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Bright Sparkling Light

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


Article: Live Review

Brilliant Corners 2024

Read "Brilliant Corners 2024" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Brilliant Corners 2024 Black Box/Accidental Theatre jny:Belfast, N. Ireland March 1-9, 2024 At a time when veteran rock acts on their last legs are asking cash-strapped punters to part with hundreds of pounds to stand in a stadium to hear the same hits as the last tour, and the tour ...


Article: Album Review

Matthew Halsall: Bright Sparkling Light

Read "Bright Sparkling Light" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Like an author adding a surprise epilogue when you thought the novel was all wrapped up, Matthew Halsall turns out to still have another turn up his sleeve. An Ever Changing View (Gondwana, 2023) offered the musical equivalent of a seaside creative retreat--the kind of vacation that inevitably seems too short, yet would also feel less ...


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

Ancient Infinity Orchestra: River Of Light

Read "River Of Light" reviewed by Chris May

Since 2008, when he released his first album, Sending My Love, Yorkshire-based trumpeter and Gondwana label founder Matthew Halsall has been the catalyst for the emergence of a regionally distinct, Northern English sound in which spiritual jazz is the primary ingredient. This is unusual in England, a small country where most roads lead to London. The ...


Article: Year in Review

Geno Thackara's Favorites of 2023

Read "Geno Thackara's Favorites of 2023" reviewed by Geno Thackara

It's been another year of surprises around every corner--faces old and new, material fresh or freshly remade, and full of endless imagination in every case. As always, this is just my selection of most-played favorites in no particular order. Matthew Halsall An Ever Changing View Gondwana Records It's almost ...


Article: Album Review

Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat: Northern Flame

Read "Northern Flame" reviewed by Chris May

Tenor saxophonist and composer Emma Johnson graduated from Leeds Conservatoire in 2014 and she continues to be based in the city. Leeds is in the north of England, from where Johnson hails. Most English jazz musicians have found that if they want to get ahead, they need to move to London. A few, such as trumpeter ...


Article: Album Review

Matthew Halsall: An Ever Changing View

Read "An Ever Changing View" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Whatever view Matthew Halsall is sharing here, it is drawn from life and correspondingly picturesque--not just always changing, but always colorful and fascinating. This View comes partly from the sea-and-sky vistas he enjoyed while creating it, splitting time between England and Wales. Partly, it also comes from a couple of years collecting a trove of percussive ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jeremy Dutton, Laurent Cugny, Peter Epstein, Aki Rissanen & More

Read "Jeremy Dutton, Laurent Cugny, Peter Epstein, Aki Rissanen & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

The Fender Rhodes is back and everywhere (actually, it never left)! And so is Peter Epstein almost a decade after his acclaimed album Polarities, and with a new sextet! We'll get all of that, and more, in this edition of Mondo Jazz.Happy listening!Playlist Ben Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & ...


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