Salute to the Sun, Matthew Halsall’s first solo studio album in over five years, is out now.
The seven-track record opens with “Harmony with Nature,” a soothing, atmospheric number that draws on kalimba rattles and field recording to conjure visions of a sparse, peaceful rainforest. Later in the album, Halsall maintains a heavy focus on improvisation and sporadic instrumental solos until its final track.
“I feel Salute to the Sun is a positive earthy album,” Halsall said in a statement. “I wanted to create something playful but also quite primitive, earthy and organic that connected to the sounds in nature. I was listening to lush ambient field recordings of tropical environments such as jungles and rainforests and found myself drawn to percussive atmospheric sounds which replicated what I was hearing.”
Halsall’s last project as bandleader was 2015’s Into Forever. For his new album, the trumpeter opted to recruit a new band, which includes Matt Cliffe on flute and saxophone, harpist Maddie Herbert, pianist Liviu Gheorghe, drummer Alan Taylor and percussionist Jack McCarthy. Bassist and returning collaborator Gavin Barras rounds out the group.
Listen to Salute to the Sun here: