Previous albums from Cowley that we’ve had have been fairly lively but this new one is more of a slow burner. Cowley says that he had a moment of epiphany during a gig at the Barbican, when he realised his band was best in a concert hall (quiet, excellent acoustics), and had to produce music to suit. So he ditched months of work and started over again, and this is the result.
What he’s produced is not jazz to play loud in a lively club, battering its way through audience chatter, but quiet, thoughtful music with lots of subtle touches that a band can play to a hushed audience in a purpose-built hall.
Fans of Cowley will find more of the same, just with more space and technicals in the music. Newbies will find subtle but enjoyable music played by a confident band. There’s pure jazz, blues and funk all on here, presented in a more intricate and curated way while keeping a groove going.