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For one thing Fly is truly a cooperative, not two sidemen backing up the snaking tenor of Mark Turner. From the rotating authorship of it's compositions, to the free-flowing, intertwined, airy sound, there is no one instrument that dominates the proceedings at the expense of the others. This is a collaboration in name and in form. Interestingly enough these musicians are familiar with each other not just from Fly's eponymous first release: 2004's ...Read more ›
Another incredible performance of Mark Turner was on the Delbecq Unit release of 2004 called "Phonetics". Check it out, it is also a fantastic record.
If you listen to Fly you hear the ultimate freedom within a balanced structure. The mixture of rhythm, harmony and melody is very balanced. Although it is a trio Jeff Ballard, Larry Grenadier and Mark Turner fill the full spectrum. As a listener you will experience character, emotion and freedom in improvisation.
Mark Turner, Larry Grenadier and Jeff Ballard all expose their individual sound and creativity.
But I don't love this CD. This particular performance never really takes off. It just sort of meanders around without really saying anything. I'm as surprised as any one to say it, as I thought this was a sure-fire star performance. But for some reason the CD is just really dull: The group just didn't have anything to say that morning. Everyone has a bad day, so I'll be sure to pre-order the NEXT Fly CD. But this one was sort of a dud for me.
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Out of the two FLY albums on ECM, this is easily the weaker one. There's some excellent music here - "Dharma Days", "Elena Berenjena", and "Super Sister" -... Read morePublished 18 months ago by G B
Having listened to this recording a few times there is nothing here that's keeping my interest. All the songs seem to meander to long, and sound the same. Read morePublished on November 27, 2009 by Mike