Another One On Why The Wine And Jazz!

Every drink has its own vibe; whiskey may make you both loquacious and combative, while gin may provoke both visions and forgetfulness; beer may be for back-slapping, hi-fiving, and salty snacks, while rum can make for writing poems while watching pelicans; tea can be meditative, coffee aggressive, just as root beer brings the smooth and the creamy, while Rockstar is, well, Rockstar… and don’t get me started on Vodka and Red Bull …

But then there is wine. Wondrous, contemplative, conversational wine. Groovy and chill, foodie and fun, serious and stylized, witty and winsome …

And then there is music. Ministry is for tapping your inner serial killer, while The Clash taps your faith that being wrong is right …  Stones vs. The Beatles? Don’t even get me started. Muddy is for dancing, The Wolf is for drinking. Portishead is the champion, and Monk is the best …

The point is, everything done well has an effect on you, and when it’s done well, you invite the effect, because you trust it, and you love it. That’s why, when you know you’re going to be in fine, fine company, be it romantic, friendly, civilized or funky, you’re going to want wine. Especially if food is involved. And wondrously languid yet insightful conversation. And lots and lots of sighs of satisfaction. And perhaps comments about the moon. And asides that someone hears and says, “you’ve got to write that down!” This is a Wine Hang. It’s loose, but intelligent, gluttonous yet appreciative, decadent yet stylized, artisan yet raw. Mostly, it’s subtle. It’s not tequila, or whiskey, or vodka, or beer. It’s so very, very fine …

Which brings me to the fact that today is Gene Ammon’s birthday (born in 1925, passed in 1974). Gene Ammons, jazz saxophone titan. I first discovered him via an album called “Brother Jug”; this was also his nickname. And in rooting around on-line today, hard-scrabbling for facts about Mr. Ammons, “Jug,” and wine, I came across a quote from a freelance music journalist by the name of Derek Taylor, who wrote something so wonderful about Mr. Ammons that I just had to share it, because it not only perfectly captures the juju of this player, and not only does so via a wine metaphor, but because it inadvertently captures exactly what is so fine, fine, fine, about wine, wine, wine …

Mr. Taylor writes:

“… In each instance the emphasis is on feeling over technical display. Filled with amorous intentions, Jug isn’t interested in breaking the door down when he can just as easily gain entry with a gentle knock, a bottle of wine and a bouquet of roses…”


Happy Birthday Brother Jug! I lift a glass of wine to you.

For more about Gene Ammons, please click here, and for more about Derek Taylor, please click here.

Categories: Wine and Jazz

2 replies

  1. Christopher – I couldn’t agree more that wine and jazz have a special affinity for one another. Matching wine and music is almost as rewarding (and surely more challenging) then setting the menu.


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