Neil Cowley Trio Live at Montreux 2012
As a much-in-demand young pianist, Neil Cowley cut his teeth on albums by the likes of the Pasadenas, Brand New Heavies, and Zero 7. More recently he played piano on both of Adele’s global bestselling albums 19 and 21. However, the project closest to his heart is the Neil Cowley Trio. Their debut album Displaced won the 2007 BBC Jazz Award for Best Album, and the trio undertook their first full UK tour in the same year.
In 2012 the Trio released their latest album The Face Of Mount Molehill, which sees them recording (& later touring) with a string ensemble. On July 11th, they made their debut appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival. The show focuses primarily on the The Face Of Mount Molehill album with a scattering of tracks from their previous releases. The Trio are virtuoso musicians, and Neil Cowley is a consummate live performer with a distinctively English wit and the ability to create a marvelous rapport with his audience, as ably demonstrated in the concert captured here.