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Masters of Music: Conversations with Berklee Greats:
~ Small & Taylor ~
Culled from exclusive interviews from Berklee Today, the alumni magazine of Berklee College of Music, this collection of candid interviews with such illustrious alumni as Quincy Jones, Branford Marsalis, Steve Vai, Paula Cole, Mike Stern, Bill Frisell and many others is a gold mine of wisdom, humor and insight. Read about the unique, unexpected challenges that success can bring.
Lots of great conversations with some notable names from Berklee, and maybe the last interview ever done with Emily.
Waiting For Dizzy
~ Gene Lees ~
Jazzletter publisher Gene Lees profiles 13 veteran jazz musicians. Warm and often funny elder statespersons reflect on their art and personal lives while he records their influence in the larger context of jazz history. Drawing from his encyclopedic knowledge and his own experience as a performer, Lees debunks jazz myths and confronts racism. His final essay honors trumpet superstar Dizzy Gillespie, and other equal coverage to musicians like Hank Jones, Herb Ellis, Al Grey, and of particular merit, an essay with the late and wonderful, Emily Remler.
In depth and revealing interview of substance by one of the most talented conversationalists in the business. Truly one of the better windows on her world.
Madame Jazz: Contemporary Women Instrumentalists
~ Lesile Gourse ~
A jazz enthusiast, Gourse brings lots of energy and knowledge to this upbeat survey of contemporary women jazz musicians. Although male jazz musicians considered women jazz singers “ladylike,” women blowing horns and pounding on drums were just plain unacceptable. That prejudice didn’t stop women instrumentalists who, finally, in the early 1970s, began to have greater success in “crossing the gender barrier.” Gourse assesses the changes in attitude that made that progress possible, but she focuses most of her attention on the women themselves, describing their drive, confidence, and talent, capturing the essence of each musician’s personality while sharing tales of their trials and triumphs.
Will open your eyes to many women in jazz. Only a short chapter on Em but it does include some lesser known facts of her life.
Stormy Weather: The Music and Lives of a Century of Jazz Women
~ Linda Dahl ~
The jazz scene in New Orleans, the Age of Swing, the Big Band Era of the 1940s and the ever present dark, smoky blues clubs have been the domain of men-but not entirely. Stormy Weather is a tribute to the women who made the scene, profiling the jazz and blues women from the turn of the century until now. Finishing off this work are interviews with ten women who have been part of the jazz industry and an extensive discography. Highly descriptive and enlightening, this engrossing reading brings alive a subculture that is as much a part of jazz as the music itself. Within these pages is the history and lives of women who often walked in its shadows. – Ilene Rosoff
No new revelations about Emily here but it does have great information about Mary Osborne and Marian Gange. A rich resource on the history of all women in jazz.
Thinking In Jazz: The Infinite Art of Improvisation
~ Paul Berliner ~
This will certainly be the definitive source on improvisational jazz. A leader in the field, Berliner (ethnomusicology, Northwestern) covers all aspects of improvisation as art form, science, and way of life. Cutting no corners, he includes a vast range of article topics (from inspiration and arrangements to evaluation and audience interaction), music texts (from the 1920s to the present), artist interviews, and disc-, video-, and bibliographies. Of the caliber of Grove’s Dictionary of Music, this book is no less important to any serious music collection. Practicing musicians will be satisfied by the text and musical examples, while lay readers will come to understand the significance of jazz in American history and culture. ~ Cynthia Ann Cordes.
If you want to immerse yourself deep into jazz and get some insight from legendary players like Emily, this is the book. Very theoretical and incredibly detailed accounts of how the greatest minds in jazz developed and created a legacy into the diverse free form structure that is improvisation.
50 Unsung Heroes of The Guitar
~ Guitar Player Magazine, Michael Molenda, editor ~
Scores of lesser-known pioneers such as Tommy Bolin, Danny Cedrone, Tampa Red, and Sister Rosetta Tharpe contributed vast numbers of licks, riffs, solos, tones, compositions, techniques, and musical concepts that inspired generations of guitarists and advanced the art of playing guitar. Guitar Player Magazine presents their stories as critical elements to modern guitar music. Guitarists of any genre will enjoy learning the wacky, off-kilter, unfamiliar, and creative concepts of the unsung greats included in this book. Features insights from Emily, Lenny Breau, Mary Osborne and many more.
Features insights from Emily, Lenny Breau, Mary Osborne and many more.
