Anders Bergcrantz & Perlico Sambeth with The Phil Ware Trio

Artist/Band: Perlico Salbet & Anders Bergcrantz with The Phil Ware Trio
Release date: 2017/04/21
Venue: JJ Smyth's
Reviewer name: Grainne Farren



Spain met Sweden in JJ Smyth’s on Friday 21 April. Perico Sambeat (alto sax) and Anders Bergcrantz (trumpet and flugelhorn) were playing together for the first time, but their intuitive rapport made them sound like regular team-mates.

 While Sambeat is more famous internationally, Bergcrantz has built up a solid Irish fan base during his visits to this country. A hard-bop trumpeter along the lines of Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard, he shares a strong blues feeling and rhythmic vitality with the Spanish saxophonist. Whether blending together in close harmony, taking solo turns or engaging in animated dialogue, they spurred each other on to feats of creativity. Buoyed up by Phil Ware (piano), Dave Redmond (bass) and Kevin Brady (drums), they played a colourful
programme full of contrasting moods and tempos.

Highlights included a Sonny Rollins tune ‘Sonnymoon for Two’, an irresistible sax treatment of ‘Blame it on my Youth’ and the fiery ‘C’, dedicated to John Coltrane. Bergcrantz changed over to flugelhorn for a composition of his own, deceptively titled ‘Simplicity’. A Sambeat original, ‘Rabbit Dust’, went at a dramatic up-tempo gallop that kept the group on its toes. Needless to say, that was no trouble to the Phil Ware Trio whose leader’s tasty solos enhanced every number.

 A large, enthusiastic audience filled the place and greeted every number with cheers. No doubt the attendance was partly due to the fact that JJ’s is changing ownership at the end of April and will no longer be a jazz venue. But one thing is certain; the fans got their money’s worth.








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