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's sophisticated, international, atmospheric yet free, cool and warm.
I was first exposed to jazz through the sultry voice and flawless swing of my mother.
I met Mark Murphy, David Linx, Kurt Elling, and Youn Sun Nah.
The best show I ever attended was Youn Sun Nah in Paris.
The first jazz record I bought was Native Dancer by Wayne Shorter and Milton Nascimento
My advice to new listeners: open your mind and your ears, forget about structure, feel the textures.
Go see live music and keep buying CDs!