Herbie Hancock and the $15.99 Cabernet
Ever been part of one of those jaw dropping wine moments when in the course of a single blind tasting of what are considered really top notch Pinots or Chards or Bordeaux, the night’s top wines are revealed and it’s the ringer, the $15.99 bottle of wine, that actually takes first place among the tasters?
I just love those moments. I don’t know what they mean, but I do love them so for the sheer entertainment value. The best part, of course, is the post revelation explanations when all those involved look down at their score sheets and confirm that, "yep, I liked it better than the $120 El Magnifico…but I have to admit, I ate a lot of that blue cheese before tasting it and also It came after that blockbuster, and I’ve had a cold lately, and my electro-lights are out of balance and, and, and, and…"
Well, we had just such a moment last night at the Grammy Awards when Herbie Hancock walked away with Album of The Year. Let me say that again…HERBIE HANCOCK? walked away with Album of the Year—beating out Kanye West’s "Graduation" and Amy Winehouse’s "Back to Black".
This is the equivalent of The Fruit Bomb Association choosing a 12.5% alcohol, "elegant" Cabernet from British Columbia over the 15.1% molasses monster from Napa Valley in a blind tasting.
For what it’s worth, I enjoy Hancock when he does his straightforward jazz, rather than his various attempts to cross over into Pop. This recording however, while straying into pop by virtue of its Joni Mitchell subject matter, is nonetheless brilliant interpretive jazz. Contemplative, appreciative, smoky, vocal and sincere.
Download or buy this recording and listen to it with a nice $15.99, low alcohol, elegant Cabernet.