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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Joe Pass & Wurtz Riesling

Just got back from “taking one for the company.” Had to attend the Miami Winter Symposium on Cancer Invasion and Metastasis in Miami Beach. Hmm, 75 degrees, white sand beach, wonderful hotel. Gee, it’s a tough job, but someone’s gotta do it. It’s not easy coming back to the snow-covered Midwest.

One of the most amazing guitarists I’ve ever seen and heard was the late Joe Pass. While he played with such jazz luminaries as Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Milt Jackson, Benny goodman and many others, he was best known as a unaccompanied soloist with a style marked by a sophisticated sense of harmonics, walking bass lines, and chordal comping interspersed around melody lines. His sound had an almost funky character. I heard him back in 1976 as he toured with Oscar Peterson, one of the greatest jazz pianists to ever tickle the ivories and recall being mesmerized as I listened to him play. Hope you like him as much as I do.

Misc. Solo:

Satin Doll:

Joe’s Blues:

With Oscar Peterson:

Do nothing till you hear from me:

Lil Darlin:

Autumn Leaves:

Blues in G:

Blues for Hank:

Giant Steps:

Beautiful Love:

Tonight’s wine is a Wurtz Potate Dry Riesling 2008 from Rheinhessen, Germany; $14.00. Wurtz makes a very good modern Riesling. The color is quite pale (typical of young, dry Riesling) while the bouquet is loaded with green apple and quince. Dry and crisp, not as sweet as some, with the green apple coming forward in the front and mid-palate, complimented by flavors of lime, grapefruit, and mineral. It’s the perfect wine for just sipping but goes wonderfully with fish. If you,’re wondering, Potate means “cheers” in Latin. Very nice wine. Enjoy!


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am glad you like his playing and wines.I enjoyed many bottles of wine and pasta together with joe at my home in N.J. You should try Joes Reserve an old vine zin produced by Joes niece (my daughter) at her westfall winery in N.J. also at her Island Winery in Hilton Head.