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Primary Instrument: Drums

Born: October 14, 1943

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...
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“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.”
- Flavorpill

“At the center of the storm sits the beatific Rader. Creating varied textures with sticks, brushes and mallets, he alternately calls down thunder or dances with the delicacy of raindrops.”
- SunSentinel

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Featured recording “The Message”

The Message

Abray Productions
2014
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    The Message

    Abray Productions
    2014
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    Reach For The Skies

    Abray Productions
    2013
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    Live At PAX

    Enja Records
    2011
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    Open Friends

    Enja Records
    2001
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    The Ballistics Of Yin And Yang

    Enja Records
    1999
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    Echoes

    Enja Records
    1999
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    Mystic Journey

    Enja Records
    1997
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