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John Escreet

Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: August 18, 1984    

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, constantly challenging himself and searching for something new and original. In the summer of 2008 he graduated from the Master’s Program at Manhattan School of Music, where he studied piano with Kenny Barron and Jason Moran....
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“Pianist John Escreet's recent debut Consequences signals the jumpstart of a new voice in jazz.” Downbeat

“John Escreet, a British jazz pianist in his mid-20s, has no problem communicating drama. “Consequences,” his highly accomplished debut, opens with a half-hour composition “The Suite of Consequence” that divides almost imperceptibly into three parts. The piece at large is a whorl of high- impact quintet engagement, combustible solo digressions, calmly contemplative passages and flashes of mounting suspense. A lot happens there, and each moment carries its own sharp glint of conviction.” The New York Times

“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… Cerebral, gutsy, and filled with personality, Consequences is a discriminating work from a promising talent and one of the brightest releases of 2008.” All About Jazz.com

“...immensely assured [piano playing]... His technique is impeccable, glistening cascades of notes...” The Times (UK)

“Escreet, who is British but Brooklyn-based, smartly and ambitiously rides the leading edge of contemporary jazz.” The Ottawa Citizen

“… John Escreet is a talented fellow indeed… Even with Chet’s strong tenor playing, both lyrical and modern, melodic and virtuosic, it was Escreet who made the most lasting impression on me. The quartet had the good sense to leave the young pianist alone to play unaccompanied on nearly every song. The result was that his singular densely-packed harmonic and rhythmic playing was heard unadulterated. With the rhythmic intensity of Jason Moran and the harmonic rule-breaking of Cecil Taylor, this young pianist was a thrill to hear in our own city.” The Montreal Gazette

“Escreet can turn the standards repertoire inside out, but his balance of conventional lyricism and a looser improvisational freedom testifies to the intelligent creative force he is becoming.” John Fordham, The Guardian (UK)

“The collaboration between David Binney and John Escreet is very fruitful, and reveals the distinct musical personality of two great improvisers and composers.” Marie-Claire Durand, www.voir.ca

“Escreet is as original a pianist as he is composer - he has the composer's structural awareness, and a degree of classical training behind him, one suspects from his arched hands and harmonically complex, fast, cliche-less solos, but he also has the percussive nature of jazz piano in his heart, beating out tricky rhythms with confined harmonic content in percussion battles with the drums. Overall it's refreshing to hear a pianist and be unable to identify other more famous pianists as clear influences.” The Jazz Breakfast (UK)

  • Sound, Space and Structures

    Sunnyside Records
    2014
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  • Sabotage and Celebration

    Whirlwind Recordings Ltd
    2013
    BUY
  • John Escreet: Sabotage and Celebration

    Whirlwind Recordings Ltd
    2013
    BUY
  • The Age We Live In

    Mythology Records
    2011
    BUY
  • Exception To The Rule

    Criss Cross
    2011
    BUY
  • Don't Fight the Inevitable

    Mythology Records
    2010
    BUY
  • Consequences

    Posi-Tone Records
    2009
    BUY
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