Los Angeles-based saxophonist, singer, and melody-maker supreme Terje Lie's latest CD Traveler on TCat Records was released in September, 2006, 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, deep groove 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 Lie's 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.
On the beautiful My Love, Terje, here on tenor saxophone and accompanied only by David Garfield on acoustic piano, takes you to the realm of the traditional jazz ballad.
Runnin’ Outta Time, You, and the laid-back and romantic Lights Are Low are great groove tunes with catchy melodies and “dancy” beats at different tempos.
Silver Streaks is a high-energy jazz funk composition that works perfectly as a closing statement to more than an hour of great music.
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.
About Terje Lie
Terje Lie is a saxophonist and singer in the Los Angeles area. He is originally from Norway where he was a part of that country’s music scene and also toured in Sweden and Finland.
After moving to California, he has been a Los Angeles-based free-lance musician and jazz artist. He is also a music educator and has a Master of Music degree.
Read all about Terje at terjelie.com and myspace.com/terjelie!