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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 ...

-Isq: Too

Read "-Isq: Too" reviewed by Phil Barnes

Vocal jazz gets a justifiably hard time these days--endless rehashes of “the Great American Songbook" or other Fifties showtunes, with high production values but little originality and even less to say. Enough to make any self-respecting reviewer power down their laptop you might think, but then out of the blue come gems like this from the ...

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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 ...

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-isq: -isq

Read "-isq" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Type -isq into Google and the legend “Your search-- -isq --did not match any documents" appears. Add quotation marks and try again: this time around 6.5 million results appear and in among the links to Information Standards Quarterly and Integrated Systems Queensland up pops the website for London-based quartet -isq. This eponymous debut from the band, ...

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Death, Rebirth & New Revolution

Read "Death, Rebirth & New Revolution" reviewed by Ian Patterson

The death knell has often been sounded for jazz and many would argue that the last revolution in jazz took place as the '60s handed the baton to the '70s, with the electronic-influenced jazz typified by trumpeter Miles Davis' ground breaking albums In a Silent Way (Columbia, 1969) and Bitches Brew (Columbia, 1970). Many believe that ...

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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 ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Pascal Schumacher Quartet: Bang My Can

Read "Bang My Can" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Bang My Can is the Pascal Schumacher Quartet's fifth album, and it finds the band expanding its range as it creates yet more fascinating music. Schumacher, the Quartet's Luxembourg-born leader, is an exceptional vibes player with a sparkling, fluid sound that is by turns romantic, cheeky, and dark. The band has been together in this lineup ...


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