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Higher Ground

by Anthony Terrezza

Sultry jazz undertones sensually intertwine with emotional instrumentals and passionate Pop/R&B vocals - for the MAGIC of LOVE, the mysteries of LIFE and the certainty of COFFEE. "Outer Space" Columbia Space Shuttle Tribute included.
Genre: Jazz: Smooth Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Higher Ground
3:21 album only
2. Cathedral
5:12 album only
3. Frozen Man
3:50 album only
4. Pacific Sunset
3:56 album only
5. Outer Space
3:37 album only
6. Sage
4:15 album only
7. Lion's Heart
5:24 album only
8. Tina's Song
4:10 album only
9. Santa Fe Train
4:48 album only
10. When you Love Someone
3:04 album only
11. Double Espresso in D Major
4:26 album only
12. Seen the Light
4:28 album only
13. Fog Lifter
1:39 album only
14. Big Black Boots
3:41 album only


Album Notes
Warm, soulful guitar melodies intertwined with sultry smooth jazz undertones mixed with smokin' guitars that ring of Jimi Hendrix and Neal Schon...melded together with passionate Pop/R&B vocals and harmonies (Gino Vanelli style with Eagles-type harmonies)... Anthony's debut CD, "Higher Ground" takes you on an uplifting journey of the spiritual, mystical and magical.

After many years as a session and touring guitarist in Southern California, creating ingenious, on-the-spot electric and acoustic guitar parts for Film/TV/Movies and other artists' projects, Anthony moved to Nashville, networked with some of the best in Nashville, began playing sessions on Music Row, and completed "Higher Ground" - all within a two year timeframe. World Class musicians and writers from Los Angeles and Nashville, are featured on this CD.

A compilation of 14 uplifting songs, which include Smooth Jazz, Emotional Instrumentals, Fusion Rock and R&B Vocals, Brazilian grooves with Jazz undertones, and Country-Rock, all written or co-written, recorded and produced by Anthony! His smooth vocals (influenced by Don Henley, Gino Vanelli and Bobby Caldwell) are on 10 of the 14 songs!

Throughout his career, he has had the opportunity to work with artists/musicians from bands such as Richard Elliot & Tower of Power, Survivor, Pat Benetar, Three Dog Night and Grammy Nominated Independent artist, Bob Malone, Award Winning Independent artist, Niki Smart and So. California favorite, Pamela G!

An extraordinary guitarist (electric/acoustic, rhythm/solo), melodic bassist, gifted songwriter and smooth sounding vocalist. His soulful guitar playing has been compared to Steve Lukather (Toto), Jeff Beck, Larry Carlton, Neal Schon (Journey), Eric Johnson, and Jimi Hendrix. On many of the songs on "Higher Ground" he also incorporates Midi-Guitar to access violin, flute, B3, and other instrument sounds.

Grammy Nominated songwriter, Rand Bishop and extraordinary Sawyer-Brown drummer, Joe Smyth, provided the inspiration and talent that helped complete "HIGHER GROUND"!

Highlights of the CD:

Outer Space - Tribute to Columbia Space Shuttle Astronauts! An emotional instrumental song Anthony wrote as a tribute to honor the crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia astronauts, who lost their lives on their way back to planet Earth. The song was recorded in one session with no editing, just two days after that tragic event.

Outer Space reviews:
It was GREAT! Very reflective and captivating. Excellent tones and sounds. Really captured a sense of patriotism and heroism on the behalf of the astronauts and the pride and sense of loss we feel as Americans.
Mike W. Session Guitarist

It is an incredible piece of work-your style is so unique-I just love it! Very inspiring & a wonderful tribute to the astronauts...Their souls are taking it in wherever they are... Sas E. Singer/Songwriter

Pacific Sunset, an upbeat song, co-written with Grammy Nominated songwriter Rand Bishop, who has over 180 cuts to his credit (including the recent #1 Country Hit "My List", recorded by Toby Keith!) With longing in his heart of the magnificence and magic of the western sunset (as he presently is living in the Nashville area), he created the music and concept for the song and Rand wrote the lyrics. Joe Smyth, the world-class drummer for the well-known band "Sawyer Brown" is featured on this track! "Each time that fireball, sinks into the waves, it paints a picture of what life is all about".

