With Temporary Kings - their debut on record as a duo - saxophonist Mark Turner and pianist Ethan Iverson explore aesthetic common ground that encompasses the cool-toned intricacies of the Lennie Tristano/Warne Marsh jazz school, as well as the heightened intimacy of modernist chamber music.
The album, issued in CD and vinyl formats, presents six originals by Iverson (among them the nostalgic solo tune "Yesterday's Bouquet") and two by Turner (including "Myron's World," which has acquired near-classic status among contemporary jazz players). There's an off-kilter blues ("Unclaimed Freight") and a strikingly melodic, almost Ravelian opening track dedicated to the Swiss town where the album was recorded ("Lugano"), plus an interpretation of Marsh's playfully serpentine "Dixie's Dilemma."
The initial musical connection between Turner and Iverson was made in 1990s jam sessions in New York City, with both going on to individual success Iverson in hit trio The Bad Plus and Turner as a solo leader and in such groups as the trio Fly (recording in both capacities for ECM). A decade after their first meeting, the saxophonist and pianist began an association in the Billy Hart Quartet, the two players featuring sympathetically on two widely lauded ECM albums by that band.
Personnel: Mark Turner (tenor saxophone); Ethan Iverson (piano)
- Temporary Kings
- Turner's Chamber of Unlikely Delights
- Dixie's Dilemma
- Yesterdays Bouquet
- Unclaimed Freight
- Myron's World
- Third Familiar
- Seven Points
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