Unveiling his third release as a leader, soulful New York saxophonist Melvin Smith borrows from the great Thelonious Monk for the title piece as well as taking a page from George Gershwin, Pat Metheny and McCoy Tyner among others in crafting a ten-piece program of post bop music. Beginning the album with a 1960s post bop rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing," Smith engages in a musical conversation with his tenor saxophone covering a lot of ground and different styles throughout this disc. Melvin Smith is clearly one of the finest reed men in the jazz business today and this latest effort adds to an already sturdy foundation that the saxophone is in very good hands with Smith. One listen to Evidence provides all the proof you need to affirm that assertion. -Edward Blanco "E Jazz News"