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Monday, July 28, 2014

Papanosh @ The Bridge - July 27

Raphael Quenehen (saxes); Quentin Ghomari (tpt/tmb); Sebastian Palis (keys); Thibault Cellier (bs); Jeremie Piazza (dms).
(Photo courtesy of Ken Drew).
This isn't the official review of last night's gig - just a few observations!
After spending the last three weeks watching Le Tour de France I couldn't not pick up on this visit, courtesy of JNE and Splinter, by the French band Papanosh. to Le Pont.
I'm pleased I did. C'est magnifique is totally inadequate. This was Tres Formidable - Le Tour sans les bicyclette!
The frantic ensembles - the mad dash for the line. The solos, the ascent of Le Tourmalet and the 80kph descents. The balladic moments - the sadness at the departures of Froome, Cavendish and Contador. The drum solos equated to the pile-ups.
But this wasn't just about this years Tour it was all of them - Bartali/Coppi, Lemond/Fignon. Hinault, Anquetil, Nibali (of course) and Uncle Tom Simpson and all...
Vive Le Tour - Vive Le Splinter.
Lance (not Armstrong!).
Review by Steve H to follow!

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