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Pink Slimy Worm

by Sweet Sue Terry

\"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.\" --Russ Musto, All About Jazz
Genre: Jazz: Free Jazz
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This album is a collector's item. The limited remaining stock is priced to reflect that. When out of stock, this album will not be reprinted. The price of the digital download remains the same as before. Thank you for your support! -- Qi Note Records

Sue Terry is an alto and soprano saxophonist who began her professional career in Hartford, Connecticut, where she was a graduate of the Hartt School, and a protégé of saxophonist Jackie McLean. She settled in New York in 1982, where her mentors Barry Harris, Clifford Jordan, and Junior Cook dubbed her 'Sweet Sue'.

Ms. Terry has worked with Dr. Billy Taylor, Clark Terry, Al Jarreau, Walter Bishop, Jr., Chaka Khan, George Duke, Hilton Ruiz, Irene Reid, Juan Carlos Formell, Dr. John, Jazzberry Jam, Teri Thornton, Mike Longo, and Dianne Reeves, among others. She has appeared as a jazz soloist with the National Symphony, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the New York Pops conducted by Skitch Henderson.

Some of her compositions are featured on her solo saxophone recording Pink Slimy Worm, and on her newest disc "Gilly's Caper"(Qi Note Records.) Other artists whose recordings have featured her playing and writing include Terra Mars, Bobby Sanabria, Charli Persip, Clifford Jordan, Joe McMahon, Derwyn Holder, Mini All Stars, Jaki Byard, Ricardo Franck, Fred Ho, and DIVA.

Widely known as an educator, she has conducted numerous clinics, workshops and lectures throughout the U.S.; she is the author of four books: Practice Like The Pros, Step One-Clarinet, Step One-Play Alto Saxophone, and Step One--Play Tenor Saxophone, all published by Music Sales Corporation.

She is also a longtime practitioner of the ancient arts of Qigong and Taiji Quan (T'ai Chi Chuan).

More about Ms. Terry's career can be found at www.sueterry.net, and in the books Reed All About It by Bob Bernotas, and Madame Jazz by Leslie Gourse.

Sue Terry is a Yamaha artist. She uses Consoli ligatures and Fibracell reeds.

"Sue Terry on alto saxophone: one should almost say that this young lady is born for her instrument. That relaxed, exalted playing! That rhythmic feeling! That improvisational skill! Simply extraordinary!"
--Die Wahrheit Berlin, Germany

"She has a formidable musical intelligence. . ."
--Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD

"She plays like Charlie Parker reincarnated! She smokes!"
--Jazz Central Station

Did you know that when the saxophone was invented by Adolphe Sax in 1846 (date of patent) it was made fun of by the classical composers of the day? One of the derisive names the saxophone was called was 'pink slimy worm.' Hey, what a great title for a solo saxophone recording!

If you want to hear what the press as well as colleagues have said about the record, go to www.sueterry.net (see the link at upper left) and click on "Reviews." Don't forget to sign the guestbook! On the "Music" page, there are sound clips and streaming audio, including some unreleased song demos. There is even a blog.

More press quotes about Sweet Sue:

"Sue Terry, an alto saxophonist in the hard-edged Jackie McLean mold, is one standout."
Robert Palmer, New York Times

". . . Sue Terry was the crowd pleaser with a fiery expressiveness that got the crowd cheering and urging her on. Her style had some of the angular inventiveness of Wayne Shorter, undercut by a bluesy edge that kept things down to earth."
Michael Hotter, Greenville Press

". . . has a pure, burnished sound on each instrument . . .Technically, nothing seems beyond her reach, and her improvisations are consistently sharp and persuasive. . ."
Jack Bowers, All About Jazz

"Sue Terry's 'The Troubadours,' a polyrhythmic feast for the ears, is the most ambitious and impressive tune of the set."
David R. Adler, All Music Guide

"Terry performed in the contemporary, progressive role that the new woman in jazz is demanding."
Amsterdam News, New York

"Sue Terry possesses a truly individual voice . . . she is especially compelling."
Cadence Magazine

"Sue Terry . . . Superwoman of Jazz"
Hartford Courant

"The roaring Charli Persip Superband . . . closed the weekend with highlight after highlight, including the debut of superb alto saxophonist Sue Terry's suite on Billie Holiday tunes."
Len Dobbin, Montreal Gazette

