07 December, 2018

John Escreet - Learn To Live (2018)


Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 1:05:39 | Size: 150.19 MB | MP3 320 kbps
 
Tracklist:
1. Opening 4:16
2. Broken Justice (Kalief) 8:49
3. Lady T's Vibe 6:58
4. Test Run 5:14
5. Learn to Live 10:42
6. A World Without Guns 7:14
7. Smokescreen 7:31
8. Global Citizen 5:05
9. Contradictions 7:42
10. Humanity Please 2:11

Keyboardist/composer John Escreet returns with his first album of composed music in five years, ‘Learn to Live’ (out Oct 12th 2018 on Blue Room Music.) The album finds Escreet exploring the deepest facets of what the keyboard can do – from the Prophet 6 synth to Fender Rhodes to acoustic piano and beyond. Escreet assembled a dream team band to join him, featuring: Nicholas Payton (trumpet), Greg Osby (saxophone), Matt Brewer (bass), Eric Harland (drums), and Justin Brown (drums). Over ten tracks, Escreet presents a thrilling snapshot of his provocative, envelope-pushing spirit in the world of jazz and experimental music. And provides sonic commentary on the current state of the world while doing so.

‘Learn to Live’ is a fascinating juxtaposition of the acoustic with the electronic. Bent notes, sweeping pads, and chaotic ring modulation balanced with avant garde forays into acoustic jazz that range from tender to menacing. The album begins with “Opening,” a majestic presentation of snappy progressive funk, while two drummers snarl away under a stabbing synth motif. It’s followed by the polyrhythmic meditation of “Broken Justice (Kalief)” – a composition he wrote for Kalief Browder. “Lady T’s Vibe” is a deep, sinewy funk work out, a dialed back groove for trumpeter Nicholas Payton to devilishly toy with.

"A triumphant overture...This is new-breed fusion of a stylish sort...and it should raise expectations for what's to come." (Opening) – Nate Chinen, WBGO

The project represents a combination of two separate groups that John was performing with in 2017. With the album plans already in the works, he pulled everyone from both bands together, a dream-come-true opportunity to cut this new work with him. The album finds drummers Eric Harland and Justin Brown performing on a total of 4 songs together (tracks 1, 2, 4 and 8), and John experimenting with drum machine as well. The album was recorded at Sear Sound, and was self-produced.

John Escreet has been praised by the NY Times, The Guardian, Downbeat and beyond for his limitless approach to the keyboard in contemporary jazz. Since his debut he’s established himself one of the most exciting pianists that’s emerged in recent years, and as a prolific, esteemed bandleader. He has worked with Tyshawn Sorey, David Binney, Ambrose Akinmusire, has collaborated with artists as diverse as LA-based pop duo ‘KNOWER’ and British free-jazz icon Evan Parker, and for the past seven years has been recording/ touring extensively with Antonio Sanchez’s Migration band.

John Escreet - piano, keyboards
Nicholas Payton - trumpet
Greg Osby - alto saxophone
Matt Brewer - bass
Eric Harland - drums
Justin Brown - drums

 

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