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John Escreet: Sound, Space and Structures

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Nascent pianist, composer John Escreet has created a buzz in progressive jazz spheres, while paving a golden path since his well-received debut album, Consequences (Posi-Tone, 2008). The young British Renaissance man teams with fellow countryman and iconic saxophone improviser Evan Parker and frequent collaborators, bassist John Hebert and drummer Tyshawn Sorey on an album that is conspicuously modeled after its title. Escreet and associates united with Parker for a few sets at John Zorn's New York City venue The Stone, and then ventured into the studio to record this album. Indeed, the musicians embed sound, space and structures ...

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John Escreet: Sabotage and Celebration

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Doncaster born pianist John Escreet recorded this exhilarating modern jazz record in his adopted home of New York on 7 November 2012 informed, he has said in a recent interview, by two events. The first, Hurricane Sandy, was responsible for his incarceration in his Brooklyn apartment for long enough to write and fine tune the material for this collection, while the second was the increasingly polarised US political situation in the lead up to the 2012 Presidential election itself held on the night before the session. Whether or not we read this as a reverse justification for the ...

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John Escreet: Sabotage and Celebration

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The music of composer and pianist John Escreet is a profound discovery. Each of his releases has been a revelation and an opportunity to scrutinize a major talent in the midst of his creative process. Not satisfied to work within 'the jazz tradition,' he assimilates multiple styles and musical models into his compositions. Drawing from 20th century classical, electronica, free jazz, and funk sensibilities, he sculpts a highly organized sound, often out of chaos. That said, Sabotage and Celebration, his fifth solo outing, is a solid jazz recording. Escreet recruits the talents of saxophonist Chris Potter, bassist Matt ...

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John Escreet: Sabotage and Celebration

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Since his move to New York in 2006, English-born pianist John Escreet has achieved widespread recognition for his adventurous compositions and his seemingly restless creativity. On Sabotage and Celebration, Escreet augments an already formidable quintet with strings, brass, guitar, and vocals, making it his most ambitious and creative work yet. Escreet composed most of the material in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, when most of New York City was shut down for a week. Frustrated and stuck in his apartment, Escreet turned to composing and found the resulting material to be some of his strongest. Another important ...

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John Escreet: Exception To The Rule

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The highest compliment that might be paid to pianist John Escreet is that he has a restless mind. It is not that the music on Exception To The Rule is troubled or uptight; it's just that his modus operandi is one of extreme opposites. He composes tight counterpoint and swift changing intervals for his bands to perform, filling his scores full of notes, or writes a simple piece that is significant, not for the notes played, but for the sounds generated.The Brit-turned-New Yorker is an admirer of the legacy of pianists Paul Bley, Andrew Hill and Cecil Taylor. ...

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John Escreet: Music for This Age

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Looking forward--moving forward--is an essential quality to pianist John Escreet, a United Kingdom native who moved to the United States, specifically New York City, in 2008 to pursue an education at the Manhattan School of Music. So is achieving a unique sound and approach, both for artistic and practical reasons. Escreet, age 22 when he moved from England, has been playing music on the modern edge of jazz with artists like David Binney, Ambrose Akinmusire and Tyshawn Sorey--all people who are merging improvisation with a slew of musical influences and creating fresh sounds. There's a lot of that ...

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John Escreet: The Age We Live In

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Pianist John Escreet's meteoric rise into the pantheon of forward-thinking jazz composers has everything to do with his understanding of the fast-paced way of life that seems to have overtaken much of society. Everything is absorbed in little bites, quick flashes, and small doses by the younger generations that have been brought up in this short-attention-span world, and Escreet's music is accepting of this fact. However, it doesn't bow down to the idea that these quick flashes of information can't be connected or tied together within some sort of thematic, rhythmic or emotional netting. The Age We Live In is ...

