Historic Emily Performance Emerges From Worcester Jazz Festival
The New England Jazz Society has put together an incredible and growing online library of notable jazz concerts and related material from their archives which includes an extraordinary recording of Emily from 1985 featuring some of her most intimate solo playing ever captured on audio.
Visit this Link and agree to the terms of listening to revel in familiar and first ever songs alike.
The set list is not provided so refer to the index below for Track details.
Track 1 Folk Song ~ Trinity
Track 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/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
Remembering Herb: Part Two
As we continue our reverence to the memory of Herb Ellis, enjoy this recently discovered impromptu interview from 1985 with Herb in Bozeman, Montana at a local bustling 24 hour cafe on 7th Avenue, as they await dinner following a performance at The Baxter Hotel Ballroom that featured Ellis with Kelly Roberti and Brad Edwards. Conducted by Dr. Ray Pratt, of Montana State University, founder of the Bozeman Blues and Jazz Society and life long jazz advocate.
Listen in as Herb casually responds to a range of questions, from his Texas roots and early musical endevors to his thoughts on Charlie Christian, his education, beginnings in the jazz scene, those he worked with over the years, what jazz music means, playing standards, composing, and more in this 20+ minute recording that ends all too abruptly but sheds a warm and objective light onto his life experiences.
Upon hearing Charlie Parker for the first time..
“It was the biggest musical shock I had ever experienced, because I had never heard anything like that. It was devastating, it was awesome, to hear a man play like that..”
Thanks to R. Platt for sharing this jazz treasure from his personal archives.
but the music continues to blossom and inspire.
On this day, in private thoughts and memories full of Em, take comfort in new sounds starting with her impassioned rendering of Blue In Green, followed by a rare and precious four song Solo set from the same live performance in Great Falls, Montana – (Thank You K. Roberti), then span the globe and end with a rousing encore from the Berlin JazzFestival with astounding vibraphonist, David Friedman.
The day belongs to Emily.
Listen to the complete Great Falls performance Here, over 2 1/2 amazing hours worth.
Emily’s mentor, friend and inspiration, the venerable jazz guitarist Herb Ellis passed away yesterday, March 30th at the age of 88.
Today we are ” Herb Heavy ” in our hearts as we look back to his influence and music on the world of jazz. He is remembered by those that knew him best as,
In his memory, once again take delight in this 1983 recording of Emily and Herb in Amsterdam and savor the sweet exchanges of two lovely guitars now joined in Club Paradise.
A Taste Of Honey & Second Childhood Transcriptions Shared
What a wonderful privilege it is to be part of the thriving Emily community that ATE is, full of people all over the globe freely giving their time, energy and talents for the one purpose of honoring Emily’s memory and music. With that motivation Tom Cope, longtime supporter of the site and emerging transcriber generously offers two delightful selections for solo guitar that span her career start to finish with A Taste of Honey featuring a ‘Bonanza Bassline’ from her very first album, Firefly and the lovely and intricately layered tune Second Childhood from her last recording, This Is Me.
Tom resides in the great state of Washington and has played with a variety of bands through the years, though he’s definitely looking forward to his approaching retirement where he will have more time to hone his jazz chops and delve into other transcription challenges.
When asked what drew him to Emily’s sound he replies:
What really connects me to Emily’s music is her overall style of comping, solo lines, great phrasing and clear love for what she did. She certainly has her own voice but you can also hear the essence of people like Lenny Breau, Bill Evans, Wes and Pat Martino. I first heard her on East To Wes, no turning back after that! Was lucky enough to see her in a trio setting at a small club in Seattle in ’88 or ’89. She was really “on” that night, really amazing.
These transcriptions represent a lot of meticulous and focused hard work on Tom’s behalf, especially Second Childhood, which has never been offered anywhere. Please send your voice of appreciation in having them to email@example.com
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