‘Grilling Crickets in a Straw Hut’
Single out Friday 2 August 2019 on Traumton Records
Taken from the forthcoming new studio album ‘Gris Gris’ set for release on 1 November.
From the opening groove of a Moroccan Guembri, played by bandleader Lukas Kranzelbinder, the sound of summer runs riot through this single as Austrian septet Shake Stew take us on an epic 19-minute road trip through their unique sound universe.
With two drummers, two bass players (one playing the Guembri) and three horns, Shake Stew is not your average band, but their musical ideas interlock so naturally that their reputation as one of Europe’s most talented jazz outfits is easy to understand. After celebrated live shows from Montreal to North Sea Jazz and Jazz au Chellah ‘Grilling Crickets in a Straw Hut’ is Shake Stew’s first release since last year’s critically acclaimed album ‘Rise And Rise Again’ which featured Shabaka Hutchings on two tracks.
‘Grilling Crickets in a Straw Hut’ features German guitarist and ECHO Jazz Winner, Tobias Hoffmann, who adds his very own flavour to this highly addictive melding of influences. Prepared in the desert, cooked in the delta and served on the coast it also features solos by all three horn players, with Johannes Schleiermacher setting the tone with some formidable flute work.