Terje Lie is a Norwegian-born sax man who now lives in Southern California, natch. His locale enabled him to grab many top session players for his latest, including keyboardist David Garfield, bassist Ernest Tibbs and drummer Jeff Olson. Lie describes himself as a musician with a New York sensibility but with a proclivity for L.A. weather and, strangely enough, you get that feeling from the aptly named Traveler. From the opening notes on “Pier Avenue,” Lie lets us know that we’re in for serious jazz licks framed by funky and groovy contemporary rhythms.
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