on 24 May 2016
Discovered Matthew Halsall through listening to his collaborator Nat Birchall's ' Invocation ' album and I'd rate this offering as highly as the former.
Superb compositions allied to a carefully creative playing technique has produced an instant modern day classic reminiscent of Manu Katche's ECM masterpiece ' Neighbourhood '
Indeed Halsall , Birchall & Fairhall display an uncanny synergy & togetherness not disimilar to Stanko , Garbarek & Wasilewski.
As in ' Neighbourhood ' each tune from ' On the Go ' grows & continues to reveal on subsequent listens to the extent that a definitive track cannot be easily realised - rather the album comes across as a collection of variations on the over-all theme.
Gavin Barras on Bass & Gaz Hughes on Drums complete a surprisingly great all British line-up.
Where have these guys been hiding...or have i been sleeping ?
on 18 April 2012
Had the good fortune to see Matthew support Portico Quartet at the Sage in Newcastle. He had Luke Flowers on drums, so I thought I'd check out his records as the set was too short to get a full idea of his talent. Well, I'm blooming glad I did because this is a totally brilliant CD. I then bought his other CD's and they're all as good. Gives Miles Davis a run for his money.
One day this lad is going to be included among the greats of jazz.
Take a tip - just buy it - you will not regret it.