MS USA - Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 18:50:12 (EST)
Man, your solo on "My Rival." Yes. That's all really, and happy relatively new 2019! - Jeff
Valley Village, CA USA - Sunday, January 06, 2019 at 19:46:01 (EST)
Well, don't know where to start. First off, I owe you a big apology. I was aware of you in the '70s, and had kind of written you off as a good player caught in the clutches of commercialism. Was I wrong - so, apologies again. I purchased "SUBTEXT" in a used CD store, and immediately fell in love with the music. I'm a big devotee of Latin music, jazz and guitar. So there you have it. That last track on "SUBTEXT" kept drawing me back, and I made a mental note to search out more of your recent work, never thinking you would continue on with Latin Jazz. I recently ordered "PARTING SHOT" and "BACKLOG" from Amazon, and they have been in constant play ever since. All I can say is "WOW." Just superb, wonderful playing from all concerned. I also had ordered an old Gary McFarland album called "THE IN SOUND," and you are the heir to what he started. A very cool sophistication.
You are doing them all proud. The Tjaders, Palmieris, etc. But don't get me wrong, you are taking it in your own direction, and with style. Now, the point of this is to get that long overdue apology to you, with the promise that I will follow your musical career from now own, because you are really sayin' somethin'. And like they say on my little island, THANK YOU!
Denver, CO USA - Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 01:39:30 (EST)
Steve, Happy Holidays and the best of everything in 2019! Congratulations on the "PUBLIC ACCESS"-"HEADLINE"-"CROSSINGS"(BGO/UK) reissue being selected by AllAboutJazz.com's John Kelman as one of his BEST RELEASES OF 2018! So well-deserved, even if it's 30 years late!!! Peace out, Tony
Taos, NM USA - Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 11:51:25 (EST)
Dear Steve, this morning, listening to a track from Clare Fischer's album "MACHACA" (on my way to work), released on the German label MPS in 1980, I had to think of you, immediately, now dropping some short lines to you. Well, the rhythm of the first album-song, "African Flutes" is so compelling. So Clare really was the man, a musical giant with his abilities and style. And so are you, believe me! I always did/will cherish your musical vision, resulting in many great albums (and concerts; that live double-album from Germany, "THE SUITCASE" tranports that ultimately). The rhythm-patterns and musical sense concocted in your songs and cover versions are so damned great, and the interaction of drums, percussion, bass and guitar is ultimately thrilling - from lyrical to hard hitting. I don't know if you know, how creative, positive, agile and inspiring your music was and will ever be? And surely not only for me!
So, I'd be glad if you're doing well! Maybe you're involved in some new projects - any new album/projects planned? Please continue creating music, if you can, and in addition please go on with your informative and witty website (especially your thoughts, opinion and essay section). And: John Abercrombie is missed so much! All the best for you, Stefan
Bonn, GERMANY - Friday, November 30, 2018 at 04:51:30 (EST)
Hello Steve, I hope that you are well. I guess I haven't been paying close enough attention to your website, because I just became aware of the BGO Records re-release CDs that have been put out over the past couple of years. This is terrific, as it has been difficult to obtain copies of several of them. I think I pretty much have all of your discography already, but many others will not.
Since two of the reissues have Anthony Jackson on all tracks I created a thread on Talkbass Forum, in the bassists folder. Of course, Anthony is highly regarded in the bass community. The thing with Anthony is that, other than his work with you, he really hasn't had a long term gig in a band, and he only produced one album as a leader. So, following his work requires looking at a lot of different session recordings in different styles. But your re-releases showcase his talent in high quality ensembles playing interesting and still relevant music, with you and some world class drummers/percussionists. I think that some bassists will be buying these re-release CDs, as well as "THE SUITCASE" - which is an exceptional live recording.
All the best, Jim
San Diego, CA USA - Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 11:48:15 (EST)