"Why Don't You Try"
Street Date: August 29th, 2017 (Canada)
Multiple Chord Music

Street Date: October 27th, 2017 (USA)
Truth Revolution Records

Spearheaded by trumpeter Rachel Therrien, "Why Don’t You Try" presents a collaborative mosaic of original music by each member of the quintet. Recorded at Montreal’s Studio 270 with technician Robert Langlois and mixed at Studio ToneBender by Olivier St-Pierre, the project presents tasty jazz-rock with creative arrangements and beautiful cohesion between the musicians. Co-produced by Rachel Therrien and Kim Neundorf for Free Run Artists Productions, Why Don’t You Try features the sound of Simon Pagé’s groovy electric bass, Charles Trudel’s virtuoso piano, Alain Bourgeois’s energetic drums, Benjamin Deschamps’s inventive saxophone and Rachel Therrien’s inspired trumpet.  Why Don’t You Try is woven of bold musical proposals, great moments of improvisation and a sympathetic humoristic touch.

Once again, the Rachel Therrien Quintet focuses on the crossbreeding of genres and the spirited energy that is uniquely her own.

"Pensamiento: Proyecto Colombia"
Street Date: June 7th, 2016

“Pensamiento” presents a fusion of Colombian rhythms from both Pacific and Atlantic cultures, mixed with the jazz philosophy of conversation and improvisation. The album features a dynamic ensemble of 13 musicians from different towns across Colombia and was recorded over the course of four days at Quantica Music Studios of Santiago Jimenez and Mauro Castillo in Bogota. Currulao, Abosao, Mapale and Tamborito are some of the rhythms featured on the 11 pieces composed and/or arranged by Rachel Therrien. “This inspiration originally came from a one month tour I did all over Colombia with the Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra,” she says, adding, “before we left Montreal, I had a thought, a vision (“Pensamiento”) to record something of my own at the end of the tour with local musicians.”

With a strong knowledge of authentic Atlantic Culture, as opposed to the more commercialized version found in North America, she had a clear path of inspiration. But the real “sparkle” of the record came within the first days of the tour when she discovered the Pacific Culture at the Feria de Cali during the Pacific day. (El dia del Pacifico). It was then that she decided to honor those lesser known rhythms by creating a project presenting those two poles of the rich Colombian Culture.

The musicians of “Pensamiento” include: Jacobo Velez – Sax & Voice, Carlos Peralta – Guitar & Voice, Holman Alvarez – Piano & Voice, Javier Pinto – Bass & Voice, Ramon Berrocal – Drum & Voice, La Wey – Percussion & Marimba & Voice, Juan Carlos Arrechea Mina – Percussion & Marimba & Voice, Humberto Barrios Madiedo – Percussion, John Edward Arrechea Mina – Percussion, Rachel Therrien – Trumpet, Composition & Arrangements, Chongo – Percussion, Santiago Jimenez – Tiple & Voice, Mauro Castillo – Trombone.

 


 

 

 

For "Why Don't You Try"

 

RAUL DA GAMA
JAZZ DA GAMA
"Throughout this album of songs we are treated to a grandstand performance in that has very distinctive sound; a style of playing that is characterized by an expressive, almost operatic sound." Read the full review here.

PHIL FREEMAN
STEREOGUM
"It’s conventional hard bop with an occasional dash of funk, and you can definitely tell the band has been playing together for a while." Read the full feature here.

DAVE SUMNER
BANDCAMP (SEPTEMBER'S BEST JAZZ)
"For all of WDYT’s various influence and eras, what matters most is that the end result is endlessly fun." Read the full feature here.

 
 

GEORGE KANZLER
HOT HOUSE
"Why Don't You Try, Rachel Therrien Quintet, makes a convincing case for Rachel as one of the brightest and most creatively accomplished trumpeters on today's jazz scene." Check out the full feature here.

 

For "Pensamiento: Proyecto Colombia"

 

RAUL DA GAMA
WORLD MUSIC REPORT
"The virtuoso trumpet playing by Rachel Therrien throughout is sublime and operates interpretatively on different healthy, authentic planes." Read full review here.

GEORGE W. HARRIS
JAZZ WEEKLY
"Lots to love here on this sweltering Latin night of inviting sounds." Read the full feature here.

CHIPBOAZ
LATIN JAZZ CORNER
"Her work led to a wonderful combination of jazz and Colombian music; this is a direction that hasn’t been explored extensively, so it’s very intriguing. It’s also done very well – the musicianship is inspiring. We listen to “La Guagua,” an inspiring track that combines the two elements strongly." Read more here.

RAUL DA GAMA
LATIN JAZZ NETWORK
"A truly imaginative osmotic process takes place in Pensamiento where, with a group of viscerally exciting Peruvian musicians Proyecto Colombia becomes a jazzy excursion as much as it does a rustic Colombian adventure." Read the full feature here.

JAMES NADAL
ALL ABOUT JAZZ
"All of the compositions presented here are originals, her sense of melody and harmony layered upon a complex percussive foundation, portraying a musician of extraordinary caliber". Read full review here. 

MIKE GREENBLATT
GOLDMINE MAGAZINE
Pensamiento: Proyecto Columbia on the Free Run Artists Productions label sizzles and pops like frying bacon in a pan." Read full feature here.