Daily jazz blog, Marlbank

Shake Stew, Lila, Traumton ***1/2

A liadback hipster Afrojazz-tinged groove is order of the day with Shake Stew once again, the Austrian band led by bassist Lukas Kranzelbinder here with their sixth album. Succinct and no-nonsense, reminiscent a little of Danish band Girls in …

Published: 8 Oct 2023. Updated: 8 months.

A liadback hipster Afrojazz-tinged groove is order of the day with Shake Stew once again, the Austrian band led by bassist Lukas Kranzelbinder here with their sixth album. Succinct and no-nonsense, reminiscent a little of Danish band Girls in Airports, Shake Stew boasts not just 1 but 2 drummers and 2 bassists with the horn section adding the beefy riffs. There's spoken word too with the Nigerian-Austrian Precious Nnebedum on ‘Not Water But Rest’ and three of the tracks on the album were recorded live in a Viennese venue. ‘Detroit’ is a homage to a scene in a Jim Jarmusch film. A sound that spreads out gracefully and where rhythm and a strong pulsating beat and groove are vital - it's all about the feeling. Out on Friday

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The Saturday morning listen: Doxas Brothers, 'Wildcat,' Justin Time Records

Formidable thrusting saxophone lines here from Chet Doxas enhanced by rumbling accompaniment from his brother Jim on drums and by firm support from pianist Marc Copland and from bassist Adrian Vedady. Drawn from Kindred out in a couple of weeks an …

Published: 7 Oct 2023. Updated: 8 months.

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Formidable thrusting saxophone lines here from Chet Doxas enhanced by rumbling accompaniment from his brother Jim on drums and by firm support from pianist Marc Copland and from bassist Adrian Vedady. Drawn from Kindred out in a couple of weeks an album stocked mainly with originals recorded in Québec last year, the hard bop tinged 'Wildcat' - Chet entering a world reminiscent of Stanley Turrentine at times as he tumbles through a cascade of dizzying scalar cycles - provides a wonderfully storming introduction to an album we will return to later in the month.