Great reviews are coming in for “Gris Gris”
– MOJO 4****
„Able to blind you into a trance and make you dance to your knees, Gris Gris twists, blisters and burns like a fevered dream! […] Shake Stew have forged a fierce reputation for sprawling sets that nod to the ’60s spiritual jazz of Alice Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders undercut with Sons of Kemet’s interlocking rhythmic fluidity. “
“Shake Stew, la révélation autrichienne de l’année”
– Jazzthing #1 of 2019
Gris Gris was named the Nr.1 Album for 2019 from all employees of Jazzthing Magazine!
“Shake Stew verlangt den Musikern nüchterne Konzentration ab, den Hörenden aber verpasst sie ein herzflatterndes Räuschchen wie klebriger Haschischtee am Nachmittag, angereichert mit etwas marokkanischer Minze gegen die Müdigkeit. Tatsächlich gibt es manche Rhythmen, die man afrikanisch nennen möchte, wenn das nicht schon wieder so ungenau wäre (wie europäisch ja auch). Aber bei “Grilling Crickets in a Straw Hat (Part II)” spielt Kanzelbinder eine Guembri, eine Kastenlaute mit drei Saiten, die vor allem im Maghreb gespielt wird. Ungeheurer Drive jetzt, das geht nur mit Disziplin, wie im Funk. Und da ist dieses so überlegte, unterhaltende und mitunter lustvoll dem Jazz in den Arsch tretende Album leider schon fast vorbei.”
“Records. Sitting between the realms of spiritual jazz, afrobeat and just utter madness, Shake Stew have forged a herculean record which is utterly scintillating. The opening track, ‘I Can Feel the Heat Closing In’, sets the tone of the album, beginning with the double bass pair laying down rambunctious bass grooves which are supplemented with alternating percussive rhythmic patterns. The horns add to the scene by weaving in a harmonious North African modal melodic line, which continues whilst Clemens Salesny’s alto saxophone wails over the top, raising your blood pressure and flow of adrenaline as a sense of impending pandemonium washes over you. From the get-go, ‘I Can Feel the Heat Closing In’ demonstrates Shake Stew’s sense of control: their control of pace, their control of complex rhythms as well as their complete control of textures, all of which combine to create a powerful wall of sound.”
“Dynamic young Austrian septet Shake Stew, like a folksier Snarky Puppy, rip through their increasingly media-grabbing mix of haunting brass laments, feverish polyphonic folk dances, swarming-bees collective improv and racing drumming on Gris Gris.”
OUR NEW ALBUM "GRIS GRIS" IS OUT NOW!
You can get the album here:
SECOND SINGLE OUT NOW
OUR FIRST SINGLE IS OUT NOW:
•• is the name of our third studio album
•• it will be released on November 1st, 2019 with Traumton Records
•• it will be available as double vinyl, double CD and digital release
•• we will release the first single on August 2nd, 2019
•• it will be called “Grilling Crickets in a Straw Hut”
•• it will be 19:09 minutes long and feature Tobias Hoffmann
•• this photo was shot by Peter van Breukelen
•• the shirts and fabrics were painted by Luna Ghisetti
•• the idea for the artwork came from Die Kaz
We are beyond excited to share new music with you ✴️
This summer just keeps on getting better and better! Here are some impressions from some of the most amazing festivals we have played so far:
>> WELLENKLÄNGE LUNZ AM SEE
OH VIENNA <3
2 nights sold out at Porgy & Bess with nearly 900 people checking out our music is truly incredible for us! Thanks so much to everybody who came out to support us! Here are some impressions from Eckhardt Derschmidt:
We had a fantastic time at legendary Frankfurt Jazzfestival!
Thanks to Shasha Rheker for the photos!
German newspaper DIE ZEIT heavily features Shake Stew in their Feuilleton reporting from our 5-days residency at Jazzclub Unterfahrt in Munich at the beginning of september. They send a reporter over for the whole (!) week, joining us not only at the concerts but also at rehearsals,…
It’s great to see such a big newspaper appreciating the work we do and trying to get every aspect of our music! Big thanks to Ulrich Stock who spend so much time with us. Here is the link for an online version including a 30-min live version of Stone of Mu & Preaching to the Choir from our first night:
>> Click here to read the whole article online