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Grilling Crickets in a Straw Hut

by Shake Stew

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☀︎ SHAKE STEW are back in their sound kitchen and this time they created their very own recipe for a perfect summer road trip:
Prepared in the Desert - Cooked in the Delta - Served on the Coast ☀︎

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. No matter if you're on the beach, in a car or at work - these sounds will set the tone for a perfect summer day!


released August 2, 2019
Lukas Kranzelbinder - Guembri, Percussion
Johannes Schleiermacher - Flute
Clemens Salesny - Alto Saxophone
Mario Rom - Trumpet
Oliver Potratz - Electric Bass, Percussion
Niki Dolp - Drums
Mathias Koch - Drums

Special Guest:
Tobias Hoffmann - Electric Guitar, Shaker

"Grilling Crickets in a Straw Hut" written by Lukas Kranzelbinder
Recorded on June 10, 2019 at Fattoria Musica by Werner Angerer and Markus Wallner
Mixing by Markus Wallner
Mastering by Vlado Dzihan at Milkshop Mastering
Painting by L.G.
Artwork by Die Kaz
Video by Lukas Zerbst


(c) 2019 by Lukas Kranzelbinder
Published by Traumton Musikverlag


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Shake Stew Vienna, Austria

Austrian band Shake Stew has become something of a phenomenon. With their premiere at Jazzfestival Saalfelden 2016 and their debut “The Golden Fang” they seemingly exploded into the scene out of nowhere. Since then their high energy mixture of hypnotic afrobeat and jazz grooves has made them enormously successful not only on home turf but across Europe. Their 6th album LILA is out in October 2023! ... more


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