Cathedral, melodic guitar, guitar synth flute, violin & voicings, and fretless bass playfully dance with each other on this ethereal smooth-jazz type instrumental.

Lion's Heart, Brazilian Jazz style with R&B vocals, smokin' guitars and jungle style percussion featuring Joe Smyth!

When You Love Someone, a strong melodic country pop song - with Eagle-esce harmonies and memorable hook. Co-written with published Nashville songwriter David Edwards.

Double Espresso in D Major, Powerful Rock Guitar Instrumental created after a Chocolate Espresso cookie and the Double Espresso that this Italian guitarist drinks daily!

Born and raised in New Jersey, Anthony presently resides in Laguna Beach, California with his wife, Tina and their two cats Thunder and Puccini.



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tim pastor

this music is a warm blend of melodic themes, innovative-jazzy riffs & uplifting
This CD is so inspiring when i'm driving to the reflective "santa fe train",a great traveling ode. The melodic "when you love someone" is pop-personified,strong hook,very catchy."lion's heart" evokes an inspirational theme interwoven with great production value- spiritual yet non-threating...and the empathetic, instrumental tribute "outer space" reminds me how fragile this life can be yet raises great hope for the ever-after, this is one of those albums that will be played over & over again and like fine wine will taste better & better as the years dance on...looking forward to further renderings of this unique & gifted artist.

TIM PASTOR artist-manager/songwriter


Your CD Rocks!
I have really enjoyed listening to your CD! Your voice is beautiful, as is your songwriting. I especially like the song "Pacific Sunset" as it is comforting and reminds me of when I was living in Hawaii. Congratulations on a tremendous achievement!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pamela G

Anthony you are the MAN!!!
Anthony you are a great asset to the music world. You are such a great songwriter and musician. God has truely blessed you my friend. Keep up the good work and the excellent sound of music. (my favorite is Double Expresso in D)

Jesse P.

Love the CD! A song for every mood. Highly Recommended!!!
Very impressed with the versatility and depth of music that is on this CD! Smokin', sultry, and clean guitar playing! Masterful. Pure Vocals. I love Pacific Sunset with its' fun groove, OuterSpace gives me goose bumps, the Cathedral instrumental takes me away (really cool road trip song), Lion's Heart has great Brazilian sound with a sultry guitar solo toward the end, Sage is jazzy and trippy and Tina's song is a gorgeous ballad! There are even three very cool country-rock songs and two smokin' rock-fusion instrumentals. Highly recommended!

Joe Stix

Soulful guitarist with a smooth voice! Very uplifting!
The blows of life and the accumulation of difficulties tend to zap ones energy and leave one spent and discouraged. The Antidote: Listening to the rhythmic, soulful and funky guitar playing on Anthony’s CD - which leaves me feeling fully revitalized, spiritually uplifted with a higher level of consciousness. I love this CD! “Outer Space” is a great tribute to the astronauts on the Columbia Space Shuttle. The song definitely represents the emotions that we all felt and the spiritual connectedness we have with each other in this life. Joe Stix - NashVegas Music and Drummer


I enjoyed your music a whole bunch
Just wanted to send a note to let you know I enjoyed your music a whole bunch. It was really nice to listen to, as I was in the studio today throwing clay on the wheel. It really helped me get in the groove, thanks! Whats the story behind the title "Higher Ground?" My favorites-- Pacific Sunset, Sage, Lions Heart, Double Espresso (cool), and for sure Higher ground! Any ways thanks for the lift, keep me posted on any gigs. Thanks, and God bless < Lance.

Richard A Armentrout

Anthony’s guitar playing is tremendous! Very creative, tasteful with positive me
Anthony’s guitar playing is tremendous! Very creative, tasteful with positive messages and great grooves that takes you to a higher level of spirituality. A mix of Larry Carlton, Jeff Beck and Allan Holdsworth - with smooth vocals. Great music!
Third Coast Music Hour,
Richard A. Armentrout, Executive Director


Very nice tunage!
Very nice tunage! A great " L.A. " sound reminiscent of Carlton/Ritenour. Glad I found you on Artist Launch! Mark