Manchester guitarist and composer, Stuart McCullum is set to release ‘City’, his fourth album. His second on Naim Jazz Records, ‘City’ is a beautiful, ambient/electronica/jazz soundscape and features a raft of seasoned musicians, including McCallum on guitars, Robin Mullarkey on bass, Sean Foran on Rhodes and Richard Spaven on drums, synths and electronics. Violinist Emma Sweeney guests on ‘Trio Seven’.
Also featuring guest vocalists on four tracks, JP Cooper, Sharlene Hector, Fridolijn van Poll and Sophie Barker, it’s an altogether lush album, the perfect accompaniment to a glass of wine after a hard day’s work.
It’s hard to specify the space in which McCallum’s music fits – With a wide range of influences from Machinedrum, Lau and Martin Simpson to Debussy, Taylor McFerrin and Burial, it’s not difficult to see how this has come about. His 2011 Naim debut, Distilled, was a series of beautiful instrumental soundscapes and glorious melodies that owed as much to dance music as it did to jazz. Since then he has been busy with a wide range of other projects, including several collaborations with British artist Linder, scoring music for the Northern Ballet and working in an acoustic duo setting with Mike Walker.
Stuart McCallum will be touring the following dates and venues:
Aug 4 – RNCM, MANCHESTER – official album launch
Aug 19 – Matt & Phreds, MANCHESTER
Sept 24 – Grumbles, STAFFORD
Oct 7 – Lescar, SHEFFIELD
Oct 8 – Mash Guru, MACCLESFIELD
Oct 9 – Cafe Lento, LEEDS
Oct 10 – Zeferellis, AMBLESIDE
Oct 11 – Marsden Jazz Festival, WEST YORKS
‘City’ is set for release on 28th August. Listen to super-ambient track, ‘T-Onics’;