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Pink Slimy Worm • compositions & improvisations for solo saxophone

by Su Terry

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When I was twelve, a red-haired kid in my class said to me, "girls don't play the saxophone." I thought to myself, well, I'm a girl, and I play the saxophone. So obviously, that's not true.
Waterwheel 07:07
Desert Moon 04:28
Slow Journey 04:44
Lost Melody 03:24
Wedding Song 03:21
For Arden 04:41


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.


released January 7, 2003

Su Terry: alto and soprano saxophones

Recorded August & September 2002 by Peter Karl
Mixed & mastered October & November 2002 by Dean Bailin
Produced by Qi Note Records
Additional production by Dean Bailin

Cover art by Tiso

All songs by Su Terry

Su Terry is a Yamaha artist. She uses Jody Jazz mouthpieces and ligatures, Légère reeds, and SaxRax horn stands.


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