If The Bad Plus are the most rock of all jazz bands, English musicians in Neil Cowley’s Trio probably are the most jazz of all rock bands! At the Gésù tonight, they showed who was kicking that beat the most with some heavy rock drumming and intense piano battering. How the we catch up? was an intense music piece that was closer to Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds than Thelonious Monk.

With sharp 4/4 rock beats by drummer Evan Jenkins, the place was shaking, but in many occasions, Cowley slowed the pace with spaced-out compositions which featured his piano, some keyboard effects and lighter drumming. Some pieces of music were very close to being “cinematographic” as a lot of them invited the listeners’ brains to let go and let it wander for a while.

 

The trio played the pieces from their latest album “Spacebound Apes” (which I bought after the show) almost its in entirety, before offering a 2nd set where they played their “hits”, as Cowley presented them, lightheartedly.

Great music that kept us on the edge of our seats!

 

NEIL COWLEY TRIO were playing at the Gésù, on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, as part of the Montreal International Jazz Fest.

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Mélomane invétéré et rédacteur agréé, Nicolas pratique la critique en mode olympique: il parle de tout, tout le temps, depuis 1991. Il a publié 6 000 critiques de disques et concerts dont 1100 chez emoragei magazine et 600 sur enMusique.ca, dont il a également été le rédacteur-en-chef de 2009 à 2014. Il publie “Les perles rares et grands crus de la musique” en 2013, et devient stratège numérique des radios de Bell Média en 2015, participant au lancement de la marque iHeartRadio au Canada en 2016.