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Ten years after The Philippe Saisse Trio lit up Smooth Jazz radio with their burning cover of Steely Dan’s “Do It Again,” the Grammy nominated composer, arranger, producer and keyboardist reunites with bassist David Finck and drummer Scooter Warner on the tropical, percussive and whimsically jazzy “And So But Then.” Its unique title is a tribute to the wordplay of the late author David Foster Wallace. The hit lead single from the trio’s forthcoming new full length album, the multi-textured track features the hypnotic percussion of Gumbi Ortiz (whom Saisse has played with in the touring band of Al Di Meola) and some dazzling interplay between Saisse’s dancing piano and the warm, vibrant acoustic guitar of guest star Marc Antoine. “And So But Then” puts Saisse back where he belongs – center stage! ~ Jonathan Widran

About Philippe Saisse Trio

Contemporary jazz keyboardist, composer and producer Philippe Saisse was born in Marseilles and raised in Paris; the son of a staff producer at CBS/Sony France, he studied piano, music theory and composition at the Paris National Conservatory, winning Boston's Berklee College of Music's prestigious Paul Winter Scholarship upon graduating in 1975. At Berklee, Saisse became the protege of vibraphonist Gary Burton, leading to a tenure playing behind Narada Michael Walden; he made his recorded debut on Al DiMeola's 1979 effort Splendido Hotel, and in addition to jazz also expanded into pop session work with appearances on David Bowie's Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), Chaka Khan's I Feel for You and the Rolling Stones' Dirty Work. Saisse also earned notice writing material for DiMeola, Al Jarreau (for whom he also co-produced the 1988 LP Heart's Horizon) and David Sanborn; he additionally served as the musical director on the Sanborn-hosted TV series Night Music. In 1988 Saisse signed to Windham Hill to release his solo debut, Valerian; it was seven years before the follow-up, Masques, appeared on Verve Forecast. Next Voyage followed in 1997, and two years later he resurfaced with Halfway Till Dawn.

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