‘Firefly’ is the debut of Emily Remler as a band leader. The album was released by Concord Jazz (CJ-162) in 1981. Below are the liner notes by renowned jazz critic Maggie Hawthorne. Guitarist Emily Remler is a rarity – because the growth and flowering of any young and especially talented jazz musician is always a …
In July, 1965, guitarist Wes Montgomery joined the Wynton Kelly Trio as an extra added attraction for the purpose of performing in the top jazz clubs and concert halls throughout the United States. One of their first performances together was at the Newport Jazz Festival where they received a standing ovation.
Today, I’d like to talk about the next gem in my Joe Pass record collection. We are talking about ‘Eximious’ by The Joe Pass Trio. Well, the latter term can mean a lot of things, but for this specific record, the three am combo is comprises of Niels-Henning Orstedt Pedersen, Martin Drew and the one and only, Joe Pass.
Guitarist and composer Quist, with his 2017 release ‘Trigger’, forced me out of wheelhouse and comfort-zone relative to the genres I am typically more comfortable with. And the thought of trying to write-up a review of this album intimidates me a little bit, admittedly. Because it is tremendously difficult for me to make references and comparisons to other acts. Quist’s approach to song-writing and guitar playing is unique to me, or at least distinctly different.
‘Dealer of the Gods’ that’s the recognizable name by the equally memorable duo ‘Satan’s Dealer’. And what a statement this album is! While I don’t know if I can call their material unique, it certainly is one of a kind. I typically try not to compare bands with or to each other, but Satan’s Dealer, to me, sounds like if Anthrax embarked on a Doom/Stoner album. Not the best of analogies, but just to give you a flavor.
Alea iacta est. A rather martial statement, but perfectly appropriate considering the profound impact this album had on me. Telekinetic Yeti and their 2017 debut release ‘Abominable’ has the potential to become a cornerstone in the heavy rock genre. I could and should probably end my review right here, because that pretty much sums it up.
The fact is, almost every day I get an email or find a notification online about a new band or album entering the scene. It’s hard to keep up especially if you have an open mind and feel genuinely happy about the fact that there is so much new great music coming your way on a regular basis.