"The most eloquent and elegant solo of the double-header, though, was played by Sue Terry. . .her chorus on a Jordan composition filled the park with a remarkably big, billowing, bitter-sweet tone poem that was the emotional high point of the night."
Owen McNally, Hartford Courant

"Sue Terry, who crafted the stunning arrangement, offers a statement on alto that reaches into one's soul."
W. Royal Stokes, JazzTimes

"I'm presenting some very talented young musicians who in my estimation are budding superstars, especially Sue."
Charli Persip in JazzTimes

". . .nor can too much be said about the youngish and loving way in which Sweet Sue Terry saluted Charlie Parker, playing with the passion that sent some of the band's reed players back to the shed when they realized they would have to work next to someone so intent on firing from the heart every chance she got."
Stanley Crouch

"Sue nailed it!"
Paquito D'Rivera

"She's been compared to the great alto players like Charlie Parker and Phil Woods. . .Sue Terry exemplifies excellence with a commanding sense of swing and a burnished tone."
National Public Radio



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George Vinick

an a capella saxaphone orgy of the highest order
This audacious recording features the artist, unaccompanied. If you love the saxaphone, if you love jazz, this is art of the highest order.

Tom Plante, Exit 13 Magazine

Great to hear while editing poetry manuscripts
This is a very engrossing CD. I play it over and over in my basement while editing poetry manuscripts for Exit 13 magazine. It doesn't make the bad poems better, but it sure adds dimension when the poems are good. I certainly want to hear more from Sweet Sue. Thank you. Slainte.

Gene Solon

Sue Terry spins sinuous lines.
The sinuous curves of Sue Terry's saxophone are nothing compared to the sinuous lines she spins from the instrument. Great sound, all her own. Listening to this CD was like being in her head as she started, perhaps, with a preconceived idea and then went off in whatever direction the music took her. A complete joy. Worth more than one listen.


From the inside.
To be taken inside. To hear the sound from inside the playing. From inside the feeling, thought and emotion of the playing. Alive and breathing with every phrase. This recording stands out for the honesty of the recording, the liveness and seductiveness of one person being the whole sound. There is a clarity and focus in Terry's playing that is seldom equalled. This is one of those recording that lasts, growing with each listen. Outstanding. Highly recommended.

From the CD: When I was twelve, a red haired kid in my class said to me, "Girls don't play the saxophone." And I thought to myself, "Well I'm a girl, and I play the saxophone, so obviously that's not true."


Intimate, masterful, straight from the heart
This is a wonderfully intimate album. Sue Terry can say anything and everything with her masterful playing and she does. What a beautiful voice! Highly individual and straight from a very big heart.

Kyleann Burtt

Makes my mind stir and my heart peaceful.
Sue's musical ideas are fabulous. She takes you an emotional journey. This album fits my many moods. The music can dance with the noise of the busy street while in my car or bring me peace in the quiet of home. Sue does so many things with the actual sound of the instrument - it never stops being interesting and truly enjoyable.

Alexandra, NYC

A dreamscape.....
Settle in with eyes closed and allow the purest emotional intelligence to lead you through your own mind and body... This artist plays her horn with the command of a real genius,using it to communicate a heartfelt understanding of life's landscapes. Highly recommend.....

Anthony George, Tokyo

Sweet Sensibilities
Solo saxophone offerings can by dry affairs. What Sue Terry gives us here though, with the lush quality of her sound and her inspired, creative improvisation, is music of stark, engaging beauty; wordless poetry.

Bertha Hope

Disciplined freedom
Sue Terry's solo CD is pensive, clear, and directed towards a larger horizon. It sounds like a melody line for a big band with muscular rhythm throughout. There is a disciplined freedom that avoids chaos and disorder and stimulates the listener into a creative partnership. I really enjoy this CD. Sue manages to share a wider aspect of her immense talent with this offering.

Erin Hill, Gridley Records

You rock!
I listened to Pink Slimy Worm on the way home last night--it is great! You rock! And I laughed out loud at the redheaded kid story--that was so hilarious and so perfect! Perfectly written, and perfect delivery.
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