Teri Roiger

JAZZTIMES

Newcomers to vocalist Teri Roiger might, quite fairly, presume she is attempting to mimic Abbey Lincoln across this tribute album’s 13 tracks. But the vocal resemblance is not put-on: Roiger’s phrasing – which, in turn, demonstrates how big a debt Lincoln’s phrasing owed to Billie Holiday – and her engagingly raspy, crushed-velvet sound are genuinely similar...Lincoln was always the straightest of shooters: no teasing, no modesty, no evasiveness. Like Nina Simone, she tackled songs, particularly her own, with unflinching honesty and hard-won wisdom. Roiger evinces the same gut-level sincerity, though she tends to do so with a cunning coyness. It’s as if Lincoln is being filtered through Peggy Lee and, for the most part, it works refreshingly well. The dreaminess she lends to “When I’m Called home,” for instance, is powerfully moving, as is the sagacious warmth of her “You Gotta Pay the Band.” The gap between Roiger and Lincoln can seem tremendously narrow – Roiger shapes “The World Is Falling Down” around a half-smile rather than a half-frown, and casts “Throw It Away” a subtle shade darker than Lincoln did – yet the contrast between the two singers is, in its understated imaginativeness, in fact impressively deep. The album’s interpretive luster isn’t solely Roiger’s achievement, however. Pianist Frank Kimbrough, bassist John Menegon and drummer Steve Williams prove equally astute co-conspirators, masterfully augmented by Greg Osby’s alto sax on five tracks, including a hauntingly beautiful “First Song.” 

STANLEY CROUCH, Writer & Cultural Critic: The very fine singer Teri Roiger is one of the few who truly comprehended what Abbey Lincoln did with time, timbre, and phrasing. Most importantly, she is not what they call a clone. Teri absorbed everything into her own individuality, can actually swing hard, sing impressive ballads, and emote the invincible and real feeling of jazz. 

MARC MYERS waxes most poetic about Teri's new release DEAR ABBEY on his blog jazzwax.com "It's brave for any singer to take on songs written by or associated with Abbey Lincoln. The late vocalist had a distinct laid-back style that many singers have found difficult to enter and explore. Not so Teri Roiger. On Dear Abbey: The Music of Abbey Lincoln, Roiger delivers a joyous, deeply felt vocal tribute that gives Lincoln's material fresh consideration…sample Bird Alone and You Gotta Pay The Band. A vocalist who wraps Lincoln's complex songs around her finger."

JACK DEJOHNETTE, legendary jazz drummer and 2012 NEA Jazz Master: Teri has an intuitive laid back sense of time reminiscent of Abbey Lincoln and Betty Carter but with her own uniqueness.   

VIC GARBARINI, Playboy Magazine: Roiger has a voice like the finest bittersweet chocolate full of rich, dark, contradictory flavors that miraculously blend to create one of the most original vocal instruments in decades.  

 

New York City Jazz Record

Laurence Donohue-Greene, Managing Editor of the New York City Jazz Record, picked DEAR ABBEY as one of his favorite vocal release at JJA, and it is featured as one of the five best tribute releases of 2012 in NYC Jazz Record’s January 2013 issue.

AllAboutJazz.com

With Dear Abbey, singer Teri Roiger does something remarkable. She interprets thirteen of vocalist Abbey Lincoln's compositions, maintaining the legendary singer's emotive articulation and dramatic delivery, yet marking each song with her own individuality. She thus pays the ultimate homage to an innovator who blazed her own unique artistic path.

Roiger's warm contralto, like aged, fine whisky, is smooth but heady, as heard on her yearning interpretation of "Angel Face," a ballad colored with nocturnal shades. She delivers the mixture of melancholy and joy inherent in the classic "The World Is Falling Down" with a wistful wit as her bittersweet voice floats over the swells of pianist Frank Kimbrough's earthy tones.

A versatile improviser par excellence, Kimbrough effectively supports and complements Roiger's very personal, interpretation of the music. Never a mere accompanist his contemplative, complex piano solo on "Bird Alone" reflects the lyrics' absorbing poetry. Alto saxophonist Greg Osby's clean, understated yet edgy solo closes the tune on a sublime note.

Osby and Roiger engage in a sonic tango on the passionately dark "Throw It Away," a haunting and vivid feature for bassist John Menegon's lyrical and intriguing pizzicato. The bassist's relaxed and drifting string work is paired with drummer Steve Williams' reserved, percolating rumble on the iconic "You Gotta Pay The Band." The duo's undulating rhythms also form the framework over which Roiger's relaxed and rich vocals glide on the nostalgic and heartfelt "Not To Worry."

Roiger's timber and phrasing are well-suited for the blues, as she demonstrates on the "Hey Lordy Mama (Blues For Mama)," her smoky growls simmering over guitarist Mark Dziuba's fervent tones.

An imaginative musician, Roiger has assembled a band of superlative talent on Dear Abbey: the Music of Abbey Lincoln. The result is an exquisite tribute to a virtuoso of originality who is both intellectually and emotionally satisfying. For the full review: http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=43791#.UQsymY4YXTQ

Kingston Daily Freeman

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. 

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.