Reviews

Vent solaire, the second movement, has a magisterial quality, enhanced by a moment when Trudel’s piano tremolos merge with the winds.” — Stuart Broomer, The WholeNote #21:1 (Canada), September 2015 [5388] on Dans la forêt de ma mémoireRead the full text

Trudel wrote all the tunes, many of which carry an emotional intensity. A fine record from the Canadian pianist and her band. Three Cheers.” — Patrick Hadfield, LondonJazzNews (UK), May 2015 [5357] on La vie commence iciRead the full text

“… Trudel’s material can suggest Mozart, at other times Ravel, […] developing a meditative depth that communicates a reverence for life.” — Stuart Broomer, The WholeNote #20:5 (Canada), February 2015 [5247] on La vie commence iciRead the full text

“Pianist Marianne Trudel, the idea-rich Montreal-infused jazz dynamo, is celebrating her Juno nomination in the jazz category. In La vie commence ici, for which she worked in tandem with trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, everything is in its place for a MAJOR colour-juxtaposing album.” — Christophe Rodriguez, Sorties Jazz Nights (Québec), January 2015 [5294] on La vie commence iciRead the full text

“Unfolding decisively with anthemic uplift, “Soon” impacts mission statement-style, like a musical calling card. Here’s a composer, it announces, with her own identifiable sound. […] Absolute perfection of the track sequence, which sustains a palpable non-verbal narrative right across the record. In light of such accomplished unity, let’s consider this whole album a calling card—a signifier of Marianne Trudel’s brilliant presence and promise. […] The two-minute “Question” breathes the same rarified atmosphere as Ives’ The Unanswered Question and Copland’s Quiet City. The four-minute “Night heron” begins as a similarly elemental snippet, but after a minute and a half of abstract equivocation the duo breaks out a gorgeous Trudelian melody delivered haltingly, mirroring a beauty fleetingly glimpsed.” — Neil Hobkirk, Wall of Sound (Canada), December 2014 [5296] on La vie commence iciRead the full text

“Pianist Marianne Trudel always puts forward high calibre jazz, and this album featuring trumpeter Ingrid Jensen is no exception. The solos are as inspired as the compositions, and the finesse of the arrangements is only matched by the dexterity of the pianist.” — Mathieu Charlebois, L’actualité (Québec), December 2014 [5233] on La vie commence ici

“Piece by piece, Marianne Trudel is building a body of work that is increasingly mature and sensitive.” — Gilles Boisclair, SOCAN, Paroles & Musique (Canada), December 2014 [5292] on La vie commence iciRead the full text

“An excellent new release from pianist Marianne Trudel. La vie commence ici comes off as being very centered. There’s a calm to the music even when things get a bit heated. Soloists are provided optimal conditions to express their thoughts, and the way in which their solos, more often than not, build on the group vision rather than focus on just their own individual perspective is the element that provides the album its sense of flawless completion. It’s one of those albums that resonates strongly by keeping things simple and honing its focus.” — Dave Sumner, Bird is the Worm (USA), November 2014 [5299] on La vie commence iciRead the full text

“Refined writing, 10 very personal tracks, an invitation to journey. Ingrid Jensen is majestic.” — Christophe Rodriguez, Le Journal de Montréal (Québec), November 2014 [5200] on La vie commence ici

“Terrifically resonant recording from pianist Trudel, who doesn’t seem to be doing anything very complicated, and yet each song is supremely engaging to where it becomes nearly impossible to do anything other than sit back and listen.” — Dave Sumner, Wondering Sound (USA), October 2014 [5300] on La vie commence iciRead the full text

“Undulating and soothing, the music on her album doesn’t need a single lyric to resonate powerfully […] Inspiration, sensitivity, and melodies all flow organically from the source.” — Yves Bergeras, Le Droit (Québec), October 2014 [5293] on La vie commence iciRead the full text

“There are no lyrics, but it sings, it really speaks to us!” — Élizabeth Gagnon, Radio-Canada — Espace MU (Québec), October 2014 [5197] on La vie commence ici

“A musician who is gifted, vivacious and always on her toes […] impressionistic music, soaring, graceful lines full of warmth. A radiant album!” — Ralph Boncy, Voir (Québec), October 2014 [5196] on La vie commence ici

