Shake Stew – Lila (2023) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Shake Stew – Lila (2023)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 37:01 minutes | 401 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Traumton

Austrian band Shake Stew, led by the formidable bassist Lukas Kranzelbinder, release their sixth album ‘Lila’. To say that they’ve been on a roll since their inception in 2016 would be an understatement. With an enviable collection of awards already behind them, this year they were awarded Amadeus Austrian Music Award 2023: no mean feat as it’s the first instrumental act in 20 years to win in the Jazz/World/Blues category since Joe Zawinul won with Faces & Places. The band’s unusual configuration of 2 drummers, 2 bass players and 3 horns remains, as does the line up of Johannes Schleiermacher, Mario Rom and Astrid Wiesinger making up the wind section with Nikolaus Dolp and Herbert Pirker on drums and Lukas Kranzelbinder and Oliver Potratz on bass. ‘Lila’ sees Kranzelbinder fulfill a long-held ambition to work with Viennese producer Marco Kleebauer (Bilderbuch, Sharktank, Leyya). Like Kranzelbinder, he is a key figure in the Austrian music scene and although their musical paths have been very different the collaboration just clicked. On several tracks we hear Kranzelbinder’s now familiar multi-layered compositions supplemented by Kleebauer’s sound layers pushing the door wide open to a new musical chapter of Shake Stew, but not at the sacrifice of band’s trademark sound. Another exciting collaboration is that with spoken word artist Precious Nnebedum, who grew up between Nigeria and Austria and features on ‘Not Water But Rest’. Initially recorded with the whole band it was only when Kleebauer began work on it that the idea to include spoken word emerged. Nnebedum was so inspired by the music that she wrote the lyrics overnight on what has become a stand out track on the album.

1-1. Shake Stew – Not Water But Rest (05:56)
1-2. Shake Stew – Lila (03:59)
1-3. Shake Stew – Detroit (06:31)
1-4. Shake Stew – Heat (live) (09:47)
1-5. Shake Stew – Shasta Fey (live) (06:27)
1-6. Shake Stew – Breathe (live) (04:19)


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