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 Urba
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 contem-
porary 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.)
Saxophonist Terje Lie began his musical career while still in high school in
Norway as the lead vocalist of a blues/rock band, appearing on Norwegian television
at only seventeen years of age. Later, he became a part of that country’s scene of
young rising jazz artists, featured as both a singer and saxophonist. Lie toured
Norway, Sweden, and Finland with different groups and appeared on the jazz shows of
NRK, the Norwegian equivalent of the BBC. He was also a recipient of a grant from the
Norwegian State Fund for Performing Artists.
Lie made the decision to move to the U.S. because his favorite styles of music
"were being created in this country 24/7 everywhere." Loving the Southern California
climate and being "a certified beach bum," he chose L.A. as his new base. Since
relocating to L.A.'s South Bay area, he has honed his craft, performing in clubs and
at festivals and concerts all over the West Coast.
Lie holds a degree in music education as well as a Master of Music degree. He is
active in music education and as a clinician and when time allows, he also donates
time to children’s music programs.
Terje says, "Seeing how much work Jimmy (Haslip) and Jeff (Lorber) put into Urban
Vacation has definitely inspired me to expect even more from myself as a composer,
musician, and performer. It’s great to have the opportunity now to share that with
more fans than ever before." And he continues, "Jeff and Jimmy enlightened me to many
new angles and concepts that made this a fantastic experience for me. It’s been a
great experience to record with them and the result is a seriously kickin’ album!"