Ottawa Citizen Review - Consequences

No less a mentor than pianist Jason Moran congratulates the up-and-coming keyboardist John Escreet in the liner notes to Consequences. Escreet, who is British but Brooklyn-based, smartly and ambitiously rides the leading edge of contemporary jazz.

The disc's uncompromising opener is the three-part, 30-minute The Suite of Consequence. It's a thrilling parade of moods, sometimes austere, sometimes skittering, sometimes explosively energetic, but most often entrancing. Escreet, all of 24, throws himself into his music, and remains wide open to bracing contributions from saxophonist Dave Binney, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, bassist Matt Brewer and drummer Tyshawn Sorey.

The disc's other half-hour consists of four probing songs. The post-bopping Dilemma, filled with rich harmonies and flowing solos, may be the most conventional. Somewhere Between Dreaming and Sleeping is an atmospheric, electronically enhanced excursion. A solo version of Andrew Hill's No Doubt closes the CD. John Escreet performs with his group The Story at Café Paradiso, 199 Bank St., on Tuesday.

Peter Hum