115

Mimi Fox: Kicks

Ed Kopp By

Sign in to view read count
Not many string-benders are as talented as Mimi Fox, a San Francisco-based musician with a strong sense of swing and a clean, economical style.

A former student of Bruce Forman's, Fox shares more qualities with her bop-minded mentor than with the majority of male jazz guitarists in her age group who have adopted a more electronically processed, rock-influenced sound.

Kicks is Fox's second release, and it features a strong supporting cast, including Russell Ferrante (keys) and Will Kennedy (drums) from the Yellowjackets, Joey DeFrancesco (organ), John Wiiitala (bass), Mark VanWageningen (bass), and Marqhinho Brasil (percussion). Charlie Hunter (guitar) and Angela Bofill (vocals) also appear on one track apiece.

This is a strongly melodic collection, and one that swings out stylishly. The four collaborations between Fox and DeFrancesco are great. Fox's playing on those cuts brings to mind Grant Green, another guitarist who had tremendous chemistry with organists. DeFrancesco appears on the title track, Paul Simon's "Love Me Like A Rock," a Fox arrangement of "Poor Wayfarin' Stranger," and Mimi's original "Mr. White's Blues." All are bluesy jaunts that will set your toes to tappin'.

"Cherokee" swings out elegantly and "Born To Be Blue" features the poised singing of Angela Bofill. Fox goes acoustic on "In a Sentimental Mood," then she dazzles on electric guitar with a solo version of "A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square." She and Charlie Hunter deliver a funky duo version of "Willow Weep for Me." "Vita's Lullaby" is a slow original melody with some beautifully restrained playing by Fox and Ferrante. The Yellowjacket keyboardist sticks to acoustic piano on the three tracks that feature him.

Mimi Fox is a major talent, and Kicks is the rare mainstream jazz CD that's also richly melodic. This one's strongly recommended.

| Record Label: Monarch Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read Road to Forever CD/LP/Track Review Road to Forever
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Avenida Graham CD/LP/Track Review Avenida Graham
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 27, 2017
Read TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2) CD/LP/Track Review TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2)
by Nicola Negri
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Goat Man & The House of the Dead CD/LP/Track Review Goat Man & The House of the Dead
by Dave Wayne
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by James Nadal
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read "Further Explorations" CD/LP/Track Review Further Explorations
by Karl Ackermann
Published: May 23, 2016
Read "Inner Agent" CD/LP/Track Review Inner Agent
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: May 20, 2016
Read "Empty The Headbin" CD/LP/Track Review Empty The Headbin
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 15, 2016
Read "Live at PafA" CD/LP/Track Review Live at PafA
by Matthew Aquiline
Published: February 21, 2017
Read "The Third Decade" CD/LP/Track Review The Third Decade
by C. Andrew Hovan
Published: April 16, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!