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by Budd Kopman
Returning to the microphones after producing the scintillating Alternating Current, drummer Jeff Cosgrove pulls together a completely different trio for the marvelous Conversations With Owls. The mystery of improvisation is explained by Jean-Michel Pilc in his important book, It's About Music as when the music plays the musician. There is no beginning and end; there is no separation between the instrument, the others musicians or the audience. Achieving this state is what makes a musician more than just ...read more
by Dan Bilawsky
Owls are often seen or portrayed as the most sagacious of creatures, wisely holding sway on a branch and quietly gazing into the night. Images such as that readily appear in the mind as Conversations With Owls unfold. In listening back to this music after the session, drummer Jeff Cosgrove was taken back to his days living near the Potomac River in West Virginia. While there, Cosgrove would often find inspiration in the activities of an owl ...read more
by Mark Corroto
The opening track to drummer Jeff Cosgrove's third release under his own name is The Owl, listening to his composition brings to mind poet Carl Sandburg's words, The fog comes/on little cat feet/It sits looking/over harbor and city/on silent haunches/and then moves on." The composition is not what you might expect from a drummer led recording. Then again Cosgrove is not your typical skins thumper. The music barely blows the curtains aside as it tiptoes in, heels raised, walking on ...read more