Midnight Music // Neil Cowley Trio – Sparkling (Live on the green)

Picture the scene: a cricket green, should you be in the habit of frequenting one, and there’s some damn fine Jazz coming from it. We’re not talking the music of nature here; we’re talking the latest video from Neil Cowley Trio.

Sparkling moves along at a nice pace, a yearning underscore of bittersweet pathos inbuing the scene of cricket on a carefree English afternoon with more than a hint of sadness. But forward a few bars and a certain joy comes through that is truly intoxicating. If you meet any one who says jazz is merely for wine bars, feel free to ignore them! Playing like this shows that instrumental Jazz can be as moving as any other form of music. 

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