Jazz & Juice

beauty from ashes 🌋

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Happy Friday!

Looking forward to sharing this matchup with you.

So without further ado, it's onto your ides-of-March, or pre-St. Patrick's Day pairing, as you like:


There are some wines that force you to slow down -- they are an encounter, not an accompaniment.

Agnanum Falanghina "Sabbia Vulcanica" 2021 (from Campania, Italy) has this quality. It speaks in an ancient tongue, both strange and beautiful.

This producer shows his gnarled vines on the labels — they are old, as is the more ancient volcanic soil. And somehow, you can taste it.

It's mineralic and salty in a way that is both textural and tasted. An almond note joins with ripe stone fruits that soften with time out of the bottle (and the fridge.)

This wine is less than $20 — if you can’t find it, look forward a wine from the Campi Flegrei DOC for the same version of the grape and soil type.


Music is a temporal art, but there are songs that slow you down in a way that feels almost tectonic.

I love Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band, led by the titular drummer and composer. “Landmarks” (Blue Note, 2014) is a personal favorite, as is the track its named for. It speaks the language of blues, jazz, battles, soul, blood and tears — minerals of history and bodies.

The track begins with a portentous tempo and a bass solo, and develops into an evocative melody. Piano and soprano saxophone solos honor the majestic pace even as they explore it in searching, sinuous ways.

Blade's playing is a masterclass of how to exploit the power of a more majestic tempo. As the music builds and fades, it evokes memories of explosions -- past battles won and lost.

Brian Blade & The Fellowship...
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a jazz singer/songwriter/sommelier pairs wine and song for you weekly

NYC based jazz vocalist/songwriter/sommelier

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