Lathe of Heaven (album)

Lathe of Heaven is an album by saxophonist Mark Turner which was released in September 2014 by the ECM label.[1]

Lathe of Heaven
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Studio album by
Mark Turner Quartet
ReleasedSeptember 5, 2014 (2014-09-05)
RecordedJune, 2013
StudioAvatar Studios, New York City, NY
ECM 2357
ProducerManfred Eicher
Mark Turner chronology
Year of the Snake
Lathe of Heaven
Temporary Kings


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [2]
All About Jazz     [3]
The Guardian     [4]

The AllMusic review by Matt Collar states "with his Lathe of Heaven Turner strips back layers of jazz style and language to reveal a sound that is both familiar and utterly new".[2]

All About Jazz reviewer John Kelman said, "As cerebral as Turner's music can be and as considered as his compositional constructs are— oftentimes building surprising significance from the smallest of concepts—Lathe of Heaven manages to stir the soul as much as it challenges the mind".[3]

The Guardian's John Fordham awarded the album 4 stars noting "The set sometimes sounds like Birth of the Cool tunes floated over a 21st-century rhythmic concept, and it’ll be a 2014 polls contender for sure".[4]

In JazzTimes, Michael J. West was less enthusiastic, observing that "Even cerebral musicians need to connect emotionally with their audiences. Tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, who is as cerebral as they come, struggles with this task on Lathe of Heaven ... Turner has the technical tools to build tension and suspense in his music, but flounders when it comes to making them relatable".[5]

On NPR's Fresh Air, Kevin Whitehead said "A lot of action happens at thoughtful medium tempos, and there's beautiful dissonance in the two-horn harmonies ... The music doesn't give up its secrets too fast as he parcels out his themes and subthemes establishing mood through the slow accumulation of details. The slinky melodies map out the terrain foreshadowing the improvised action and interaction. That lets Mark Turner get of novelistic unity of effect. This clean plotting makes a cooler brand of jazz cool all over again".[6]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Mark Turner

  1. "Lathe of Heaven" – 6:40
  2. "Year of the Rabbit" – 12:20
  3. "Ethan's Line" – 8:01
  4. "The Edenist" – 8:11
  5. "Sonnet for Stevie" – 12:57
  6. "Brother Sister 2" – 10:09



  1. ^ "ECM Records - Lathe of Heaven". Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Collar, Matt. Mark Turner – Lathe of Heaven: Review at AllMusic. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Kelman, John. "Mark Turner: Lathe of Heaven". Musical reviews. All About Jazz. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Fordham, J. The Guardian: Mark Turner: Lathe of Heaven review – polyphonic tensions from sax virtuoso, accessed May 7, 2019
  5. ^ West, M. J. JazzTimes Review, accessed May 7, 2019
  6. ^ "In Tenor Saxophonist Mark Turner's New Album, The Music Unfolds Like A Narrative". NPR. Retrieved May 7, 2019.