Emily Remler: Blues for Herb


Blues for Herb


Emily Remler (guitar)


East to Wes (Concord Jazz CCD-4356)

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Emily Remler (guitar), Hank Jones (piano), Buster Williams (bass), Marvin 'Smitty' Smith (drums).

Composed by Emily Remler


Recorded: New York, May 1988


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

Emily Remler's playing was one of a kind. Although she sounded like guitarists of the past, she was lucky enough to bring her own voice to an instrument that was historically dominated by men. On her last album before her untimely death due to heart failure, Remler wrote a lasting tribute to one of her idols, Herb Ellis, who was instrumental in getting her on the bill at the Concord Jazz Festival, which also helped her secure a record deal with Concord Records. Joined by bop master Hank Jones, who appears on several of her earlier releases, Remler constructs very nice melodic ideas on this song, utilizing the full range of her instrument. Hank Jones follows Remler's solo with his own blend of technical wizardry and Buster Williams holds everything down with solid bass work throughout the entire piece.

All in all, this is a very fitting tribute for Ellis but it's ironic though that Remler would be the one who departed this earth before her time was up. I highly recommend this release to any guitar fans out there who might not be familiar with the work of this late, great musician.

Reviewer: Jared Pauley


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