- Airelle Besson trumpet
- Lynn Cassiers voice
- Benjamin Moussay piano, Fender Rhodes, synthesizers
- Fabrice Moreau percussion
Music from the album Try! (2021)
French trumpeter and composer Airelle Besson, winner of the Victoires de Jazz in 2015 and the Django Reinhardt Prize in 2014 (in the musician of the year category), presents her second original album recorded with her quartet composed of equally accomplished and experienced performers.
Besson began playing the trumpet when she was seven. Over the past twenty years she made appearances on dozens of albums, often as a leader. She has participated in diverse projects, including crossover projects. Especially notable is her contribution to Rosemary Standley’s and Ensemble Contraste’s album featuring arrangements of Schubert songs. She even plays reworkings of music by Johann Sebastian Bach (Es ist vollbracht) and Maurice Ravel (Pavane for a Dead Princess).
Try! is an engaging and diverse album. Although it is dominated by trumpet and voice, intertwined in dialogues, its richness is shaped by rhythmic, emotional, and color variation – especially using synthesizers and the Rhodes piano. Standouts on the album include the three-part suite The Sound of Your Voice with its opening reflective trumpet solo, the energetic and rhythmically sharp Wild Animals and Patitoune, and two melancholic pieces – the title track Try! and the mysterious Uranus et Pluto.
– Dominika Micał, “Ruch Muzyczny”