When "EVIDENCE" was officially reissued on May 20th, 2022 by Wounded Bird Records, I posted an announcement @ Facebook fully expecting that that was about as much as I could do. One never wants to make a nuisance of himself with constant posts about the same thing. It is also true that, if one survives long enough in the business of music, one learns that reissues almost NEVER get any publicity assistance from the record label or anywhere else. There is no re-servicing of reviewer nor radio promo CDs. Whatever is to happen lies squarely in the hands of the fates.
    However, just the other day, one of my Facebook friends from Paris, sent me a photo that he had taken of the August issue of their "JAZZ" Magazine, which contained a wonderful review of "EVIDENCE" written by Yazid Kouloughli. Sometime ago, I had taken it upon myself to send one of my own CDs to the great publisher Fred Goaty, and I sensed that he had a guiding hand in making such a review happen - and even getting it printed. But all that said, to have it occupy such a nice amount of space was really wonderful, and will certainly draw some European attention to this album from 1980. I have now posted the cover of the August issue here, which features Joni Mitchell on the cover and as a collage includes the original review in French.
    My four years of high school French were sufficient enough for me to understand just how very kind Yazid was to this album which, no doubt, is older than he is. So, a rough translation might read something like this:

REISSUE: In the active news of solo guitar albums, this ethereal and atmospheric gem resurfaces from the past and, forty years later, still has its place among the most beautiful of its kind.

    In 1980, Steve Khan was already high on the world jazz map: he recorded a live album with Larry Coryell, was part of the Brecker Brothers group, added his touch to two of Steely Dan's greatest albums, "AJA" and "GAUCHO," and released three solo albums on Columbia. But "EVIDENCE," which bears its name well, sheds a new light on the ease, talent and character of this guitarist like no other. It took a hell of a lot of audacity to attempt alone on acoustic guitar, armed with only a few effects, "Infant Eyes" by Wayne Shorter, "In a Silent Way" by Joe Zawinul, "Melancholee" by Lee Morgan, "Threesome" by Randy Brecker and "Peace" by Horace Silver, "the music to be played would either be from the period of jazz that inspired me to play music, or would be written by some of the composers whose great styles have influenced me." as Steve Khan had confided to Michael Cuscuna in the liner notes, of which we can view the original reproduction on the back of the booklet. Between purity and sophistication, in a mixture of raw energy and refinement, the guitarist stands out for the multitude of ways in which he attacks the strings, the variety and richness of his harmonies and the modernity of his approach to effects, which contrasts superbly with this almost folk-like sound. The true showpiece is a "Thelonious Monk Medley" of nine emblematic themes where, without departing from his dreamy sound, he manages the feat of translating on the six-string acoustic guitar the angular roughness, but also all the unsettling poetry of the pianist, without ever falling into mere imitation. - YK

    Please allow me to state the following. France's "JAZZ" Magazine is a beautifully conceived and executed print journal of a wide range of music - in truth, not just "Jazz" as many would think of it. Each issue of the magazine is filled with fantastic photos new and old that make any fan want to collect each magazine. On first glance, it reminds me a bit of Japan's former great magazine, "SWING JOURNAL." There is really nothing comparable to this French publication here in the USA. My hearty congratulations go out to Monsieur Goaty and his wonderful staff. Bravo!!!

    Finally, I must add that the gorgeous photo of Joni Mitchell was taken by Norman Seeff, one of the world's greatest portrait photographers. Take a moment, visit his website, and you will be stunned by the scope of his body of work.

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