Archive for May 9th, 2010

Terje Lie – Urban Vacation

Expanding upon the explosive energy, compelling melodies, and stylistic diversity of his previous critically acclaimed album Traveler, the Norwegian native Terje Lie (“Terry Lee”) — celebrating many years in the Los Angeles area — takes a joyful Urban Vacation with contemporary jazz greats Jimmy Haslip and Jeff Lorber and breaks ground on a unique musical vibe best described as “groove jazz.”

Beyond the colorful reworking of Roy Ayers’ “Red Black And Green,” the three 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 since the late 70s, co-wrote three tracks (“Bail Out,” “Blue Funk,” “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,” “Parlophone”). Lie’s lilting, romantic solo composition “Tonight” eloquently concludes the new collection.

Beyond the core presence of Lie on soprano, alto, and tenor saxophone, Jeff Lorber is on everything from Fender Rhodes and various other electronic keyboards to guitar. Jimmy Haslip is on electric bass, and Tony Moore takes care of the drums. Urban Vacation also features guest appearances by guitarists Mike Landau and Dwight Sills, bassist Ernest Tibbs, drummer Jeff Olson, vocalist Sharon Perry, and the sizzling Lorber-arranged horn section of Ron King (trumpet) and Gary Meek (sax).

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