The Jazz Guitarists
~ Stan Britt ~
Author Stan Britt presents a selection of modern masters of the guitar giving an in depth profile of twelve leading jazz guitar players and even includes an eight bar phrase of their music, in tablature notation, to give the reader a brief passage in the style of each master, that can be played on their own instrument at home. This 1984 book might be a little outdated but it mentions some of the best players on the planet and gives a short summary of their impact at the time written.
Has a concise and informative style featuring many of the greats: Emily, Scofield, Metheny, Pass, Ellis, Benson, Burrell, Christian, Green, Hall, Osborne, Johnson and Montgomery.
Masters of Jazz Guitar
~ Charles Alexander ~
Skillfully mixes more than 200 color photos of musicians and album-cover art with 25 insightful essays by notable writers. Beginning with jazz guitar roots, Alexander–publisher of Jazzwise magazine–traces the use of the guitar from swing to bop to bebop, cool, hardbop, and fusion. It contains such icons as Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, Joe Pass, and Wes Montgomery; devotes sections to specialty areas such as Brazilian guitarists; and showcases some of the new talent on both sides of the Atlantic. A visually stunning, informative compendium of the many styles of jazz guitar during the last century. Includes photographs of prebop giants such as Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong as well as lesser-known artists.
Meet Your Makers. Excellent information from a time line and historical point of view. Great pictures you never knew existed of your favorite artists.
The Gibson 335: Its History and Its Players
~ Adrian Ingram ~
Gibson’s first “semi-acoustic” the ES-335, which was neither totally solid nor fully acoustic, is the guitar of choice used by many famous guitarists such as Andy Summers, Elvin Bishop, Lee Ritenour, Jay Graydon, Robben Ford, Freddie King, John McLaughin, Jimmy Page, Chuck Berry, Tony Mottola, Johnny Rivers, Jack Wilkins, Bono, Grant Green, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Alvin Lee, B.B. King, Emily Remler, Otis Rush, Pete Townshend, John Lee Hooker, and Larry Carlton.
Every detail, every angle, every aspect of Gibson’s history with the 335 and its many variations.
Kiss And Tell: Autobiography from Martin Taylor who toured with Emily in the 80’s, shares his views. From his experience playing with her he says: “Of all the guitarists I’ve played with in a duo situation, Emily was the player I enjoyed working with the most. She was a great accompanist as well as soloist and that isn’t always the case. I’ve played with some great players who tend to let the accompaniment sag a bit, but with Emily we complemented each other perfectly and swapped solos almost seamlessly.” – It’s almost too hard to think about all the magic lost to us.
The Jazz Scene: An Informal History from New Orleans to 1990:
With hundreds of interviews along with enlightening commentary, we are presented the origins and adventures of musicians themselves from the place where jazz was born.
An interesting look and history from W. Royal Stokes.
Improvising: My Life In Music: Larry’s Bio mentions Emily on several occasions. See the Good Words page for one of the nicer passages or click the icon to read more at Amazon.
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ARTICLES of INTERESTS
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POP JAZZ: EMILY REMLER, NEW GUITAR VIRTUOSO, AT BLUE NOTE –
Decent length article that has some insights.
BLUE NOTE FESTIVAL –
Just a blurb but we’ll take it.
CONCERT: GUITAR FESTIVAL –
Less than a blurb, still taking it.
ASTRUD GILBERTO, SINGER –
Short article about upcoming performance from Astrud that at least gives Emily a mention.
MUSIC: NOTED IN BRIEF: Emily Remler, Guitarist, and 2 Singers Perform –
Brief yes, flattering, no. It wasn’t roses all the time.
An article written in July about her appearance at a downtown club titled, “Electric Guitars Ricochet In Fat Tuesday’s Series”, suggests that the idea of four modern guitar masters playing together, (Emily, John Abercrombie, Chuck Loeb & Vic Juris) might have been better in thought than performance.
Evidently the piano player backing this group was really amped up and overbearing on the sound. As John Wilson wrote in his review,
with the low ceilings, narrow room and walls lined with mirrors, the highly amplified sound of an electric guitar, much less four of them, set up a powerful ricochet of ringing that was not helped by the over-amplification of Mr. Willi’s piano.
He goes on to say that “Mr. Abercrombie and Mr. Loeb, gave the room the sound of a shooting gallery while much of Miss Remler’s mixture of chorded and single string playing was obscured by the piano all together.”
I can clearly imagine the backstage bitching session that ensued after this gig, can’t you?
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