Pulls you in from the first chord and leaves you to wonder at the landscape so beautifully painted in sound. Classic, beautiful and emotion evoking. Wow.
Favorite track: As The Trees Waltz.
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.
The Space Between will be released on 25th Nov 2016
released November 25, 2016
Produced by Stuart McCallum
String Arrangements by Stuart McCallum and Mike Walker
Recorded and mixed by Patrick Phillips at Real World Studios, Box.
Strings recorded by Stuart McCallum at the Royal Northern College of
Additional recording by Stuart McCallum at CSR Studios, Manchester and
Paul Allen at Bass Line Audio, Bury.
String Quartet on tracks 1, 3, 6 & 7:
Laura Senior/Gemma South - violins
Lucy Nolan - viola
Peggy Nolan - cello
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Chamber jazz meets classic strings... Sounds boring? Well, not in the least! I've never been to the Lake District, that inspired this wonderful album, but it has to be quite a breathtaking region!
Tim Garland once more proves himself not only as a great player (tenor and soprano sax) but even more so as a composer/arranger (and conductor).
And to honor the fine playing, the flac comes in 24 bit glory :-) Carsten Pieper