on 28 November 2011
Although having been around on the British jaz scene for some years its only in recent years that Nat Birchall has come to the attention of the general jazz listener. Through his work with Matt Halsall's band and his own previous two releases have we got to hear Nat's true musical vocation.
All three albums are based around the early to mid sixties Coltrane spirituals. This album in particular could be a meeting of John and Alice Coltrane at their most outwardly spiritual. There is no place for Matt Halsall on this album but Rachel Gladwin plays some serene harp on several tracks and vibes also make an appearance on a couple of tunes.
Of the five tracks you have got three mid tempo spirituals and a couple of "After the rain" styled ballads.
Nat always plays within himself but displays heartfelt emotion rarely heard from todays young guns.
At 41 minutes it is a little on the brief side but at least it leaves you wanting more.
A calm,serene and gentle 41 minutes of the best British jazz.Buy it now.