MARK TURNER QUAR­TET Lathe of Heaven (ECM) ★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - CORMAC LARKIN

Mark Turner’s steady rise to the front ranks of con­tem­po­rary improvisers is tes­ta­ment to a unique com­bi­na­tion of at­ti­tude, abil­ity, sound and imag­i­na­tion. In­ven­tive and sub­tly un­pre­dictable, the tenor sax­o­phon­ist gets calls from ev­ery­one from Kurt Rosen­winkel to Billy Hart, but the call they all want is the one from Man­fred Eicher. Turner’s de­but as leader for Eicher’s artist-fo­cused ECM la­bel is a set of orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions played by trum­peter Avishai Co­hen, bassist Joe Martin and drum­mer Mar­cus Gil­more. The sax­o­phon­ist’s frag­men­tary, Shorter-ish tunes pro­vide launch pads for a free-wheel­ing set which crack­les with the sort of col­lec­tive en­ergy one as­so­ciates with Miles Davis’ 1960s quin­tet – two horns full of melodic ad­ven­ture and a scorch­ing rhythm sec­tion or­ches­trat­ing it all. An aus­pi­cious la­bel de­but from a master mu­si­cian. prop­er­mu­

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