Saxman Mark Turner and pianist Ethan Iverson have been playing together in various groups since the ’90s. But it took the jazzmen almost two decades to cut a record as a duo. Temporary Kings is their debut album, off ECM, and its title track has just been released.
“Temporary Kings” is a balletic affair, bringing poise, dexterity and cool calm to contemporary avant jazz. Turner’s idiosyncratic sax takes the lead here, pouncing and prancing around the spaces left behind by Iverson’s stream-of-consciousness melodies. Although untethered to any sort of rhythm, the track churns with a slow-burning energy that only decades of musical chemistry can summon.
Temporary Kings drops on September 7. In the meantime, listen to the title track here: