Record Pairing: Bill Evans Trio + Andytown coffee

Posted on October 28 2020

The Feel-Good Pairings Project
is designed to help us share the ways we’re all coping and trying to feel good in these strange times. I'll be sharing contributions from friends, clients and people I admire. Each project includes a record and pairing from different contributors, plus an organization that they’re supporting in these troubling times. Helping others feels really good, and one of the best ways we can support our communities when we can’t be together physically! You can see all pairings projects here.

Submission #8 @zeitpop Jordan Kurland, Brilliant Corners Artist Management
Pairing: Record + coffee in the morning
Location: San Francisco

Record: Sunday at the Village Vanguard' by the Bill Evans Trio

My favorite morning tradition is to put on a record, make a cup of coffee, and read. This ritual has normally been limited to weekends but since sheltering-in-place began I no longer have to rush out the door on weekdays to drive my son to school or go to the gym or catch a flight. As a result, I have been able to begin most days with this pairing.  I am, like just about everyone, feeling an undercurrent of stress due to the uncertainty of our collective circumstance, the upcoming election, and the general state of the world. Starting my day with a leisurely cup of coffee and a record helps though. 

My coffee of choice during quarantine is from local roaster, Andytown.  I've been purchasing on-line and the bean I've ordered most frequently is called Bali Kintamani from Indonesia.  I brew it using the pour-over method and steam a little bit of Oatly Oat Milk to top it off. 

When home I listen primarily to jazz. If there is one album that never fails to relax me it is 'Sunday at the Village Vanguard' by the Bill Evans Trio.  From the first note in, I am transported to a near meditative state. Bill Evans' playing is so delicate it's as if his hands are floating up and down the keys. With the accompaniment of the tasteful and refined rhythm section of Scott LaFaro and Paul Motion, there is nary a wasted note on the entire record. 

Jordan's recommended feel-good organization to support:

There are so many organizations doing important work that need support right now. I've decided to keep it local and focused on the arts. My pick is The Lab which is an experimental arts and performance space located in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District. Founded in 1984, the Lab has a long history championing underrepresented voices and communities in the art world. The Lab, like all arts organizations, whether non-profits or galleries or fairs or museums, has been hurt immensely by Covid. If you feel so inclined, please take a few minutes to learn more about The Lab's incredible history as well as check out the on-line conversational series The Forum which tackles some of the most pressing and challenging issues that the artistic community is currently facing. 

Here are a few peeks into Jordan's impressive home collection. Jordan has been a longtime client and uses a variety of A-Z dividers to organize his vinyl, including the 6 panel A-Z stencil set and 26 panel A-Z stencil set