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Interview: Bassist Larry Grenadier

The bassist on working with Motian, Metheny, Mehldau and his own Fly trio

Larry Grenadier of Fly
Larry Grenadier of Fly at the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival 2010
FLY performing during the 2011 Montreal International Jazz Festival

He opens the door of the apart-hotel where he’ll be staying with his partners Mark Turner and Jeff Ballard. Fly is on a tour in Spain and the first stop is Valencia’s well-known Jimmy Glass Jazz Bar. Larry Grenadier looks relaxed and he says hello naturally. He is dressed as though for a day at home: barefoot, and in casual clothes. He looks younger than in the promo pictures and less serious than when he is on a stage, wearing his glasses behind a bass. He has a funny smile drawn on his lively face.

Grenadier makes an effort to always provide options to all musicians sharing the stage with him, always striving to let them grow on their own. He tries to make the music move forward, and this, for him, is an unequivocal priority. Every time, he focuses on expressing himself as clearly as possible, so that his fellow musicians can feel comfortable and react accordingly. And this is what sets Fly apart from the rest of the pack: their music feels open.

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