Liam Sillery with the David Sills Quartet: On the Fly (2006)
The words "Blue Note" are key here. As on Minor Changes, On the Fly is steeped in the mainstream traditionthe Joe Henderson/Hank Mobley sound, a quintet with two horns in front. The main different this time out is that Sillery and Sills are working in front of an organ trio, giving the grooves a more airy and buoyant feeling, a smoother and cooler flow.
The set is a great argument for working with a working group. There's an easy rolling sympatico to the music, a lubricated, clicked-into-the-groove feeling often missing in "thrown together band" studio recordings. At times Sillery and Sills seemingly read each other's minds.
There's no sophomore jinx lurking around here. This top-level set is full of strong compositions and vibrant musicianship, putting some modern juice and a bunch of inspired soloing into the straight-ahead mode. And Joe Bagg's organ workfor example, his briskly succinct turn on Sillery's "Neptune"is classic stuff.
Track Listing: On the Fly; Bicycle Ride; Fontok; Down the Line; Sloe Joe; Neptune; Two Time Blues; Mai Lien; Ceora.
Personnel: Liam Sillery: trumpet and flugelhorn; David Sills: tenor saxphone; Joe Bagg: organ; Larry Koonse: guitar; Tim Pleasant: drums.
Record Label: OA2 Records