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  • Audio CD (16 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B0077RVF5S
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. The Western Lands IMark Turner, Larry Grenadier & Jeff Ballard 2:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. BenjMark Turner, Larry Grenadier & Jeff Ballard 5:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Year of the SnakeMark Turner, Larry Grenadier & Jeff Ballard 9:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Western Lands IVMark Turner, Larry Grenadier & Jeff Ballard 2:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
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On its second ECM album, Fly - the adventurous collective of three influential American jazz musicians - continues to overturn and subvert the conventions of the sax/bass/drums trio. Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier and Jeff Ballard share freedom and responsibilities in a democratically-constituted band of equals, which is never about soloist-and-accompaniment.

More often coolheaded and thoughtful than incantatory, the trio's music subtly interweaves improvisation and composition; there are some deep conversations, and reflections on jazz history, taking place inside it. All three members contribute original tunes to the album Year of the Snake. Threaded throughout the programme are a series of five spontaneously created vignettes, 'The Western Lands'.

As bassist Larry Grenadier has explained the group was formed "out of a desire to share all the knowledge that we've accumulated separately and bring it together in this bare-bones format". Fly's unique approach to the pianoless trio, with its "selfless, collaborative spirit" (to quote Time Out NY), and its eclectic yet tightly focussed music, has since become a reference for players and listeners alike.

Building on the achievements of the earlier Sky and Country ("Clever, expert, 100% engaged, and very musical" was The Guardian's verdict), Year of the Snake was produced by Manfred Eicher at New York's Avatar Studios in January 2011.

Saxophonist Mark Turner is also on another new ECM album, Billy Hart's All Our Reasons with Ethan Iverson and Ben Street, while Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard are also well-known as the rhythm section of the Brad Mehldau Trio.

Personnel: Mark Turner (tenor saxophone), Larry Grenadier (double-bass), Jeff Ballard (drums)

Review

'Year of the Snake is up there with Fly's best work, with its rustling fast grooves and languid horn lines...one of the great contemporary jazz small groups.' -- The Guardian, (John Fordham)* * * *


'The equal-partners jazz trio Fly combine the light-toned and pensive saxophonist Mark Turner with the rhythm section that makes Brad Mehldau's piano trio such a world-beater...a programme of strong themes, bustling escapades and jaunty ruminations.' -- Financial Times, (Mike Hobart) * * * *


'The overall mood is one of introspective abstraction but the interplay between all three musicians is breathtaking.' -- Record Collector, (Charles Waring) * * * *


'Turner's tone is immediately arresting...the percussion density of Ballard entirely suits Fly by providing a force field of energy that compliments and contrasts Turner's often potent lyricism.'

