January 28, 2012

V4YS Concert Review - Stuart McCallum (Cinematic Orchestra) - Live at Sunset Jazz Club, Paris - 26/01/12

Stuart McCallum

Laurent Robin
Best known for his pillar status in Jason Swinscoe's Cinematic Orchestra, StuartMcCallum is also pursuing an exciting solo career.

Last November we reviewed his brillant second LP, Distilled, which he presented live  in Paris this week on a trio format (Laurent Robin on drums, Pete Turner on double-bass) in the cosy Sunset JazzClub.

On a cinematic-like ethereal frame made of beautiful synths and strings layers played by his laptop, the guitarist offered a a true moment of grace during two 45-mn long sets mainly focusing on the recent album.

Pete Turner

Perfectly supported by a rythmic section where I particularly enjoyed Laurent Robin's style, conveying both power and strength as well as delicacy and sweetness, Stuart once again proved he currently belongs to the most groundbreaking nu-jazz musicians of our time.

Icing on the cake, he confirmed me that a brand new Cinematic Orchestra album is almost written. Depending on the individual band members busy schedule, it should probably be recorded on Ninja Tune before the end of the year. It will feature singer Heidi Vogel and a new male vocalist as well.

Please find below two video extracts of this concert, Inflight and La Cigale, both featuring on the LP Distilled :

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