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From jazz beginnings to DJ culture, Stuart McCallum's music is 'alternative jazz' - a distillation of influences, creating a sound that is concentrated and distinctive. Not wanting to hide behind over complicated harmonic and rhythmical structures, angular and forgettable melodies, Stuart's music is a new hybrid of composition, production and performance. It embraces simple, ... Read more in Amazon's Stuart McCallum Store

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  • Audio CD (26 Sept. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naim Jazz
  • ASIN: B005GY4AWE
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,059 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Dr. DoctorStuart McCallum 5:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Hillcrest Part IStuart McCallum 3:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Hillcrest Part IIStuart McCallum 4:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. La CigaleStuart McCallum 8:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Fokey DokeyStuart McCallum 5:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Vital SpaceStuart McCallum 5:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Lament For LevenshulmeStuart McCallum 6:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. InflightStuart McCallum 6:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Part 3Stuart McCallum 4:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. DistilledStuart McCallum 6:01£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Manchester guitarist and composer Stuart McCallum is best known for his work with Cinematic Orchestra. The distinctive, ethereal and atmospheric sound of his guitar has been at the heart of their sound since 2004, including on the albums 'Ma Fleur' and 'Live At The Royal Albert Hall' and the award winning soundtrack 'The Crimson Wing'. His own music influenced by jazz and DJ Culture is a distillation of many influences, creating a sound that is concentrated and distinctive. McCallum who admits to influences from Wes Montgomery to Bjork, Flying Lotus to Bon Iver and James Blake to Bill Frisell, as well as modern art, eschews over complicated harmonic and rhythmical structures in favour of a rich mix of electronica and improvisation enriched by elegant orchestral writing. Distilled, McCallum's brilliant third album, and first for new label Naim, is a culmination of the music he has written over the last few year and the idea of 'distillation' is right at the heart of how the record was written. McCallum 'sampled' the best bits of his compositions, using them as the basis for further writing, before again sampling the results, and so on, until arriving at the perfectly distilled version of what he wanted to say. The result is a sublime slice of ambient-jazz-electonica with beautiful melodies and gorgeous soundscapes. But it isn't just the process, McCallum's own music is 'distilled': simple, memorable and melodic, minimalist and repetitive like modern dance music. His music owes as much to dance music as it does jazz. McCallum's music thrives in the spaces between genres and on Distilled the improvisation is part of the compositional process. But it's his use of technology that helps give the music its unique sound, be it looped instruments, samples, or his ethereal guitar McCallum utilises technology to create unique soundscapes, that are in equal part performance, composition and improvisation. Distilled features McCallum on guitars and sampler alongside bassists Ira Coleman and Robin Mullarkey, harpist Rachel Gladwin (best known in the jazz world for her work with Matthew Halsall), drummer Dave Walsh, legendary Manchester based percussionist Chris Manis and Iain Dixon on woodwinds. Amongst the albums key tracks are Part 3, part of a suite that McCallum wrote for John Surman after a commission from Manchester Jazz festival. There are samples of the music from this suite in the tracks Lament for Levenshume and dR Doctor but it here that we here the most intact version of the original written music. The soaring Inflight was written on a flight to Australia and perfectly captures the sprit of motion. La Cigale, named after the venue in Paris, features a sample of a string quartet movement that McCallum wrote while sitting in a tour bus outside the venue. But it is dR Doctor, the opening track, which presents the clearest statement of what the album is about. Simple and melodic, with a catchy bass line and drum beat, the sampled strings are from the suite McCallum wrote for Surman and the rest of the track grew around the sample, a perfect example of how McCallum has distilled his music and which like a great Scotch proves that in the hands of an artist the perfect blend is one Distilled.


"Acoustic-guitar meditations turn slowly into tranquil funk" -- The Guardian

"Distilled -dreamy, trippy, downtempo instrumentals...and lush semi-orchestral settings" -- Uncut

"Mood music of a more hypnotic and ruminative hue can be found on the lovely album Distilled"
-- Record Collector

"delivered with a cinematic sweep...a very impressive self-invention"
-- Manchester Evening News

"music that is fascinating and, at its best, a thing of breathtaking beauty." -- All About Jazz

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Nightingale on 29 Dec. 2011
Format: Audio CD
If, like me, you've come across this through a link from searching for Cinematic Orchestra, then rest assured that this album is certainly able to stand out in its own right. Although there are hints every now and again of the Cinematic Orchestra type sound, this record certainly creates a listening aura all of its own. In parts almost minimalistic, but yet still manages to conjour up a wide sound stage. Overall this album is highly melodic, and quite beautiful.
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By athers on 25 Nov. 2014
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I have seen Stuart live a few times. This is a very well produced album with great chill out music.
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Stunning! 30 May 2012
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Beautiful and atmospheric music that honors (and surpasses, in my opinion) Cinematic Orchestra's ensemble work. Especially love "Part 3" and "Inflight".
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