The Covalent Bond

This site is dedicated to the sharing of ideas in the field of music, literature, and whatever else strikes my fancy. To play the music, you must have Rhapsody. I am just getting started. There will be more to come. "Imagination is more important than knowledge." -- Albert Einstein

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

A Musical Ode to a Hendrick's Gin Martini

Hendrick's Gin is an unusual gin that is infused with the flavors of cucumber and rose petals. It's unusual flavor appeals to only 1 out of a 1,000 gin drinkers. Most people shy away from what is different, but others seek it. Hendrick's Gin is for the seekers. Try it in a martini and you will never go back. Just as Hendrick's appeals to those seeking the unusual, there is a group among us that searches for such uniqueness in our music. The list below is designed to appeal to such individuals with its emphasis on avant garde jazz. There are two relatively new releases on the list that are worth a mention: Andrew Hill's Time Lines and Jack DeJohnette's and Bill Frisell's The Elephant Sleeps But Still Remembers. Both are excellent and worth exploring in more detail, but I have given you a small taste below. Make yourself a martini, preferably with Hendrick's and enjoy the sublime combination of great music and an excellent cocktail. Click here to listen.

1. Smooth - Andrew Hill
2. The Elephant Sleeps But Still Remembers - Jack DeJohnette and Bill Frisell
3. India (Live) - John Coltrane
4. Cruising With JJ - Art Ensemble Of Chicago
5. Space Jazz Reverie - Sun Ra
6. Conquistador - Cecil Taylor
7. 17 West - Eric Dolphy
8. Undersound 2 - Dominic Duval
9. Luc's Lantern - William Parker


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