Sky & Country is the ECM debut of the highly regarded Fly Trio collective, a veritable super-group of sorts, and described as "an intimate band with teeth". While Jazz history is not short on highly charged sax/bass/drums trios ala Sonny Rollins and Albert Ayler, Fly Trio present a different attitude, including "equal rights" for instruments & writing. The trio members are; Sax man Mark Turner, who has worked witrh the likes of Dave Holland, Paul Motian, Brad Mehldau, Dave Douglas, Lee Konitz and James Moody; Drummer/percussionist Jeff Ballard, a child prodigy who toured with Ray Charles, and since has played with Lou Donaldson, Chick Corea, Mike Stern, Pat Metheny, Joshua Redman and Enrico Rava; and Larry Grenadier on bass, who has worked with Joe Henderson, Stan Getz, and Bobby Hutcherson among many others.
"All told, this is music that expands and contracts, effortlessly and dramatically--and that balances the cerebral components of group improvisation with the more gut-level elements of groove." -- Jazztimes