- Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross: “Gimme That Wine” (The Hottest New Group in Jazz, Columbia, 1960)
“Unhand that bottle!” Dave Lambert and Annie Ross bellow as Jon Hendricks narrates how you can do anything to him—break his nose, mug him, burn his house down—except separate him from his wine. There’s something oddly sordid about this comedy number, which Hendricks sees to acknowledge with admissions of dependence (“I can’t cut loose without my juice”) and ironic denial (“I only drink for medicinal purposes anyway”). He’ll even choose a jug over all the Hollywood glamor girls: truly sick. Just kidding. “Gimme That Wine” is a lot of fun, just as Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross were, with help from the giddy accompaniment of pianist Gildo Mahones, bassist Ike Isaacs, and drummer Walter Bolden.