Another year may pass, but our love and admiration never will.
Here's to Emily. Your music matters.
We offer a few selections from, This Is Me, her last album, released posthumously in 1990. Included are: Song For Maggie, Second Childhood and Simplicidaje.
Opener Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise based on Emily's arrangement immediately evokes a dreamlike floating quality with an exceptional time-feel that shows just how far it's possible to lay back and still groove. Both guitarists utilize a classic, warm, clear but distinct jazz tone - Deirdre's early 60's Epiphone Casino elicits a slightly brighter sound with a touch more reverb added than Kathy, who sounds like she's mostly playing her Taylor T5 hybrid electric/acoustic. All The Things You Are is explored with a fresh variety of approaches and a mellow interlude where both guitars sustain intricate single note runs simultaneously while keeping the aura of the harmony intact. The differing styles of the duo are most apparent when soloing - Dyson's lines are often very horn-like in their phrasing and development, whereas Cartwright has the more guitaristic approach that is both lyrical and inventive. To The Seagull a Pablo Neruda poem set to music by Kathy swiftly moves from a meditative to lively pace guided by guest vocalist Sarah P's precise warm tones. Hello World a Cartwright original written especially for the duo features a searching melody that unfolds in a delightfully unpredictable way over a bossa feel - a real gem that catches the ear immediately. Afro Blue/Sonnet For Emily is an emotionally charged take on Remler's arrangement of the tune with added spoken verse from Sarah P. The real highlight is the way Kathy recreates and extends Emily's brief original solo - it really is played with a lot of soul and emotional pull. 8 On 12 a follow-the-leader type completely improvised exchange is a light-hearted diversion before the intensity of How Insensitive - a tune deeply loved by Remler and played here by the duo with a wistful elegance. Broadband, a 16 bar and 12 bar blues grooves well with some striking interplay and seamless transitions from comping to soloing from both guitarists. Whirligig penned by Dyson, a jazz lullaby, features a playful and pleasantly dizzying call and response section and gently rounds off the album. The compelling storytelling nature of Cartwright and Dyson's guitar playing with their high emphasis on melody and expressive qualities are the elements that truly bind them so closely to the musical spirit of Emily. This is a thoroughly engaging and inspiring album that is a fitting tribute to Remler and also showcases the sheer strength and diversity of Cartwright and Dyson as players, composers and arrangers. - Simon
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Wolfgang Kulawik joins our team and will offer his transcription expertise on some of Emily’s most cherished songs, especially from her Unpublished library. Visit Wolf Studio for his latest postings.
Offerings so far include: Pocket Wes Carenia Tenor Madness Snowfall Bb Blues
The New England Jazz Society has archived a live performance featuring Emily at the Worcester Jazz Festival from 1985 and highlights some of her most intimate solo playing ever captured on audio. Revel in familiar and first ever songs alike.
The set list is not provided so refer to the index below Track 1: Folk Song ~ TrinityTrack 2: Afro Blue ~ E Samba ~ Manha De Carnaval ~ How Insensitive Track 3: Mocha Spice ~ Pedals ~ Moanin Track 4: A Blues Track 5: Fried Pies (guitar and bass duo) Track 6: A Taste Of Honey ~ Eleanor Rigby ~ D Natural Blues Track 7: Watch What Happens (guitar/bass duo) Track 8: Polka Dots and Moonbeams ~ Cisco Track 9: Autumn Leaves (duo with Jane Miller) Track 10: Blue Bossa (duo with Jane Miller) Track 11: Summertime
For any fan of real books, these real notes from Emily will spark a new interest in an old song.
Visit our newest page for access to a treasure chest of handwritten song roadmaps and chord progressions for many of your favorite Emily compositions and jazz standards.
Courtesy of Emily’s fellow friend and colleague, Kelly Roberti.
Through Watch and Learn Inc, Guy Fenocchi breaks down the techniques and methods that make this blues song swing so sweetly. You receive a 16 minute instruction video, tab and notation pdf and a background track to practice with. It's a bargain for one of her most requested songs.
You won’t find a better or more complete way to learn this classic Wes Montgomery song, a favorite of Emily's which she famously played in Bb. Click the 'Read More' button to check out a free preview from the lesson video.
The Open Mic page is a showcase for both casual and professional players alike.
It's a place for musicians to share both personal and public performances of Emily songs or tributes. Simply email your Youtube link or MP3 file by using the contact page and it will be posted to share with our loyal listeners.
It doesn’t have to be one of Emily’s original compositions but please limit it to the songs and composers she recorded. Don’t be shy, anything of or for Emily is the most honored she could be.
Musician and transcriber, Rob Strait shares some of Emily's compositions that you will find now where else in sets of very accurate and detailed transcriptions. Visit Strait's Corner for his latest postings.
Ballad For A Music Box Blues For Herb Waltz For My Grandfather Select jazz standards
Places around the web that offer interesting stories, photos and music for further Emily research and enjoyment.