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Bruce Lindsay reviews “Action City” for All About Jazz….

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        allaboutjazz.com Saxophonist Kenny Shanker was eight years post-graduation before recording his debut album, Steppin’ Up, which took another two years to get its 2011 release on Posi-tone records. So admirers of the New York based musician could be forgiven for not expecting album number two quite so soon. But here it is,Action City: released just 17 months afte ...Read More

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October 24th, 2014 at 10:36 pm

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SomethingElse Reviews Kenny Shanker “Action City”…

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somethingelsereviews.com           It’s fairly uncommon for a mainstream jazz record to contain nothing but originals, especially since playing standards seem nearly as important to jazz as being able to swing. Perhaps it’s because so few jazz musicians are strong enough composers to fill an entire album of their songs. That may or may not be the case, but it’s defi ...Read More

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October 24th, 2014 at 5:54 am

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Lucid Culture reviews Kenny Shanker “Action City”….

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        lucidculture.com Saxophonist Kenny Shanker Nails an Edgy NYC Vibe Lots of vivid, frequently edgy, tuneful straight-up New York portraiture on alto saxophonist Kenny Shanker‘s new Posi-Tone album Action City – streaming at Spotify – with Mike Eckroth on piano, Daisuke Abe on guitar, Yoshi Waki on bass and Brian Fishler on drums. They’re playing the albu ...Read More

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October 21st, 2014 at 10:34 pm

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Bop n Jazz writes up Kenny Shanker’s new CD “Action City”….

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        criticaljazz.com Kenny Shanker’s Action City is ridiculously good! Shanker’s sophomore release on the acclaimed Posi-Tone label shows an exponential growth for an artist whose musical stock should be an arrow pointing straight up! This quintet can swing like a beast and given the fact that Action City boasts all original compositions, Kenny Shanker is indee ...Read More

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October 6th, 2014 at 10:39 pm

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Kenny Shanker “Steppin’ Up” gets a nice write-up from Critical Jazz…

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www.criticaljazz.com I make it a point to almost never read other writers unless I am doing research on an artist that I may not be as familiar with as others. There are some artists that are a pure joy to discover without the slightest pre-conceived notions that come from outside influences and Kenny Shanker is one such artist. Originally recorded in 2009 but taking two and one half years for ...Read More

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March 20th, 2012 at 8:59 pm

The JazzBreakfast on Kenny Shanker and Patrick Corneilus….

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thejazzbreakfast.com Kenny Shanker Steppin’ Up (PosiTone PR8087) Debut from alto saxophonist Shanker and a band of Art Hirahara or Mike Eckroth on piano, Lage Lund on guitar, Yoshi Waki on bass and Brian Fischler on drums. Shanker writes all the tunes with the exception of the closer, Lenny Bernstein’s Somewhere, and he has a nice full and fruity sound on alto. Born in California, and a studen ...Read More

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March 15th, 2012 at 8:44 am

The Jazz Word on Kenny Shanker “Steppin’ Up”…

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thejazzword.blogspot.com Steppin’ Up is a powerhouse set of aggressive jazz from New York-based alto saxophonist Kenny Shanker. A commanding soloist who draws from a wide range of influence, Shanker moves easily from contemporary, modal-based ideas to full-throttle, energized swing on this debut release, recorded in 2009. His challenging compositions maintain a listener friendly appeal with ...Read More

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October 12th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Peter Hum reviews “more-altos-you-ought-to-know-about”…

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blogs.ottawacitizen.com Over at the office of Posi-Tone, the Los Angeles-based jazz label, 2011 is jokingly referred to as the “year of the altos.” Below are reviews of three discs that have helped define the year for the label.  Not surprisingly, their similarities are not limited to the horn played by the leaders involved. As per the Posi-tone mandate, the CDs brim with modern mainstream ja ...Read More

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October 5th, 2011 at 11:46 am

Dan Bilawsky reviews Kenny Shanker “Steppin’ Up”….

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www.allaboutjazz.com Alto Saxophonist Kenny Shanker is proof that an artist’s direction isn’t always reflected in their tonal personality. Shanker possesses a sleek-and-sweet tone that has served him well on dates with big name ghost band, like theTommy Dorsey Orchestra and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, as well as smooth-leaning pianist David Benoit, but his own music operates outsi ...Read More

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September 26th, 2011 at 8:40 am

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SaxShed on Kenny Shanker “Steppin Up!”….

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saxshed.com Alto saxophonist and relative newcomer Kenny Shanker has recently released his inaugural CD “Steppin’ Up” on Posi-Tone Records. In addition to Shanker on alto saxophone, this wonderful jazz recording features Lage Lund, guitar; Brian Fishler, drums; Yoshi Waki, bass and both Art Hirahara and Mike Eckroth on piano. Although I could only offer a partial listening as of this writing ...Read More

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September 24th, 2011 at 7:57 am

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