--Jazzwise, (Stuart Nicholson)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Palmer on 31 Dec 2012
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A really strong trio outfit, Fly represent one of those rare ensembles that are greater than the sum of their respective parts. Often a sax/bass/drums trio is essentially a stellar horn player with two supporting musicians but the interaction between Grenadier, Turner and Ballard is exquisite. Some of the bass player's arco work is particularly interesting in this context; none of the Paul Chambersesque bebop soloing, Grenadier uses the texture created by fast arco passages to create a wave of sound that washes over the performance like a Billy Higgins sizzle ride, leaving space in which the other two players can swim. Wonderful compositions, creative improvisation. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RSProds TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Sep 2012
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Fly, indeed! "Fly" is the remarkable, globetrotting jazz trio in the persons of nimble bassist Larry Grenadier, the protean drummer Jeff Ballard (who are 2/3rds of the dynamic rhythmic engine that normally powers the Brad Mehldau Trio), and the inventive tenor sax phenom Mark Turner. Fly, approaching a decade of cohesive unity, generates a wide sonic and rhythmic palette while laying out some blazing & beautiful performances here over challenging, attractive compositions. It opens up new pathways of trio interaction in a different area code from the Sonny Rollins and 'Air' tenor sax-drum-bass trios. The 'best of the best' starts with the 5 avant garde-ish 'tone poems' of "The Western Lands" which vary from 35 seconds up to 3 minutes, celebrating the open spaces, landscapes, and shores of the western USA. "Festival Tune" has Turner surfing tricky bass-drum rhythmic cross currents. The lilting bluesy "Salt and Pepper" swings with great laid-back, but intense solos from Turner and Grenadier. The expansive 10-minute composition "Kingston" begins as a lovely slow-tempo tone poem but later explodes, reaping the sonic whirlwind in a stunning performance with highly-inventive, swinging Turner solos and with Grenadier 'arco-ing' at top speed over Ballad's smoking cymbals and rim shots. Take note of Ballad's driving inventive intensity and Grenadier's dazzling pizzicato work underneath Turner's soaring solo on Mark's "The Year of the Snake". Three accomplished players in a tight ensemble playing some remarkable, enjoyable jazz. Recorded by ECM with all players up-front. My Highest Recommendation. Five SIZZLING Stars (12 tracks: Time: 60:12)
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By The Brother on 5 May 2012
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Even better than Sky and Country, their first ECM release, this is Turner at his unpredictably melodic and haunting best, restoring some credibility to ECM's often trance-like catalogue of North European mood music. Influenced as much by that curmudgeonly genius Warne Marsh as he is by Coltrane and the great black American tradition, Turner plays in the higher registers of his instrument with tremendous taste and quiet fire. I've played this CD constantly since buying it, and can't recommend it highly enough. Ballard and Grenadier are celebrated as a rhythm section, and their empathy with Turner is very close, each contributing both tunes and fine well-integrated solos.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
MELODIC BUT ADVENTURESOME MODERN JAZZ BY A SUPERB TRIO 1 Sep 2012
By David Keymer - Published on Amazon.com
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FLY. Year of the Snake. ECM. (2012). $16.01. Mark Turner, ten sx; Larry Grenadier, b; Jeff Ballard, dr.

All other things being equal, nothing beats familiarity when jazz musicians play together. The best artists aren't lulled into complacency by playing with old companions, they're liberated. Because they know what to expect, they're free to play with the boundaries of their music. This is as true in contemporary jazz as it was in older days: think of the Paul Motian trio -all those albums together, across years, of Motian on drums, Bill Frissell on guitar, Joe Lovano on tenor sax. Or the creative music put out by Chicago avant-gardist Ken Vandermark with his regular group. Or ROVA, the most adventuresome of all the modernist saxophone quartets.
Fly has been a working ensemble since at least 2004, when it released its first album (appropriately entitled Fly) on Savoy Records. Snake is the group's third album and its second for ECM Records, which means the sound quality is excellent. That's important for a group like this because it catches the subtle interplay among its three members.

The three voices stand out crisply, none dominating but none lost in acoustic fug. And what voices they are!

Turner is a masterful saxophonist: he has mentioned both Warne Marsh and John Coltrane as influences, and his snakey, complex but always melodic lines show it. (Listen too to Turner's work on the Billy Hart quartet album, Quartet, 2006, and on Enrico Rava's New York Days, 2009.) Grenadier's played with a lot of top musicians but he really showed his stuff in the long lasting Brad Mehldau trio. He can play rhythm bass as well as anyone -he has monster chops--but often, he doesn't. It's intriguing to listen to him, both when accompanying and soloing. He doesn't play at all like the sainted Scott LaFaro of the Bill Evans trio -for one thing, he tends to play lower down on the fret on his bass, producing a deeper, woodier sound--but he pulls out all the stops in creating a second melody and rhythm line behind Turner, and his duets with Ballard are knockouts. Grenadier and Ballard have played together in Mehldau's group since 2005, when the trio's original drummer, Jorge Rossy, left. Their familiarity with each other shows: because they know each other so well as musicians, they can be adventuresome. I haven't always admired Ballard's work with Mehldau -perhaps because of the way he tuned his drums, Rossy didn't seem to intrude as much--but there's no question Ballard is a gifted, inventive drummer, and I've never heard him perform better than on this album. Whether backing Turner or Grenadier or both or playing solo, with (usually) Grenadier riffing or filling behind him, he is an exciting performer.

