Sweet Sue Terry: Pink Slimy Worm (2004)
Pink Slimy Worm (the title comes from a famous classical composer’s derogatory description of the saxophone) combines composed and improvised pieces for alto and soprano that manage to be musical in a variety of ways, at times recalling the solo works of Lee Konitz, Oliver Lake, Bobby Watson and Paul Horn. Terry’s tone, personal and classic at the same time, is at the heart of the date’s attractiveness; her broad sound can be both smooth and sweet or dark and gritty and she fluidly modulates her tonality, often in call and response patterns, to avoid monotony. Drawing from a wealth of experience—jazz, classical, new age, avant-garde, rhythm and blues, Eastern, Afro-Cuban and new music—the date’s fifteen tracks, variably programmatic and impressionistic, come together as a thoroughly honest vision of the world she lives in—one in which music exists as a powerful healing force, from the ancient to the future.
This review originally appeared in AllAboutJazz-New York .
Track Listing: 1. Theme & Trajectory X (Terry) - 5:11 2. Red-Haired Kid (Terry) - 0:22 3. Fluorescent Camouflage (Terry) - 3:35 4. Waterwheel (Terry) - 7:07 5. The Troubadours (Terry) - 6:37 6. Desert Moon (Terry) - 4:28 7. Few Are Chosen Suite: The Toothless... (Terry) - 4:36 8. Few Are Chosen Suite: Parable of the... (Terry) - 5:18 9. Few Are Chosen Suite: Slow Journey (Terry) - 4:44 10. Theme & Trajectory Z (Terry) - 2:30 11. Lost Melody (Terry) - 3:24 12. Theme & Trajectory Y (Terry) - 3:52 13. PSW (Terry) - 2:48 14. Wedding Song (Terry) - 3:21 15. For Arden (Terry) - 4:41
Personnel: Sue Terry - alto sax, soprano sax
Style: Modern Jazz