Saturday, July 26, 2008

Johnny Griffin, The Little Giant (OJC/Riverside)

Let us bow our heads and raise our glasses... There are those for whom life was a promise, one that time (too little) could not keep. For others, though, time took its time. You knew what you needed to do, so you did it. In your own time. If the world does not see what you're doing, you go to Bordeaux. You need to do what you need to do. If the world is olive, you refract. If it doesn't refract, you ask Julian Priester to help you. Or Tootie Heath. Or Blue Mitchell. Or Wynton Kelly. Or Sam Jones. They always said you're hard. They always said you're fast. They're all wrong. You may have been fast, but you took your time. Life if long. Bop is hard. If you're an unsung hero, you're still a hero. If you're little, you're still a giant. Let us bow our heads and raise our glasses... To you, Hero, now somewhere, flying, between Venus and the Moon.

Suggested Wine Pairing: A prayer. Chateau Chante-Alouette la Roseraie, Premieres Cotes de Blaye 2005, GRAND Vin de Bordeaux (with the emphasis on the GRAND, my man).

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