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JazzTimes 10: Intoxicating Tracks About Alcohol

Songs to choose when breaking out the booze

  1. 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.

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Michael J. West

Michael J. West is a jazz journalist in Washington, D.C. In addition to his work on the national and international jazz scenes, he has been covering D.C.’s local jazz community since 2009. He is also a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader, and as such spends most days either hunkered down at a screen or inside his very big headphones. He lives in Washington with his wife and two children.