on 16 July 2010
Whereas some jazz is of the chin stroking, measured tone variety, the other side of the coin is a joyful, toe-tapping hoot. This CD definitely belongs in the latter camp.
Cowley's piano melds seamlessly with his bass and drum cohorts to reveal a lyrical and exciting unit, well versed in each others strengths. Much of the album is sheer fun and all a treat for the ears. Try the cheeky riffage and raising tempo of `Hug The Greyhound' for example, then finish with the lyricism of the closing track Portal.
This ain't bop but it sure bops along!
on 2 June 2010
This is my first foray into modern jazz cds and, after giving the album a few listens, it has grown on me (played it on the long commute this morning, for instance). This musical genre is a bit of a minefield, but with Neil Cowley, I'd say your money's well-spent.