We are delighted to premiere a brand new song from one of our favourite jazz artists, Malcolm Strachan. “Soul Trip” is an irresistible mid-tempo soul jazz number, with a Latin groove.
Scottish trumpeter and Haggis Horns founding member Malcolm Strachan releases his second solo album ‘Point Of No Return’ on January 27th, featuring a broad spectrum of styles, from modal jazz grooves to Brazilian samba beats, Latin rhythms to cinematic soundtrack vibes, and along the way, some beautiful ballads.Support on Bandcamp
If the first album nodded slightly to mid-late 1960s classic Blue Note Records type jazz, this one is more reminiscent of the jazz fusion albums that Malcolm‘s jazz trumpet hero Freddie Hubbard recorded for the legendary CTI Records label in the early-mid 1970s. The same groove-based jazz where soul and funk beats are at the heart of the arrangement. Rock solid rhythms that allow complex horn parts and improvisation to float over the top with ease. The ensemble playing is strong and the leader’s trumpet solos show why he’s been one of the most in-demand session musicians in the UK for the last 20 years.
An earlier single from the album showed great promise too, as the heavy dancefloor ready “Cut to the Chase” was one of our favourite tracks towards the end of 2022.
Strachan has recorded and toured with the likes of Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jamiroquai, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Jess Glynne, The Craig Charles Fantasy Funk Band, Black Honey, The New Mastersounds, Abstract Orchestra and Blue Note Records jazz saxophone legend Lou Donaldson. Of course, he’s also a founder and existing band member of the UK funk kings The Haggis Horns.