Manchester guitarists Mike Walker and Stuart McCallum are both well known nationally and internationally – Walker for his work with The Impossible Gentlemen and McCallum with The Cinematic Orchestra. Their first meeting was nearly 20 years ago when Stuart was Mike’s student. This recent musical collaboration came about because of a chance jam at a mutual friend’s party and their musical and personal rapport was immediately apparent. Beholden, the duo’s debut album, and the first for new label Shell-Like Records, is a new and exciting chapter in the guitarists’ careers.
Walker and McCallum are both best known for their work on electric guitar. However, for this new duo they use four different acoustic guitars to re-imagine and re-sculpt their own original compositions and some well-known jazz standards into fresh shapes. Walker and McCallum admit to shared Influences from Pat Metheny to Bill Frisell, Bon Iver to Jerry Douglas and Gerald Finzi to Kelly Joe Phelps, and by embracing each other’s musicality and wealth of experience they evoke a combination of chilled-out bliss and sublimated yearning, creating music that is a balm for the soul.
Praise for Mike Walker and Stuart McCallum
"Quiet but compellingly lyrical music.” The Guardian
"Grey skies and rain-soaked red bricked terraces as seen through a cosy cup of hot, sweet tea.” Jazzwise
String and Bone
String and Bone is Keith Phillips on guitar and Chris Bridges on trombone. Keith is an innovative musician with a long-standing reputation for his work in Jazz, Rock and Ethnic bands, including national radio and television appearances. Chris performs regularly with several bands as well as putting together his own projects, which include a recent commission for the Marsden Jazz Festival.
Chris and Keith have played together for over twenty years, as a duo, in their quartet, Cusp, and with various other ensembles. String and Bone is an ongoing project with a successful history, which includes an Arts Council funded tour of Art Galleries, and performances in some very strange places. The music is an exploration of all the possible sounds of guitar and trombone; still and beautiful or wild and disturbing but always pushing towards something new. Compact in size, but with a huge attitude, this is the best in jazz chamber music.