Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Terje Lie - "Urban Vacation" Release Date 2/16/10

"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).

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