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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Larry Graham & Wairau Sauvignon Blanc

Another weekend comes to a close, but there’s still time for a little fun, so tonight I’m featuring a pioneer in the bass guitar world, Larry Graham. Larry first appeared as the bassist in the psychedelic soul/funk band Sly and the Family Stone. He followed with his own group, Graham Central Station and later launched out in a solo career. He’s been nominated for a number of Grammys and has received numerous awards including being ranked it the top ten rock bassists of all time by several magazines. He is credited as the inventor of slap bass technique, something that has been confirmed by a number of bass luminaries like Stanley Clark and Marcus Miller. So get ready to groove. Enjoy!


Super slap:

Funk Bass at its best:



Dance to the Music:

With Stanley Clarke:

With the P-Funk Allstars:

Graham Central Station:

The Jam:

Release yourself:


Groove On:

Larry Graham makes me think of summer fun. It was 70 degrees here today, a beautiful example of Indian summer, so I’m pairing him with a wine that speaks of hot fun in the summertime, namely a 2009 Wairau Sauvignon Blanc. The Wairau Valley is in the Marlborough region of New Zealand, a country where around 60% of the wine grape crush is Sauvignon Blanc and 85% comes from Marlborough, the region at the northern tip of the country. The Wairau version is typically zesty, with a nose full of grapefruit-like zing and lime, the same notes in its flavor with added hints of gooseberries pineapple. It’s a versatile wine that goes well with chicken or fish, but works just fine for sipping and enjoying a balmy fall evening. A very refreshing wine just made for grooving to the music of Larry Graham.


1 comment:

Rick Daley said...

Good stuff. I believe he played with his mom, she on piano and he on bass, and he started thumping and popping to make up for the absent bass and snare drums.