John Law’s ‘Re-Creations’
Fri 13 05 2022 @ 8:00 pm - 10:45 pm
John Law’s ‘Re-Creations’
At Crookes Social Club, 8-10.45 pm
John Law: piano
Sam Crockatt: sax
James Agg: bass
Alex Goodyear: drums
(photo credit; Ken Drew)
Acclaimed pianist John Law’s ‘Re-Creations’ project is a quartet playing unique and imaginative reinterpretations of tunes from the worlds of jazz, pop and classical music. Featuring Parliamentary Jazz Award winner Sam Crockatt on saxophone, their three recorded albums are a blend of jazz classics, from the likes of Monk, Miles and Gershwin, alongside tunes from pop, rock and indie – Pink Floyd, Beatles, The Jam, Stevie Wonder and Radiohead, with the occasional classical piece. Expect a highly accessible eclectic mix of styles, distinctive arrangements and skilful, inventive soloing with John’s own dazzling keyboard playing underpinning this harmonically adventurous project.
John Law turned away from classical piano to pursue jazz and improvised music and has been acclaimed for a wide variety of contemporary jazz and classical projects. After initial studies with Simon Purcell his early interest lay in freely improvised music. He performed with Evan Parker, Louis Moholo and Barry Guy, among others. Later John turned towards a more recognisably contemporary jazz area working with Tim Garland, Martin Speake, Paul Clarvis, Julian Siegel, Julian Nicholas and others, though his work has continued to include references to classical, freely improvised and avant-garde music.
In addition to ‘Re-Creations’ John’s main projects are his quartet ‘Congregation’, playing original music, bringing together acoustic and electronic music; and ‘Renaissance’, an ambient, electronic keyboards project with saxophonist Jon Lloyd and visual artist Patrick Dunn playing improvised music over looped pads derived from early sacred vocal music. He has worked on projects with musicians Gwilym Simcock, Andy Sheppard, Jason Rebello and recorded over forty albums
“One of this country’s most imaginative young pianists” – The Times
“… it’s not easy to imagine what this quartet can do with a song before you have heard it” – Jakob Baekgaard, AllAboutJazz.com
When Sam Crockatt switched from playing clarinet to saxophone and began listening to John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Wayne Shorter he realised he was hooked! Sam graduated from the Royal Academy and began to play regularly and his association with Gwilym Simcock, Oli Hayhurst and Ben Reynolds led to his debut recording ‘Howeird’ winning Best Album in the Parliamentary Jazz Award of 2009. This was followed by ‘Flood Tide’ in 2011 and ‘Mells Bells’ with Kit Downs taking over on piano on these two albums, both of which earned great reviews.
James Agg is a multi-instrumentalist, composer & educator but his primary love is the double bass. A professional musician for over a decade, he has played with a wide range of musicians, most recently with multiple Grammy Award winners Daniel Ho, Cathy Fink, & Marcy Marxer.
Alex Goodyear is a freelance percussionist and drummer based in Cardiff, with over 12 years playing in a variety of groups, ranging from brass bands to symphony orchestras, big bands to small jazz combos, and samba groups to rock and funk bands.
Full – £16
Over 60s, disabled, unemployed – £14
Student with NUS card – £9
15 – 17 year olds – £4
Under 15s – Free
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