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Neil Cowley Trio Hits the US for Five Dates Next Month

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

The Neil Cowley Trio are about to make their way to the United States for a brief stretch of five dates in October. The short stint, in support of their most recent album, The Face of Mount Molehill, makes this one of those rare shows that you should make sure to see if this group is coming your way.

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Neil Cowley Trio - Slims (Music Video)

seb.
Co-Founder
s.helary [at] nextbop.com

The Neil Cowley Trio have a third music video out in support of their latest release The Face of Mount Molehill. Yes, I said a THIRD (number one and two are here and here). I really wish that more music videos like these were made to support new releases, so all you aspiring jazz stars out there do take note. And check out Anthony Dean-Harris' take on the album here if you haven't already.

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Neil Cowley Trio - Fable (Music Video)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

To continue with the hullabaloo that is Neil Cowley’s new album, The Face of Mount Molehill, here’s a new video for the song “Fable”, directed by Jane Gerber.

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For Your Consideration: Neil Cowley Trio - 'The Face of Mount Molehill'

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @retronius

It is quite common for an artist to add a string section onto an album to add depth. No matter what, this undeniably happens-- there are most certainly more people involved making music on this kind of album than usual, the roster is certainly deeper than normal. The sound made by this larger collective is certainly deeper just by the nature of the strings being there. Then there's the notion that there's some greater intellectual depth in the work just because there's a string section, some pseudo-intellectualism as a cloud surrounding that album. The trick to avoiding that cloud is composing to play to the strings' strength, adding their components to one's own compositional style, giving them their own distinct purpose in the overall tableau. Neil Cowley achieves all this and more on his latest album, The Face of Mount Molehill. He composes his songs as he always has, taking his time to paint a larger picture, but this time he's adding a bit more color.

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Neil Cowley Trio - Rooster Was A Witness (Music Video)

seb.
Co-Founder
s.helary [at] nextbop.com

The Neil Cowley Trio perform "Rooster Was A Witness" from their new album The Face Of Mount Molehill, out on 23rd January 2012 on Naim Jazz Records. The video was shot at Nelsons Brewery in the heart of Chatham's Historic dockyard.