HEAR PALMER 2009
By Jacky Terrasson
Every spring, the new assemblage of Château Palmer and Alter Ego gives rise to an event: Hear Palmer, an interpretation of the current vintage, in the barrel cellar, by renowned jazz artists.
Hear Palmer came about following a meeting between Jacky Terrasson, a famous French-American jazz pianist and Thomas Duroux, managing director of Château Palmer. There is a delicious dialogue of complexity and spontaneity between Château Palmer and jazz so creating Hear Palmer seemed an obvious outcome to both men. From their passion for both wine and jazz, the first Hear Palmer was organised in 2009, the first edition of an event that has become a key part of the Château Palmer calendar, where for the past seven years great jazz artists have taken to the stage.
Jacky TerrassonThe pianist of happiness. Born in 1965 in Berlin to a French father and an American mother, and discovered in France alongside Barney Wilen in the 1980s, pianist Jacky Terasson's reputation grew when he went to New York in 1990 and made a name for himself on the American music scene. At that time he accompanied the famous Betty Carter, among other singers. However, it was the trio he formed with bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Leon Parker that revealed him as a rising star of piano jazz, to which he gave a very percussive slant, full of dynamic contrasts, comparable to his elder, Ahmad Jamal.
Since his sensational arrival on the jazz scene in 1993 with the prestigious Thelonious Monk prize, the extraordinary pianist Jacky Terrasson has always recorded complex, refined music with a remarkable freedom of spirit. All of Jacky Terrasson's discs have followed a certain logic and each new release was always announced on the previous disc, revealing this musician's extraordinary consistency and mastery!
“It was an honour and a great joy to start off this series of events in such a special and magical place, between vine plots and blues, vineyard strolls and grape varietals, musical climates and vintages. I vividly recall this surprising combination of a Château Palmer 1969 with a strawberry risotto!"