Malcolm Strachan - About TimeHaggis Records
Trumpeter Malcolm Strachan may be familiar to some as a founding member of the funk and soul band The Haggis Horns. In addition he's worked with a number of acts including The New Mastersounds, Mark Ronson and Lou Donaldson to name a few. With his solo debut "About Time" Strachan returns to his roots with straight ahead jazz. On "Mitchell's Landing" Rob Mitchell's baritone is the yang to Strachan's ying as their melodic soloing make the perfect partners. The Latin tinged "Better Late Than Never" is another delight that's filled with sizzle, thanks in part to George Cooper on Piano and a glorious horn section that also includes Atholl Ransome on Tenor and Dabby Barley on Trombone. Strachan has certainly absorbed the stylings of 60s soul jazz as evidence on the toe tapping "Time For A Time". "Just The Thought Of You" is a lovely ballad to cool down to. The title says it all, "About Time" is what fans will be saying upon listening to this superb recording.
Reg Dancy, 05/20