Friday, September 18, 2009


A guitarrista americana de jazz Emily Remler, nasceu no 18 de setembro de 1957 em New York, e atingiu o estrelato musical nos anos 80. Ela gravou sete discos nos estilos hard bop, jazz standards e fusion guitar antes de morrer prematuramente, com a idade de 32 na residencia do musico Ed Gaston na Australia, onde se encontrava fazendo uma turné.
Começou a tocar com dez anos de idade, inspirada no rock da pesada e outros estilos em voga na época. De 1974 a 1976, quando estudava na famosa Berkelee School of Music, foi iniciada na paixão pelo jazz ouvindo o guitarrista Wes Montgomery, o trompetista Miles Davis e o maravilhoso saxofonista John Coltrane.
Enquanto a maiOria das mulheres envereda pelos caminhos da musica classica, existem poucas mulheres que se destacaram no jazz ou como guitarristas de rock, Emily, contrariando a norma, tornou-se uma agradável e distinta exceção. Ouça sua musica e a veja em plena performance e entenderá melhor essa assertiva.
O jazz master Herb Ellis , a seu respeito, resumiu com sabedoria: " Ela é a nova superstar da guitarra." Não poderia ter dito nada mais certo.
Clique para ve-la em ação solando "How Insensitive" de Tom Jobim.
American jazz guitarist Emily Remler was born on September 18,1957 in New York City and rose to prominence in the 1980s. She recorded seven albums of hard bop, jazz standards and fusion guitar before dying of heart failure at the age of 32 at the Connells Point home of musician Ed Gaston, while on tour in Australia.

While most women thrive in the field of classical music, there have been very few great female jazz or rock guitarists; throughout a tragically brief career Remler constantly proved herself a notable exception.
Emily began to play the guitar at the age of ten. Initially inspired by hard rock and other popular styles of music, she experienced a musical epiphany during her studies, from 1974 to 1976, at the Berkelee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She began to listen to such legendary jazz greats as Wes Montgomery,Miles Davis and John Coltrane.

She took up jazz with a ferocious intensity, practicing almost constantly, and never looked back. After leaving Berklee, she performed in blues and jazz clubs in New Orleans, working with bands such as FourPlay and Little Queenie and the Percolators before beginning her recording career in 1981. She was championed by guitar great Herb Ellis, who referred to her as "the new superstar of guitar".
In an interview with People magazine, she once said of herself: "I may look like a nice Jewish girl from New Jersey, but inside I’m a 50-year-old, heavyset black man with a big thumb, like Wes Montgomery." (People Magazine, 1982)

Recorded for the famous Concord label, Emily's albums showcase the diverse influences of a fast developing artist who quickly developed a distinctive style through versions of standard tunes and genres. Her first album as a band leader Firefly won immediate acclaim and her bop guitar on the follow up Take Two was equally well received. Transitions and Catwalk traced the emergence of a more individual voice, with many striking original tunes, while her love of Wes Montgomery shone through on the stylish East to Wes.

In addition to her recording career as a band leader and composer, Emily played in blues groups, on Broadway and with artists as diverse as Larry Coryell, with whom she recorded an album entitled Together, and the singer Rosemary Clooney.

She played for the Los Angeles version of the show 'Sophisticated Ladies' from 1981 to 1982 and produced two popular guitar instruction videos. She also worked as guitarist for Astrud Gilberto. In 1985 she won the ‘Guitarist Of The Year’ award in DownBeat Jazz Magazine’s international poll. In 1988 she was 'Artist in Residence' at Duquesne University and in 1989 received Berklee's Distinguished Alumni Award.

She married Jamaican jazz pianist Monty Alexander in 1981, the marriage ending in 1984.
Her first guitar was her elder brother's Gibson ES-330 while her Borys B120 HollowBody Electric featured heavily towards the end of the eighties. Her acoustic guitars included a 1984 Collectors Series Ovation and a nylon string Korocusci Classical Guitar for Bossa Nova.

When asked how she wanted to be remembered she remarked:
"Good compositions, memorable guitar playing and my contributions as a woman in music…. but the music is everything, and it has nothing to do with politics or the women’s liberation movement."

Two tribute albums were recorded after her untimely death, Just Friends volume one and two, featuring contributions from Herb Ellis, David Benoit, Bill O’Connell and David Beberg among many others. In 2006 the Skip Heller Quartet recorded a song called "Emily Remler" in her memory.

Tradução - Humberto Amorim
Reference - Wikipédia

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