As a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Wes Montgomery's birth, guitarist Mimi Fox chose to dive deep into the iconic Hammond B3 trio sound. Her program of Montgomery-inspired originals displays her dazzling virtuosity while running the musical gamut from greasy blues and funk, to luscious ballads and blazing bebop. With her longtime Bay Area trio of organist Brian Ho and drummer Lorca Hart, Mimi rekindles her experiences from over the years with the late great Joey DeFrancesco and Barbara Dennerlein, delivering an inspired tribute to the genre and to the towering legacy left by Indianapolis' finest.
"Beyond her passion and technical virtuosity, Fox plays with a profundity that only results from a lifetime of commitment and total immersion in one's art." - Guitar Player Magazine
1. Mr. White's Blues 6:30
2. Moanin' 8:00
3. Blues for Les 5:14
4. Judy's Song 4:46
5. Pack of Lies 5:52
6. Blues for Us 5:15
7. For Django, Avec Amor 5:33
8. In My Life/Old Friends 7:29
Music by Mimi Fox (Total Mensch Music, BMI) except:
(1) Mimi Fox (Total Mensch Music, BMI & Two Bones Music, BMI)
(2) Bobby Timmons (Orricle Music, BMI)
(8) John Lennon/Paul McCartney (Sony/ATV Music Publishing) & Paul Simon (Sony Music Publishing, BMI)
Mimi Fox - electric/acoustic guitar
Brian Ho - Hammond B3
Lorca Hart - drums
Produced by Mimi Fox
Recorded & mixed by Adam Muñoz at Opus Studios, Berkeley, CA
April 25, May 26, 2022
Mastered by Ken Lee, Oakland, CA
Photography by Alison Hasbach , Nino Fernandez
Cover Design & Layout by John Bishop
Couleurs Jazz (Paris) (Thomas Houbron)
It's January 2023, and for guitarists, from amateurs to the very best, this is a year that cannot be insignificant… Indeed, on March 6th of this year, we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the greatest representative of the "six strings" (according to me, but I am not alone): Wes Montgomery! Every jazz guitarist has the maste ...
WDCB (Chicago) (Paul Abella)
The Mimi Fox Organ Trio is made up of three fantastic and swinging musicians: drummer Lorca Hart, organist Brian Ho (who needs to record a lot more than he does), and, of course, guitarist Mimi Fox. On their new CD, One for Wes, we get a chance to hear them in a multitude of different settings, from burners like "Mr. White's Blues" or "Pack of Lies ...
All About Jazz (Jack Bowers)
4-STARS To mark the hundredth anniversary of the great Wes Montgomery's birth in March 1923, guitarist Mimi Fox has recorded One for Wes, an earnest tribute that consists of eight Montgomery-inspired tunes adeptly performed by Fox's San Francisco Bay-area organ trio with Brian Ho on Hammond B3 and Lorca Hart on drums. As one might expect, there ...
Cirdec Songs (Cedric Hendrix)
It's interesting that Mimi Fox is the band's guitarist, yet she declares the album an organ trio. Particularly since the album is dedicated to the efforts of jazz guitar legend Wes Montgomery. Then again, Wes was known for making classic albums with organist Jimmy Smith. Hence, we arrive at the album's primary focus. With Brian Ho handling the orga ...
Jazz Weekly (George W Harris)
Rich toned guitarist Mimi Fox is a pleasure to hear with every release and every setting. She has an inherent sense of swing to her note selection and plays for feeling instead of mindless chops. Here, she tackles the world of the Hammond B3 trio with organmeister Brian Ho and drummer Lorca Hart, saluting the early days of Wes Montgomery's similar ...
Take Effect (Tom Haugen)
The esteemed guitarist Mimi Fox pays tribute to the late, great Wes Montgomery on the 100th anniversary of his birth, where Brian Ho brings his Hammond B3 Organ and Lorca Hart sits behind the drum kit for the 8 diverse tracks. "Mr. White's Blues" opens the listen with the frisky drums, spirited guitar and playful keys in the indeed blues-friend ...