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Traveler

by Terje Lie

An energetic and uplifting CD from Los Angeles saxophonist Terje Lie which both smooth jazz and jazz fans will want featuring heavyweights David Garfield (Michael McDonald, The Tonight Show), Ernest Tibbs (Natalie Cole), and Jeff Olson (David Benoit)
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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1. Pier Avenue
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2. Travelers
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3. Warp 7
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4. MDD III
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5. Runnin' Outta Time
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6. You
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7. Lights Are Low
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8. I Want To Love You
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9. My Love
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10. Silver Streaks
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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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!


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Smoothjazz.com Review

An Aural Feast!
Apply straight-ahead jazz sensibilities to compositions with a contemporary groove, and you have the recipe for some tasty music that’s accessible enough for Smooth Jazz fans and meaty enough for jazz heads, too. That’s exactly what Norwegian-born and now So Cal-based sax man Terje Lie (say “Terry Lee”) has cooked up for us in TRAVELER, his impressive debut disc.Terje spent many years as a jazz artist and freelance musician in the L.A. area, including gigs with the acclaimed Nelson Riddle Orchestra. When you’re working on a culinary masterpiece, you need quality ingredients, which in Terje’s case would be the ten original songs, ranging from the energetic “Pier Avenue” and “Runnin’ Outta Time” to the eloquent and introspective Miles Davis salute, “MDD III,” and the stunningly beautiful traditional jazz ballad, “My Love.” You can’t create award-winning dishes without a brilliant staff to support you (as anyone who’s seen Iron Chef can attest), and Terje Lie’s got three of L.A.’s most exciting sidemen for this project, namely keyboardist David Garfield, bassist Ernest Tibbs, and drummer Jeff Olson. Oh, and for some added spice, Terje sings on a couple of the tracks, namely “I Want To Love You” and “Travelers,” which has a bit of a Kurt Elling vibe to it. So the prep-work is done, it’s time to cook, and “BAM!” that’s where the magic happens on TRAVELER. With sax solos that remind me of Wayne Shorter and solid musicianship throughout, Terje Lie’s TRAVELER delivers a most satisfying aural feast! ~SCOTT O'BRIEN