Berks Jazz Fest 2011: Philippe Saisse Trio

Saturday afternoon was tagged Smooth Jazz 92.7 Day boasting two acts, keyboardist Philippe Saisse did part one in a trio setting, featuring David Finck on acoustic bass and Scooter Warner on drums. This was the original lineup that was reunited after 3 years since Philippe Saisse relocated from New York to Los Angeles. They opened the show with Steely Dan's "Let's Do It Again", followed by the Beatles "Lady Madonna" and EWF's "September". After having done their radio hits, they moved on to complexer material with Bill Evans' "The Dolphin" probing the trio's capabilities, with everyone performing truly top-notch. Bassist David Finck played some nice solos and could be seriously funky when required, while Scooter Warner was a joy to watch with his complex and groovy playing, a great talent. Later one of my favorites, Phlippe Saisse's rendition of the Sergio Mendes classic "Constant Rain (Chove Chuva)" was played and brought a nice latin vibe. At the end of the show, special guest Rick Braun joined to band to do one track - his upcoming CD Rick Braun Sings (with full orchestra) was produced by Philippe Saisse - bringing the concert to a rousing end.