Sounds that bring to mind a gurgling fountain. Sounds of nature. Meditation bells. Marimba. Then a harp. A relaxed groove. Gentle trumpet playing. Melodies. The first title of their “Salute to the Sun” album is called “Harmony with Nature”. As a teenager, the friendly trumpeter, composer, DJ, bandleader and label owner Matthew Halsall went to a Maharishi school, where he not only learned yoga, TM and eastern philosophies but also learned about music by Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders and Don Cherry. Spiritual Jazz! At the time Halsall was enthusiastic about music released on “Warp” and “Ninja Tune”, then “Impulse!” and “Strata-East” followed. An undogmatic crossover jazz scene exists in Manchester which welcomes all mixes of hip hop, drum’n’bass and jazz. In 2008 Halsall founded the indie label “Gondwana Records”, initially so as to release his own records and subsequently those connected to the region. Meanwhile Portico Quartet, Mammal Hands, Hania Rani, John Ellis, Nat Birchall, Dwight Trible and GoGo Penguin all release albums on “Gondwana Records”. While the jazz world celebrated danceable Afro-Caribbean grooves from the London scene, a spiritually oriented alternative developed in Manchester, which now also come to mind, alongside Joy Division, New Order, The Fall and Happy Mondays, when the talk is of the city in the north west.