Fly: Year of the Snake | ECM 2776644

Fly: Year of the Snake


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Label: ECM

Cat No: 2776644

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Jazz

Release Date: 16th April 2012



Mark Turner (tenor saxophone)
Larry Grenadier (double bass)
Jeff Ballard (drums)


Mark Turner (tenor saxophone)
Larry Grenadier (double bass)
Jeff Ballard (drums)


On its second ECM CD, recorded in New York last year, Fly continues to overturn 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 tunes to the programme of “Year of the Snake”, which builds on the achievements of the earlier “Sky and Country” (“Clever, expert, 100% engaged, and very musical” – The Guardian).

1. The Western Lands I
2. Festival Tune
3. The Western Lands II
4. Brothersister
5. Diorite
6. Kingston
7. Salt and Pepper
8. The Western Lands III
9. Benj
10. Year of the Snake
11. The Western Lands IV
12. The Western Lands V

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