A MOBO-nominated trumpeter, composer, and leader born and based in Manchester, England, Matthew Halsall draws from modal and spiritual jazz, inspired by Alice and John Coltrane and Miles Davis, among many others. Additionally, he's a DJ with interests that range from classic jazz to contemporary experimental electronic music. His first album as a leader, 2008's Sending My Love, was the first release on Manchester's Gondwana label. From that point, he continued to record for the label at a steady rate, including the albums Colour Yes (2009), the Gilles Peterson Worldwide Award-winning On the Go (2011), and Fletcher Moss Park (2012). In 2014, his composition "The Games We Played" appeared on vocalist Zara McFarlane's If You Knew Her. Halsall also contributed trumpet and effects to two cuts on Mr. Scruff's Friendly Bacteria. Later in the year, with support from the eight-member Gondwana Orchestra, he released his fifth album, When the World Was One. ~ Andy Kellman
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Jazz - Released September 27, 2019 | Gondwana Records
With Oneness, Matthew Halsall continues his journey through modal jazz with a great spirituality. A big fan of Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, the Mancunian trumpeter and founder of Gondwana Records has gathered together here old sessions from January, March and September 2008 while he was experimenting and searching for himself. He was barely 25 years old. The tapes also focus on the birth of his Gondwana Orchestra and bring together many musicians who would later become firm favourites, such as harpist Rachael Gladwin, bassist Gavin Barras and saxophonist Nat Birchall. These recordings were kept in a box on a shelf for over a decade at Gondwana Records before Halsall thought it was time to take them down. “I’ve always treasured these recordings and loved how vulnerable, open and free they are, but I felt they were too subtle and sensitive to release early on in my career, so I held them back until now. I also feel now is the right time to release these before I begin a fresh journey with a new bunch of musicians.” Unsurprisingly, John Coltrane’s widow and her legendary album Journey In Satchidananda often comes to mind. And Matthew Halsall’s playing, which is more meditative than ever, is mainly based on exchanges with the other young musicians that surround him. This record is a beautifully moving document that he did well to dig up. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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