The Neil Cowley Trio’s sixth studio album, Spacebound Apes, is one wrapped in intrigue and surprises but what else do you expect from the witty and mischievous British pianist? Let me get you caught up… Spacebound Apes, from what we gather, is a multidisciplinary endeavor where the album lends itself as the soundtrack to a story: the story of an ordinary man named Lincoln. The actual story of Lincoln is unraveling as I write these very lines on Lincoln’s very own Tumblr (http://lincolnsdiary.tumblr.com/) and is set to culminate on September 16th, the release date of the album.
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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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.
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.