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Emily Remembered

Artist: Emily Remembered

Date of Release: 22/02/2011

Catalogue no: BTF0811CD

Label: Blow the Fuse records

Price: £11.99

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Track Listing

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Title

Duration

1

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Softly as in a Morning Sunrise

6.14

2

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All the Things you are

6.12

3

 

To the Seagull

6.41

4

 

Hello World

6.23

5

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Afro Blue w/Poem Sarah P

5.19

6

 

8 on 12

3.01

7

 

How Insensitive

5.59

8

 

Broadband

6.20

9

 

Whirlygig

5.39

 

 

 

 

Appearances by

Deirdre Cartwright, Kathy Dyson

Deirdre Cartwright and Kathy Dyson guitars
Guest vocal by SarahP

Guitarists Deirdre Cartwright and Kathy Dyson join forces to invoke the spirit of the late great New York jazz guitarist Emily Remler, who died of heart failure at the age of 32 in 1990.

An intimate guitar duo performing swing, bossa and bop arranged and written by Remler, as well as their own compositions and jazz standards.

"Judicious use of harmonics in the theme set this version (of Softly as in a Morning Sunrise) apart as something special, and then Cartwright and Dyson took it in turns to explore one of the most accommodating and immediately recognisable chord sequences in the music, the former with characteristic brio, all spangles and curlicues, the latter slightly more circumspect, humming softly along with her absorbing, elegant solo.” Chris Parker, Vortex, London review live

 

Reviews

 

15/03/2011 Keith Ames, Musician magazine

"Recorded live at London's Vortex club, the duo set a mellow scene with opener. 'Softly as in a Morning Sunrise', courtesy of its ascending chords, transcendent harmonics and graceful soloing. Vocalist Sarah P adds her engaging tones to a beguiling take of jazz poetry, To the Seagull, before the twin guitars see us out with the delightful 'Whirligig'. Marvellous.

 

02/03/2011 Chris Parker, London Jazzblog CD reviews

Dyson and Cartwright, like their role model, are both unshowy but sure-footed and musicianly players, and their interplay (particularly striking on the album's closer, 'Whirligig') is a delight throughout a varied and consistently entertaining set, but the highlight of the proceedings (appropriately enough, since it was also a great Remler live feature) is the wafting but cogent Jobim classic 'How Insensitive', which neatly encapsulates the duo's strengths. A fitting tribute to an important jazz figure, who is also memorialised at All Things Emily.

 

18/02/2011 John Fordham, Guardian

Deirdre Cartwright and Kathy Dyson – who were the only two professional women jazz guitarists in Britain when they met 25 years ago, and still are – have devoted this set to Emily Remler, whose heroin-related death at 32 deprived jazz of one of the most creative developers of Wes Montgomery's bop-to-blues style. It's a mix of Remler's favourite standards (Softly As in a Morning Sunrise, How Insensitive) and originals in a similar coolly swinging vein, some studio improv, a Pablo Neruda poem delivered as a song for vocalist Sarah P, and the blues and bossa nova references so close to the New Jersey guitarist's heart. Cartwright and Dyson exchange murmuring lines on Softly after a theme of gleaming harmonics, and push each other more insistently in the later stages of a live All the Things You Are. Cartwright's lilting bossa Hello World and the earthy, clanging blues catch the ear, but it's the free-flowing, improvised 8 on 12 and a brooding and then reharmonised Afro Blue (turning into a Sarah P poem dedicated to Remler) that avoid the more routine aspects of traditional standard-song jazz jamming.

 

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