We Will Never Forget
I am pausing with thought tonight after the passing of jazz musician, Kelly Roberti earlier this month. When AllThingsEmily website was launched in 2005 there was little expectation or preparation for how it would ultimately be received or who might stumble upon it. I remember very well an inquisitive email from Kelly not long after that start up wondering who was behind the website dedicated to his beloved friend and colleague, Emily Remler, and thrilled that she was represented with such love. Of course we hit it off right away because Kelly had no time for strangers, only deep, dear friends. There were many details and behind-the-scenes perspectives he entrusted to us. He helped fill in the gaps and open up truths that allowed the website to be unique and appealing to so many. He was generous with treasures that included Emily’s handwritten music notes, live recordings from their touring days, and even a few personal items like a bandana she wore on the road and a guitar pick left behind in Montana. He was a connection to Emily that we would never have and it will not be the same without him. For Kelly I also developed a website and tried humbly to present the eclectic mosaic that was his life and the incredible wealth of music he lived and played. Kelly’s career speaks for itself featuring performances with such notables as Emily, Herb Ellis, Arnett Cobb, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Marsalis, Freddie Hubbard, Richie Cole, Bobby Hutcherson, Kenny Werner, Sonny Fortune, David Benoit, Ray Brown, David Newman, Nat Adderley, Barney Kessel, Dave Grusin, Paul McCandless, Kevin Mahogany, David Murry, Sheryl Bailey, Joshua Breakstone, and so many more. Historic Sounds, New Sounds, Rants, and Poetic Thought live there at his website, where it speaks to us now with increasing tones. You too should visit and remember. Kelly was fervent about jazz and unequalled in crusading for musicians long gone and for those who were making the journey. Without him I would never have known the eloquence of Abbey Lincoln, or the astounding beauty of Don Pullen, nor the love with which George Adams played. And the list goes on and on. He would instantly absorb you into his joyous outlook for what lies next. He could not contain his love for the art of jazz and by God if you spent only a minute with him, you would find you loved it too. There is so much to remember about Kelly. Everyone he met was embraced and infected with large doses of enthusiasm for all creative things. Kelly Roberti loved the rich, endearing tones of the upright bass, he loved performing with cherished friends, he loved Montana and the city of Bozeman. He had deep affection for the written word, he was a chef extraordinaire, he was a jazz historian, he was intolerant of political buffoonery, he was a rebel, he was gentle and kind, he was a positive presence, he was clever and quick-witted, he was a teacher, an advocate, a connoisseur, a mentor, a friend, a father, a husband and a member of the band.
We are profoundly saddened by his passing and recognize the blessing it was to know him. Farewell to our friend, we will never forget Kelly Roberti.
Larry Coryell & Peter Moc
***2016 UPDATE! New Emily tribute gig by Larry Coryell and Peter Moc on May 20th 2016, Crane Lane Theatre, Phoenix Street, Cork, Ireland. Admission FREE***
Gerri's Blues (a Pat Martino composition also known as Cisco) is a definite highlight of the Together album and one that Emily had been playing for years in various settings long before her duo with Larry. Emily really made that tune her own by adding her unique rhythmic fingerprint with a deep, in the pocket groove. It's really exciting to hear Peter and Larry's interplay in their tribute performance and there are some very special moments where Peter Moc really does capture the spirit of Emily's playing so well. Their performance of How Insensitive, the Antonio Carlos Jobim standard that Emily loved so dearly, is intense, impassioned and graceful. We are delighted that the duo have decided to continue to perform a tribute gig for Emily each year. Be sure to catch Larry's short speech about Emily in the final video.
Our heartfelt thanks to Peter and Larry for sharing these performances. Visit Larry here: larrycoryell.net and look out for Peter Moc's upcoming duo tour in Ireland in March 2016 with one of the finest jazz guitarists on the scene today, New York's Sheryl Bailey. Visit Peter's site here: petermoc.com
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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.