All of the compositions are originals and all three members of Fly contribute to them. The album is well laid out: short mood pieces separate longer cuts where the musicians cut loose. There's a great deal of variety in rhythm patterns, tempi and melodies. Grenadier plays arco sometimes, plucks the bass at other. If I were to pick out one tune as outstanding, it might be the second one on the album, "Festival Tune." Mehldau sets it off solo, with as rickey-tickey beat, drums rattling and clacking, and Turner comes in with the sinuous melody line, Grenadier backing him with a line that not so much lays out the bass pattern as bounces up and down. The drums keep up the heat, the bass and sax cool it down, moving unhurriedly through the tune's changes. Grenadier's bass solo in this piece is a wonder. Ballard rattles along behind him; Turner injects melodic fills. (I enjoy hearing musicians improvise polyphony -it was one of the great pleasures of the classic Gerry Mulligan sextet with Mulligan, Jon Eardley, Bob Brookmeyer and Zoot Sims.)

In short, Year of the Snake is a thoroughly excellent album, resolutely and inventively modernist and deeply melodic.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
THE BEAUTIFUL INTENSITY OF THE 'FLY' JAZZ TRIO 13 July 2012
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Fly, indeed! "Fly" is the remarkable, globetrotting jazz trio in the persons of nimble bassist Larry Grenadier, the protean drummer Jeff Ballard (who are 2/3rds of the dynamic rhythmic engine that normally powers the Brad Mehldau Trio), and the inventive tenor sax phenom Mark Turner. Fly, approaching a decade of cohesive unity, generates a wide sonic and rhythmic palette while laying out some blazing & beautiful performances here over challenging, attractive compositions. It opens up new pathways of trio interaction in a different area code from the Sonny Rollins and 'Air' tenor sax-drum-bass trios. The 'best of the best' starts with the 5 avant garde-ish 'tone poems' of "The Western Lands" which vary from 35 seconds up to 3 minutes, celebrating the open spaces, landscapes, and shores of the western USA. "Festival Tune" has Turner surfing tricky bass-drum rhythmic cross currents. The lilting bluesy "Salt and Pepper" swings with great laid-back, but intense solos from Turner and Grenadier. The expansive 10-minute composition "Kingston" begins as a lovely slow-tempo tone poem but later explodes, reaping the sonic whirlwind in a stunning performance with highly-inventive, swinging Turner solos and with Grenadier 'arco-ing' at top speed over Ballad's smoking cymbals and rim shots. Take note of Ballad's driving inventive intensity and Grenadier's dazzling pizzicato work underneath Turner's soaring solo on Mark's "The Year of the Snake". Three accomplished players in a tight ensemble playing some remarkable, enjoyable jazz. Recorded by ECM with all players up-front. My Highest Recommendation. Five SIZZLING Stars (12 tracks: Time: 60:12)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
TURNER IN ECM 21 Aug 2012
By Manuel Grosso Galvan - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the second great album from Mark Turner in ECM this year, the first one was with Billy Hart, and the third with the trio call Fly. The group is incredible, Larry Grenadier and Jeff Ballard, and after years recording with ECM I think have found the perfect formula. Obscure sound and incredible solos. If you like the ECM american sound, or if you love the sound of this three men this is your record. Mark Turner is now one of the best saxophonist of his generation, and Ballard plus Grenadier make the perfect trio . A very good production and a a excellent exercises of introspection. Probably is a CD for winter, not for summer, is too deep for this time. Like others ECM recorded in America is not a "european jazz" album, is more "hard" not so melodic, is something betewn jazz and contemporary music. The Turners sound grow and grow and his compositions are more and more elaborate. Is a real good work.
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