Sep 22, 2014
One of the highlights of the early Fall Jazz season will be the release of a CD lead by the exciting tenor saxophonist Mark Turner. Lathe of Heaven is his first album as a leader in a decade, but is his third appearance on ECM Records in 2014, after gracing sessions with Billy Hart, and Enrico Rava and Stefano Bollani. Turner has recorded three CDs for ECM in the past, as part of the trio Fly, with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard.
His new quartet features trumpeter Avishai Cohen, bassist Joe Martin and drummer Marcus Gilmore, and together the group makes some astonishing music. Long touted as “the thinking man’s improviser”, Turner never fails to deliver thoughtful, and yet physical solos. His band is more than up to the task, particularly trumpeter Cohen, who has shared the bandstand with him in the SFJazz Collective for years.
Podcast 446 is our conversation about all three ECM sessions, as well as his past work (and future plans for) Fly. Song selections from these CDs include:
Mark Turner – Title Track and “Sonnet for Stevie “ from Lathe of Heaven
Billy Hart Quartet – “Sonnet for Stevie “ from One is the Other.
Stefano Bollani – “Alobar e Kudra" from Joy In Spite Of Everything
Fly – “Salt and Pepper“ from Year of the Snake.