Mark Turner

54.3K Plays
Chemin sur le Crest (feat. Mark Turner, John Hébert & Gerald Cleaver)
Gentle Ghosts (feat. Mark Turner, John Hébert & Gerald Cleaver)
Strange Loop (feat. Mark Turner, John Hébert & Gerald Cleaver)

Mark Turner (born November 10, 1965) is an American jazz saxophonist. He is considered one of the most influential tenor saxophonists of his generation. Born in Fairborn, Ohio, and raised in the small Southern California town of Palos Verdes, Turner originally intended to become a commercial artist. In elementary school he played the clarinet, followed by the alto and tenor saxophones in high school. He attended California State University, Long Beach in the 1980s (playing in the jazz ensembles) and then transferred to and graduating from Berklee College of Music in 1990 before moving to New York. Turner worked at Tower Records in New York City for an extended period before working full-time as a jazz musician. In early November 2008 Turner injured two fingers on one of his hands with a power saw, but as of late February 2009 he was performing again with the Edward Simon Quartet at the Village Vanguard. He is married to the psychiatrist and anthropologist, Dr. Helena Hansen. Turner's sound is reminiscent of that of Warne Marsh; he also has elements of John Coltrane in his playing. Turner has mentioned both Marsh and Coltrane as influences, and has used elements of both players' styles in his music. Turner's range extends into the high altissimo register. His improvised lines tend to span several octaves and contain great harmonic and rhythmic complexity. His compositions often make use of repeated patterns, odd-metered time signatures, intervallic leaps, and a selective use of space. In September 2014, Turner released his first album as a leader since 2001 on ECM Records; it features trumpeter Avishai Cohen, bassist Joe Martin, and drummer Marcus Gilmore. Turner is also a member of the trio Fly, which features himself, bassist Larry Grenadier, and drummer Jeff Ballard. Turner is a member of guitarist Gilad Hekselman's Quartet, and drummer Billy Hart's Quartet. He has been featured extensively on records by guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, saxophonist David Binney, and pianist Aaron Goldberg, among others. Photos: Hreinn Gudlaugsson Fly (band) With Ryan Kisor With Jonny King With Jimmy Smith With Edward Simon With Aaron Goldberg With Jon Gordon With George Colligan With Seamus Blake With Guillermo Klein With Chris Cheek With Lee Konitz With Joshua Redman With Matthias Lupri With Kurt Rosenwinkel With OAM Trio With Jaleel Shaw With Omer Avital With Billy Hart With David Binney With Mikkel Ploug With Ferenc Nemeth With Baptiste Trotignon With Enrico Rava With Diego Barber With Jochen Rueckert With Gilad Hekselman (2011–2013) With SF Jazz Collective (SFJAZZ, 2010–2011) With Ben Van Gelder With Stefano Bollani With Yelena Eckemoff featuring George Mraz, Joe Locke & Billy Hart With Tom Harrell