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CD Baylis - Howard - McCallum

Artist: Stuart McCallum

Date of Release: 10/10/2010

Catalogue no: FAIL15

Label: Privileged To Fail

Price: £12

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Track Listing

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Title

Duration

1

 

Forth

26.00

2

 

Osiris Slain

22.00

3

 

Beckoning

10.00

 

 

 

 

Melodious and Graceful playing by Stuart with Paul Baylis Alto Saxophone and Jon Howard Drums.These 3 pieces have echoes of Folk,Jazz and Ambient music.Recorded in one night by Martin Hurley at Strangeways Studios Manchester the cover picture is Strangeways Manchester.

 

Reviews

 

12/05/2011 Jazz UK Magazine

The Guitar/Sax/Drums Trio bring a different approach to the form.Their extended improvisations have flow and coherence,and at times a disorienting dark beauty.Their titles (Osiris Slain for instance) however suggest an unhealthy interest in Freemasonary,Jazz,drugs,alcohol,polymorphous sex,yes Jazz and dodgy handshakes - guys just say No!

 

12/05/2011 Normans Records

Jazz. Jazz. Jazz. I've totally got to be in the mood for Jazz. I ain't no natural born hep-cat. I don't have much of a be-bop bone in my body. I've never got smacked up on brown or used my girl as a punch bag either. I'm just not, what's the word, SMOKIN' enough. If I listen to jazz I kind of like it smoky, cerebral & sensual or just plain deranged, free & mental (so that Phil starts crying). These guys create the former - sticks skitter on cymbals & skins, a guitar meanders conversationally and an alto sax replies cooly, colourfully & with heart. There's some very serene, graceful passages on here. This collective involves a member of the Cinematic Orchestra which is very apt because this music would slot into an old Polanski or Woody Allen film beautifully! So to re-cap, i'm not a Jazz-bo and my words are sadly plain-a. I dig this though, it's rather beautiful

 

20/04/2011 Cadence Magazine

This meeting of this Manchester England based improvised music trio centres on 3 improvisations recorded during the summer of 2010.Most Interestingly,while these 3 excursions consist of a hair over an hour of extended works,the first 2 cuts "Forth" and Osiris Slain clock in at almost 30 minutes each.While these players may be unknown to most,the members have played with quite a few British talents like John Stevens,Dudu Pukwana,Cinematic Orchestra and Tim Garland as well as select meetings with other international names.For the most part,the performances are slowly unfolding dramas that make the most of spacious surroundings and a dreamy sonic landscape.Though mellow,this is vibrant music of beauty filled with gentle melodies that are often sparked by Baylis alto.
The dramatic Forth opens the venture with Baylis alto work fluttering in concert with McCallums opaque chords under which Howards cymbals and toms create an engaging atmosphere.On this initial contribution,Howards stirring contemplations ,while never overbearing,stoke the lustrous undercurrent for his partners fleet movements.Taking their cues from one another "Osiris Slain" is another journey of epic lengh that employs a full hearted vibe at the outset.Hinting at planned blueprints for their path,a groove sets in and the intensity crests at both a quarter and halfway through for packed,yet vivid echoes.Finally the groups minmilistic approach ventures towward a near whisper on the terse epilogue "Beckoning".
While such lenghy improvisations require patience and focus,they can pay off in the right hands.In this Trios vision,the dreamy,slowly evolving creations offer worthwhile representations of the quieter side of free improvisation.As an aside,worth noting is that this is a release limited to 250 copies,so if these folks pique your interest,better act fast
Jay Collins Cadence Magazine Ap,May,June 2011

 

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