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Neil Cowley Trio: Spacebound Apes

Read "Spacebound Apes" reviewed by Phil Barnes

The impact of ambition and competitiveness in a creative pursuit can be double edged. As a spur to action, an attempt to fulfil potential it is surely a positive--think of the mutual admiration and competition between say Brian Wilson and Paul McCartney in the mid-1960s for example. But there are times when a competitive nature can be destructive--a need always to be “right," to force your ill-considered views on others irrespective of the facts and, frankly, to be a bit ...

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Neil Cowley Trio: Touch and Flee

Read "Touch and Flee" reviewed by Vic Albani

Benedetto dalla “sacra incisione" della Naim britannica (titolare di uno dei grandi saperi della filosofia high-end nel campo dell'alta fedeltà), ecco il nuovo lavoro di Neil Cowley con il suo fedele trio. Vale a dire un altro di quei grandi nomi della musica britannica moderna, in concreto misconosciuto al di fuori dell'isola per eccellenza. Da anni però, chi è un po' più attento e riesce a seguire e tenersi aggiornato sulle vicende della musica della terra d'Albione, riconosce il nome ...

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Neil Cowley Trio: The Face of Mount Molehill

Read "The Face of Mount Molehill" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Non so se si possa parlare - o meglio se sia utile parlare - di un vero e proprio “filone" transnazionale (dalla Svezia degli E.S.T. agli Stati Uniti dei Bad Plus, fatti tutti i dovuti distinguo espressivi) di piano trio di matrice ritmica rock, ma sarà certamente utile a farsi capire inquadrare la musica del trio di Neil Cowley in questo ambito che riesce al tempo stesso a far storcere il naso a molti appassionati e a accattivarsi l'ascolto di ...

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Neil Cowley Trio: The Face of Mount Molehill

Read "Neil Cowley Trio: The Face of Mount Molehill" reviewed by Dave Sumner

Neil Cowley TrioThe Face of Mount MolehillNaim2012The danger of composing tunes with catchy hooks and enthusiastic infusions of a string ensemble for a jazz album is that it gets dismissed as gussied up pop music; not jazz, just jazzy. Either unaware or unconcerned with the risk, pianist Neil Cowley presents a series of warm tunes that wear their heart on their sleeve. It's not the first time that unguarded sincerity overcame risk ...

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Neil Cowley Trio: Radio Silence

Read "Radio Silence" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

With this British trio's third album--and perhaps its finest hour to date--a heartwarming assault on the customary jazz piano trio format surges onward. Here, pianist Neil Cowley merges rock, pop sentiment and mainstream jazz into a stylistic enterprise, aided by a highly rhythmic undercurrent. Cowley injects a sense of antiquity into the program, via his slightly rustic sounding piano, shaded with a honky-tonk, full-bodied tone. It's an uncanny dimension that casts an earthy keynote into the grand schema, while enhancing ...

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Neil Cowley Trio: Radio Silence

Read "Radio Silence" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

In recent years, a number of piano trios have done an admirable job filling the void left by the untimely passing of Esbjörn Svensson and, by consequence, his pioneering trio, e.s.t. The Tingvall Trio, more than most, along with Sebastian Liedke, Marcin Wasilewski and Colin Vallon, have all overseen efforts that encapsulate a similar style and spirit. Notably, these trios are all European-based, as is the UK's Neil Cowley Trio. Virtually unknown in the United States, Cowley's longstanding group has ...

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Neil Cowley Trio: Radio Silence

Read "Radio Silence" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Bambino prodigio in ambito classico, poi tastierista dei Brand New Heavies e ora tra i più apprezzati esponenti del jazz inglese, il pianista Neil Cowley si inserisce a pieno titolo tra quegli artisti che lavorano con un lessico flessibile e pieno di groove alla formula del piano trio. Il suo, di trio, giunge con questo Radio Silence alla sua terza prova discografica [il disco d'esordio, Displaced è stato riconosciuto nel 2007 miglior disco dell'anno dalla BBC] e conferma la presenza ...


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