Young trumpeter Matthew Halsall's debut album is indeed a thing of beauty - a tour de force of considered restraint in how to play melodic tunes without bursting the listeners ear drums - a new voice in Jazz has undoubtedly arrived
Jazz lovers... this one's a treasure. Matthew Halsall's "Sending My Love" is one of those rare albums that is truly more than the sum of its parts. While a lot of "nu-jazz" is either mawkish nostalgia, a too-clever pastiche of the old and new, or an awkward grope after something edgy. This just nails it on the head. This album doesn't try to recapture something lost or pose as something hip--it's just flipping beautiful, unpretentious jazz. The saying goes that to be wise, you shouldn't try to imitate the prophets, but seek after what they sought. The same goes for music. To make remarkable music, don't try to imitate or pose as a great one... just put your energy into making beautiful music you believe in, as the greats did--and as thuis guy is clearly doing. I look forward to more from this guy.
I've always been a keen Jazz lover for as long as I can remember, I like all the classics, Davis, Coltrane, Parker etc. and I highly recommend Matthew's music, I have all CD's available here and he is a great find, but this album gets played the most. In particular I like the opening track On The Other Side of the World and the final track Sachi, the more you listen to him the more you recognise how unique his style is. You may also want to check out Nat Birchall, his music is well priced on Amazon and definitely worth a listen.