Mimi Fox

Perpetually Hip

See Fox, along with guitarists Kaki King and Patty Larkin performing in the International Guitar Festival at Paradise Performing Arts Center on Feb. 24, and at Laxson Auditorium on Feb. 25. www.chicoperformances.com

Perpetually Hip is jazz guitarist Mimi Fox’s double-CD debut on rock guitarist Steve Vai’s label, Favored Nations Cool (yes—the Steve Vai). Fox, named by Down Beat as a “Rising Star” in 2003, 2004 and 2005, is, quite simply, a fantastic guitarist, worthy of investigation by anyone in love with the guitar and those who master it. Disc one features Fox with her back-up band—Xavier Davis on piano, Harvie S on bass, Billy Hart on drums and Michaelle Goerlitz on percussion—on some Fox originals and a few covers. Fox’s interpretation of Alan Bergman’s “So Many Stars,” for one, is sensitive, inspired and inspiring. Disc two is Fox solo, covering well-known standards in her distinct way. Duke Ellington’s “Caravan” finds Fox pulling out many stops and chops, always fresh, never boring. Her medley of “Someone to Watch Over Me/ Skylark” is filled with lovely and well-executed musical ideas.