Again teaming up with contemporary jazz greats Jimmy Haslip and Jeff Lorber, Terje Lie (“Terry Lee”) is expanding upon the explosive energy, compelling melodies, and stylistic diversity of his previous critically acclaimed and contemporary jazz radio hit albums Traveler and Urban Vacation. The Norwegian native—celebrating many years in the Los Angeles area—serves up ten joyful Bright Moments and continues a unique musical vibe best described as “groove jazz.”The three musicians decided to get together again to create another rich and fascinating set of ten originals.
Lie, with Haslip and Lorber, two of the most renowned artists and producers in contemporary jazz, R&B, and pop since the late 70s, co-wrote five tracks (“Storm Skies,” “Santa Anas,” “Big Surf”, “Bright Moments”, “You Know”). Lorber and Haslip co-penned “Jungle”, while Lorber wrote “Daybreak”, “Pancakes”, “A Special Thing”, and “Islands”.
Beyond his core presence on soprano, alto, and tenor saxophone—Lie also adds trumpet for horn section arrangements. Jeff Lorber is on everything from Fender Rhodes and various other electronic keyboards to guitar and Jimmy Haslip takes care of the electric bass. Tony Moore is the main drummer while both renowned Vinnie Colaiuta and Gary Novak are featured as well. Percussionist Lenny Castro also plays on several tracks. In addition, Bright Moments features guest appearances by guitarists Mike Landau, Jeff Richman, Michael Thompson, and Marlon McClain.
Full tracklisting for Bright Moments: Storm Skies / Big Surf / Bright Moments / Daybreak / You Know / Islands / A Special Thing / Santa Anas / Pancakes / Jungle. Release is set for July 15, 2014.