Emily Remler: Strollin'
Emily Remler (guitar)
Firefly (Concord Jazz CJ162)
Bob Maize (bass), Jake Hanna (drums).
Composed by Horace Silver.
Recorded: San Francisco, CA, April, 1981
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
On this laid back Horace Silver piece, Emily Remler and company bring back the swing like it's 1959 all over again. Remler has such a nice, refined sound on this track. Her solo consists of some nice textures and she flips her rhythm up nicely as well, deviating between eighth note rhythms and at other times blistering fast sixteenth note rhythms. Although I would have like to heard Hank Jones play a longer solo, he still plays some tasteful lines. Like we would expect anything different from him!
All in all, "Strollin'" is a good example of Remler's ability to play straight ahead and the song works well in regards to her playing style. Although she would only be on this earth for a short time, I'm glad that she was able to give the jazz world enough of a taste of her music to leave a long, lasting impression. Very few musicians have come out of the gate running like she did and this song is a shining example to her musical spirit. R.I.P.
Reviewer: Jared Pauley