Saxophonist T. Landry has devoted his life to the pursuit of the perfect saxophone sound. He would be the last to say he's achieved it -- but listeners to his debut CD Amazonas might beg to differ.
Not content merely to mimic the sounds of his heroes, Landry decided years ago to learn everything there was to know about the art and science of saxophone sound. His studies led him not only to becoming a prime Los Angeles session player -- appearing with Natalie Cole, Stevie Wonder, Tony Bennett, Gerald Wilson, Patti LaBelle, Lou Rawls, Celia Cruz, and many others -- but also to work as a product designer and acoustical consultant for top musical instrument manufacturers. Landry has served as tone production guru to the jazz world's most legendary saxophonists, showing them how to achieve the sounds they've always searched for. His seminars on saxophone sound have won him devotees in conservatories throughout the US, Japan and Europe.
Only natural, then, for T. Landry to flex his own muscular saxophone sound and team with legendary audiophile producer Joe Harley and Sony’s stunning Direct Stream Digital/Super Audio CD (SACD) format to create Amazonas, his debut recording as a solo artist.
Amazonas is a hypnotic blend of tropical rhythms & textures, passionate Latin melodies, modern harmony, and brawny tenor saxophone. Elegant and refreshing, Landry's unique, hybrid "Cool Latin" style -- powerful, substantive, yet deeply seductive -- is easily embraced by a wide variety of audiences.
The masterpiece of the CD is Hoot’s Tango, which Landry wrote to reflect his sadness upon the passing of his friend and idol Stanley Turrentine.
To record Amazonas, producer Joe Harley assembled an elite technical crew with impeccable audiophile credentials, including engineer Mike Ross and mastering sage Bernie Grundman, and opted to record live to stereo using Sony’s Direct Stream Digital format, with no inserts or overdubs. The results are breathtaking: Amazonas sparkles with a spontaneous ebullience only live recording can capture. The Sony DSD recording process documents the band's exciting performance with extraordinary clarity and warmth -- and none of the shrillness commonly associated with digital recordings. As saxophonist Bennie Wallace notes, "The ‘A-team’ of Harley, Ross, and Grundman gives Amazonas state-of-the-art sonics."
The allure of Amazonas, however, goes beyond spectacular audiophile reproduction. It is music of extraordinary harmonic depth and sophistication, created by world-class jazz musicians, yet has uncanny appeal to a mass audience. It is intellectual and passionate, warm and comforting, nocturnal and haunting. Amazonas is a timely, exquisite reminder of our profound humanity.
• The Dixie Chicks - Taking The Long Way (Received two Grammys, “Album of the Year” and “Country Album of the Year,” 2006)
• The Fabulous Thunderbirds - Painted On
• Johnny Hallyday (France) - Ça N'finira Jamais, 2008
• Gerald Wilson - Detroit, 2009
• C Blunt - Chill Hop
• Stephen Bruton - From The Five
• Bobby Womack (Album title unknown)
• Jackie Greene - American Myth
• Jerri Jhetto (Nigeria) - Illegal Alien
• Richard Cheese - Tuxicity - I’d Like a Virgin – Silent Night Club – Sunny Side of the Moon – Apertif For Destruction - OK Bartender
• Royal Crown Revue - Marilyn Hotchkiss (motion picture soundtrack)
• Elvis Schoenberg’s Orchestre Surreal - It’s Alive!, Air Surreal, Manic Voodoo Lady
• Soul Bossa Trio (Japan - Album title unknown)
• T. Landry - Amazonas, 2002
• Luis Miguel World Tour 2010 - 2011
• Billy Vera & the Beaters
• The Gerald Wilson Orchestra
• Jack Mack & the Heart Attack
• Elvis Schoenberg’s Orchestre Surreal
Other Notable Appearances:
• Stevie Wonder
• Natalie Cole
• Tony Bennett
• Sheila E.
• Patti LaBelle
• Celia Cruz
• Rosemary Clooney
• Lou Rawls
What the legends of jazz say about T. Landry:
"When I first met John Coltrane, he was such a gentle, spiritual man that he almost didn’t strike me as even being a musician. He seemed like some kind of priest, someone you could talk to about your life and personality. Then when I heard him play, I was completely shocked. From knowing him as a quiet, thoughtful person, and then hearing him play all that horn, I was amazed at the totality of his strength and of his humanity.
I got this same feeling and sense when I got to know T. Landry. He has that same quiet, spiritual strength, and helped me a lot with his thorough knowledge about saxophone sound. Then when I heard Amazonas, I had no idea he could play like that -- his concept, chord changes, a full, unique sound, spirituality, his writing -- the whole picture.
