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Kenny Shanker — Steppin' Up
Positone Records, 2011


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1. Winter Rain
2. Fifth And Berry
3. Rhapsody
4. Quirk
5. E.J.
6. Sarah
7. Prowl
8. Saints
9. Home Sweet Home
10. Somewhere

Kenny Shanker - alto saxophone
Art Hirahara - piano
Lage Lund - guitar
Yoshi Waki - bass
Brian Fishler - drums
Mike Eckroth - piano on 4, 6 & 10

The sky is the limit when Kenny Shanker makes the scene with his debut release "Steppin' Up." Alto saxophonist Shanker pushes his melodic message to the forefront and really demonstrates his total command of his instrument. Critical listeners will enjoy the amazing program of original compositions and should agree that "Steppin Up" succeeds in announcing that Kenny Shanker is someone new to keep an eye on for many years to come. From the opening salvo to the final crescendo, "Steppin Up" keeps swinging hard and is sure to delight straight ahead jazz fans everywhere.