by Mike Greenblatt, Goldmine Magazine

2017 is shaping of to be “The Year Of The Woman.” Don’t even ask. Just accept it. With that said, let me introduce you to trumpeter/composer/arranger/band leader Rachel Therrien. Her “Pensamiento: Proyecto Columbia” on the Free Run Artists Productions label sizzles and pops like frying bacon in a pan. This is true fusion. I mean, sure, it’s Latin Jazz, but within its sub-genre, it’s wildly eclectic, moving with profound percussion and utilizing 13 musicians (five of 13 are percussionists) on 11 tracks of action-packed kinetic movement. This Montreal lass, after performing in South America with the Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra, has fused rhythms indigenous to both Atlantic and Pacific cultures. The result is a free-flowing montage of sound where her trumpet is buoyed by sax, guitar, piano, bass, voice, marimba, trombone and the delightful “tiple” (a baby-sized Spanish guitar) in a mix’n’match production style that doesn’t let up for one second. Feeling adventurous? This one’s for you.

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