Hi, I would like to share a video from my gig at the Last Word in Astoria on February 28th, 2018. I would like to thank Adam Hutcheson, Peter Brendler and Alex Wyatt for their great playing and support and also thank my friend Shu Odamura for taking this video with my iPhone.
My head is cut on this video so sorry for some people who love to watch my face but this one must be good for who loves my music but can’t stand watching my face (maybe Shu Odamura feel this way:)).
This is the whole 3rd set in the evening. Hope you enjoy!
Set list was:
1. On my way back home
3.Too young to go steady
I’m excited to announce that my new record “Another Journey” is going to be released on October 30th, 2017.
This is a second release of my “husband and wife Duo” project with Kuriko Tsugawa.
Main concept for this duo project was to create organic and honest music without any over dubs. On this record, our main theme was “Life” because we were expecting new life when we decided to do this record.
This record was recorded at our apartment in Queens, 1 month before our second child was born. Kuriko’s belly was really big, and there was our 2 years old daughter watching TV in the next room, in addition there was occasional street noise outside (of course it’s NYC) , so the recording was little challenging in a way..
Anyway, I’m very happy about how it turn out so hope you enjoy as well!
I’m happy to share this new record by Kenny which I played on.
The band has been playing with same personel for more than 5 years and it’s getting real tight and unique.
According to Kenny, most of tunes on this record is about cat’s or food.
So if you consider yourself as cat lover or food lover, you really have to have this record! It’s cover is awesome too!
Here are a couple of reviews:
Lots of buzz surrounds this California-born jazz saxophonist. This, his third album as a leader, displays a rare gift for interpreting bop with such depth it´s like getting fitted for a hearing aid. You could hear a pin drop between his phrases, which often finish off with a casual trilling that´s as warm as the smooth compositions he’s put together with this quintet, which also features the well-rounded talents of pianist Mike Eckroth and guitarist Daisuke Abe, both of whom receive enough solo spaces so as to not sway the focus from Shanker’s sax. The signature move within these tunes is a straightforward, confident march of quarter-notes of various modalities. Amazingly clear voice here. A+ — Eric W. Saeger
Kenny Shanker has a rich and full sound on his alto sax as he brings some vintage hard bop to the table with some originals. Teamed with Mike Eckroth, Daisuke Abe, Yoshi Waki and Brian Fishler, he drives with an upbeat “Kottinger Park” gets bluesy with Eckroth´s striding ivories on “Saturday, 2 am” and bops with hip delight to Waki´s pulsating bass on “Satin Ribbons.” His soprano sax glides with an easy cadence on “Cascading Lights” and snaps to Fishler’s high hat on the crisp “Lyra.” His tone is warm and lyrical, able to milk a passage during “Spring Flowers” and the moody “Cake Batter.” Impressive foray!
And there are links to the full reviews and many others on my website:
Daisuke Abe Quartet is appearing in QUEENS OVER GROUND SPRING JAZZ FESTIVAL 2017 on April 30th, 2017.QUEENS OVER GROUND SPRING JAZZ FESTIVAL is great FREE music festival in Queens NY ( which where I live).
Looking forward to seeing you there!
阿部大輔カルテットとして４月３０日にニューヨーク、クイーンズで開催されるジャズフェスティバル” QUEENS OVER GROUND SPRING JAZZ FESTIVAL 2017″に出演します。無料イベントですし、お近くの方はぜひいらしてください。
The annual event highlights the talents of the many renowned and emerging jazz instrumentalists & vocalists in the borough of Queens. The day will include performances by student jazz combos, jazz master classes open to all students and aspiring performers, and middle school and high school student bands. The evening will feature an exciting lineup of six professional Queens-based jazz ensembles. Audiences are welcome at all workshops and performances, which are free and open to the public.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
Daytime Sessions: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Master Classes – Members of the Queens Jazz OverGround will guide students in developing a basic jazz repertoire and then lead a jam session utilizing that repertoire. Open to all.
Student Performers – Student big bands and small combos from Queens based schools will perform and participate in clinics with professional jazz musicians. Audiences are welcome at all performances and clinics.Evening Performances: 6:00 – 10:00 pmProfessional ensembles will perform overlapping 60-minute sets in the Gallery and Theater.
6:00 pm – Rose Ellis Quartet
6:30 pm – Joey Johnson Quintet
7:15 pm – Hashem Assadullahi’s Standard Deviation Trio, featuring drummer Matt Wilson
7:45 pm – Rafal Sarnecki Sextet
8:30 pm – Daisuke Abe Quartet
9:00 pm – The Brian Woodruff Sextet +1, featuring vocalist Vicki Burns
I would love to invite you to my CD release show at Kitano on May17th. There is No Cover, only $15 minimum.
It’s gonna be a very warm and intimate night of music.
It would be so happy to see you there!