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When The World Was One

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  • Audio CD (16 Jun. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gondwana Records
  • ASIN: B00KALSZZG
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,483 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  2. A Far Away Place 7:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
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  4. Patterns 8:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
  5. Kiyomizu-Dera 6:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
  6. Sagano Bamboo Forest10:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 16 July 2014
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I had not heard of Mathew Halsall until I heard " A Far Away Place " (track 2) played on Radio 3 Late Junction - I was so bowled over by this track that I immediately checked him out online and ordered this CD . I think it is still my favourite track but the album as a whole is just beautiful . The tracks flow into one another - it is definitely one piece of work and not just a collection of tracks . Extremely relaxing to listen to and it has an intriguing slightly eastern/exotic flavour - the DJ said that Mathew wrote the album whilst he was touring Japan . I will be looking to get hold of his previous work as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bruce TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Nov. 2014
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There is an obvious reference to John and Alice Coltrane here, but this music is far more relaxed and open - there is space around every instrument and every phrase is carefully placed to give a sense of music coming from stillness. This is a conventional Jazz quintet lead by Trumpeter Matthew Halsall, who writes all the tunes and arrangements, but is happy to step back and allow others to take centre stage - he doesn't even play on one track.

What distinguishes this and gives it a unique musical "flavour" though, is the addition of Harp, Flute and Koto. There is a distinct atmosphere of Japan - although not the intonation and scales of Japanese classical music which sounds discordant to our western ears. This is rather an evocation of Japan - gentle meditative sounds - all acoustic and sounding inspired by nature and the beauty of Japanese traditions rather than modern, hectic Japan.

Nothing here is jarring or raucous, the second track for example, is given over mostly to the sound of the bansuri flute - a distinct "woody" sound and combined with the harp and koto, this evokes the far East of caligraphy, blossoms and religious chants. Apart from this instrumental colour - most tracks seem to be based around an ostinato Double Bass pattern, which gives momentum. This is then allowed to drift into free-er improvisation, with elements of 60s modal Jazz.

All of this is recorded beautifully - Double Bass sounds woody and acoustic, while drums are subtle and delicate, never overpowering the gentle harp and flute sounds. Soprano Sax and Trumpet provide louder, Jazzier solos, but they never break the contemplative mood of the album, which all hangs together as a unified statement. Like a group of paintings portraying the experience of discovering Japanese culture. A very nice album which could appeal to a wide audience, but with high quality playing and improvising. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By mutant on 25 Sept. 2014
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Tripped over Matthew Halsall by chance and have the luck to see him at The Vortex as well with the Gondwana orchestra at Kings Place. His music is wonderful and he works with other incredibly talented and accomplished musicians. Give yourself a treat and get this as well as his own induvidula work
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Music Lover on 18 Jun. 2014
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Matthew Halsall's continuing exploration and development of Jazz has seen the Manchester based trumpeter slowly develop a distinctive style that can be easily traced across his releases, from 'Fletcher Moss Park' (2012), 'On The Go' (2011), 'Colour Yes' (2009) and 'Sending My Love' (2008), often referencing the work of Miles Davis and John Coltrane, the latter particularly for the sense of the spiritual which continues to imbue his work. All of this undertaken whilst Halsall undertakes numerous other duties, including DJing and (of course) playing live.

Continuing on from 'Fletcher Moss Park' (2012) this set opens with 'When The World Was One', perhaps a reference to the inclusive nature of the album, as reflected in the addition of Keiko Kitamura's use of the Japanese 13 string koto harp. Yet the opening is entirely traditional, a lovely climbing piano and harp joined by a swinging trumpet motif, restated again before the initial development and further expansion. A reflective pause is provided briefly by the piano (Taz Modi) before the instrument is used to evidence some beautifully controlled playing (listen especially to 2.25 - 3.10 mins). With the re-entry of the trumpet there appears to be a very brief look to the Miles Davis and Gil Evans interpretation of Rodrigo's 'Concierto De Aranjuez' (Adagio) as heard on 'Sketches Of Spain' (1960) (around 04.09 - 04.13 mins), before the swing returns to the piece. 'A Far Away Place' opens with a wonderfully sketched harp introduction (Rachael Gladwin), before the bass (Gavin Barras) provides a simple underpinning pulse upon which the instruments can return to explore with exquisite delicacy and (an apparently entirely unaffected musical inclusiveness). This is, quite simply, beautiful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. A. Matthews on 31 Aug. 2014
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First class jazz music by one of the UK`s most promising composer and trumpet player. Supported by the lush Gondanwana Orchestra Matthew Halsall delivers a warm Miles / Baker uncluttered and assured trumpet sound surrounded and washed by layers of harp and other instruments not usually found in jazz. This is what makes this and all the other records a must have buy.
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Yeah Good! Matthew Halsall is one of the UK's best rumpeters and his jazz is accessible, melodic, interesting and with enough minor key edge to keep you returning for more
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By D. Skinner on 18 Jan. 2015
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Love this album, especially Kyumizo-Dera...just beautiful. Contemporary Jazz at it's best!
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