Fly: Super Sister
Sky & Country (ECM B0012669-02)
Composed by Mark Turner.
Recorded: New York, February 28-29, 2008
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Saxophone, bass, drums. I immediately think of Sonny Rollins, or maybe even Branford Marsalis in a more modern context. For the new trio Fly, a more apt point of comparison might be Ornette Coleman. The link is the egalitarian relationships between the instruments. While the bass can provide harmonic structure, it can also take the lead. Extend this idea to the sax and drums and you've got Fly. The great (and perhaps surprising) outcome is that "Super Sister" sets up and maintains an incredible groove while this musical shape-shifting has its way with the sonic palette. I took a look at their (quite long) list of playing credits, wondering if the influences would be obvious. The musical clues end up being less obvious (and less important) than this: these guys have big ears. That they can so easily create this new kind of jazz architecture is a testament to that fact.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski