Abbey Rader is a musician and composer who has dedicated his life to playing improvised music as part of a spiritual quest for deeper meaning. He is heavily influenced by his study of Buddhism under the tutelage of the Master Sheng Yen, beginning in 1975 at the Ch’an Center in Queens, New York. His career spans over four decades with a discography that includes 26 albums, the majority under his leadership. He lived in Europe in the late 70s and 80s where he performed with John Handy, Dr. L. Subramaniam, Gunter Hampel, Jeanne Lee, Marion Brown, Mal Waldron, and had his own band, The Right Time. He was a clinician for Sonor drums for many years and taught jazz drum set studies at several universities in Germany. Since returning to America, he has performed and recorded with Dave Liebman, Billy Bang, Frank Lowe, Ed Schuller, Kidd Jordan and many others.
Abbey Rader endorses Sonor Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Pro-
Mark Drumsticks and Beato Bags.
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"Abbey Rader is an unheralded legend of free jazz.”
-Mark Corroto, AllAboutJazz.com
“The intrepid and unfettered spirit of the 1960s jazz is alive and thriving in
the 21st century and works by the likes of Abbey Rader and his colleagues are
the reason why.”
-Hrayr Attarian, AllAboutJazz.com
"Abbey Rader’s training in Chinese Buddhism and martial arts coincides
well with his skills as a virtuosic, precision-driven jazz drummer. A Bronx
native, Rader has shown a tremendous versatility in his artistic output. His
music gleans from Eastern and African sensibilities, mixing in the bebop that
has influenced him the most.”
-Jorge Velasquez, Flavorpill