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The Space Between


  • Kod: EDN1082
  • Producent: Edition Records (UK)
  • Wykonawca: Stuart McCallum & Mike Walker
  • Nośnik: CD
  • Cena: 55,99 zł
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Modern Jazz / Indie Jazz
premiera polska:
2016-10-27,
Wydawnicto Audiofilskie

kontynent: Europa
kraj: Anglia
opakowanie: plastikowe etui
opis:

multikulti.com - ocena: * * * * 1/2:
Stuart McCallum z The Cinematic Orchestra i Mike Walker z The Impossible Gentlemen przedstawiają album "The Space Between", który ma szansę stać jednym z objawień fonograficznych końca 2016 roku.

Nieoczekiwane bogactwo pięknych melodii, harmonii i rytmu, pietyzm, z jakim muzycy podchodzą do każdego, pojedynczego dźwięku sprawia, że ci gitarowi czarodzieje wyczarowują prawdziwie magiczny świat dźwięków, chciałoby się powtórzyć za Frances Hodgson Burnett "Tajemniczy ogród" muzyki.
Czarująco kojąca muzyka, na tym niezwykłym krążku gitarzyści z małą pomocą (w czterech utworach) kwartetu smyczkowego tworzą niesamowity, wirtuozerski duet potrafiący grać bez popisów, lecz z wielkim sercem.
Taka konfiguracja instrumentów, trzeba zaznaczyć bardzo nietypowa, daje muzykom nieograniczone możliwości wypowiedzi artystycznej. Najpełniej i najprecyzyjniej wypowiadają się muzycy w takich, ascetycznych nagraniach. Zbiór środków wyrazu budujących muzyczną opowieść zakreśla tą umowną granicę pomiędzy dwoma językami, wrażliwościami, wyobraźniami.
Na płycie usłyszymy głównie własne kompozycje Stuarta McCalluma, ale znalazło się miejsce na trzy obce utwory, temat z filmu „Alfie” autorstwa Burta Bacaracha, „String Quartet In G Minor’ Claude’a Debussy’ego w aranżacji Stuarta McCalluma i „My Ideal” spółki autorskiej Richard Whiting/Newell Chase/Leo Robin.

"The Space Between" ma skłonić odbiorcę do głębszej refleksji nad granicą dzielącą to, co prawdziwe, od tego, co nierealne, wprowadzić nas w stan skupienia i wyciszenia.
Audiofilskia realizacja osiąga zawrotny efekt na wzmacniaczu lampowym i szerokopasmowych kolumnach.

"The Space Between" to niezbędna pozycja dla miłośników jazzu i muzyki instrumentalnej.
autor: Mateusz Krępski

Editor's Info:
The Space Between is the second album by long-term friends & guitarists Stuart McCallum and Mike Walker. Following 2014’s self-produced Beholden, The Space Between is an album that expresses McCallum and Walker’s abiding love of melody and space, their friendship and respect, and the multifarious sounds and timbres that their instrument has to offer.

Beholden featured spacious reimaginings of the guitarists’ compositions and jazz standards; the music was serene and elevated. The Space Between finds Stuart and Mike developing extra gravitas, focussing on McCallum originals written especially for the duo. In addition they include two exquisitely chosen standards: Bacharach & David’s ‘Alfie’ and ‘My Ideal’, also covered by Sonny Rollins, that sit perfectly in the set, balancing the flow

McCallum and Walker have had the privilege of working with an impressive range of musicians (Stuart with Cinematic Orchestra, Richard Spaven and Slowly Rolling Camera and Mike with Impossible Gentlemen, George Russell and Kenny Wheeler amoung others), demonstrating the dynamism and musicality that they both have to offer. The Space Between is not just an album documenting a musical friendship and the love felt for an instrument, it also raises both musicians to a new level and should earn them the respect, profile and greater audiences that their skills and their wide experience demand.

Recording in the Wood Room at Real World Studios has imparted an earthiness and warmth to the recording that complements the playing. Listening to ‘Aflie’ you can almost hear the log fire gently burning away into the night!

Restricting their roles to Walker on the electric guitar and McCallum on acoustic, The Space Between is a bold statement. McCallum and Walker are British guitar giants, equally proficient and skilled, yet with vastly different sounds, setups and backgrounds. As a duo, there’s a deep connection between these two musical minds, a great sense of unity, mutual respect and generosity. As a duo they are able to create something that transcends their individual brilliance to create music of real beauty and authority.

SELECTED REVIEWS

All About Jazz, rating * * * *:
The Space Between is the follow-up album to this intriguing guitar duo's first album from 2014, Beholden. Both of these British guitarists, long-time friends hailing from the North West of England (the Greater Manchester area to be precise) probably need no introduction since they've been making waves on the jazz scene and beyond for years.

The opener, paradoxically entitled "And Finally" begins with a melody that teasingly almost perverts that most well-known theme from Beethoven's "Ode To Joy." It also contains some of the raunchiest of Mike Walker's electric guitar work to be found on the album.

Burt Bacharach's "Alfie" doesn't need much commentary other than to say it's elegantly executed by the two sumptuously interwoven guitars. The pastoral "Moment," embellished by strings, has an intriguing background effect that comes close to the sound of a distant steam train but this doesn't mar the overall enchantment of the lyrical haunting melody.

"Yewfield" is the very embodiment of the term pastoral but also exudes a Pat Metheny-like quality. Debussy's "String Quartet In G Minor (excerpt from the 3rd movement)" is arranged and expertly performed by Stuart McCallum, evincing a keenly dulcet interpretation. Its title is somewhat ironic considering that the duo employed an actual string quartet for four of the numbers here, but not on this piece.

The filmic title track is augmented in places by the strings, serving to emphasise its languid, hypnotic feel. Walker renders a bluesy accompaniment to McCallum's languorous acoustic guitar on "As The Trees Waltz," the duo being joined by the string quartet in the middle section to add emotional heft. The Whiting and Chase standard "My Ideal" is given a relaxed interpretation, with Walker's crystalline guitar tones sounding nearer to Bill Frisell.

The final number "Sky Dancer" is underpinned by percussive tabla-like effects, adding to a slightly Eastern ambience, but crucially is adorned mid-way by Walker's coruscating electric guitar solo. Whilst generally on the album, the guitarist is restrained, here he is not and this feistiness is definitely his strong suit. The six new pieces presented here were composed by McCallum, and the album consistently highlights the originality and natural compatibility of these two virtuoso guitarists. It's an album you instantly want to play over again.
By Roger Farbey

muzycy:
Stuart McCallum: acoustic guitar, electronics
Mike Walker: electric guitar

Guests on tracks 1,3,6,7:
Laura Senior, Gemma South: violin
Lucy Nolan: viola
Peggy Nolan: cello

utwory:
1. And Finally (Stuart McCallum)
2. Alfie (Burt Bacarach)
3. Moment Us (Stuart McCallum)
4. Yewfield (Stuart McCallum)
5. String Quartet In G Minor - excerpt from the 3rd movement (Claude Debussy, arr. Stuart McCallum)
6. The Space Between (Stuart McCallum)
7. As The Trees Waltz (Stuart McCallum)
8. My Ideal (Richard Whiting/Newell Chase/Leo Robin)
9. Sky Dancer (Stuart McCallum)

total time - 49:11
wydano: 25th November 2016
more info: www.editionrecords.com
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