“The engaging pianist […] admirable musician and composer, always inspiring […] offers us a brand new original work. Respect, Marianne. And thank you for this ode to nature, for this beautifully composed music and these flawless soaring lines.” — Frédéric Cardin, Radio-Canada — Espace MU (Québec), October 2014 [5198] on La vie commence ici

“This quintet renders us speechless. This is what pianist, composer and improviser Marianne Trudel seems to have done even better in a small ensemble. Jazz that is cohesive, relatively consonant, highly melodic, very harmonically rich. The excellent individual and collective improvisations really complement Marianne Trudel’s mature, accomplished compositions.” — Alain Brunet, La Presse (Québec), October 2014 [5203] on La vie commence ici

“Chapeau!” — Dolf Mulder, Vital #929 (Netherlands), April 2014 [5124] on Le lait maternelRead the full text

“Classe superiore e grandissima inventiva: una meraviglia.” — Massimiliano Busti, Blow Up #191 (Italy), April 2014 [5135] on Le lait maternelRead the full text

“… it puts a firm smile on my face.” — François Couture, Monsieur Délire (Québec), October 2013 [5015] on Le lait maternelRead the full text

“Montréal pianist Marianne Trudel assembles her music from a spectrum of elements, mixing jazz, folk, pop, classical and world music into a compelling original mix.” — Stuart Broomer, The WholeNote (Canada), October 2013 [4997] on Le refugeRead the full text

“Part of the trio’s charm is its sheer stylistic and sonic breadth […] It’s amaible, unusually tuneful music that just keep surprising.” — Stuart Broomer, The WholeNote (Canada), October 2013 [4998] on Le refugeRead the full text

“Together, the three accomplices blur quite superbly the boundaries that supposedly separate jazz, classical (sometimes reminiscent of Satie) and world music.” — Mathieu Charlebois, L’actualité (Québec), September 2013 [5058] on Le refuge

“At the crossroads of diverse influences, her works are remarkably rich and in them we can find some surprising hybrids.” — Gabriel Bélanger, SOCAN, Paroles & Musique #20:3 (Canada), September 2013 [4971] on Le refuge

“Envol is a thoughtful, bitter sweet ballad suggestive of an entire movie […] the ecologically-aware intelligence at work behind tunes such as “Terra Firma” or “La nuit, les lucioles where tiny pings, drips and other abstract percussive sounds suggest untouched landscapes.” — Peter Goddard, The Toronto Star (Canada), August 2013 [4979] on Le refuge

“While the approach is resolutely jazz, it is nonetheless hybrid. Their music is so evocative and expressive that we could consider it cinematographic jazz.” — Éric Aussant, Metro (Québec), July 2013 [4972] on Le refuge

Marianne Trudel can be moody and atmospheric or bright and persuasive, mixing elements of various genres into a journey through a quiet storm.” — Bernard Perusse, The Gazette (Québec), July 2013 [4973] on Le refuge

“There are performers who are storytellers… This is no fairytale! Don’t delay in discovering this new offering […] Just like a voyage, an open book […] As exquisite as anyone could hope!” — Christophe Rodriguez, Le Journal de Montréal (Québec), June 2013 [4976] on Le refuge

“Rich harmonic language that leaves no room for doubt, tonal or modal approaches, music with Romantic-era influences, contemporary jazz, folk, Early Music atmospheres at the intersection of the Orient and Europe. It is clear that Marianne Trudel’s piano technique has risen to even greater heights.” — Alain Brunet, La Presse (Québec), June 2013 [4977] on Le refuge

“If there is justice in the jazz world, pianist Marianne Trudel should be on the edge of a breakout. She is playing with confidence and creativity and her compositions bristle with fresh ideas and a real sense of purpose.” — James Hale, Jazz Chronicles (Canada), June 2013 [4978] on Le refuge

Marianne Trudel avec son sens de la mélodie, sa vision musicale et son toucher pianistique perlé constituent la base trifoliée idéale sur laquelle s’appuie le trio (…) Peu importe où elle va et comment elle s’y rend, la personnalité musicale, attachante et séduisante de Marianne Trudel demeure toujours intacte. À écouter sans fautes.” — Frédéric Cardin, Radio-Canada: Médium large (Québec), June 2013 [4974] on Le refuge

