A trumpeter whose unflashy, soulful playing radiates a thoughtful beauty and a composer and bandleader, Halsall has created his own rich sound world. His sound draws on the heritage of British jazz, the spiritual jazz of Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, as well as world music and electronica influences, and even modern art and architecture, to create something uniquely his own.
Salute to the Sun is his first album as a leader since Into Forever (2015) and marks the debut of his new band, a hand-picked ensemble featuring some of Manchester’s finest young musicians. The album draws inspiration from themes and ideas that have inspired Halsall through the years – ideas of ecology, the environment and harmony with nature.
22 October 2021