Raised in Miami, graduated in Boston and working in L.A. guitarist and producer Terry Wollman combines talent, desire and passion to create mesmerizing music for connoisseurs of fine art. With his Latin flavored debut album Bimini (1986) he received first acclaims. His second album Say Yes (1998) impressed with great music performed by top-notched musicians. Buddha's Ear (2011) is Terry's return to smooth jazz and beyond.

As on his previous releases he is joined by professional musicians like John (JR) Robinson, Abraham Laboriel, Luis Conte, Greg Manning, Gerald Albright, Mindi Abair, Keb’ Mo’, Melanie Taylor and Melissa Manchester. All music was composed, arranged and produced by Terry Wollman with the exception of Mandela and Right Where You Are, co-composed with other musicians.

Terry opens the door to his exotic music world with Mandela, a song committed to Carter Mandela Moore. A mélange of Kalimba, wood flute and sax crescendo introduces into the lead melody masterly interpreted by Terry on acoustic guitar. Mindi Abair directs to the world music bridge and intertwines with the guitars of Terry and Keb' Mo'.

With balladic ease Terry serves us the full-bodied Love You, Miss You, Kiss You. Friends of acoustic guitar will fall in love with Gettin' Ready To Get Ready. Carefully overdubbed guitar sound is well surrounded by a dedicated string quartet. Tom Evans on sax delivers the icing on the cake.

Blues singer Keb' Mo' resonates the heartfelt ballad A Mother's Work with great authenticity. The lyrics of the songs are published at Terry's website. A tribute to all hard-working mothers in the world, this song is for you.

On Obrigado Terry plays the Cavaquinho, a Portuguese guitar often used in Brazilian music, especially for samba and choro. Exactly that is the irresistible flavor of this tune with great trumpet work by Lee Thornburg. On Tulum Terry performs another European instrument, the Spanish Vihuela. With this classical guitar-like string instrument from 15th and 16th century the song gets its own character.

Buddha's Ear has nothing in common with Asian temple music. This is easy-going positive American stuff! The Blue Pearl lets the romance shine. Pure acoustic guitar music. Right Where You Are is featuring great singer Melanie Taylor. As a songwriter, Melanie recently co-wrote (with guitarist Allen Hinds) and placed the song What Can I Say on Patti Austin’s CD On the Way To Love. Melanie will soon release her second CD of original pop/jazz compositions.

Lanikai Lullabye is Terry's ode to one of America's most attractive places, Lanikai Beach of Oahu Island, Hawaii. Coherently he performs the Ukulele. The ukulele originated in the 19th century as a Hawaiian interpretation of the cavaquinho or braguinha and the rajão, small guitar-like instruments taken to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants.

On the thoughtful piece Eleven 11 Terry performs with Tina Guo, a solo classical cellist, rock/metal/fusion electric cellist, and acclaimed recording artist. Terry says farewell with the melancholic solo acoustic guitar tune Love Miss Kiss. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetime, is certain for those who are friends (Richard Bach).

Buddha's Ear is Terry Wollman's own sight of all good guitar music, intriguing, sometimes exotic, but always beautiful!







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Album Information

Title: Buddha's Ear
Artist: Terry Wollman
Year: 2011
Length: 0:46:34
Genre: General Jazz
Label: Ollie Lllama Music


01 Mandela [4:42]
02 Love You, Miss You, Kiss You [2:28]
03 Gettin' Ready To Get Ready [4:40]
04 A Mother's Work [4:40]
05 Obrigado [3:58]
06 Tulum [4:09]
07 Buddha's Ear [4:32]
08 The Blue Pearl [3:04]
09 Right Where You Are [3:51]
10 Lanikai Lullabye [3:39]
11 Eleven 11 [4:29]
12 Love Miss Kiss [2:21]