A really freewheeling trio
from the UK – not Ireland
, as you might expect from the leader's name – the great bassist Ferg Ireland
, who works real magic here at the head of a group that also features Nathaniel Facey on alto and James Madden on drums! At first glance, you might think of the set as being in the territory of the Sonny Rollins trio
experiments at the end of the 50s – but the group here often puts rhythm first, with Ferg
very much in the lead on bass at many points – on these tracks that have all these angular qualities, but always in a forward-moving way – one that unlocks even more great angles and edges in the alto sax lines. Titles include "Lips", "When You Know", "Mel's Mood", "Ludwick Blues", "Confession", "Stay Broke", and "Fruit Fly".