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John Escreet: The Age We Live In

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John Escreet just keeps pressing forward with recordings that are not stuck in the quagmire of normalcy. From his auspicious debut, Consequences (Posi-tone, 2008), to his equally ambitious sophomore release, Don't Fight The Inevitable (Mythology Records, 2010), the young pianist has demonstrated imagination and abilities in the same vein as Jason Moran and Craig Taborn. His third release, The Age We Live In, is no exception. From the thematic arc of “Intro," “Interlude" and “Outro," with its dramatic interplay of strings and drums, to exhilarating, no-holds-barred feats of ensemble members and co-producer/saxophonist David Binney, the music reflects ...

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John Escreet: Don't Fight The Inevitable

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British pianist John Escreet is a prodigiously talented young musician with a growing reputation as a player and composer. Don't Fight The Inevitable--his second solo album, following 2008's acclaimed Consequences (Posi-Tone Records)--finds Escreet in the company of top-flight New York players, creating some intense and complex music. The quintet is almost identical to that which played on Consequences, the exception being drummer Nasheet Waits, who replaces Tyshawn Sorey. Waits, part of Escreet's mentor Jason Moran's trio, slips effortlessly into the lineup, coupling up with bassist Matt Brewer to deliver a solid rhythmic foundation that also manages to ...

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John Escreet: Don't Fight The Inevitable

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Highbrow compositions and intuitive musicianship work hand-in-hand with stellar results on pianist John Escreet's Don't Fight The Inevitable. Escreet's band of like-minded modernists, including saxophonist David Binney and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, had the opportunity to work through this music on the bandstand during a European tour, an experience that helped them to delve deeply into these pieces. Dark shadows hover around Escreet's piano at the top of “Civilization On Trial" and drummer Nasheet Waits creates some loose, yet focused, rumblings. When the horn players join in, they repeatedly return to a four-note utterance that pops up often. ...

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John Escreet: Don't Fight the Inevitable

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Since moving to New York in 2006, pianist John Escreet has positioned himself as one of the scene's most significant up-and-comers. In addition to performances with artists including Chris Potter and Seamus Blake, he's a member The Story, which released its self-titled debut independently in 2009. Escreet also gigs with David Binney, appearing on Aliso (Criss Cross, 2010) and In the Paint (Posi-Tone, 2009), the altoist's co-led date with Alan Ferber. In return, Binney is a member of The John Escreet Project, whose 2008 Posi-Tone release, Consequences, heralded not just an important new pianist, but a significant composer as well.

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Take Five With John Escreet

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Meet John Escreet:Since moving to New York in 2006, John Escreet has had a powerful impact, and is emerging as one of the most creative and original pianists on the music scene there. He is highly revered amongst his peers for his creativity, openness and for his own original music, which draws inspiration from many different sources, and encompasses them all and much more. Escreet keeps himself busy by touring regularly across the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. When not on the road, he resides in New York City, working on and performing his own original music, ...

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John Escreet: Consequences

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It is uplifting when a release reveals that there is still compositional fire in the heads, hearts and instruments of the children of freedom and grandchildren of bop. British pianist John Escreet is the latest very pleasant surprise from this generation of 20-somethings--one who not only has technical ability but also compositional inventiveness and stylistic relevance. Joining him on an intense session are kindred players that he has hooked up with in the two short years he has been in New York. The Consequences of all this are magnificently displayed on this recent offering. While Escreet has ...

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John Escreet: Consequences

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Since moving to New York in 2006 the exciting London pianist/composer John Escreet has assembled a sensational group of likeminded leaders/thinkers--first call saxophonist David Binney, and equally dynamic younger stars, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, bassist Matt Brewer, and drummer Tyshawn Sorey--to form the John Escreet Project. The resulting recording Consequences, is a scintillating work of modern progressive jazz. A commanding performer who comps and solos with the percussive flamboyance of Jason Moran (who wrote the recording's liner notes), Escreet's imaginative pen brings forth omnivorous music: Andrew Hill's avant- gardism, flawless bop, the eccentricities of free jazz and contemporary ...



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