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Pink Slimy Worm by Sweet Sue Terry

Solo saxophone recitals are somewhat uncommon, but outside the realm of free/avant jazz (i.e., Steve Lacy, Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell are but three regular practitioners of solo horn) it’s even more rare. Enter Sue Terry, who devotes an entire disc to unaccompanied improvisations and compositions for the soprano and alto saxophones. While she never gets very "too" out, she does push the proverbial envelope with an invigoratingly rough tone on "Theme & Trajectory 2." Otherwise, she plays in a smooth (as in "harmonious," not in any Smooth Jazz/Quiet Storm sense) and imperceptibly poignant manner (no schmaltz here), with a shiny, poised (occasionally tart) tone that recalls Charlie Mariano and Vincent Herring. Obviously, this is one for hardcore saxophiles only, but if you love/seek unaccompanied saxophone that’s less avant-garde and a tad more "mainstream" (though mos def not run of the mill), Pink Slimy Worm (see her liner notes for meaning) will more than pique your interest and slake your sax-o-jones.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Sweet Sue Terry
  • CD Title: Pink Slimy Worm
  • Genre: BeBop / Hard Bop
  • Year Released: 2003
  • Record Label: Qi Note Records
  • Musicians: Sue Terry: solo saxophone.
  • Rating: Three Stars
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