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The Face Of Mount Molehill
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 23 January 2012
I'm on my third playing already and it's only half past eleven on the day of release!!

The Face of Mount Molehill has combined the energy from previous NCT albums - Rooster Was A Witness and the title track being prime examples - yet has some achingly beautiful melodies that give me the goosebumps.

The addition of strings, and other subtle additions (see the "Making Of" video on the NCT web site!) has added another dimension to the superb trio. Some parts take me back to Neil's Pretz album.

The opening "Lament", "Meyer", "Skies Are Rare" ooze with lovely strings - there are hints of Einaudi piano + cello. Hugely uplifting!

Have to say I'm having a little trouble digesting "Fable" with its dischords, and the laughing on "Mini Ha Ha" track is creepy! LOL! Having seen the video there's definitely some Neil Cowley fun and a trifle madness behind the tracks.
UPDATE: Actually, "Fable" is seriously growing on me!!

Top stuff from the trio - toe tapping, head rocking, heart lifting, jazz goodness :-)

...now to see if I can get to any of the gigs!

WARNING: Amazon have _two_ versions of the MP3 album - one has an extra track!! Wish I had noticed this before :-(
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Simply an amazing album by simply an amazing. Has quickly become the theme tune to most to most of my current waking life. While I've heard and liked few Trio artists (EST band plus ect.) they tend to after a while end up being hard to differentiate and occasionally nearing towards easy listing material. Neil Cowley Trio however continues to produce ever more distinctive, innovative and beautiful tracks that even after several listens I am picking out more and more detail in the composition. I look forward to their next project with anticipation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2013
This is by far one of my favourite downladed albums - I agree with the previous reviewer who said this probably isn't jazz!

I play this in the tech room at school when I am working, am sure I have annoyed many people but I can't help listening to it.

I went to see them at the Barbican at the end of last year, they are absolutely stunning on stage, if you enjoy the album their concerts are brilliant - try and get tickets! I don't know if they will be in concert/recordings again with the Goldsmiths strings however the string writing on these tracks is amazing.

We all like the dinosaur on the piano too!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 11 February 2012
Great melodies here offset nicely by the strings. Only downside is the track Mini Ha Ha which has a most irritating (baby?) sound affect on it and jars after the excellent preceding tracks (Damm it's playing now )
Tempted to dock one star but will settle for reburning this to CD with this track at the end !
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 1 February 2012
Another great album from the Neil Cowley trio. Can't wait til the concert in March when we will get to hear and feel all the magic that you just can't get onto a CD.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 28 January 2012
There are some great tracks on this album. However, I have dropped it 1 Star due to track six (mini ha ha) as it seems out of place compared to the rest of the album. If they had included it as a bonus track it would not have mattered, but coming right in the middle of the album as it does it spoils the flow.

Whilst this has some outstanding tracks, it does not sit together quite as well as Radio Silence as an album.

Edit - I am disappointed to see that the MP3 version available on Amazon has an exclusive extra track. Why short change purchasers of the CD? Musicians should understand that this kind of marketing gimmick leaves a bad taste in the mouth of fans.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This is an absolutely stunning album from the Neil Cowley trio, this time augmented by strings and guitars.

Musically, the tunes are based around memorable and catchy piano riffs with hints of urgent, rocky rhythms (Such as on Fables) and plenty of build ups to crescendos that then fall away. In amongst this there are gentle, almost pastoral passages, such as the opening track, Lament. Pace and direction change quite often within the songs.

The addition of strings gives the album a classical feel, and fits in well with the dramatic tunes.
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on 3 December 2013
A new bass player but still the usual excellence coming through from this Trio. The only thing better than this Trio's recordings is hearing them live.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 February 2012
Their best album so far, the addition of strings was always going to be a winner, it fits in perfectly with Neil Cowley's compositions (as was evident at the Cheltenham Jazz festival last year when their previous albums got the string treatment). Atmospheric, moving, fun...and great production that makes you glad you invested in a decent pair of headphones.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2012
Neil Cowley Trio - The Face Of Mount Molehill (Naim Jazz)
Filed without mercy under `jazz', therefore destined to be deemed `too difficult' by a sizeable proportion of the record buying public, much like Bill Wells, Neil Cowley has much to offer the contemporary rock and pop fan.

The trio of Neil Cowley on piano and keyboards, Rex Horan on bass and Evan Jenkins on drums are a strictly instrumental combo, yet they display a playfulness which can in turns be epic and spacious or equally claustrophobic and a trifle disconcerting. For proof of the former give "Hope Machine" a spin, the Radiohead-esque ambition is breathtaking. As for the latter, have a go with "Mini Ha Ha" Built around a snippet of baby laughter - indeed Cowley's own offspring - it veers from gentle and amusing to uncomfortable and downright unsettling with consummate ease. It's already found its way to the top of my iPod weekly playlist; so number one somewhere in the world - I think we can send a certificate...
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