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jazz & blues; THE NEIL COWLEY TRIO Loud, Louder, Stop! (Cake).

HE can play classical. He can do dance. But when he plays jazz, pianist Neil Cowley rocks. His second album with bassist Richard Sadler and drummer Evan Jenkins is an incendiary affair, seething with impatient energy. The percussive piano of His Nibs sets out stall, driving inexorably onward, slowed down only by some tricky time changes. Then Dinosaur Die raises the adrenalin ante still higher, establishing the tight trio as the Metallica of modern jazz. There's full tilt boogie in We Are Here To Make Plastic, and a rock riff to Captain Backfire, both of which recall the better side of Emerson Lake & Palmer. It does what it says on the tin. PC
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Mar 9, 2008
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