The Swiss jazz-ska octet Scutluck released the LP One Way Ticket last month.
Scutluck – One Way Ticket – artwork
Push back the chair, stand up and join in with the title track and third of the ten as Scutluck raise a summer smile to brighten the day on a Northern Hemisphere winters evening.
One Way Ticket, while easy to step around to room to, also contains the diversity of composition to be expected from a band with eight players, though they are able to not complicate the sounds, rather add textures that keeps the track lightly bouncing off the walls.
Scutluck from Raron in Switzerland is the jazz ska octet of Pete (Vocals / Guitar), Ives (Vocal / Guitar), Mitch (Vocals / Bass), Mingi (Drums), Scha9 (Trumpet), Cedi (Trumpet), Tam (Saxophone) and Steffi (Trombone).
There is a natural timbre to the sound which raises a smile and taps the feet as Scutluck take over the room. Regular readers will have noticed regular forays into Switzerland and the rich seam of reggae derivatives that lie therein, it isn’t all skiing, banking and pharmaceuticals. The octet throw out some interesting variations to a theme which capture the attention.
Spanning decades going back to Flappers from the ’20s right up to 90 years later Scutluck are wreathed in smiles and partying. With the extensive range of wind instruments to call upon they are able to deliver variations on a theme that skip around the room in a flurry of joy, the electric guitars and bass add a depth of quality to the material which is tempting to define as Charleston Reggae.
If you are still supine after listening to one of their tracks, I would be amazed and I look forward to hearing much more of Scutluck in the coming months.