Dear Abbey: The Music Of Abbey Lincoln” (Inner Circle Music): Renowned Hudson Valley jazz singer Teri Roiger pays tribute to the legendary Abbey Lincoln with her latest release, “Dear Abbey: The Music Of Abbey Lincoln,” and it’s simply spectacular. In this album, Roiger does not copy or imitate Lincoln, but interprets and reinvents her songs with respect and love. Starting out with “Wholly Earth,” Roiger simply shines as she serpentines around a percolating rhythm section, with a pure natural delivery that is soft, yet sure and emotive. Next up, in “The Music Is The Magic,” she sings the all-too-true “Music is the magic through the raging storm” and “It a world that’s always within” with knowing conviction. The playing here is out of this world, featuring famed bassist John Menegon, pianist Frank Kimbrough, drummer Steve Williams, Greg Osby (alto sax) and Mark Dziuba (guitar) and Roiger’s voice, itself an instrument of monumental skill, with reserved, understated passion. The bluesy "Hey Lordy Mama" is a sure highlight, as are the dramatic “I’m In Love” (which sizzles), the soaring “Bird Alone”, the timely “The World Is Falling Down” (with a wicked bass solo by Menegon) and the timeless and true “You Gotta Pay the Band.” Well, no truer words have ever been said! ROIGER is a world-class singer. Fans of Lincoln will love this record, as will fans of Roiger, and fans of really, really good music.
STANLEY CROUCH (Writer & Cultural Critic) one night hearing Teri at the 55 Bar, NYC: To hear Teri Roiger is to experience that peculiarly beautiful combination of improvisation, tone, feeling, and phrasing that are distinct elements of jazz freedom. She is made for those who still understand the meaning of the term "the real thing."
Jazz2K: CD Pick of the Month review by J Hunter Dear Abbey: The Music of Abbey Lincoln (Inner Circle Music) TERI ROIGER has gifted us with a glowing portrait of Abbey Lincoln as singer/songwriter. Lincoln put beautiful words to the music of Thad Jones and Charlie Haden, and wrote the smoke-filled “Hey Lawdy Mama (Blues for Mama)” with another iconic vocalist, Nine Simone. Roiger’s rich phrasing finds every bit of truth in Lincoln’s lyrics, making “Wholly Earth” bright as sunrise and “You Gotta Pay the Band” resigned but hopeful. Roiger’s take on “Bird Alone” flies a little higher thanks to Greg Osby’s fluttering alto sax. John Menegon’s arrangements are as sharp as his bass lines are fat, and Frank Kimbrough’s eloquent piano work is simply transcendent. Emails you can delete, but this is a love letter to be read again and again. www.nippertown.com
ANDREA CANTER, JAZZ POLICE, THE DAKOTA in MINNEAPOLIS, DEC 12, 2011: Teri Roiger is one of the most inventive-yet-accessible vocalists on the modern jazz scene. She has long been recognized for her modern interpretations of standards and original music, and in Spring 2012 will release an album tribute to Abbey Lincoln. John Menegon is a tasteful bassist with impeccable credentials, having toured extensively with both David “Fathead” Newman and Dewey Redman. I first heard Teri when she was booked into the Artists Quarter about five years ago; John appeared with David Fathead Newman at the KBEM Winter Jazz Festival that year. They’re an amazing team. On my list, Santa, bring me a Twin Cities gig with Teri and John in 2012.
STEVE JANKOWSKI, Jazz Improv Magazine: Teri Roiger’s voice possesses all the expressiveness and versatility required for anything with Billy Strayhorn’s name on it. You want smooth, sexy, sad, pouting, coy, cool, vulnerable, very nasty with lots of ‘tude – you got it. When singing Billy’s tunes, Teri clearly demonstrates she has the necessary soul but she also has the heart, and the affection comes through with every note.
GREG OSBY, jazz saxophonist: Until recently I had no idea of how hip Teri’s voice is and of how great she sounds. Her phrasing is amazingly horn-like and her tone is killing!
