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Mimi Fox

Mimi Fox

I’ll admit it: I had a male chauvinist, New York-centric, knee-jerk reaction upon receiving Mimi Fox’s She’s the Woman in the mail. A woman guitarist from the West Coast? Must be some tame smooth-jazz stuff, I figured. But it was clear from the first few bars of the opening track, the aggressively swinging “East Coast Attitude,” that I was sadly mistaken. There’s nothing tame or smooth about the way Fox kills on this boppish romp.

As the New York native and longtime Bay Area resident explains, “There’s certainly an intensity on the East Coast that you don’t get out here, and this tune reflects that in-your-face kind of ‘Whaddaya want?’ attitude as opposed to ‘Can I help you?’ So my experience of growing up on the East Coast in Queens is still very much with me. I may have lost my accent, but I have not lost my attitude.”

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