Philippe Saisse Trio – On The Level!

Several years ago I was attracted by excellent music in a hi-fi demonstration room of a large specialist chain. My question about the title of the reference CD the seller answered with the words: “That is The Body and Soul Sessions by the Philippe Saisse Trio”.

Since this magic moment, I am avidly following Philippe’s musical activities with great interest. The mention of his numerous releases as a soloist and a sideman would be beyond the scope of this review. Predecessor of the Philippe Saisse Trio was the Philippe Saisse Acoustique Trio. First releases of this formation were the albums My Favorite Songs: Contemporary Mood and My Favorite Songs: Classic Mood (2000 in Japan and 2003 in USA), and Ready to Go feat. Kelly Sae (2003). The Philippe Saisse Trio followed with The Body and Soul Sessions (2006) and this year with On The Level!

The Philippe Saisse Trio consists of Philippe Saisse (piano, keyboards, vibraphone, marimba), Skoota Warner (drums), David Finck (acoustic bass) and Gumbi Ortiz (percussion and vocals). Guest musicians are guitarist Marc Antoine, vocalists Vanessa Falabella, Rhett George, Kelli Sae, Larry Braggs, keyboardist Tim Akers and his band the Smoking Section.

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