A fantastic example of taking a core jazz sound and transforming it into something truly unique; each track is a masterpiece on its own and when played in sequence. Hoping to catch a repress one day.
Favorite track: Uncle Bobby's Last Orders.
Bob Hill Illicit Grooves
What a fantastic album from start to finish. Have been playing tracks from it on The Illicit Grooves Radio Show and, post-lockdown, I am sure to be playing tracks from this in my DJ sets. Pretty sure this will feature in the favourite album shortlist for the #IllicitGroovesAwards2020
Favorite track: Mitchell's Landing.
Scottish trumpeter Malcolm Strachan is a founder member of top UK funk/jazz-funk band The Haggis Horns as well as being one of the busiest session musicians in the UK today. In a professional career spanning 20 years, he's recorded with the likes of Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jamiroquai, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Jesse Glynne, The Craig Charles Fantasy Funk Band, Black Honey, The New Mastersounds and Blue Note saxophone legend Lou Donaldson. Now he's finally releasing his first solo album, aptly titled "About Time", on Haggis Records and he's going back to his original roots...Jazz
The album is a collection of original compositions, all written and arranged by Malcolm, which are firmly rooted in the classic acoustic modern jazz style typified by the great 60's and 70's recordings on the legendary Blue Note Records label. A nice variation of themes and tempos feature throughout the album. From full-on latin vibes to beautiful ballads, soul jazz grooves to cinematic soundtrack flavours, all woven together by a great group of experienced musicians.
Malcolm's core quartet is himself on trumpet/flugelhorn, fellow Haggis Horns members George Cooper (piano) and Erroll Rollins (drums), plus Courtny Tomas on double bass. Featured guests are Atholl Ransome on tenor sax (The Haggis Horns), Rob Mitchell on baritone sax (Abstract Orchestra) and Danny Barley on Trombone. Strings are courtesy of Richard Curran and the percussionist is one of the finest session players in Europe, Karl Vanden Bossche (Incognito, Robert Palmer, Joss Stone, The Gorillaz, Sade, Blur - He and Malcolm met while touring with Mark Ronson)
Malcolm's love of jazz comes from his parents. Aged 7, his jazz musician father gave him a trumpet. From then on, jazz was his life. His musical education came via music teachers, youth jazz orchestras and jazz summer schools but mostly from his dad's record collection listening to Art Blakey and Dizzy Gillespie records and learning to improvise and solo by ear. At 18, he enrolled at Leeds College of Music and quickly immersed himself in the city's vibrant acid jazz, funk and soul scene and from making his recording debut in 1999 with The New Mastersounds, jazz was his musical passion but took a back seat to funk/soul/pop which were the day job. Until now.
Jazz is back. The wait is over. It really is "About Time" for Malcolm Strachan
released March 27, 2020
Malcolm Strachan - Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Atholl Ransome - Tenor Sax
Rob Mitchell - Baritone Sax
Danny Barley - Trombone
George Cooper - Piano
Erroll Rollins - Drums
Courtny Tomas - Double Bass
Karl Vanden Bossche - Percussion
Richard Curran - Strings
Malcolm Strachan has been a pro trumpet player since he left Leeds college of music in 1996 and went on to co-found horn
section/funk band The Haggis Horns. During his career he has worked with countless artists & toured the world with big international names such as Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jamiroquai, Martha Reeves & has recorded on countless pop tracks with many artists....more
The entire group's groove dynamic is so fucking amazing. Shout out to Nubya Garcia, Joe Armon Jones, Daniel Casimir and that drummer Femi Koloeso. Keep making good music!!!
btw the tuba's solo was above and beyond my imagination Raven Branwen
Firstly, for me, you can never go wrong with having quinto/congas added to the vibe (being a son of a conguero and playing off and on myself) I love the feeling the percussion brings. Anyhow, I get the same chilled sensation I got when I first heard Dorthy Ashby and Lonnie Liston Smith (both my favs) from the this album. The instrumentation overall is blended to perfection, I can listen to this album all the way through. I dont have a favorite track, but I did play Blue to Red more than once. khemet