Pianist & keyboardist John Escreet is wonderfully hard to pin down. Escreet’s two most recent albums, Sound, Space and Structures (Sunnyside) and the forthcoming The Unknown – Live in Concert, feature a group of musicians usually associated with the experimental edge of jazz and improvised music, including the English avant-sax master Evan Parker. Yet he’s also recorded a live-in-the-studio post-bop date for Criss-Cross Records, and a blazing, fusion-heavy set for David Binney’s Mythology Records. For his last performance at The Jazz Gallery just over a year ago, Escreet presented music by pianist John Taylor, one of Escreet’s teachers at The Royal Academy of Music in London. Though the concepts of Escreet’s projects seem wide-ranging on the surface, they are always executed with his trademark sensibility; his personal voice always comes through.
This Saturday, Escreet returns to The Jazz Gallery with a plugged-in band. Escreet himself will be playing Rhodes piano and a Prophet Synth and Matt Brewer will be playing electric bass. Saxophonist Will Vinson and drummer Eric Harland round out the potent and funky outfit. One can only imagine the kind of energy this group will bring to the Gallery’s stage.
John Escreet plays The Jazz Gallery on Saturday, October 15th, 2016. Mr. Escreet is joined by Will Vinson on alto saxophone, Matt Brewer on electric bass, and Eric Harland on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. $22 general admission ($12 for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.