Emily Remler: The Firefly
Emily Remler (guitar)
Firefly (Concord Jazz CJ162)
Bob Maize (bass), Jake Hanna (drums).
Composed by Emily Remler.
Recorded: San Francisco, CA, April, 1981
Rating: 92/100 (learn more)
On her debut album for Concord Records, Emily Remler came out of nowhere to claim her rightful spot as one of the brightest young guitarists in jazz music. Accompanied by legendary pianist Hank Jones, this quartet burns over the title track of this album. It's hard to believe that Remler hadn't played a lick of jazz until she was sixteen years old but you wouldn't know that by listening to this album. It's obvious that she was well versed in the style of Wes Montgomery but Remler brings a different flavor to this. She's not just some carbon copy. There's a strong sense of assurance in her playing that you don't hear in today's young players.
What makes this song work is the vulnerability that comes across at times in the playing of Remler. She's right at home with Hank Jones and the two of them complement each other wonderfully and with grand precision. This debut is definitely one that opened my ears when I first heard it. It's a stunning testament to a guitarist that rightfully deserved her place among the legends of jazz guitar and she earned every note she ever played on that Gibson ES-330.
Reviewer: Jared Pauley