Los Angeles-based saxophonist, singer, and melody-maker supreme Terje Lie's latest CD Traveler
on TCat Records has just been released and features original compositions by Terje. It will be enjoyed equally by smooth jazz and jazz fans, as well as by anybody who likes uplifting and, at the same time, deeply grooving music with catchy melody interspersed with laid-back, reflective, and romantic tracks.
Besides Terje Lie himself, it features Los Angeles heavyweight musicians David Garfield on keyboards (Michael McDonald, George Benson, Earl Klugh, Dianne Reeves, the Tonight Show), Ernest Tibbs on bass (Natalie Cole, the Tonight Show), and Jeff Olson on drums (David Benoit, GRP label, D'Amico percussion clinician).
It's a very exciting album, which combines Terje's jazz approach to the material with commercial and danceable grooves. It also contains a couple of beautiful and serene ballads. In addition, you'll get to enjoy his vocals on two of the tracks.
The songs vary from the funky R&B-tinged opener and energizer Pier Avenue" to the Brazilian jazz influenced I Want to Love You." The track Travelers" features both Terje Lies' vocals and his tenor-sax-with-a- presence. The tune has a dancy" beat and is almost in a jazz-tinged pop bag, although Terje's commanding tenor sax solo, David Garfield's keyboard solo, and Ernest Tibbs' poppin' bass behind the solos definitely all reflect a jazz approach to improvisation on the funky side.
Warp 7"is a funk-jazz piece showcasing Terje Lie's sophisticated soprano sax performance. His soprano is again displayed on his deeply serene and reflective impressionistic ballad MDD III." MDD III stands for Miles Dewey Davis III and is a composition Terje wrote to the memory of famed trumpeter and jazz legend Miles Davis.
Terje Lie's CD Traveler will work great whether to provide uplifting groove music for your next party or to give you energy and a feeling of happiness on your way to work in the morning. At the same time, it will also give the pure jazz fan the emotional depth and sophisticated performance he or she craves.