Shared albums and guest appearances.
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Kai Emiko: Some Other World - Currently unavailable: visit her at kaiemiko.com
A newly revealed CD titled Some Other World by jazz pianist Kai Emiko features Emily on guitar for 5 songs. Kai studied with many great names including Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett and engaged a slew of prominent musicians in NYC for this 1989 recording. It's quite different from most jazz sessions Emily was part of but still distinctively her style when given the spotlight. Well worth the extra digging to find.
First Train ~ Greeting Card ~ In The Mirror ~ Reflection ~ At The Park
Various Artists: paralleL 37 @ Smoke Records
It's rare that an album can be added to this page especially one that contains new songs from Emily but here is such an occasion and as it turned out, not only two new studio songs but her last studio recordings ever. The CD contains shining performances from other jazz greats as well.
Ode Records is based in Auckland, New Zealand and are the publishers for paralleL 37, compiled from visiting American artists throughout the 80's featuring such accomplished Jazz names as John Scofield, Milt Jackson and Emily. It's a fun CD start to finish, a blend of contemporary Jazz meeting the island influenced Jazz of New Zealand. Frank Gibson Jr. put it best: "All the Americans on this album have left something of themselves behind. I have a sneaking suspicion that they have also taken a little of the Polynesian spirit home with them."Funkallero ~ Black Orpheus
Chris Hunter: This Is Chris - Currently unavailable: visit him at huntersax.com
This out of print CD is not easy to find but very desirable to have. It was the first album as leader for seasoned saxophonist Chris Hunter of London who was savvy enough to seek out Emily for a guest appearance on the Jimmy Van Heusen song : Here's That Rainy Day, a jazz ballad that allows her phrasing to breath and linger on the spaces in between. Quietly and unequivocally the essence of Emily.
1984 Deuce: Available @ Deuce Band Website
DEUCE is a 5-7 piece electric Soul-Jazz ensemble led by horn players Jean Fineberg and Ellen Seeling. As freelance musicians, Fineberg & Seeling toured and recorded with David Bowie, Patti Labelle, Laura Nyro, Chic, Luther Vandross, Phoebe Snow, and recorded the famous We Are Family with Sister Sledge. For this release Emily was guest guitarist for one song, Watersounds.
1981 The Clayton Brothers: It's All In The Family - Currently unavailable
John Clayton: bass ~ Jeff Clayton: sax/oboe ~ Jeff Hamilton: drums ~ Roger Kellaway: piano ~ Emily Remler: guitar
A smorgasbord of styles: mainstream, bop, blues, & ragtime. Emily provides a crisp, strutting guitar to a great mix of musicians on her first album appearance.
Broadway ~ Emily ~ Cannon ~ I'm Afraid The Masquerade Is Over ~ Remembering You (from All In The Family) ~ Estate ~ Things Ain't What They Used To Be ~ If I Were A Rich Man (from Fiddler On the Roof)
1984 Ray Brown Trio w/ Gene Harris: Soular Energy @ amazon
Nice Jazz album. Emily is featured for one song only, wonderfully titled: Mistreated But Undefeated Blues
Brown went into the studio with just that one song worked out. It was also the only song using an expanded group, with Emily and tenor saxophonist Red Holloway trying to outdo each other's fire-breathing solos. Brown wrote it the day before the session, "so it wouldn't be just a massive jam."
1985 Larry Coryell * Emily Remler: Together - Currently unavailable
There was a genuine bond between these two quite dissimilar guitarists. They demonstrate an instinctive understanding of the material, delivering an album full of graceful improvising, seamless stylistic technique and unique musical idealization.
"Together is more than a matter of being in the same room. It's being in the same mind, and it's a condition that these two distinctly individual players are able to achieve, seemingly at will." Neil Tresser
" Remler's rhythmic precision feels willed, a result not of abandoning herself to the music but of riding it with superlative control; every conclusion she reaches is airtight, every challenge definitively met, every flight of fancy solidly rooted." Charles O. Hartman from JAZZ TEXT: Voice and Improvisation In Poetry, Jazz, and song.
Arubian Nights ~ Joy Spring ~ Ill Wind ~ How My Heart Sings ~ Six Beats, Six Strings ~ Gerri's Blues ~ How Insensitive
1986 Rosemary Clooney: Sings The Music of Jimmy Van Heusen @ Amazon
This album is all about Rosemary and her wonderful vocal presence with Emily playing on 6 of 10 selections but it has an undeniable Emily feel when the guitar is allowed to take the spotlight. Emily loved and admired the old school jazz players, she must have certainly been pleased to be part of the band for the distinguished Mrs. Clooney.
