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Matthew Halsall – Salute to the Sun (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Matthew Halsall – Salute to the Sun (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 57:18 minutes | 1 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Gondwana Records

Trumpeter and composer Matthew Halsall is an inspirational figure on the British scene, as a musician and as the founder of the successful Gondwana Records label. Based in the northern city of Manchester, two hundred miles and a lifestyle away from London, Halsall debuted in 2008 with Sending My Love, on which he unveiled his distinctive spiritual-jazz take on the less-is-more modalism and lustrous sound of Miles Davis circa Kind Of Blue (Columbia, 1959). Since then, Halsall’s bands have accelerated the emergence of some of the north of England’s most striking musicians, including reed players Nat Birchall and Chip Wickham, pianist Adam Fairhall and harpist Rachael Gladwin.

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Matthew Halsall – Oneness (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Matthew Halsall – Oneness (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:03:47 minutes | 1,12 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Gondwana Records

The recordings on Oneness date from Jan, March and September 2008 and were born from a period of experimentation as Halsall first began to explore the music that would provide the inspiration for his spiritual jazz recordings Fletcher Moss Park and When the World Was One. They also offer an intriguing snapshot into the birth of Halsall’s Gondwana Orchestra and feature many musicians who would go on to become a key part of Halsall’s musical journey, such as harpist Rachel Gladwin, bassist Gavin Barras and saxophonist Nat Birchall. The recordings sat in the Gondwana Records vaults for over a decade before Halsall felt it was the right time to share them. Asked about the recordings Halsall says:

“I’ve always treasured these recordings and loved how vulnerable, open and free they are, but I just 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.”

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Matthew Halsall – On The Go (2011/2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Matthew Halsall – On The Go (2011/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 01:06:28 minutes | 1,26 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: 7Digital | Digital Booklet | © Gondwana Records

Manchester based trumpeter, composer, arranger and band-leader Matthew Halsall is one of the rising stars of the UK jazz scene. His unique sound was brilliantly described as Rain-streaked spiritual jazz from Manchester by the Independent On Sunday and as a label-boss he has nurtured the careers of Mammal Hands and GoGo Penguin via his Gondwana Records imprint, while his own recordings have explored modal and spiritual jazz, string-laden minimalism and hard-bop. ON THE GO was Halsall’s 2011 breakthrough disc, drawing inspiration from the late 60s hard-bop sounds of Max Roach and Art Blakey as well as the Strata-East and Black Jazz labels. it’s Halsall’s punchiest recording and won Jazz Album Of The Year at Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Awards while the tracks Music For A Dancing Mind and Song For Charlie have proved amongst Halsall’s most requested compositions.

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Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra – Into Forever (2015) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra – Into Forever (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 00:39:08 minutes | 772 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp.com | @ Gondwana Records

Over the course of five albums, Manchester based trumpeter, composer, arranger and band-leader Matthew Halsall has carved out a niche for himself on the UK music scene as one of it’s brightest talents. His languid, soulful music has won friends from Jamie Cullum and Gilles Peterson to Jazz FM and Mojo as well as an ever-growing international following. His new album Into Forever, puts the spotlight on Halsall the composer, arranger and producer. Halsall draws on a diverse range of influences from Alice Coltrane, Dorothy Ashby, Phil Cohran and Leon Thomas to the more contemporary sounds of The Cinematic Orchestra, Max Richter and Nils Frahm to deliver his most complete recording to date. Into Forever features renowned Manchester based soul poet Josephine Oniyama and rising star vocalist Bryony Jarman-Pinto (Werkha) as well as regular collaborators, flautist Lisa Mallett, harpist Rachael Gladwin, koto player Keiko Kitamura, pianist Taz Modi, bassist Gavin Barras and drummer Luke Flowers (The Cinematic Orchestra) and two percussionists Sam Bell and Chris Cruiks. The result is arguably Halsall’s finest record, asublime melding of stripped back soulful funk and deep, minimalist, spiritual jazz, that will take you on a journey deep into forever!

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