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Rachel Therrien: Vena

Read "Vena" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

A hot organ intro accompanies the simple, fifty-two second, folk-dance breeze of “Folks Jam" before sweeping you into the grander, ballroom dance that is “V for Vena." It's an alluring intro to trumpeter/flugelhornist Rachel Therrien's fifth album as a leader. You quickly hear the beauty of Therrien's playing: there's no need to nerdily testify which horn she's playing on any given solo (even if you could spot the difference). Just gasp and when she's done soaring or imploring, ...

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Rachel Therrien: Pensamiento

Read "Pensamiento" reviewed by James Nadal

The music of Colombia is as unique as the geographical layout of the country itself. Having two distinct coastal expanses divided by the Isthmus of Panama, the Caribbean or eastern Atlantic region, and the western Pacific region; each offering a diverse blend of musical styles and rhythms, representing the Spanish, African, and Indigenous cultures prevalent in the area. Trumpeter Rachel Therrien in 2014 went on a national tour of Colombia with the Gypsy Cumbia Orchestra, and was exposed to the ...

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Rachel Therrien: Home Inspiration

Read "Home Inspiration" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Canadian trumpeter Rachel Therrien's second release as a leader Home Inspiration, clearly establishes the Montreal native, even at this early stage of her career, as an accomplished composer and improviser. She contributes six of the ten originals on this cinematically inspired album, all of which have intricately constructed and memorable thematic frameworks. The delightfully eccentric “Lost" opens with Therrien's unaccompanied preface to the stimulatingly chaotic but subtly orchestrated ensemble play that follows. Angular rhythmic flourishes underscore Therrien and ...

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Rachel Therrien: Home Inspiration

Read "Home Inspiration" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Montreal-based trumpeter and composer Rachel Therrien's second album, Home Inspiration is a salutary reminder of something that the American jazz scene doesn't always seem to acknowledge--there's a thriving, young and imaginative jazz scene up north, in Canada. All the tunes on Home Inspiration are originals, with Therrien taking composer credit for around half of them. They hark back to the glory days of the big bands and to the bebop era, they're rooted in more contemporary sounds as ...

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Rachel Therrien: Home Inspiration

Read "Home Inspiration" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The big challenge for the young musician is developing a distinctive voice. This goes not just for the instrumental side of the equation, but maybe even more so in the band they put together. Competence and even virtuosic flare are fairly common, but without the voice, the sound can come out bland, pasteurized. Trumpeter Rachel Therrien, out of Montreal, lacks a deep resume at this point. She's young. But she makes, in one of the toughest formats--the standard ...


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