Tuesday, January 19, 2010
TERJE LIE SETS OUT ON AN URBAN VACATION
"Groove jazz" Saxophonist's Second CD, Produced by Jeff Lorber and Jimmy Haslip, Will Be Released on February 16
Expanding upon the explosive energy, compelling melodies, and stylistic diversity of his previous critically acclaimed album Traveler, Norwegian-born and now LA-based saxophonist Terje Lie (“Terry Lee”) is taking a joyful Urban Vacation. Lie's second CD pairs him with contemporary jazz luminaries Jimmy Haslip and Jeff Lorber, and further defines his unique musical vibe best described as “groove jazz.” The CD, which is being released on TCat Records, is slated for release on February 16.
Beyond the colorful reworking of Roy Ayers’ “Red Black And Green,” on Urban Vacation the three have collaborated to create a rich and fascinating set of nine originals. Lie and Lorber, one of the most renowned artists and producers in contemporary jazz and R&B, co-wrote three tracks (“Bail Out,” “Blue Funk,” and “Coral Dream”) while Lorber and Haslip, founding bassist of the multiple Grammy-winning jazz fusion band Yellowjackets, co-penned five tracks (“Crazy Groove,” “Dance On The Water,” “Sedona,” “So Retro,” and “Parlophone”.) Lie’s lilting, romantic solo composition, “Tonight,” eloquently concludes the new collection.
Beyond the core presence of Lie on soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones, Lorber performs on both electronic keyboards and guitar; Haslip on electric bass. Tony Moore, who has recorded with Lorber, the Jazz Crusaders and Norman Connors, takes charge on drums. Urban Vacation also features guest appearances by guitarists Mike Landau (Barry Manilow, Tom Scott) and Dwight Sills (Kirk Whalum, Anita Baker, Rick Braun;) bassist Ernest Tibbs and drummer Jeff Olson (who both joined Lie on Traveler;), vocalist Sharon Perry, and the sizzling Lorber-arranged horn section of Ron King (trumpet) and Gary Meek (sax).
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 at only seventeen years of age. Later, he became a part of that country’s scene of young rising jazz artists, featured as both a singer and saxophonist. Lie toured Norway, Sweden, and Finland with different groups and appeared on the jazz shows of 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 the 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 base. Since relocating to L.A.'s South Bay area, he has honed his craft, performing in clubs and at festivals and concerts all over the West Coast.
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 and when time allows, he also donates time to children’s music programs.
Terje says, “Seeing how much work Jimmy (Haslip) and Jeff (Lorber) put into Urban Vacation has definitely inspired me to expect even more from myself as a composer, musician, and performer. It’s great to have the opportunity now to share that with more fans than ever before.” And he continues, “Jeff and Jimmy enlightened me to many new angles and concepts that made this a fantastic experience for me. It’s been a great experience to record with them and the result is a seriously kickin’ album!”