Righteous Chops!. I can think of three major female guitarists: Leni Stern, Emily Remler, and Mimi Fox. Fox turns out to be the least know, making her a very well-kept secret. When I first listened to Kick, I heard a Joe Pass speed and precision with a Wes Montgomery round tone. Fox opens her disc with the venerable “Cherokee”, the song that began the Be Bop revolution with Charlie Parker. Ther is no slow burn here. She follows this war-horse with a bluesy slow “She Loves Me Like a Rock”. Fox adds vocalist Bofill to Mel Torme’s “Born to Be Blue”, providing us a smooth, bluesy tome. The solo A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square is a true delight. And on and on.
Influential Friends. Before his death, Joe Pass stated that the mantle of his brand of jazz would be passed on to Mimi Fox. Her ability and musicianship certainly support this. Mimi Fox is surfacing toward the recognition she deserves.
Track Listing: Cherokee; Loves Me Like A Rock; Born to Be Blue; Ina Sentimental Mood; A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square; Kicks; Willow Weep for Me; Vita
I love jazz because it swings.
I was first exposed to jazz in Houston.
I met Joe LoCascio and Bob Henschen.
The best show I ever attended was Pat Martino.
The first jazz record I bought was Time Out by the Dave Brubeck Quartet.
My advice to new listeners is to relax on 2 and 4 beats.