Album Remarks & Appraisals:
This album is a live recording of the concert "Femmes de jazz", (Women of jazz) which was presented at L'Astral in Montréal on May 1, 2014 by the Orchestre national de jazz de Montréal (National Jazz Orchestra) under the direction of Christine Jensen. The concert featured the world premiere of Marianne Trudel's work Dans la forêt de ma mémoire, which was composed for the occasion. Singer Anne Schaefer is also heard in Trudel's work singing haunting melodies. Trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, Christine Jensen's sister and a member of the Grammy Award-winning NJO, also joins the celebration. Marianne Trudel also invited jazz drummer Robbie Kuster to take part in the performance of her work, which was commissioned by the NJO with support from the Canada Council for the Arts. The program also includes Blueprint by avant-garde Japanese composer and pianist Satoko Fujii, who studied jazz in the United States.
Personnel: Marianne Trudel (piano); Anne Schaefer (vocals); André Leroux, Samuel Blais, Alexandre Côté, Frank Lozano, Jean-Pierre Zanella (saxophone); Aron Doyle, Ingrid Jensen, Bill Mahar, Jocelyn Couture, David Carbonneau (trumpet); Robert Ellis , David Martin , David Grott, Jean-Nicolas Trottier (trombone); Remi-Jean Leblanc (double bass); Robbie Kuster (drum).
Audio Mixer: Jacques Laurin.
Recording information: L'Astral, Montréal, Québec, Canada (05/01/2014).
Editor: Jacques Laurin.
Photographers: André Chevrier; Katrina Ballerimi.