Scallymatic Orchestra has been a growing force on the Dutch (nu-)jazz scene ever since they started out in 2000. Their fresh mix of jazz with soul- and 70s grooves has a distinct modern sound with a slight retro touch, which may be described as The Scallymatic Sound.
With catchy grooves, cool themes, enough room for improvisation and a good dose of suspense, the band convinces both club crowds and the discerning listener. Scallymatic Orchestra plays original composition by guitarist/bandleader Mathijs Duringhof.
April 2009 Scallymatic Orchestra released it's long awaited and much anticipated debut album 'Annie get your gun' on Flyin' High Records. This album captures the spirit of eight years of playing, and contains compositions written throughout that period.
The album contains several interesting features, which contribute to the already very versatile album: colaborations with singer and longtime companion Paul van Kessel, contributions from Han Litz (flute), Stefan Schmid (Moog) and Wieke Garcia (vocals).
The album already evokes enthousiastic reactions.
Review in Revu: 4/5. Review in Jazz Magazine: 4,5/5!
Some quotes from the international scene:
"Scallymatic Orchestra has delivered a really beautiful album with lots of surprises".
Phil Horneman, Wicked Jazz Sounds, Amsterdam.
"These guys know the essence and today's sound of jazz"
DJ Maestro, Blue Note/Dig This, Amsterdam.
"Before my time - FUNKY!!"
Bill Curtis, Fatback Band, New York.
"This is proper jazz phusion for the 21st Century! Respect."
Tom Wieland, GAMM/Compost records, Vienna.
"Very very good LP. Love it. Well made, well played, well produced. Top work."
Diesler, Tru Thoughts, Brighton UK.
If this is not enough, we will also release the beautiful & catchy popjazz song 'All I can give' featuring
Mr. Benny Sings (Dox/Sonar Kollektiv). Not on the album, but as a download release (free if you buy the cd) and on exclusive limited 7" vinyl. The download release comes with remixes by a.o. [Moto], Black Gold 360 and the Jazzinvaders. The 7" single will have 'Do it again' ft. Paul van Kessel on the flip.
"Your tracks are really killer...... the one with Benny's voice is really cool....".
Roskow Kretschmann, Jazzanova, Berlin.
"Really diggin the benny sings tune, very nice, played it last SAT, sounded good!".
Rainer Trueby, Compost/Rootdown, Freiburg.
"Great tunes. Excellent cover (Do it again). Most welcomed return."
Mike Stukes, Mystic Vybes WHCR 90.3 FM, USA.
DJ Nova, Nova Planet radio show, Thessaloniki.
The band members, aka Scallies, are no strangers to the scene. They are earning their marks in musicland in the mean time, playing with a.o. the Young Sinatras, Wouter Hamel, Room Eleven, Moody Allen, the Wicked Jazz Sounds band, Jazz Juice and Leslie Nielsen.
Scallymatic Orchestra played at renowned festivals and venues such as IJazz, Uitmarkt, North Sea Jazz around town, Jazz in Duketown, World Port Jazz and Nu Moon Fest, SJU, Paradox, Paradiso, off_Corso and the Sugar Factory.
Oh... and by the way: the white suits are gone!-)
Halfway 2003 their first 12" single 'Autumn Forest Song' (incl. remixes by Rednose Distrikt, Buruman and MFPCollective) was released on FHR. It was very well received within the worldwide nu-jazz scene, and sold out within weeks
The cover art on our new album should be mentioned, too! The pencil drawing 'Annie get your gun' is by internationally renowned Dutch artist Marcel van Eeden (The Hague, 1964).