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Friday, December 10, 2010

Marcus Miller & Zaca Mesa Viognier

Marcus Miller is a jazz bassist, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. He spent fifteen years as a sideman for a variety of band leaders and musicians even taking a stint as the bassist in the Saturday Night Live band from 1978 to 1979. He’s known for his slapping technique as well as his thumb playing. His discography is extensive as is his resume of artists with whom he’s played. He’s won Grammy awards as a producer for Miles Davis, Luther Vandross, David Sanborn, Bob James, Chaka Khan, and Wayne Shorter. He won a Grammy for best song in 1992 for “Power of Love” performed by Luther Vandross and another in 2001 for best contemporary jazz album. As a former bassist, I can tell you he is one fine muscian. Hope you like his music.

Teen town:



Power of Soul:

Goodbye Pork Pie Hat:

Higher Ground:


So What:

Burning down the house:


Live under the sky:

I’m pairing Mr. Funkensmooth with a Zaca Mesa Santa Ynez Viognier. My wife is not a fan of white wine but she really loved this one. It has an aroma of apricot, peach, and citrus with a touch of wild honeysuckle. Flavors of melon, apricot, and peach dominate with a touch of butter reminicent of a good California Chardonnay. In fact, it’s taste is like a hybrid of Chardonnay and a Sauvignon Blanc. It has a tart, juicy mouthfeel and crisp dry finish. Very nice for kicking back to some funk and jazz with Mr. Miller. Enjoy!


1 comment:

Rick Daley said...

Awesome. I first heard him on the Smooth Jazz channel on our cable. I searched "La Villette" on iTunes immediately.

We don't watch much TV, but we always have an iPod docked and set to Pandora radio. I have a Victor Wooten channel, and Marcus Miller and Wayman Tisdale come up often. I never get tired of his style of thumping!