UK jazz hotshot Matthew Halsall captures the sensation of an afternoon spent musing on a bench or meandering around garden pathways. For Halsall, it is Fletcher Moss Park that provides the inspiration. Situated on cusp of Manchester’s concrete suburbia, the park provides some much needed respite for the city-dwellers. From the album artwork, I can see how Fletcher Moss Park could appear as some sort of mirage.
The title ‘The Sun In September’ is very much in keeping with the track. Warm sun rays are contained within Rachael Gladwin’ lilting strums on the harp and Lisa Mallett’s flute goes on the light, playful journey of a butterfly from flower to flower. However, there is an underlying sense of longing which Halsall brings to the forefront in his trumpet solo – a sense that though the sun is still shining, the intense heat of summer is over.