#MatthewHalsall, the rebirth of the rebirth of cool, and Spotify ‘listening offs’
- Miles was the Jazz great that REALLY made me feel and love jazz. It was his cool period - modal and sparse. Bop and all that other shit was cool but at the core always struck me as too frantic. And too focused in the higher ranges. I was never good or obsessive enough to really play it. Miles’ ‘cool’ period, Birth of Cool, Milestones and Kind of Blue, was the only kind of jazz i could ever really play with an honest feeling. i loved how it favored the mid range notes over the high notes.
Well I had the pleasure of having a Spotify ‘listening off’ with a friend the other night. We basically went song for song over a bottle of Patron and this is one of his that really blew my mind.
It’s Miles in the body of a young British boy. Again like Disclosure, another milliennial musician kid so mature and beyond his years. It’s more about the notes he doesn’t play, subtlety, creating a vibe. There’s a minimalism to the chord structure. And you can tell his band is incredibly curated.
So here’s to the rebirth of the rebirth of cool. From Miles to Matthew.