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Jeff Ballard from Fly
Mark Turner from Fly
Larry Grenadier of Fly

Vanguard’s austerely furnished back room. Drummer Jeff Ballard, bassist Larry Grenadier and tenor saxophonist Mark Turner are about to play the final sets of a week-long run, but the mood is one of beginnings rather than endings. Their self-titled debut on Savoy is just arriving in stores, marking the public introduction of the band. And this gig-their first since recording eight months ago-has bolstered their hope that the music will be warmly received.

“What we do in this band,” Ballard says, “is work collectively. I always use gears and mechanics as an analogy. The way we’ve written the tunes, there are these functional elements. A bass arpeggio may be outlining the chords, but it’s also laying down the rhythmic foundation, which any of us might respond to. It’s wide, it’s not constricted. But what I love about it is the interdependency.”

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