After a brilliant start as a boy classical pianist, the teenage Cowley played in a Blues Brothers tribute band, then plunged into electronic pop with the Brand New Heavies and Zero 7 and his own group Fragile State. Returning to the piano, he formed the trio which recorded Displaced in 2006 and Loud Louder Stop in 2008. For their third album the trio are still together, or to be more accurate, more together than ever. They play as one. Richard Saddler’s bass seems like an extension of the piano, while drummer Evan Jenkins highlights Cowley’s power, precision and breath-catching dynamic contrasts, all of which are captured stunningly on this recording.

Sound Quality: 90%