Originally Posted by Gary Shaw:
Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra - When The World Was One
I am not a reliable witness when it comes to acoustic jazz, being far more at home with fusion. However this is a terrific album. To me it harks back to Dave Brubeck and Kenny Graham (with a dash of Alice Coltrane) and has a line-up of sax, trumpet, flute, harp, piano, bass, drums.
The recording gives everything space to breath and to my surprise is recorded at (if my maths is right) 24/88.
The kicker? This can be downlowded from Bandcamp for just £6.99: https://matthewhalsall.bandcam...en-the-world-was-one
I posted my first comment about this album after just one listen. I have now listened to it a lot and I have to say the more I hear it the more I like it.
It is fairly unusual to hear flute in Jazz, Herbie Mann springs to mind, but it is not the norm in Jazz combos. A Harp in Jazz is, I guess, even more unusual but I have to say I have never heard a combo which contains the Japanese Koto, Harp and Flute - now that is very unusual.
But the Harp and the Koto give the music a mystical character at times. I just love this album.
To give you an idea of where I am coming from when I listen to "new" Jazz it is usually a mix of the following (great idea streamers):
Portico Quartet - Are they Jazz? Who cares, they are great and their live album s superb.
Roller Trio - Bunch (3 I guess) of Uni pals who play fairly Avant-Garde, sort of Acidic Jazz but not difficult to listen to in any way. Can be a bit spacey but that's good in my book.
Kiromi - She looks like a little doll but man can she play the old Joanna. On top of this she is joined by Anthony Jackson (bass) and Simon Phillips (drums) and the three of them create something very special - my favourite new jazz at the moment.
Keith Jarret - need I say more?
Banyan - West Coast jam band, I have downloaded a few sets from archive.org - great improvisations.
Tom Cawleys Curios - highly competent band, play a varied mix - excellent.
Great that Jazz is so alive and pushing new boundaries.