Temporary Kings (album)

Temporary Kings is an album by saxophonist Mark Turner and pianist Ethan Iverson. The album was released in September 2018 by the ECM label.[1] Jazzwise included the album in its list of Top 20 Jazz Albums of 2018, ranking it #13.[2] NPR included the album in its list of Best Music of 2018.[3]

Temporary Kings
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 7, 2018 (2018-09-07)
RecordedJune, 2017
StudioAuditorio Stelio Molo RSI Studio, Lugano, Switzerland
ECM 2583
ProducerManfred Eicher
Ethan Iverson chronology
The Purity of the Turf
Temporary Kings
Common Practice
Mark Turner chronology
Lathe of Heaven
Temporary Kings


Professional ratings
Review scores
The Observer     [4]
All About Jazz     [5]
Spectrum Culture     [7]

The Observer awarded the album 4 stars with the review by Dave Gelly stating "The friendly relations between contemporary forms of jazz and classical music are taken for granted these days, and this is a particularly fine example, a kind of jazz-inflected chamber music. It is a set of duets for tenor saxophone (Turner) and piano (Iverson), by players who delight in each other’s work and company. The atmosphere is calm and reflective, with few if any dramatic highs but plenty of melody and lively exchanges".[4]

All About Jazz reviewer Mario Calvitti said, "Overall a nice record, which requires several plays in order to fully appreciate all the nuances that make it up. The work highlights above all the talent of the pianist, who here is fully manifested both as an interpreter and as a composer, while Turner confirms himself as a superfine soloist, with one of the most beautiful instrumental voices among the saxophonists of his generation".[5]

JazzTrail's Filipe Freitas noted "Temporary Kings is a guileless jazz session whose bi-directional moves converge and diverge with an astounding conviction"[6] In JazzTimes, J.D. Considine called it an "'ethereal session, drawing on the austerely cerebral legacy of Lennie Tristano and Warne Marsh as well as the intimate dynamics of chamber music".[8]

The Washington Post's Chris Richards observed "Temporary Kings, the debut album from saxophonist Mark Turner and pianist Ethan Iverson, finds these two quiet killers immersed in a deep, fragile, highly focused form of play. They sound like they’re building a house of cards in the void".[9] In his review for The Wall Street Journal Martin Johnson stated, "The music is austere and elegant and belongs to the growing field of chamber jazz. The sounds draw you with their reserve; the spaces between the notes often have as much impact as the notes themselves."[10]

Track listingEdit

All compositions by Ethan Iverson except where noted

  1. "Lugano" – 5:01
  2. "Temporary Kings" – 5:44
  3. "Turner’s Chamber of Unlikely Delights" – 5:54
  4. "Dixie’s Dilemma" (Warne Marsh) – 6:00
  5. "Yesterday’s Bouquet" – 4:44
  6. "Unclaimed Freight" – 6:49
  7. "Myron’s World" (Mark Turner) – 7:15
  8. "Third Familiar" – 4:24
  9. "Seven Points" (Turner) – 7:54



  1. ^ "ECM Records - Temporary Kings". Ecmrecords.com. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  2. ^ "Top 20 Jazz Albums of 2018". Jazzwise. July 17, 2019. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  3. ^ Chinen, Nate (December 20, 2018). "Nate Chinen's Favorite Albums Of 2018". NPR. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  4. ^ a b Gelly, D. The Observer: Mark Turner and Ethan Iverson: Temporary Kings review – ethereal delights, accessed May 7, 2019
  5. ^ a b Calvitti, Mario. "Mark Turner, Ethan Iverson: Temporary Kings". Musical reviews. All About Jazz. Retrieved May 7, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Freitas, F.JazzTrail Review accessed May 7, 2019
  7. ^ Layman, Will (31 January 2019). "Mark Turner and Ethan Iverson: Temporary Kings". Spectrum Culture. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  8. ^ Considine, J. D. JazzTimes Review, accessed May 7, 2019
  9. ^ Richards, C. The Washington Post: Mark Turner and Ethan Iverson’s jazz? It sounds like Stravinsky and the blues, accessed May 7, 2019
  10. ^ Johnson, Martin (11 September 2018). "'Temporary Kings' Review: Alluringly Reserved". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 3 February 2020.