Neil Cowley Trio – Touch and Flee
‘Touch and Flee’ marks a defining moment in the evolution of the Neil Cowley Trio. 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.
Gone are the familiar hook laden tunes, repeating riffs and pounding crescendos, replaced, in the main, by shifting, expansive melodies, longer elegant passages, and a broader brush stroke on Cowley’s blank canvas. What is familiar though is Cowley’s power to move through music. Exquisitely graceful movements meet with dark haunting passages and although this is a new direction for Neil Cowley Trio, their personality, and unmistakable sound, still shines through.
Touch and Flee was recorded at the legendary RAK studios with Grammy nominated Dom Monks in the producer’s chair. RAK has seen some of the biggest names in music record there – David Bowie, Al Green, Michael Jackson, Pink Floyd, Arctic Monkeys, and of course Adele, with whom Cowley recorded the global hit, Rolling In The Deep.
The album is the result of three gifted musicians who think as one, growing together, driving forward. A collection of tunes best savoured in a darkened room, at full volume. They demand attention, but as always, deliver to the listener the most blissful of rides.
Label: Naim Jazz
Catalogue Number: NAIMCD206
Release Date: 9 June 2014