viernes, 2 de enero de 2015

Rachel Therrien - Home Inspiration (2014)


Source: Allaboutjazz
Gab's Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆   


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 two horns and a rhythm section— beautiful and distinctive modern jazz, engaging music with a personality and presence. Her band's got a voice, a melding of voices creating a sparkling ensemble sounds on Home Inspiration.

"To John," a Therrien original, opens the set on some infectious palmas—hand claps, sounding kind of like castanets—before keyboardist Charles Trudel comps a Simon Page bass solo groove with brief moments of electric gleam. Therrien enters on trumpet with a gorgeous tone and perfect articulation. Then alto saxophonist Benjamin Deschamps brings in a sharper, tarter tone on his solo—edgy, agitated. Inside it all, drummer Alain Bourgeois lays low, laying down the subtle groove with sudden thunder and lightening bursts interspersed, in a Tony Williams (of Miles Davis' Second Great Quintet) mode.

"Ploma," from the pen of bassist Page, finds drummer Bourgeois in a more more explosive frame of mind, driving the music forward, with the two horn harmony and interplay sounding very polished. Another thoughtful trumpet solo from the leader, and keyboardist Trudel is there providing an electro-luminescent foundation before altoist Deschamps gets his turns, creating a restrained story in front of Bourgeois' near-schizophrenic drum work.

Therrien's "Lost" goes into a "soundtrack to a madcap comedy" roll in the beginning, segueing into a dark and dangerous, eerie outer-space free jazz encounter before it resumes a momentum gathering return to it's intro atmosphere. Pianist Trudel penned "Thelxinge." Going acoustic in a duet with Therrien, it's a pensive down tempo tune that gives the leader a chance to show her chops in the ballad mode. She's marvelous.

Home Inspiration, a superb sophomore effort from Montreal's Rachel Therrien.- Dan McClenaghan -


1. To John 05:20
2. Ploma 04:59
3. Lost 05:07
4. Thelxinoe 06:01
5. Whatever 05:36
6. Paradis 07:30
7. Last Inspiration 05:23
8. La Soledad 06:59
9. Parallèle 06:08
10.Out of a Dream 03:52
   

Rachel Therrien - Trumpet & flugelhorn
Benjamin Deschamps - Alto sax
Charles Trudel - Piano & keyboard
Simon Pagé - Electric & acoustic bass
Alain Bourgeois - Drums


"The most important thing I look for in a musician,
 is whether he knows how to listen."
  - Duke Ellington - 


GAB