The Neil Cowley Trio: Displaced (HideInside/Southbound)

 |   |  <1 min read

Neil Cowley Trio: How Do We Catch Up
The Neil Cowley Trio: Displaced (HideInside/Southbound)

Frankly, British jazz usually doesn't ring my bell.

There have been a few artists (Courtney Pine, Andy Sheppard, Jazz Warriors etc) in the past couple of decades who have made an impact, but most have seemed lacking in depth and gravitas, especially when lined alongside some of the hot talent the States is inevitably throwing up.

However pianist Cowley -- here with bassist Richard Sadler and drummer Evan Jenkins -- seems to have it in him to shake things a bit: the UK press has been hot on him --and the evidence of this muscular debut back it up.

Over 14 tight tracks where barely a note is wasted and never misplaced, this trio fire along with Monk-like angularity, Cowley knows the value of a memorable piano figure or sharp melodic twist, they have a keen sense of dynamics and drop-outs, and the whole thing sparkles with wit and invention. Some deft ballads, and it swings too.

But don't just take it from me.

The Independent, acknowledging the cultural climate, said, "stardom, such as it is in jazz, beckons" and Mojo said it was the jazz debut of the year.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Jazz articles index

Embryo: 40 (Trikont/Yellow Eye)

Embryo: 40 (Trikont/Yellow Eye)

Might as well confess, until a fortnight ago I had never heard of Embryo at any point in their 40 year career -- but they are already well on their way to becoming my new favourite German jazz-rock... > Read more

Various Artists: Abrazo; The Havana Sessions (Ansonica)

Various Artists: Abrazo; The Havana Sessions (Ansonica)

It is hard to believe but for more than half a century the tiny island nation of Cuba endured a cultural and trade embargo by the United States, largely based on two issues: they are a Communist... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Koko Taylor: Wang Dang Doodle (1960)

Koko Taylor: Wang Dang Doodle (1960)

Although you never need an excuse to play this strutting Willie Dixon-penned classic from Chess Records' studio with the great Koko Taylor growling her way through it, it does seem timely on this... > Read more

LORETTA LUX PHOTOGRAPHER: A disturbing childhood

LORETTA LUX PHOTOGRAPHER: A disturbing childhood

The child looks strange somehow. There is something you cannot put your finger on. The head slightly too big, the pupils of the eyes a little too penetrating, perhaps? The image radiates silence,... > Read more