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Neil Cowley Trio

Neil Cowley Trio
In just a few short years, and on his fifth album, pianist Neil Cowley and his band mates, bassist Rex Horan and drummer Evan Jenkins, have carved out a reputation as one of Britain's most exciting bands.
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Biography

London born Neil Cowley has become one of the UK's most respected and talked-about pianists. As a young boy Cowley studied classical music at the prestigious Royal Academy, and by the age of 10 had performed a Shostakovich piano concerto to a full house at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall.

By his mid-teens, Cowley had joined a friend in a Blues Brothers Tribute band, ("as a way" he says "of getting into pubs"), and by the age of 17 had turned his back on formal training altogether, and entered the world of pop. He went on to record and tour with some of the best soul and funk bands of the day, including Gabrielle, The Pasadenas, 4 years with the Brand New Heavies, and Zero 7, until in 2002 he formed his own band, Fragile State.

As one half of the Fragile State production duo, Cowley set the world of jazzy chill-out music alight and produced two critically acclaimed albums, from which came ‘Four-Four-Four', a track that was later licensed by Vodafone for a nationwide commercial. When the record company dissolved, Cowley continued to make music; his incredible versatility as a composer saw him producing themes to a number of television programmes and documentaries, drawing on desert blues, chill, jazz and orchestral soundtrack.

Cowley soon began to find the experience of extracting music from a computer chip unbearable, so set forth with his dear friend the piano and a renewed enthusiasm to present creativity without technological hindrance. Cowley began composing and eventually realised a long-standing vision, and formed the Neil Cowley Trio with Richard Sadler on double bass and Evan Jenkins on drums.

In June 2006 Cowley formed his own label, Hide Inside Records, and released his debut album Displaced, an outstanding album of original recordings that presented him as a dazzling pianist and stunning composer. Through his powerful examination of the possibilities of the acoustic piano trio, Cowley created a unique trademark sound that delivered dynamic, powerful music, capable of heart shattering tenderness, and ferociously forceful melodies in one dizzy sitting. The album was released to huge critical acclaim, and won the award for Best Album at the 2007 BBC Jazz Awards.

In February 2007, Neil Cowley Trio undertook their first full UK tour. At the heart of their captivating live performances is Cowley's remarkable rapport with his audience - his marvellously English wit, mischievous humour and instinctive flair & ingenuity as an entertainer continues to attract full houses and standing ovations.

In the summer of 2007, the trio recorded their follow-up album, Loud... Louder...Stop for the indie jazz label, Cake. Fizzing with the energy of rock and the surging dynamics of dance music, Cowley solidified his sound, yet stretched the envelope further. Released in March 2008, it placed him and his trio at the forefront of the British ‘Post-Jazz' movement, and earned them far reaching critical acclaim from across the music al spectrum. Mojo hailed the recording as a "Modern Classic", and listed it in their '50 Best Albums' of that year. The trio became noted for blurring the boundaries between jazz and other genres, and, dubbed ‘Jazz for Radiohead fans', they found themselves with a diverse touring schedule that would take them from Glastonbury and the iTunes Festival to the infamous Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. A TV appearance on Later with Jools, a Mojo cover-mounted CD (a celebratory reworking of the Beatle's Revolution), and a Guinness commercial inched them further toward crossover status.

In the meantime, dedication to his trio would see Cowley decline various invitations to appear as side man on other projects. However, his contribution to the platinum-selling '19', the debut recording from fellow-Londoner, Adele, and in particular his poignantly expressive intro to the stand-out Hometown Glory is now legendary. More recently, Cowley has collaborated with the Stereophonics on their current album, Keep Calm and Carry On.

Touch and Flee is the new recording from Neil Cowley Trio, and marks a defining moment in the evolution of the band. It is their bravest, most daring album to date, spotlighting the ever- increasing brilliance of Cowley as a composer. With long time band mates, Evan Jenkins on drums and Rex Horan on bass, they jump headlong into new territory to present what they describe as "our concert hall record" for an altogether deeper listening journey.

Neil is married with two gorgeous children.


Management

julie@riotsquadpublicity.com

Discography

Touch and Flee
Touch and Flee (2014)

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eagerly awaited LP and a brave new direction that Neil describes as more 'concert hall' - we approve

Touch and Flee (180gm LP + HD Download code)
Touch and Flee (180gm LP + HD Download code) (2014)

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eagerly awaited LP and a brave new direction that Neil describes as more 'concert hall' - we approve

The Face Of Mount Molehill (180gm LP + HD Download Code)
The Face Of Mount Molehill (180gm LP + HD Download Code) (2012)

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NCT's fourth and finest takes signature rip-roaring piano riffs and delicate passages to new heights

The Face Of Mount Molehill
The Face Of Mount Molehill (2012)

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NCT's fourth and finest takes signature rip-roaring piano riffs and delicate passages to new heights

Radio Silence 180gm LP
Radio Silence 180gm LP (2010)

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NCT's critically acclaimed 'difficult' third album on glorious 180gm vinyl

Radio Silence
Radio Silence (2010)

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Radio Silence, NCT's Naim jazz debut, is their most complete and eloquent statement yet.

Breach
Breach (2010)

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FREE DOWNLOAD. One of Neil Cowley's personal favourites from the Radio Silence recording sessions!

Videography

Live Dates

28/06 Jazz Festival
GLASGOW
UK
29/06 Maison de la Culture
AMIENS
France
08/07 Jazz Festival
MONTREUX
France
10/07 Jazz TM
ROMANIA
Romania
20/07 Latitude Festival
SUFFOLK
UK
26/09 The Atkinson
SOUTHPORT
United Kingdom
01/10 Colston Hall
BRISTOL
United Kingdom
03/10 The Barbican
LONDON
United Kingdom
04/10 Turner Sims
SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
08/10 The Gate Arts Centre
CARDIFF
United Kingdom
09/10 Brighton Dome Corn Exchange
BRIGHTON
United Kingdom
10/10 SJE Arts at St John the Evangelist Church
OXFORD
United Kingdom
11/10 Sage Gateshead
GATESHEAD
United Kingdom
14/10 CBSO Centre
BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
18/10 RNCM
MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
23/10 Derry International Choral Festival
DERBY
United Kingdom
24/10 Salzburg Jazz and the City Festival
SALZBURG
Austria
25/10 Uber Jazz Festival
HAMBURG
Germany
29/10 XOYO (Main Space)
LONDON
United Kingdom
01/11 Tampere Jazz Happening Festival
TAMPERE
Finland
01/11 Tampere Jazz Happening Festival
TAMPERE
Finland
21/11 Unterfarht
MUNICH
Germany
22/11 Spielboden
DORNBIRN
Germany
23/11 Moods Jazz Club
ZURICH
Germany
28/11 Paradox
TILBERG
Netherlands
28/11 Paradox
TILSBURG
Netherlands

News

NEIL COWLEY TRIO announce new album 'Touch and Flee'
NEIL COWLEY TRIO announce new album 'Touch and Flee'
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NEIL COWLEY TRIO announce their only 2013 London show!
NEIL COWLEY TRIO announce their only 2013 London show & sneak peak into new recording at the stunning Regents Park Open Air Theatre
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