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John Escreet: Learn to Live (Blue Room)

After an anthemic opener resounding with block chords and splintered beats, John Escreet toggles between form and freedom, composition and improvisation on Learn to Live. In doing so, the British-born, Brooklyn-based pianist and keyboardist doesn’t just provide an expansive view of his inside-out interests. Through a prism of jazz improv, fusion, funk, R&B, and synth … Read More “John Escreet: Learn to Live (Blue Room)”

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John Escreet: The Unknown

In February of 2016, pianist John Escreet, along with regular triomates John Hébert, on bass, and Tyshawn Sorey, drums and vibraphone, embarked on a brief four-date European tour. Escreet’s trio joined avant-garde saxophone stalwart Evan Parker to treat their audiences to a series of extended collective improvisations. The Unknown, Escreet’s first live recording as leader, … Read More “John Escreet: The Unknown”

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John Escreet: Sound, Space and Structures

U.K.-born pianist and composer John Escreet has always demonstrated a knack for the adventurous: When he arrived on the New York City jazz scene in 2006, his formidable improvisations resembled those of Jason Moran and Vijay Iyer-searching and explorative yet melodic. This time, though, Escreet heads full-throttle toward the outer reaches of modern free jazz, … Read More “John Escreet: Sound, Space and Structures”

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John Escreet: Exception to the Rule

John Escreet’s partnership with the exceptional alto saxophonist David Binney has certainly been one of the keys to the young pianist’s success. Equally important, though, has been his choice of drummers. Since moving to New York from his native England, Escreet has performed and recorded with Tyshawn Sorey, Jim Black, Marcus Gilmore and Nasheet Waits. … Read More “John Escreet: Exception to the Rule”

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John Escreet: The Age We Live In

Expatriate Brit keyboard player John Escreet has carved out a niche for himself that lies somewhere between Frank Zappa and Weather Report. A formidable, intelligent player-composer with a fertile imagination and a surplus of energy, Escreet has taken things up a couple of notches since last year’s Don’t Fight the Inevitable. Part of the reason … Read More “John Escreet: The Age We Live In”

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