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Coalescence 2

Label: Wise Cat Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Lynx; Melody 12; Downhill Climb; Weather Chaser; Galileo’s Dialogue; Winter Song; Basel Paisagem; Whatever, That Was; The Dash; Mars; Have a Nice Day.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

Action City

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Times Square; Another Morning; Summer Siesta; Action City; Punch; Prelude; Shadow Dance; Midnight; Marble Hill; The Tortoise And The Hare; Riverbank At Dawn; Snow Paws.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Josh Levinson: Chauncey Street

Read "Chauncey Street" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

In Chauncey Street Brooklyn-based trumpeter/educator, Josh Levinson and his sextet return to the tight camaraderie, inventive soloing and captivating themes that characterized the Blue Note sound of the 1950s and '60s.That Levinson is greatly influenced by Freddie Hubbard is evident throughout, the record even containing the intricate and memorable “For Freddie." On this and ...

Steppin' Up

Label: Posi-Tone Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: Winter Rain; Fifth and Berry; Rhapsody; Quirk; E. J.; Sarah; Prowl; Saints; Home Sweet Home; Somewhere.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kenny Shanker: Steppin' Up

Read "Steppin' Up" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Alto Saxophonist Kenny Shanker is proof that an artist's direction isn't always reflected in their tonal personality. Shanker possesses a sleek-and-sweet tone that has served him well on dates with big name ghost band, like the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, as well as smooth-leaning pianist David Benoit, but his own music operates ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Kenny Shanker: Steppin' Up

Read "Steppin' Up" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Kenny Shanker has worked extensively since graduating from the Manhattan School of Music in 2001, playing with the New World Symphony, and the Tommy Dorsey and Nelson Riddle Orchestras, among others. The young alto saxophonist recorded his debut album as leader, Steppin' Up, in April 2009 but it's taken almost two-and-a-half years for it to be ...


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