115

Sweet Sue Terry: Pink Slimy Worm

By

Sign in to view read count
Sweet Sue Terry: Pink Slimy Worm The solo saxophone recital has seldom been the medium of choice for mainstream players, but then again Sue Terry has never been your typical jazz saxophonist. A protégé of Jackie McLean who was subsequently mentored by the late great tenor sax giants Clifford Jordan and Junior Cook and living legend Barry Harris, Terry is one of the very few female horn players to achieve acceptance on the tough New York hard bop scene in the ‘80s. Sweet Sue, as she’s been dubbed by her mentors, does bring a certain special sensibility to her instrument, but is more attributable to her philosophy of life than her gender. A practitioner of the ancient arts of Qigong and Taiji Quan, Terry’s adherence to the Taoist principles of life so permeates her holistic approach to creating music that her solo performances can be heard more as duets between her horn and the sounds of silence.

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.


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

Year Released: 2004 | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read Northern Adventures CD/LP/Track Review Northern Adventures
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 28, 2017
Read Collider CD/LP/Track Review Collider
by John Sharpe
Published: February 28, 2017
Read Eos CD/LP/Track Review Eos
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 28, 2017
Read More Than This CD/LP/Track Review More Than This
by Henning Bolte
Published: February 28, 2017
Read Road to Forever CD/LP/Track Review Road to Forever
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Avenida Graham CD/LP/Track Review Avenida Graham
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 27, 2017
Read "Oakland/Lisboa" CD/LP/Track Review Oakland/Lisboa
by John Sharpe
Published: August 19, 2016
Read "Summer Skyshift" CD/LP/Track Review Summer Skyshift
by John Sharpe
Published: August 18, 2016
Read "Abbey Road Sessions, Vol 1" CD/LP/Track Review Abbey Road Sessions, Vol 1
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 25, 2016
Read "Metamorphosis" CD/LP/Track Review Metamorphosis
by James Nadal
Published: July 10, 2016
Read "El Viaje" CD/LP/Track Review El Viaje
by James Nadal
Published: September 14, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!