Hear Palmer 2012
By Lionel Belmondo Trio
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.
In 2013, the saxophonist Lionel Belmondo, the bassist Sylvain Romano and the percussionist Jean-Pierre Arnaud together interpreted the new vintage of Château Palmer and Alter Ego 2012. For the first time, the concert was held in the great chai des Jasmins barrel cellar.
Lionel BelmondoPrince of saxophone. A love of jazz has animated Lionel Belmondo since his childhood in Provence. Trained alongside his brother by their father, then director of the Souliès-Toucas music school, Lionel shows himself to have an aptitude for precision, passion and incessant creativity. Adopting the soprano saxophone, Lionel forms the Quintet Belmondo with his brother and records their first album in 1993. Lionel Belmondo never stops. Will he set down his sax to taste Château Palmer?
Sylvain RomanoBassist in good company. This bassist from Marseille has all the diplomas and medals needed, for both classical and jazz double bass, from the Marseille Conservatory to the Ateliers de jazz at the Cité de la Musique, which give him complete liberty to play the jazz that he loves, with great people. The Belmondo brothers include him in most of their numerous and various projects.
Jean-Pierre ArnaudPowerful drummer. Jean-Pierre Arnaud studied classical percussion at the Marseille Conservatory between 1977 and 1980. His father's jazz club becomes his own personal classroom where he comes in contact with all the greats, Kenny Clarke, Max Roach, Art Blakey … A jazzman’s dream. With the Belmondo brothers, he records Belmondo Quintet and For all friends.
“I remember well our visit of the Palmer estate, led so brilliantly by Thomas, who recounted the entire history, but also the specific ways that the vineyard life is optimized, and so many other particularities about the place. I remember all the sublime blends we tasted, but also the base wines from single grape varieties; in particular, I was really struck by the strength and rusticity of the Petit Verdot. And of course, I’ll always remember the concert, for its absolutely magical atmosphere – that was the source of our inspiration. Though it may be that a lot was owed to the “angels’ share” emanating from the barrels all around us!”
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