“Décidément, Marianne Trudel ne cessera jamais de nous étonner […] Sur des thèmes originaux, complexes et envoûtants, Trudel fait montre d’audace et d’assurance […] Et que dire de son sens du lyrisme? Vraiment, cette femme est poète. Cote: 4.5” — Stanley Péan, Voir (Québec), June 2013 [4975] on Le refuge

“The excellent pianist Marianne Trudel rounds it all off by authoring the lyrics of Et si demain à l’aube. Sensitive and resplendent from start to finish.” — Ralph Boncy, L’actualité (Québec), December 2012 [4934] on Triades

“… once again she demonstrates all her know-how and the great extent of her creativity.” — Gabriel Bélanger, SOCAN, Paroles & Musique #18:2 (Canada), June 2011 [4478] on Espoir et autres pouvoirsRead the full text

“An album that filled me with enthusiasm […] homegrown jazz that rivals anything being done anywhere else.” — Érich Langlois, Radio-Canada — Première chaîne (Québec), March 2011 [4439] on Espoir et autres pouvoirs

“It is exceptionally rich, it is the best of what is being done in jazz in Quebec.” — Érich Langlois, Radio-Canada — Première chaîne (Québec), March 2011 [4440] on Espoir et autres pouvoirs

“A work of great finesse, this is one of the greatest sounding jazz albums to be released in Quebec in the past year.” — Alain Brunet, Radio-Canada: Désautels (Québec), March 2011 [4436] on Espoir et autres pouvoirs

“A mature album? Maybe, but Trudel still has some lovely surprises in store for us.” — Stanley Péan, Voir (Québec), March 2011 [4425] on Espoir et autres pouvoirsRead the full text

“The Marianne Trudel Septet is one of the few homegrown jazz projects whose influence and renown can extend beyond the borders of Quebec and Canada.” — Alain Brunet, La Presse (Québec), March 2011 [4426] on Espoir et autres pouvoirsRead the full text

Trudel, who has just released an album that is not to be missed…” — Antoine Léveillée, Voir (Québec), March 2011 [4435] on Espoir et autres pouvoirsRead the full text

““I drew inspiration from their personality, from their colour to create this music” explained the pianist over the phone from Montréal.” — Isabelle Houde, Le Soleil (Québec), March 2011 [4437] on Espoir et autres pouvoirsRead the full text

“Original compositions, skillfully orchestrated by the pianist for a group in which special mention should be made of Line Allemano on the trumpet and singer Anne Schaeffer who shine particularly brightly.” — Stanley Péan, Radio-Canada: Blogue (Québec), March 2011 [4438] on Espoir et autres pouvoirs

“Here is the best thing this talented composer, leader, pianist and improviser has done since the beginning of her career.” — Alain Brunet, La Presse (Québec), March 2011 [4421] on Espoir et autres pouvoirsRead the full text

“Bolstered by a strong poetic sense, this new release in which perfect balance reigns supreme will bring joy to enthusiasts of jazz with real substance.” — Christophe Rodriguez, Sorties Jazz Nights (Québec), March 2011 [4422] on Espoir et autres pouvoirsRead the full text

“… her brand new Effendi release (out this month) should enable her to gain more recognition, and inclusion on a few of best-of-the-year lists from jazz writers and radio hosts.” — David Beckett, La Scena Musicale #16:6 (Québec), March 2011 [4387] on Espoir et autres pouvoirsRead the full text

“… it seems that this Montréal experience could not be more praiseworthy, and falls within the framework of the superb collaboration between the musicians of OktoEcho and Syrian musician Lena Chamamyan at the recent Festival du monde arabe.” — Alain Brunet, La Presse (Québec), December 2010 [4311] on La 5e route bleueRead the full text

“Truly gentle and never dull, this album is quite simply lovely and soothing.” — Annie Landreville, La Scena Musicale (Québec), December 2009 [3938] on L’embarquéeRead the full text

“We follow their stories with a sustained interest that makes this album a captivating immersive experience.” — Gabriel Bélanger, SOCAN, Paroles & Musique #16:4 (Canada), December 2009 [4002] on L’embarquéeRead the full text

“As for the playing, a piano and harmonica could easily get in one another’s way, but Trudel avoids this by focusing on melody and intelligent use of musical space, leaving room for Bourbonnais’ musings” — Mike Chamberlain, Hour (Québec), October 2009 [3924] on L’embarquéeRead the full text

