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COFID- 19

In the current climate we are doing our best to keep everyone up to date. All gigs, as we all know, are off.

However, good old YouTube has plenty to offer both old and new to help us survive whilst housebound. Plus now is a good time to stock up on your CDs.

Also, keep an eye out for live streaming sessions.

Alternatively, you could do as they do in Italy and sing from your balcony.

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As we all know there are no live gigs taking place in the immediate future. However, any links to jazz streaming that are deemed suitable - i.e. with a professional approach - will be considered for posting.

Friday, December 06, 2019

CD Review: Shake Stew – Gris Gris.

(Review by Steve T)

The notes tell us ' Austrian band Shake Stew has become something of a phenomenon.' I can hear why, this is terrific stuff, precisely where I think jazz should be at this moment in time; of its time and forward thinking, unlike anything from jazz's rich history but with total respect for where it's come from.    

Having heard it a couple of times before reading the notes, I was totally surprised by the configuration of instruments: comprising two drummers, two bass players and three horns, though the heavy percussion barrage is hard to miss and always a winner for me.

The notes also tell us they're due in the UK next year at a festival as yet unannounced - no doubt to increase anticipation - and I hope it's one of the ones I get to and it will be interesting to see how they're presented. 

High energy is right and a polite audience breaking their silence to applaud solos isn't going to work. Young people on a dancefloor with the lights down is order of the day but this shouldn't deter listeners from checking out the album. Grilling Crickets in a Straw Hut part two would be the one I'd recommend to dip your toe and with their previous album - Rise and Rise Again - featuring Shabaka Hutchings, I'm off to dip my toe in that.

Gris Gris came out last month.
Steve T

Lukas Kranzelbinder: Double Bass, E-Bass, Guembri, Shaker, Bandleader.
Clemens Salesny: Alto Saxophone, Stritch, Opera Gong, Flexatone.
Johannes Schleiermacher: Tenor Saxophone, Flute.
Mario Rom: Trumpet.
Oliver Potratz: Double Bass, E-Bass, Shaker.
Nikolaus Dolp: Drums, Percussion, Thai Gongs.
Mathias Koch: Drums, Percussion.
+ Special Guest Tobias Hoffmann: E-Guitar, Shaker (Grilling Crickets in a Straw Hut)

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