BBC Music Direct Review – DistilledPosted: October 16th, 2011
“it’s an album that’s worth investing time in”
Manchester – based guitarist Stuart McCallum has risen to prominence in the Cinematic Orchestra, a group already known for its ambient jazz soundscapes. This is his third release as a headliner and the title Distilled is deliberately apt, as his approach to music-making hangs somewhere between jazz and electronica. Taking elements of contemporary dance music production, he builds up a yearning atmosphere of improvised guitar soloing. For some jazz listeners the result may be a bit taxing, weighed down by its very weightlessness. The emphasis on building soundscapes requires a listener’s patience, and while there are some straight-in highlights – such as ‘Hillcrest Pt 2′ and shades of Bill Frisell on opener ‘dR Doctor’ and elsewhere – the improvised pay-offs can take a while. That said it’s an album that’s worth investing time in. ‘Part 3′ stands out, taken from a festival piece written for John Surman.
Great CD review…Posted: September 26th, 2011
Distilled is a beautifully atmospheric recording, the third album from Stuart McCallum, best known for his work with the Cinematic Orchestra. The Manchester-based guitarist/composer knows how to combine established and contemporary sounds, making them into music that is never less than fascinating and, at its best, a thing of breathtaking beauty.
New Album Out Today!Posted: September 26th, 2011
You can finally buy the album….
Bonus tracks available digitally!
Jazzwise interview out today!Posted: September 22nd, 2011
Hi, for all you jazz fans out there – there’s a 2 page interview with me about my new album ‘Distilled’ in this month’s Jazzwise.
London Launch Show ConfirmedPosted: September 20th, 2011
I’ll be performing at the Purcell Rooms on the Southbank on November 19th to promote the release of my new album, ‘Distilled’. The line-up for the show is myself on guitar and laptop, Robin Mullarkey on the bass and Dave Walsh on the drums.
Cinematic Orchestra show in BulgariaPosted: September 17th, 2011
Just had confirmation of a Cinematic Orchestra gig in Sofia on December 17!
Norwegian solo shows confirmedPosted: September 15th, 2011
I’ll playing 2 solo shows in Norway in 2012. Feb 3 at Bla in Oslo and Feb 4 Bergen.
New WebsitePosted: September 8th, 2011
Welcome to my new website, where you can find the latest news regarding my music, shows and projects.