Kenny Shanker — Quote Sheet
Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 1:51 PM
"Kenny Shanker burns with boppish abandon."
— Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times
"Unique and promising."
— Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz
"Shanker's melodic and accessible brand of straight-ahead jazz is immediately enjoyable, with enough twists and turns to reward repeated listening."
— Bruce Lindsay, All About Jazz
"A pure joy to discover. As a soloist, Shanker is a lyrical gifted player with a keen sense of harmonic development. Steppin' Up is a first rate debut. A rock solid offering full of depth and texture. Kenny Shanker is destined to become a formidable force in the world of straight-ahead jazz!"
— Brent Black, Critical Jazz
"Steppin' Up sounds great with the windows down driving the back roads, the music washing over me like a friendly rainstorm. Wherever you decide to listen to Kenny Shanker's debut CD, you'll enjoy the sonic ride."
— Richard Kamins, Step Tempest
"A commanding soloist."
— John Barron, The Jazz Word
"His sound shimmers with clarity, bright yet full of life."
— Sax Shed
"Really wonderful tunes."
— Dusty Groove
"A truly talented musician worth checking out."
— The Jazz Page
"Sure to make your day."
— Nick Bewsey, Icon
"Shanker is not your ordinary composer."
— S. Victor Aaron, Something Else Reviews
"Saxophonist Kenny Shanker nails an edgy NYC vibe."
— Lucid Culture
"This new quintet CD by alto saxophonist Kenny Shanker showcases his bright tone, imaginative improvisations, and formidable writing talents. Shanker´s nine original compositions are appealing and memorable on this thoroughly enjoyable debut release that promises many more fine things to come."
— Bob Bernotas, Just Jazz
"A most accomplished debut."
— The Jazz Breakfast
"On his hard-hitting debut CD, alto saxophonist Kenny Shanker shows off a big, ripe sound that is consistently put into service during persuasive, committed solos — Shanker has a lot of bop under his fingers and has no problems revving up to top gear when he improvises. Steppin´ Up clearly conveys the heat and power of Shanker´s music."
— Peter Hum, Ottawa Citizen
"A sterling debut that shows the way to a bright tomorrow."
— Midwest Record
"Kenny Shanker taps into a universal soul with his playing. I've witnessed his ability to transcend to a higher level of thought and carry an audience along with him on the journey. With fluidity and ease, he can capture the heart and mind of the many. He is a classic."
— Jeff Jones, "The Jedi Master," Grammy Award-winning producer
"Kenny Shanker is a world-class saxophonist. Steppin' Up is truly a masterful recording with a tremendous amount of heart and soul. Shanker's exceptional composition "Sarah" touches me deep inside more than any new song I have heard in some time. Shanker is an important voice."
— Todd Barkan, Jazz at Lincoln Center
"An incredibly unique voice."
— Bobby Sanabria