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"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. And while that kind of intimacy should feel shocking from a partnership so new, these guys go back. The duo began crossing paths at jam sessions in New York in the late-'90s - before Iverson had formally assembled his pathfinding group, the Bad Plus, in 2000; and before the New York Times called Turner the "best jazz player you've never heard" in 2002.

Turner and Iverson launch their tour Sept. 13 at An die Musik Live in Baltimore.  PHOTO: Robert Lewis / ECM Records)

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