Marianne Trudel's music is signified by her French-Canadian roots, neo-classical training, and love for modern jazz on the ECM side of progressive chamber modes. Her playing is quite reminiscent of Keith Jarrett's lyricism, tonic melodicism, and easily accessible style that utilizes wide range, but universal appeal. This live recording at the Jazz Festival du Montreal features her in trio, quartet, and quintet contexts, the larger ensemble with twin saxophonists Rob Mosher and Jonathan Stewart prevailing. One piece on this CD "Sue La Route," was awarded with the Prix Étoiles Galaxie de Radio-Canada as the best composition played at the festival. Very much like Jarrett's great mid-70's quartet with Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden and Paul Motion, this sports a bright, loping melody that seems endless as Stewart leads and Trudel follows, then they stroll together, grafted onto a steady, slightly funky rhythm. The implied waltz in a 4/4 time signature during "Ouverture" is also Jarrett like, but more European and oceanic with both saxophones, Mosher on soprano. Even more ECM-ish is "Je Retourne a Toi," with Mosher's tender oboe, Trudel's passive piano, and the tenor of Stewart on a third layered tier of cloud cover. Clocking in at nearly 16 minutes, "Parcours" displays a Carla Bley "Las Vegas Tango" drama, sullied by a solo piano section and mixed waltz tempos. Of the trio tracks, Trudel reveals a bouncy, spontaneous, tuneful stance à la Chick Corea during the 6/8 "Mots D'Hiver," and is much lighter and classical for the waltz "Vol D'Essai," or the spatial, reverent "1720 St.-Gregoire." In her small discography, Trudel has given much to ponder and enjoy on this recording. What she has accomplished is a body of work, showcased on a single summer's day, which could endure through any musician's lifetime. It is a portent of great things in store for listeners who enjoy this type of contemporary and beyond music.
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AllMusic Review by Michael G. Nastos