Norwegian-born and now L.A.-based saxophonist Terje Lie ("Terry Lee") is continuing to enjoy an extended Urban Vacation with the release of a third single, Parlophone," on June 20. Parlophone," another track off of Lie's acclaimed second album, Urban Vacation (TCat Records), pairs the saxophonist with contemporary jazz luminaries Jimmy Haslip and Jeff Lorber, who co-produced the CD and perform on the tracks. Parlophone" further defines Lie's upbeat, energetic and positive musical vibe, which can best be described as groove jazz."
Lorber, one of the most renowned artists and producers in contemporary jazz and R&B, co-wrote Parlophone" with Haslip, founding bassist of the multiple Grammy winning jazz fusion band the Yellowjackets.
In addition to Lie's core presence on soprano sax, Parlophone" features Lorber on electric keyboards and Haslip on bass. Tony Moore, who has recorded with Lorber, the Jazz Crusaders, Norman Connors and many others, handles drum duties.
Saxophonist Terje Lie began his musical career while still in high school in Norway as the lead vocalist of a blues/rock band, appearing on Norwegian television while only 17 years of age. He went on to become part of that country's scene of rising young jazz artists, featured as both a singer and saxophonist. Lie toured Norway, Sweden, and Finland with a variety of groups, and appeared on jazz programs on NRK, the Norwegian equivalent of the BBC. He was also a recipient of a grant from the Norwegian State Fund for Performing Artists.
Lie made his decision to move to the U.S. because his favorite styles of music were being created in this country, 24/7, everywhere." Loving the Southern California climate and being a certified beach bum," he chose L.A. as his new home base. Since relocating to L.A.'s South Bay area, he has continued to hone his craft, performing in clubs and at festivals and concerts along the west coast. His first CD, Traveler, introduced him to fans of contemporary jazz, earning critical praise, and spending considerable time on the smooth jazz charts.
Lie holds a degree in music education, as well as a Master of Music degree. He is active in music education, and as a clinician.
Seeing how much work Jimmy and Jeff put into Urban Vacation has definitely inspired me to expect even more from myself as a composer, a musician, and a performer," says Lie. It's great to have the opportunity now to share that with more fans than ever before. Jeff and Jimmy enlightened me about so much," he continues. It was a tremendous experience to record with them, and the result is a seriously kickin' abum!"