“At the piano, Trudel displays a sensitivity that distiguishes her from many local pianists.” — Serge Truffaut, Le Devoir (Québec), October 2009 [3892] on L’embarquéeRead the full text

“With fine-tuned sensitivity, composer Marianne Trudel seizes another opportunity to shine, to harness and channel first-rate intuition.” — Alain Brunet, La Presse (Québec), October 2009 [3904] on L’embarquéeRead the full text

“Imbued with imagination, poetry and melancoly, their musical dialogue reveals the composer’s temperament and the admirable eclecticism so clearly demonstrated by Trudel, a genuine treasure of the local jazz scene.” — Stanley Péan, Voir (Québec), October 2009 [3905] on L’embarquéeRead the full text

“A long voyage that is seductive, harmonically brilliant and sensitive.” — Christophe Rodriguez, Sorties Jazz Nights (Québec), October 2009 [3907] on L’embarquéeRead the full text

“… the piece that opens the album, Razzia, is of Middle Eastern inspiration […] and it’s Marianne Trudel’s jazzy piano that propels it forward.” — Réjean Beaucage, Voir (Québec), June 2009 [3846] on OktoEchoRead the full text

“Here is one group under the fine leadership of an all-round composer, pianist and improviser. Marianne Trudel’s main assets, apart for her abilities as bandleader, are her sensitivity, imagination and sense of taste.” — Alain Brunet, La Presse (Québec), October 2007 [3797] on Sands of Time (Live)Read the full text

“… like a fine wine, the music of this young pianist has been maturing nicely over time. […] Marianne Trudel reveals herself to be an adventurous composer and an impoviser full of fresh ideas.” — Stanley Péan, Voir (Québec), October 2007 [3796] on Sands of Time (Live)Read the full text

Parcours […] is the most substantial piece, displaying solid arranging and improv talents. […] Trudel is at her best on ballads […] where we hear her sensitive and sensible voice.” — Irwin Block, The Gazette (Québec), October 2007 [3798] on Sands of Time (Live)Read the full text

“Inquisitive by nature and open to musical encounters of all kind, Marianne Trudel seems to have found her voice here…” — Félix-Antoine Hamel, La Scena Musicale #13:2 (Québec), October 2007 [3795] on Sands of Time (Live)Read the full text

“The melodies are creative and luscious. To be shared with everyone.” — Gabriel Bélanger, SOCAN, Paroles & Musique #12:3 (Canada), September 2005 [3792] on Espaces libresRead the full text

“… a creative personality bearing freedom and imagination […] young creator who seems to stay off the beaten path…” — Nicolas Fréchette, L’Express d’Outremont (Québec), May 2005 [3787] on Espaces libresRead the full text

“[This] solo album […] could perhaps be compared to that of Gonzales for the delicacy that emanates, for the rich inner nature.” — Alain Brunet, La Presse (Québec), April 2005 [3777] on Espaces libresRead the full text

“A grand piano is a heavy solo instrument, but she takes it places it hasn’t quite been before…” — Dean Cottrill, L’Express d’Ottawa (Canada), March 2005 [3776] on Espaces libresRead the full text

“****” — Dean Cottrill, Hour (Québec), March 2005 [3788] on Espaces libres

“Just like her music, Marianne Trudel is lively, impassioned.” — Louis-Charles Mignot-Grenier, Quartier Libre #12:12 (Québec), February 2005 [3778] on Espaces libresRead the full text

“… a gentle rebellion, a true reflection of this independent artist who looks after every aspect of her career, from creation […] to production.” — Denys Lelièvre, Voir (Québec), February 2005 [3786] on Espaces libresRead the full text

“Sixteen finely crafted poetic tracks, a superb work that is never redundant and an assurance in performance that foretells of great things to come. Absolutely worth staying tuned!” — Christophe Rodriguez, Le Journal de Montréal (Québec), February 2005 [3785] on Espaces libresRead the full text

“… French lyricism, clear rhythmical strains derived from listening to artists like Keith Jarrett, free improvisation and the wide-ranging melodicism of world music.” — Paul Serralheiro, La Scena Musicale (Québec), November 2004 [3775] on Espaces libresRead the full text

“… the honouring of silence, ‘a rare commodity’ in a world where people are always over-stimulated…” — Anne Drolet, Le Soleil (Québec), September 2004 [3774] on Espaces libresRead the full text

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