"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 virtuos
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.
"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.
"The album features a quintet of Montreal standouts." Watch the video premiere for “Haydée Santamaria” here.
NEW YORK CITY JAZZ RECORD
"The whole of WDYT (Why Don't You Try) is a striking, energetic, juggling act of acoustic and electric, of sweet/ bittersweet melodicism and wiry dissonance, all conveyed via ace musicianship and a fiery, just short-of-surly intensity." Read the full review here.
"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
"Lots to love here on this sweltering Latin night of inviting sounds." Read the full feature here.
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.
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.