Manchester based, DJ, bandleader and trumpeter Matthew Halsall is one of the UKʼs brightest talents. A gifted trumpeter with a beautiful, expressive tone, his music draws on his love of the transcendental, spiritual and modal jazz of Alice and John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, as well as the glories of ʻ60s British jazz.
His previous albums ʻSending My Loveʼ and ʻColour Yesʼ released on his own Gondwana label have won him a legion of fans across the world and acclaim from the likes of Gilles Peterson and Radio 3ʼs Late Junction, MOJO, BBC Music Magazine and even BBC 6 Music. His third album ʻOn The Goʼ is a heartfelt love letter to the jazz of the late ʻ50s and early ʻ60s. Inspired by the evocative sounds of Miles Davisʼ soundtrack to the Louis Malle film ʻLift To The Scaffoldʼ and the legendary early ʻ60s recordings of Art Blakey and Max Roach the album is nostalgic but always soulful. However, while Halsallʼs elegiac music is imbued with a sense of history, the young trumpeter and DJ nevertheless brings a contemporary bounce to his music ensuring that his music breathes with a personality all itʼs own. A sound that Time Out described as “Kind Of Blue meets The Cinematic Orchestra”, while the Independent On Sunday hailed Halsallʼs Rain-streaked spiritual jazz from Manchester.