Neil Cowley

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Neil Cowley
Born (1972-11-05) 5 November 1972 (age 43)
Instruments Piano
Labels Hide Inside Records
Associated acts Fragile State
Green Nuns of the Revolution
Neil Cowley Trio
Emeli Sandé

Neil Cowley (born 5 November 1972) is a contemporary jazz pianist whose previous incarnations include Fragile State, the Green Nuns of the Revolution, and the Neil Cowley Trio, which appeared on Later... with Jools Holland in April 2008 and won the 2007 BBC Jazz Award for best album for Displaced.[1]


Cowley began as a classical pianist. He performed a Shostakovich piano concerto at the age of 10 at Queen Elizabeth Hall.

In his late teens Cowley moved into being a keyboardist for soul and funk acts Mission Impossible, Brand New Heavies, Gabrielle and Zero 7. He also appeared as a co-composer and session musician with the jazz-rock group Samuel Purdey.

In 2002, he formed the duo Fragile State with Ben Mynott; after its end, the Neil Cowley Trio.[1]

In 2006 he released an album called Soundcastles under the name Pretz.

In 2008 the Neil Cowley Trio recorded cover versions of The Beatles' "Revolution 1" and "Revolution 9" for Mojo magazine.

Cowley has also played piano on:[2][3]


With Fragile State[edit]

  • Nocturnal Beats
  • The Facts And The Dreams (2003)
  • Voices From The Dust Bowl (2004)[4]

As Pretz[edit]

  • Soundcastles (2006)

With Neil Cowley Trio[edit]

  • Displaced (2006)[5]
  • Loud... Louder... Stop! (2008)[6]
  • Radio Silence (2010)
  • The Face of Mount Molehill (2012)[7]
  • Touch and Flee (2014) [8]


  1. ^ a b Sowerby, Neil (2008-04-17). "Cowley's clash of genius". Manchester Evening News. 
  2. ^ Allmusic; retrieved 09/06/14
  3. ^ Discogs; retrieved 09/06/14
  4. ^ "BBC - Dance Review - Fragile State, Voices From The Dust *Radio Silence (2010) Bowl". 
  5. ^ Nicholson, Stuart (2006-06-18). "The Neil Cowley Trio, Displaced". Observer Music Monthly. 
  6. ^ Fordham, John (2008-03-28). "Neil Cowley, Loud ... Louder ... Stop!". The Guardian. 
  7. ^ Fordham, John (12 January 2012). "Neil Cowley Trio: The Face of Mount Molehill – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  8. ^

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