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This review is from: Echo Direct (Audio CD)
Stuart McCallum is a Manchester based jazz guitarist. He has an irresistably languid style which perfectly compliments (and is complimented by) the work of whichever musicians he chooses to play with, and he always selects the most talented of players. The result is a set of delightfully cerebral yet accessible improvisations.
I was lucky enough to witness his seven part "Chamber Pot" symphony in St. Ann's Church in Manchester, which is where I bought this here album. He even signed it for me! I bought it on the strength of the music I had heard that evening with no idea of what to expect from the CD. It turned out to be a very worthy purchase.
The seven tracks on offer sound varyingly like a more restrained Zappa circa "Hot Rats", such as on the curiously titled Austin Flowers, or like a more chilled and nocturnal Four Tet, best sampled on the bookending two part Raincycle/Recycle.
As music it's at once stimulating, happifying and relaxing. It's the type of CD I can see myself reaching for should I want some engaging background music for essay-writing, wine drinking, cooking or for morning-after reflections with coffee and a hangover.