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Gavin Barras


Born in Kendal, Cumbria Gavin Barras studied music at the University of Manchester, receiving private tuition from Roberto Carillo-Garcia and Corin Long. Whist studying classical music Gavin continued developing his love for jazz and received lessons from Steve Berry in jazz bass. Gavin is a busy working musician, actively involved in several recording and touring projects both in the UK and abroad. His influences on bass include Ray Brown, Paul Chambers, Wilbur Ware, Charlie Haden, Christian McBride, George Mraz, Hein van de Geyn and electric bassist Jaco Pastorius. Gavin is also heavily influenced by Chet Baker, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Enrico Pieranunzi and Billy Higgins. He has performed at jazz festivals such as London, Manchester, Brecon, Glasgow, Wigan, Southport and Birmingham


Bright Sparkling Light

Label: Gondwana Records
Released: 2024
Track listing: Bright Sparkling Light; Newborough Forest; The Tide and The Moon.


An Ever Changing View

Label: Gondwana Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Tracing Nature; Water Street; An Ever Changing View; Calder Shapes; Mountains, Trees and Seas; Field of Vision; Jewels; Sunlight Reflection; Natural Movement; Triangles in the Sky.


Article: Album Review

Matthew Halsall: An Ever Changing View

Read "An Ever Changing View" reviewed by Chris May

Based in the northern English city of Manchester, trumpeter Matthew Halsall debuted on record in 2008 with Sending My Love (Gondwana), a stylish take on the meditative end of the spiritual jazz of Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders. Halsall's emergence pre-dated by over half a decade that of the London alternative scene vanguarded by musicians such ...

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Jim Faulkner



Label: Gondwana Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Prologue; Horizons; 1000 Miles; Words Left Unspoken; Morningtide; Awakening; The Promise; New Beginnings.


Salute To The Sun

Label: Gondwana Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Harmony With Nature; Joyful Spirits Of The Universe; Canopy & Stars; Mindfulness Meditations; Tropical Landscapes; Salute To The Sun; The Energy Of Life.


Article: Album Review

Matthew Halsall: Salute To The Sun

Read "Salute To The Sun" reviewed by Chris May

Trumpeter and composer Matthew Halsall is an inspirational figure on the British scene, as a musician and as the founder of the successful Gondwana Records label. Based in the northern city of Manchester, two hundred miles and a lifestyle away from London, Halsall debuted in 2008 with Sending My Love, on which he unveiled his distinctive ...


Article: Album Review

Matthew Halsall: Oneness

Read "Oneness" reviewed by Don Phipps

On Oneness, trumpeter and composer Matthew Halsall has fashioned a compendium of pieces that are fixed between spiritual meditative repose and poetry in motion. The collection of seven tone poems was recorded over three sessions in 2008 and are only in 2019 being released. In the liner notes, Halsall explains: “I've always treasured these recordings and ...


Article: Album Review

Dwight Trible: Inspirations (featuring Matthew Halsall)

Read "Inspirations (featuring Matthew Halsall)" reviewed by Phil Barnes

Having worked with the likes of the Pharoah Sanders Quartet and Kamasi Washington the musical fit between Los Angeles native Dwight Trible and Manchester's Gondwana records should be self- evident. This album was conceived as a combination of joint favourites and spiritual jazz classics chosen by Trible and Gondwana label boss Matthew Halsall, after a couple ...


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