24.04.2020 New Single ‘Haggis Express” Out Now!
So happy to have new music for you to hear! “Haggis Express” is available on all digital platforms now!
This single is taken from our forthcoming album “Stand Up For Love” which releases on the 22nd May
Pre-order the album now on Bandcamp
“Love this! This single is killer! This is going into my bag for sure, I can see this working super well on the dancefloors!” – Rebecca Vasmant – Worldwide FM
“The Haggis Horns are back and are on fire! This slice of unadulterated stomping street funk is why I love them so much!” – Craig Charles – BBC6
“Absolute Fire!” – Adam Gibbons – Lack Of Afro
“Their sound is purely who they are, unfiltered and explosive like dynamite ready to shake things up in a way that’s been reserved for only the finest of bands in the modern era” – Skeme Richards
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24.04.2020 Malcolm Strachan – About Time
About Time – Malcolm Strachan
Our trumpet player Malcolm Strachan has released his debut solo album on Haggis Records
It’s available now on all digital platforms and also available on Vinyl, CD and digital direct from us on our bandcamp page
Scottish trumpeter Malcolm Strachan is a founder member of top UK funk/jazz-funk band The Haggis Horns as well as being one of the busiest session musicians in the UK today. In a professional career spanning 20 years, he’s recorded with the likes of Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jamiroquai, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Jesse Glynne, The Craig Charles Fantasy Funk Band, Black Honey, The New Mastersounds and Blue Note saxophone legend Lou Donaldson. Now he’s finally releasing his first solo album, aptly titled “About Time”, on Haggis Records and he’s going back to his original roots…Jazz
The album is a collection of original compositions, all written and arranged by Malcolm, which are firmly rooted in the classic acoustic modern jazz style typified by the great 60’s and 70’s recordings on the legendary Blue Note Records label. A nice variation of themes and tempos feature throughout the album. From full-on latin vibes to beautiful ballads, soul jazz grooves to cinematic soundtrack flavours, all woven together by a great group of experienced musicians.
Malcolm’s core quartet is himself on trumpet/flugelhorn, fellow Haggis Horns members George Cooper (piano) and Erroll Rollins (drums), plus Courtny Tomas on double bass. Featured guests are Atholl Ransome on tenor sax (The Haggis Horns), Rob Mitchell on baritone sax (Abstract Orchestra) and Danny Barley on Trombone. Strings are courtesy of Richard Curran and the percussionist is one of the finest session players in Europe, Karl Vanden Bossche (Incognito, Robert Palmer, Joss Stone, The Gorillaz, Sade, Blur – He and Malcolm met while touring with Mark Ronson)
Malcolm’s love of jazz comes from his parents. Aged 7, his jazz musician father gave him a trumpet. From then on, jazz was his life. His musical education came via music teachers, youth jazz orchestras and jazz summer schools but mostly from his dad’s record collection listening to Art Blakey and Dizzy Gillespie records and learning to improvise and solo by ear. At 18, he enrolled at Leeds College of Music and quickly immersed himself in the city’s vibrant acid jazz, funk and soul scene and from making his recording debut in 1999 with The New Mastersounds, jazz was his musical passion but took a back seat to funk/soul/pop which were the day job. Until now.
Jazz is back. The wait is over. It really is “About Time” for Malcolm Strachan
19.11.2019 The Jazz Defenders – Scheming
Very excited to have signed The Jazz Defenders to our label Haggis Records. Their debut LP “Scheming” is available to pre-order now on vinyl, cd and digital at https://thejazzdefenders.bandcamp.com/album/scheming
Album releases on the 6th December
The Jazz defenders are a group borne out of a deep love for Blue Note Records – specifically the hard bop recordings of Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, Lee Morgan and Art Blakey. Those records were highly regarded for a reason – catchy horn lines and incredible musicianship combined with Rudy Van Gelder’s engineering skills mean they will forever be regarded as classics of the genre. The Jazz Defenders are a group that would ‘defend’ the legacy of those recordings whilst creating its own original identity and distinctive flair. The music they produce together is a modern soul jazz slant on this classic Hard Bop, effortlessly channelling the spirit of the golden Blue Note era of Jazz.