Love Won't Let You Get Away ~ My Heart Is A Hobo ~ Imagination ~ Like Someone In Love ~ Happy Walking ~ The Last Dance
1986 John Colianni: Colianni @ amazon
John Colianni: piano ~ Bob Field: bass ~ Connie Kay: drums ~ Joe Wilder: trumpet.
A piano oriented album with Emily appearing on "I Am In Love", a Cole Porter song with a nice bossa rhythm, "Soft Shoe" a Ray Brown creation that's an easy groovin' change up tune on which Emily dances supreme and"Home Grown" a sassy jazz selection that rounds out this small but pleasing set.
Soft Shoe ~ I Am In Love ~ Home Grown
1987 Richie Cole / Hank Crawford Quintet: Bossa International @ amazon Richie Cole: alto sax ~ Hank Crawford: alto sax ~ Marshall Hawkins: bass ~ Victor Jones: drums
This is an absolute gem in jazz jam style albums recorded live in Nimes, France. It really swings and everyone is given the spotlight to let loose. It's obvious Em is very comfortable with these guys and the chosen material. This is one of the truly unknown highlights of Emily's touring years through Europe. She especially shines in "Fantasy Blues".
" Emily Remler has impressed me for years with her virtuosity, spirit, and dedication to pure jazz "
Confirmation ~ Bossa International ~ I Can't Get Started ~ Fantasy Blues
Snowfall ~ Samba De Orpheus ~ Cherokee
1988 Susannah McCorkle: No More Blues @ amazon
I can't say enough about Susannah's vocal prowess. She's incredible. Emily appears on 6 of 12 songs and adds her unique guitar voice to an already solid jazz album. She knew just the right amount of punch to deliver without being overbearing. I can't help but think she was all smiles as Susannah sings The Ballad Of Pearly Sue. I imagine these two accomplished jazz women, as for all ladies living in "A Man's World", could really identify with the simplistic but fundamental message of this little tune.
The Ballad of Pearly Sue ~ No More Blues ~ Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me
Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin' ~ Can't Take You Nowhere ~ Who Cares
1989 Various Artists: Christmas Guitars @ yahoo
This strange but fun collection of Christmas guitar instrumentals was put together as a benefit for the National Coalition for the Homeless, and includes everyone from rockers like Al Anderson and Adrian Belew to jazz players and hardcore folkies. The results are wildly uneven, but definitely worth listening to. Larry Coryell's version of "The Christmas Song" is lovely, and Emily turns in a beautiful jazz arrangement of "We Three Kings."
1989 David Benoit: Waiting For Spring @ amazon
David Benoit: piano ~ Emily Remler: guitar ~ Peter Erskine: drums ~ Luther Hughes: bass
Waiting for Spring is one of those lesser known titles featuring Emily's work, and that's unfortunate, because this is a seriously polished jazz offering. The selections cover a wide range of styles and tempos. You might recognize David's sound from the beloved Peanuts Specials as Benoit continued performing the scores for the popular TV series after the untimely passing of the wonderful Vince Guaraldi. The response between Emily and David is superb, you can tell they were very much tapped into the ebb and flow of the material.
Waiting On Spring ~ After The Snow Falls ~ Cast Your Fate To The Wind ~ Turn Out The Stars ~ Cabin Fever ~ Cat On A Windowsill ~ Some Other Sunset ~ My Romance ~ Funkallero
I Remember Bill Evans ~ Fireside
1990 Susannah McCorkle: Sabia @ amazon Susannah McCorkle: vocals ~ Lee Musiker: piano ~ Scott Hamilton: tenor sax ~ Emily Remler: guitar ~ Dennis Irwin: bass ~ Duduka Fonseca: drums
This album has a big bossa sound and feel. Susannah delivers again with extraordinary vocals and will surprise you with her command of singing in both Portuguese and Italian. Of course, it couldn't have been any sweeter for Emily to play so many Brazilian jazz songs, where she's right at home from her early years on tour with Astrud Gilberto. Sabia means "songbird" and aptly describes the essence of Susannah. It's easy to hear their absolute enthusiasm and love for the material. It was also sadly, the last stateside recording session we would have from Emily.
Tristeza (Sadness, Please Go Away) ~ Estate (Summer) ~ Vivo Sonhando (Living On Dreams) ~ Dilemma (Dilema) ~ Sabia (songbird) ~ So Many Stars ~ So Danco Samba (I Only Dance The Samba) ~ Manha De Carnaval (Sunrise) ~ P'Ra Machucar Meu Coracao (The Day We Said Goodbye) ~ Trevessia (Bridges) ~ A Felicidade (Happiness)