February 15, 2016 by PWM





      In a brilliant bit of market pre-positioning, these appears to be the beginning of the  soundtrack for the 2017 summer blockbuster Austin Powers meets The Jetsons: retro yet futuristic, sensual yet square, kitschy but debonair.

     For those of you who wonder about our music fixation, the reason we have such cool wines here is that we apply everything we learned ferreting out the best records in the cut-outs at Woolworths in the seventies to finding great libations in today’s frantically churning market.  And since these two wines are such No-Brainers, we thought we would instead of stating the obvious would share some of what is on our current playlist!  Because if music be the fruit of life……pour me another!   Great tunes to enhance your Beverage Experience.

Olu Dara “Neighborhoods” 

Olu Dara is our favorite Left Field Bluesman, Slow Motion Rapper, Science Fiction Griot with a trumpet, Reincarnation of both Robert Johnson AND Ebinezer the Obeah Man (he’s the only one actually but still our favorite). This outing calls for Petite Sirah with it and don’t forget the cornbread (smeared with some Miele di Tarrasco, pah-leeeze!) .

Charlie Christian “The Genius of the Electric Guitar”  

The Jimi Hendrix of Pre-War Jazz? The similarities are striking: a young black man comes out of virtually nowhere, completely reinvents the guitar, gives generations of future players homework with his scant recorded oeuvre then dies a tragic death all in three years. This is undeniable stuff, the very birthing cries of BeBop, mostly recorded with the Benny Goodman Sextet. No CD collection is complete without this.

Bobby Broom  "Modern Man"

A modern rethinking of the sort of slow burn, jazzy but not too out there, sexy but cool music that those of you with hip parents might have been conceived to: Mr. Broom is a monster Jazz Guitarist with credits ranging from Miles to Sonny Rollins to Dr. John and is joined here by Lonnie Liston Smith on B-3 and Ronnie Cuber on Bari Sax (half of the famous mid-sixites George Benson Quartet!) while he grooves through material ranging from the Bacharach chestnut “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” to a wondrous retake on “Layla” by Eric Clapton plus some adventurous originals.