Learn How

Help improve All About Jazz

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. For $20, we'll hide those pesky Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

149

John Escreet: Exception To The Rule

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
John Escreet: Exception To The Rule 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. He synthesizes their influence, much like his mentor, Jason Moran, mixing freedom with tightly composed passages that aggressively push an intellectual agenda that swings its ass off.

This disc, his first for the Dutch label (although he can be found on David Binney's Aliso (Criss Cross, 2010)), follows The Age We Live In (Mythology, 2011) and Don't Fight The Inevitable (Mythology, 2010). Escreet's musical partner throughout these recordings is saxophonist Binney, a modernist whose inside/outside playing flows from the intricate opening title track—executed almost as a warning shot—to the electronic sound designs of "Redeye" and "Electrotherapy," which could almost be considered minimalist undertakings.

Escreet moves well within the modern Brooklyn landscape, playing with drummers Tyshawn Sorey, Chris Persad Group, The Dautaj, Marcus Gilmore , Coquito, Fri and, here, Nasheet Waits. Waits and bassist Eivind Opsvik switch from the precise and groove-laden "The Water Is Tasting Worse" to the open-ended improvisation of "They Can See" with such nonchalance that the variation is quite natural. Pulling these disparate approaches together, the pianist forges a sound that is best summed up on the final track, "Wayne's World." The composition begins with bits of chamber sounds, then onto some angular angst speed-jazz, only to unfold into groove-driven melody. Escreet delivers his anthem to modernity, making the difficult passages come off with ease and blending the disparate parts into one edgy soup.


Track Listing: Exception To The Rule; Redeye; Collapse; They Can See; Escape Hatch; Wide Open Spaces; Electrotherapy; The Water Is Tasting Worse; Restlessness; Wayne's World.

Personnel: John Escreet: piano, keyboards; David Binney: alto saxophone, electronics; Eivind Opsvik: bass; Nasheet Waits: drums.

Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: Criss Cross


Shop

More Articles

Read Madjafalao CD/LP/Track Review Madjafalao
Read Playing the 60s CD/LP/Track Review Playing the 60s
Read Billionaire Blues CD/LP/Track Review Billionaire Blues
Read Piano Song CD/LP/Track Review Piano Song
Read We Live Here CD/LP/Track Review We Live Here
Read "Parallax" CD/LP/Track Review Parallax
Read "Lingo" CD/LP/Track Review Lingo
Read "Carolina" CD/LP/Track Review Carolina
Read "Rub Out The Word" CD/LP/Track Review Rub Out The Word
Read "Some Other Time" CD/LP/Track Review Some Other Time
Read "Spin Cycle" CD/LP/Track Review Spin Cycle

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Get Jazz Near You via email!

Enjoy the convenience of receiving a comprehensive listing of jazz events in your area every Thursday. It's free!