The Official CD Release of Rachel Bade-McMurphy’s “The Closing Door”

November 11, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This Fall (2017), Jazz Vocalist/Saxophonist/Composer Rachel Bade-McMurphy released her second CD of all original music along with her husband Brendan McMurphy and a top-notch cast of Pacific Northwest Jazz musicians.  While her debut release The Unspoken featured an intimate acoustic jazz performance, The Closing Door follows up with a modern cross-genre vibe featuring more production aspects.  They included additional horn lines, background vocal lines and a few sonic effects.  The Closing Door retains the honest presentation from her first release, but adds a more poignant delivery and some added punch for a more electric feel.
All 8 songs on The Closing Door were written by Rachel Bade-McMurphy, with some co-writing by Brendan McMurphy and Riley Gray who have been working together in trio format for the last 6 years.  The CD is made up of 2 different recording sessions, both captured at the WSU recording studio.  In the first session, she and Brendan McMurphy were joined by WSU jazz piano teacher Brian Ward, Nationally touring multi-genre phenom and former Spokane resident Josh Simon, along with University of Idaho drummer Dan Bukvich.   The tracks featuring this line-up are clear and soulful with plenty of intensity and emotional connection to compliment the vulnerable and truthful vocals and instrumental performance.
The second session features the RBMC trio of Rachel and Brendan with EWU Jazz Piano Instructor Riley Gray, alongside D’Vonne Lewis, Josh Rawlings, Ahamefule Oluo and Evan Flory-Barnes of the sensational Seattle based band Industrial Revelation.  The added force of Industrial Revelation raises the energy level past what can be conceived via recorded format.  Some of these tracks include 2 drummers, Piano and Rhodes, bass and the added trumpet simultaneously building intensity and testing the limits of sonic impact to compliment Bade-McMurphy’s lyrical style.
The Mixing and overdubbing was done by David Miner at Chartreuse Muffin Studios.  Mastering was completed by Marc Fechter at Perfechter Productions.  The CD includes the artwork of photographer Kelli Breeton-Fairall featuring haunting photos of the remains of an abandoned home in Rhyolite, a Ghost town in Nevada and a beautiful image of the salt flats in the Badlands.
Rachel Bade-McMurphy is a WSU graduate who has performed regionally with her Quartet for the last 15 years.  She grew up in the rural surrounding areas of Spokane including Chewelah and Reardan.  She currently teaches private music lessons, works with the Mead Elementary band program, and is working on her masters degree at EWU.  In addition to working with her own band, she is a strong advocate of the Spokane Music and local Jazz Scene.  She promotes jazz and local events through social media, has coordinated local events including jam sessions and jazz series at local venues.  She has instigated the upcoming concert and workshop for The Jeremy Pelt Quintet at Spokane Falls Community College this November 29th 2017.  She hopes to help build the Spokane Jazz and music scene and looks forward to the CD Release Party at Spokane’s newest live music venue, The House of Soul. The House of Soul is sure to become a regular home for Spokane’s Jazz, R&B and Soul loving public.   The official CD release party will take place on November 11th 2017 from 5pm till 8.  The House of Soul is located at 120 N Wall downtown Spokane.  There will be a $5 cover charge, the venue is 21+.