After being awarded first prize at the 2007 Jazz Hoeilaart International Contest and receiving the SABAM Artistic Promotion Prize 2007, Pierre Anckaert records together with Hendrik Vanattenhoven on double bass and David Barker on drums his first trio album "Candide" for the label Evil Pinguin Jazz. This album features special guests Bert Joris on trumpet and Guy Nikkels on guitar. The Pierre Anckaert Trio performed the music of this album at various music venues like the Getxo Jazz Festival 2008 (Getxo, Spain), the Bermeo Jazz Festival 2008 (Bermeo, Spain), the Feëeriën Festival 2008 (Brussels, Belgium) and the Onda Jazz Club (Lisboa, Portugal).
The Pierre Anckaert Trio is playing difficult music by heart, so it’s easy to understand. It makes you listen also because the music is so varied with dynamic vitality, latin rhytm, changing with warm feelings and beautiful ballad- playing with a good trio sound.-The Jury of the 2007 Jazz Hoeilaart International Contest