TOM SUROWICZ, MINNEAPOLIS STAR & TRIBUNE: New York-based Teri Roiger is a terrific, serious jazz singer who deserves a wider audience. Her work is probing, hornlike, a bit daring, reminiscent of Abbey Lincoln, and her repertoire – ranging from Monk to Sting to Strayhorn – is exemplary.
LAURENCE DONOHUE-GREENE, Managing Editor, The New York City Jazz Record: Her smoky, human voice of experience is a relief to hear. Teri Roiger’s the real item.
Jean Szlamowicz, JAZZ HOT MAGAZINE, Paris: A discovery at the Sunside in Paris, Teri Roiger, somewhere between Abbey Lincoln, Billie Holiday and Anita O'Day, played with elegance, expressiveness and authenticity.
LANNY HARRISON, dancer, actress with Meredith Monk: Listening to Teri Roiger sing Billy Strayhorn at The Jazz Standard was hearing the great man's heartbeat, his dreams and his poetry. At the same time, you could lose yourself in the groove and the elegance of the music. Teri is a great interpreter with a fabulous silky smoky style.
DAVID "FATHEAD" NEWMAN, legendary saxophonist: Teri has a unique quality about her style who brings a lot to the table. She is a voice to be heard.
MARLEEN WYNANTS, Nux Publica, Brussels: STILL LIFE is a jazz classic!
George Kanzler, ALL-ABOUT-JAZZ New York: Roiger’s timbre has a cognac gravitas hinting at the sass of the younger Abbey Lincoln and Lena Horne.
Lucy Galliher, JAZZ NOW: Teri Roiger wrote the music & lyrics to Still Life, the title cut. I was definitely reminded of Abbey Lincoln. The bossa nova has beautiful and deep lyrics, and Teri sang it with a cool under-standing. (listening to Teri at Sweet Rhythm, NYC)
PETER AARON, DAILY FREEMAN: Still Life is one of the most gratifying jazz vocal discs we’ve had the pleasure of reviewing in some years. Roiger has been compared to Billie Holiday; we hear more of Carmen McRae’s robust tonality and a relaxed delivery bordering on that of Astrud Gilberto. The dominant feel of the CD is one of moody atmospherics, all foggy streetlights and romantic, nighttime allure. The title piece itself is the perfect encapsulation of Roiger’s flawless delivery. If you’ve worn out your recordings of classic singers and haven’t been able to connect with much in the current crop of jazz vocalists, then Teri Roiger is your lady.
Bob Margolis, Woodstock Times: A singer of understated strength and powerful emotional gravity, Teri Roiger is a pleasure to listen to.
Nancy Ann Lee, JAZZ TIMES MAGAZINE: Roiger caresses the words and bends and shapes her phrases with uncommon flair...follows her own inspired path...uses her voice skillfully and interacts daringly with her musicians on this alluring vocal jazz album...an exhilarating listen that never lets you down.
SWING JOURNAL, JAPAN: Teri’s voice takes in Monks shady mood. Her interpretations are rich and she has made each song her own. Her original expression is polished & magnificent.
DAILY FREEMAN: Roiger is in the first rank of jazz vocalists, now and historically. Her vocals always sweet, strong, and on target…Menegon’s bass playing precisely all around the tune, complementing the full tones of her voice. The lines of musical communication between these two are wide open, well traveled…very rich, very full, very moving.
Tom Pierce, ALL-ABOUT-JAZZ, New York: Roiger’s firmly womanly timbre, and subtle phrasing touches, while resulting in a very personal sound, evoked for this listener the spirit and perspective of Billie Holiday.
Ron Rheinpfalz, Weinlokal Maxburg, Germany: A pure voice, jazz singer Teri Roiger is a very special kind of jewel. When you hear her rich, full, melodious voice, she appears shockingly similar to the famous singer Billie Holiday. Combined with the experience and depth of bassist John Menegon, this is exceptional music.