As someone with a lifelong fascination with sound, I know how much work and study goes into getting a sound like his. He has a sound like no one else in the world; so pure, smooth, gentle, personal, powerful and honest. He is truly a great player."
"Amazonas is moving music from a great saxophone player. T. Landry has a bright future ahead of him."
"Amazonas is masterful! From beginning to end, this CD, with its hypnotic grooves, is a great setting for Terry's broad-sounding tenor. The music is very articulate and accessible, giving Terry a chance to make very sophisticated music attractive and warm. I especially like his warm, "woofy" lower register approach to the saxophone. This CD should be received with open arms. Outstanding playing throughout!"
"T. Landry's wonderful new CD Amazonas is refreshingly different from most. One of the reasons is the harmonic depth of the music, which offers great improvisational freedom. Mr. Landry and the group take full advantage.
The title tune, Amazonas and Hoot's Tango, dedicated to the late, great Stanley Turrentine, showcase Mr. Landry's formidable composing skills. Katonah is an excellent improvisational vehicle for Terry and the band and adds a lot of excitement to the CD.
Many of the young players of today heavily rely on the upper register of the saxophone, whereas Terry has a smooth and resonant sound throughout the entire horn, even in the lower register, which he utilizes fully and very musically. This is exceptional today, and gratifying to hear.
I think Terry has a bright future in jazz and this CD bears testimony to that. It is well worth listening to."
"As a saxophone player, while listening to T. Landry play, he has a lot to say to me; thus, he’s got a lot to say to you! The man is a wild beast, and yet a passionate lover, and all things in between.
Check out Terry’s writing too. His talent doesn’t stop at the instrument; his creative mind pushes this true talent forward, with great thrust, in all directions. If Amazonas does not get a lot of airplay, I’ll be disappointed and totally disillusioned.
Be prepared for a treat!"
Saxophone legend & film composer
"Upon listening to Amazonas, I got the sense Terry is heir to the lyrical & melodic legacy of Stan Getz, but with a masculine, modern New York-style edge.
I like his deep harmonic scheme, and his sound is very rich, warm & personal. This CD is excellent musically, and the audiophile recording is extraordinarily clear & clean. Keep an eye on this guy, you’re going to hear great things from him!"
"If you could marry the tenor saxophone sounds of Stan Getz, Paul Gonsalves and Gato Barbieri you might end up with a sound like T. Landry's. Terry's debut recording, Amazonas, represents everything I love about music and saxophone playing. This man could blow down an oak tree with his sound - but he uses his strength to the best possible end: to create beautiful music."
"T. Landry's Amazonas is a beautifully listenable work, yet is rich with detail and deep content. Terry and his group achieve this elusive and desirable result with a natural ease. Terry's playing respects melody and beauty, soul and feel, while embracing the substance, intellect, and harmonic depth of the great jazz idols. This is a very good recording, and I'm enjoying it immensely!"
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HI MISTER TERRY, NICE TO MEET YOU. IN BRAZIL WE LOVE ALL FREEDOM JAZZ MUSIC AND STYLES. BUT IN SOUTH AMERICA IS NOT LIKE USA JAZZ FM STATIONS...24 HOURS BEAT JAZZ. NO, IN BRAZIL ONLY WEEKLY JAZZ RADIO SHOW. I SAY THAT BECAUSE I HAVE TWO HOURSWEEK TO INTRODUCE IMPROVISED MUSIC, EVERY MONDAY TO 21.00 PM AT WWW.RADIOLESZTE345FM.COM.BR THISSITE IS UNDER RE-PAGE RIGHT NOW. TERRY, I WRITE THIS MESSAGE IN HOPE GET CD-PROMOTE TO PLAY AT STATION. MY FIRST DESIRE IS TRY DIVULGE IN BRAZIL MORE SWING AND GROOVE SOUNDS. THINK ABOUT. REGARDS FROM BRAZIL. EDSON. LUIZKRUG@BOL.COM.BR
Thanks for the nice compliments ... and I feel the same way about you... You're an awesome player and it was an honor to have you on the gig .... hope we can do something again real soon ... we're hussling our butts off over here at rossi music hoping to make a better music world for everyone!!!...
All the best
It's been a great pleasure to watch you grow as a musician over the past several years that I've known you. You've grown by leaps and bounds, and I now count you as one of the heavyweights. You have a great sound on all of the horns. Your writing is unique and special. You're an inspiration to me and a true friend.
Hey Terry... U Big Serious Saxophone Player!!! Ha U doin...!!! Long time no Talk to...!! Hey Man... I'm out here on tour with Stevie Wonder watching people Smile...!! I'll be back in Nov. 08. Maybe we can hook up, play some music, and talk about Volvo's... :-)
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