Lost but not least! The Haggis Horns – The Traveller Part Two (First Word Records)
Here we go way back with one of the definitive highlights of 2007. And in the meantime from The Haggis Horns‘ accurately titled 2007 ‘Hot Damn!’ album as a matter of fact… The Leeds-based septet takin’ us on some hypnotic trip on the jazzy funk ‘The Traveller Part Two’. Meanwhile adding their names to the list of those who’ve contributed getting the British live groove like nothing else in the world. In other words, luminaries such as Incognito, Brand New Heavies and Down To The Bone. If not RSL or, more recently Typesun to name a few.
Speakin’ of them, Mark Ronson enthused sayin’ they are “The best f***ing horn section in the World!”. And the fact is there’s an undeniable cinematic feel on this First League Jazz/Funk gem on top of that.
In the meantime, we use this opportunity to pay our props to founder member Jason Rae who tragically died in March 2008 at the age of 32…
The Haggis Horns saw the light in Leeds by the end of the 90’s. They first hit the music scene in 2001 with some of their members jammin’ on the seminal ‘Keb Darge presents The New Mastersounds’ album on BBE Records. They would drop their first single – ‘Hot Damn! – 4 years later though. Eventually releasing its follow-up – ‘The Traveller Part Two’ – the year after as the flipside of ‘The Traveller’.
Combining heavy Breakbeat Funk, Soul, Hip-Hop and Afrobeat with the virtuosity of trained jazz musicians, The Haggis Horns come in the true tradition of those unique British live bands such as Incognito. Therefore, no wonder why their members happened to perform with countless other artists. From Jamiroquai to Lisa Stansfield. Not to mention The Cinematic Orchestra to name but a (very) few
They’ve released 5 albums to date. With their latest – ‘What Comes To Mind – back in October 2015. From the latter, ‘Outta My Head’ has been officially released as a single back in March 2017 with singer John McCallum takin’ the lead.
They sadly lost founding member Jason Rae (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone) who died in a car crash a few months after the release of their 2007 ‘Hot Damn!’ debut-album. Among their current members, we have Malcolm Strachan (trumpet), Atholl Ransome (tenor saxophone, flute) and Ben Barker (guitar). But also Morgan Pugh (bass), Luke Flowers (drums) and Sam Bell (percussion). Not to mention Joe Tatton (keyboards)