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Daisuke Abe has become a highly sought after guitarist since his arrival to New York City in 2002. “An accomplished player with a penchant for penning appealing melodies,” (JazzTimes, February 2006), Mr. Abe also handles his instrument “...with a deep sense of tradition, and more importantly, consistent expression,” (DownBeat, April 2013). During his time in New York, Daisuke Abe has been very active as a performer and recording artist. His debut album, “On My Way Back Home” (Nagel-Hayer), was released in 2005. This album features nine of his original compositions and a heavy-weight lineup including: Aaron Parks (piano), Walter Smith III (saxophone), Gretchen Parlato (voice), Matt Brewer (bass), and Rodney Green (drums & producer). In 2008 Daisuke Abe launched a new band, which he co-leads and produces, UoU, a quintet made up of members originally from Japan

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Coalescence: Coalescence 2

Read "Coalescence 2" reviewed by Geannine Reid


Coalescence is a suitably titled ensemble from New York City, its namesake rings true. Each member is a seasoned player in his own right, playing in various ensembles, but together they congeal and offer a coalesced sound. Their debut offering Coalescence (Self-Produced, 2013) gathered together like-minded friends. In 2018, Coalescence recorded their second album Coalescence 2 ...

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Kazuki Yamanaka: Songs Unconscious-minded

Read "Songs Unconscious-minded" reviewed by Budd Kopman


Alto and soprano saxophonist Kazuki Yamanaka has brought together an impressive array of talent to join him in producing Songs Unconscious-minded. The album's title is a reference to how the seven original tunes bubbled up from Yamanaka's unconscious and presented themselves. The supporting personnel is grouped differently on the various tracks: pianist Fabian Almazan, ...

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Kenny Shanker: Action City

Read "Action City" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay


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 ...

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News: Performance / Tour

Pianist Manuel Valera with The Tom Tallitsch Quartet at Miles Jazz Cafe (NYC) on Thursday, April 7th

Pianist Manuel Valera with The Tom Tallitsch Quartet at Miles Jazz Cafe (NYC) on Thursday, April 7th

Miles Jazz Cafe NYC Thursday, April 7th 9:30-11:30pm 212 East 52nd Street New York, NY 10022-6201 (212) 371-7657 Subway: Lexington Av/53 St Tom Tallitsch—Saxophones Manuel Valera—Piano Peter Brendler—Bass David Ashkenazy—Drums Cuban pianist, bandleader, composer and arranger, Manuel Valera ...

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On My Way Back Home

Label: Nagel Heyer Records
Released: 2005
Track listing: On My Way Back Home; Go!; An Answer; Leaving; Machine; Kura; Eyes in the City; I-Shi; Last Call.

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Daisuke Abe: On My Way Back Home

Read "On My Way Back Home" reviewed by Nic Jones


The problem with so much of the present-day post bop mainstream is that its very qualities seem lessened by the amount of times it's caught on record, especially when the work of so many of its practitioners seem to amount to little more than the sum total of their influences. This release is a different matter, ...

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Daisuke Abe: On My Way Back Home

Read "On My Way Back Home" reviewed by John Kelman


The influence of several guitarists who emerged during the 1970s--including John McLaughlin, John Scofield, John Abercrombie, Pat Metheny, and Bill Frisell--is still being felt over thirty years later. But it should come as no surprise that some of the next generation--Kurt Rosenwinkel, for example--have been around long enough now to be influencing an even younger group ...


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