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Mimi Fox: Kicks

C. Michael Bailey By

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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.

Title: Kicks | Year Released: 1999 | Record Label: Monarch Records

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