Greatest Hits

Su Terry

A great intro to Su's career, this release contains tracks from the following albums:
• Gilly's Caper
• Pink Slimy Worm
• BANDLEADER 101
• The Blue.Seum Project
• Live at the Deer Head Inn
• The Art of the Duo
• bonus track opener: NPR aircheck with Dr. Billy Taylor
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Gilly's Caper

Su Terry

This is a studio album made by Su's New York band. The core quartet is Su Terry (alto & soprano saxophone, vocals) with Saul Rubin (guitar), Leon Lee Dorsey (bass) and Vince Ector (drums). Special guests on this album are Michael Rabinowitz (bassoon) and T. Ice (percussion). The album is comprised of original compositions. Su sings two vocals: The Feel of the Blues, and New Year.
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The Blue.Seum Project

Tim Price • Su Terry

Spontaneous composition on saxophones, clarinets, flutes, bassoon, harmonica and percussion, performed LIVE at the Blue Mountain Gallery in Chelsea, New York City in 2004.
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Pink Slimy Worm • compositions & improvisations for solo saxophone

Su Terry

This recording was made as a response to the events of September 11, 2001. Everyone in New York, not to mention the world, was in shock. I personally could not listen to any music that had more than one instrument or voice. After listening to solo music for months (Mark Feldman, Iva Bittova and others) I decided to make my own solo album.

Why "Pink Slimy Worm"? When instrument maker Adolphe Sax invented the saxophone around 1846, he thought the orchestral composers of the day would begin to include it in all their scores. This was not to be. During its infancy only a few composers attempted writing for the saxophone, and many scoffed at it. One famous composer is said to have referred to the saxophone as a 'pink slimy worm', perhaps alluding to the tint of the brass, as well as the serpentine shape and unusual timbre of the instrument.

The saxophone has been my conduit in learning not only about music, but about many aspects of life. It often seems as though my work with the instrument has been a microcosm of all the joy and grief I've ever experienced. But joy and grief, beauty and bleakness, do not belong only to one person; they are shared by many.

Art, science, philosophy, music, people, and the world around me all bestow impressions that are filtered through me, ending up in my compositions and improvisations. Perhaps you will recognize some of your own impressions of life in these melodies and textures, as you follow this single thread of saxophone notes winding its way through a very small piece of a mysterious tapestry. --S.T.
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Bandleader 101

Su Terry

This was Su Terry's very first record date as a bandleader. Clark Terry was the special guest on trumpet. The date was produced by the legendary Helen Keane, who worked with pianist Bill Evans among many other greats. The drummer was Charli Persip, another legend, who played with Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Eckstine and countless others.

The date took place on two days in July of 1993 during a massive heat wave in New York City. The original analog tapes were lost. The recording was rescued by the archived digital files.

Clark Terry was unable to read any music for the date due to his diminishing vision. In order to make it easy for him, Su arranged the 3 tunes he played on so that she and trombonist Clark Gayton played the harmony parts around Clark Terry's melody part.

CT used to call Su "Sis" although they are unrelated. They had many opportunities to perform together over the years, and CT graciously agreed to be the special guest on Su's first recording as a bandleader.
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Festejo de Capishca

Jazz de Barro

The debut album from the noted Ecuadorian jazz fusion group. This is the repertoire that was performed at the Quito International Jazz Festival of March 2019, receiving a standing ovation from 1500 people at the Teatro Sucre Nacional.
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The Art of the Duo

Peggy Stern / Su Terry

This album was recorded live at The Palladium in St. Petersburg, Florida on March 20, 2010

"I first experienced duo playing during my tenure with Lee Konitz, and we played many gigs in this format. When we first began, Lee said, "Don't play a role, just play the piano." This was truly liberating for me: I didn't need to walk the bass, or stick to comping chords, or playing 'time' –it could all be implied and subtly stated. I was free to just play. I have always enjoyed the intimacy and conversational nature of this type of musical exchange; it's a ost creative, exposed mode of improvisation.

Su and I have a wonderful chemistry together; our music is very organized but very free, with lots of roomfor improvising, and our compositional senses are a good match. We also share a sense of history and humor, and get to laughing together and with the audience; it's very fun and very musical." –Peggy

"Duo playing is one of the most exciting experiences in improvised music. There's no coasting on the rhythm section, no relying on your stocklicks, no filler. It's like a tennis match, but the goal isn'tto compete. Rather, the players are creating thisamazing volley of music, never knowing what surprises will appear–and the audience is along for the ride!

I've been playing improvisational duos since college, and it's wonderful to find a duo partner like Peggy who can lob 'em into my court and keep me on my game. I try to do the same for her. It seems to be working." –Su

www.peggystern.com
https://suterry.com
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The Troubadours

Terra Mars

Recorded in 1995 in New York City, this album represents work from a group of noted jazz artists in the early part of their careers: Su Terry, John Di Martino, Clark Gayton, John Hart, Avishai Cohen, Satoshi Takeishi...with special guest David Oquendo on the title track.
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Drinking Tea in the Temple

Temple of Artists

Singing bowls are conducive to meditation and contemplation. Temple of Artists is a collective based in South America. This is TOA's first release. Inspired by the Kodo Drummers of Japan, the Cirque du Soleil and the Guerilla Girls, the collective operates at Master level without identifying individual performers. A band should be more than the sum of its parts.
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"Both as a composer and a performer, with her own unique tone, Su Terry continues to make great contributions to the world of jazz."Reese Urlich, Jazz Perspectives, National Public Radio

"Su Terry is a remarkable storyteller, in music and in words. . . she looks at the world in a creative--we could say cockeyed--wonderful way."Erika Funke, ArtScene, National Public Radio