Mimi Fox - Perpetually Hip (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue & Log) ~ 472 mb | MP3 320 kbps CBR ~ 290 mb | Scans included | 84 min
Jazz, Folk, World | Label: Music Brokers | Rel: 2006
This 2-CD set is a revelation. The extant catalogue of really hot female jazz guitarists is shockingly limited and Fox may now very well head the list. Emily Remler and Leni Stern come to mind, but neither of them could boast a style and acumen quite so strongly placed in modern trad and abstract jazz styles while simultaneously mutating every measure. Such a state-of-mind is starkly obvious on the second CD, a set of solos on standards that, while a skosh sterilely recorded, are astonishing for their wealth of innovation, technique, and personal voice, especially in atonalities and tweaks. Fox carries a lineage of the finest players like a bionic implant, evidencing Jim Hall, John Abercrombie, Joe Beck, Pat Martino, and, most importantly, her true mentor, Joe Pass, an icon who found himself involuntarily so impressed by the guitarist 15 years ago that he not only agreed to give her a lesson but spent six straight hours at the outset, later becoming a friend.