Neil Cowley Trio: Radio Silence (HideInside/Southbound)

 |   |  <1 min read

Neil Cowley Trio: Vice Skating
Neil Cowley Trio: Radio Silence (HideInside/Southbound)

British jazz pianist Cowley and his trio seem to blow hot and cold: their '06 album Displaced was terrific (see here), but on their Loud Louder Stop of last year (here) they resorted to repetitive rock-like riffery as if to distance themselves from the "jazz" world.

There is more hard hammering riffery on parts of this new album but here at least Cowley stretches out to show those real skills and exciting angularity whch are doubtless best appreciated live.

Drama is Cowley's speciality: an energetic and repeated melodic progression of almost angry intensity, sudden shifts of emphasis and weight, the rhythm section driving behind him to create a power trio effect or sitting back during the (rare) contemplative passages . . . 

There are still places where you wish Cowley would break free of his signature style of pounded chords leading to a rather obvious climax (crowd-pleasing no doubt) but this time out he (mostly) vindicates the praise heaped on him by younger British jazz writers.

Share It

Your Comments

mark - Aug 22, 2010

Half hour special on my "It's A Jazz Thing" radio show on UK Jazz Radio next week. Great band.

post a comment

More from this section   Jazz articles index

Tim Hopkins: Seven (Rattle Jazz)

Tim Hopkins: Seven (Rattle Jazz)

As with the Rattle album Ancient Astronaut Theory by Dave Lisik (interviewed here) and Richard Nunns, I was invited to write the liner notes for this release on Rattle's jazz imprint. I was such... > Read more

NEIL COWLEY, UK JAZZ PIANIST PROFILED (2009): Hip and riffing

NEIL COWLEY, UK JAZZ PIANIST PROFILED (2009): Hip and riffing

In August 2009, to belatedly commemorate the 40th anniversary of the release of The Beatles double album (aka The White Album of ‘68), some Australian singers (including Tim Rogers of You Am... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Bill Haley and His Comets: Oriental Rock (1958)

Bill Haley and His Comets: Oriental Rock (1958)

There are a few views of rock'n'roll pioneer Bill Haley whose Rock Around the Clock provided the revolutionary soundtrack to the '55 Glenn Ford movie Blackboard Jungle: that he was the rebel voice... > Read more

RONNIE SPECTOR INTERVIEWED: Time has come today (2006)

RONNIE SPECTOR INTERVIEWED: Time has come today (2006)

Steven Van Zandt of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band said it best: " 'Everybody love Ronnie.' It's the first bylaw of rock'n'roll." Ronnie Spector, lead singer of the archetypal 60s... > Read more