The alto saxophone appears to be a way of life for Kenny Shanker. It lives and breathes as if an extension of him; and the notes flow out of Mr. Shanker as if he was made almost completely of music himself.
Raul DaGama Jazz DaGama
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
Really wonderful tunes
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
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
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 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