Sat, June 21, 2014
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2014-06-21 8:45 pm
John Escreet/tyshawn Sorey Duo at Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival at Christ Church
MADE IN THE UK 2014
Over the course of his career, John Escreet has earned a reputation as one of the most active and diverse composers working in jazz and improvised music. His prolific output is reflected over the course of 6 diverse and critically acclaimed albums - the most recent being Sound, Space and Structures which partners his working Trio (with John Hébert on bass and Tyshawn Sorey on drums) with the iconic free-jazz saxophonist Evan Parker. Tonight's special show is Escreet's third appearance as part of the 'Made in the UK' series, this time in duo with Sorey.
Bursting on to the scene with his 2008 debut album Consequences, Escreet quickly earned a reputation as one of the most exciting new pianist/composers to have emerged in recent years, with Downbeat magazine proclaiming "John Escreet's recent debut Consequences signals the jumpstart of a new voice in jazz." Similar praise followed for his 2010 sophomore release Don't Fight The Inevitable, of which the New York Times' Ben Ratliff said "… on an ambitious second album, the pianist John Escreet seems to be thinking about where jazz can go next. He's using lots of structure and instrumental texture, cruising through different languages, straight-ahead and free and in between; it's like a tour of the last 25 years of serious jazz." 2011 saw two releases - The Age We Live In, and Exception To The Rule, followed by 2013's Sabotage and Celebration, all of which received widespread international critical acclaim.
As well as being a leader of prolific output, Escreet is also a much sought-after sideman. He has toured extensively with Antonio Sanchez's Migration band, recording on his 2013 Cam Jazz release New Life. He has also contributed his pianistic skills to the bands of Amir ElSaffar, Tyshawn Sorey, David Binney, and Jamie Baum among others.
"Transatlantic Jazz Genius" Time Out London
Show Times 6:45pm and 8:45pm; Free Entry with Festival Club Pass
Christ Church, 141 East Avenue