James Kennedy | Q.E.D.

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by James Kennedy

A blend of blues, jazz, world, folk and more! "A true original in a market full of clichés"...
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1. Mis Amigos
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2. Street Talk
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3. The Blues According To E
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4. Wind In the Trees
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5. Raiders of the Silk Road
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6. Isla Aves
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7. Your Love Spell
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8. Down To the River
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9. Emergence
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Album Notes
"Q.E.D." by James Kennedy is the 20th CD release for Heart Consort Music. James Kennedy says, "In a way, Q.E.D. is the best of our past projects put together." The music covers a range of styles including Blues, Folk, Latin, Jazz, World music and more. James plays 6&12 string guitars, and is joined by Matt Alles on bass, Dan Brawner on hand percussion, Eric Madison on drum set, and Catherine Lawson on violin.

James Kennedy performs contemporary and straight ahead jazz , latin, rock/fusion, and more on 6 & 12 string electric & acoustic guitars. Past performances have included the Montreux, North Sea, and Euro-Disney Jazz Festivals, as well as a variety of other European venues.The group tours regularly in the U.S. The style has been called \"Midwestern Contemporary Music\" since it combines jazz, contemporary and world influences filtered through the Heartland of the Midwest. This distinctly Midwestern flavor sets James apart in a market full of clichés and clones. You will certainly understand why James has received international attention for his performances and recordings. Looking for a fresh breeze of musical excellence to spice up your music repertoire? Look no further. Meet James Kennedy, jazzman/rocker/fusionist extraordinaire. From his home base deep in the American Heartland (Iowa), James brings forth a wonderful, personable style of music that ranges in depth and flavor, often branded a sort of \"Midwestern Jazz.\" Sometimes reminiscent of world music, other times synthesizer-reliant electronic composition-this internationally acclaimed artist can do it all and has. Kennedy has taken his style and shared it with an ever-shrinking world; he has been performed in a medley of shows in America, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, and the Euro-Disney center. From the west coast to the European Continent, Kennedy is an artist that his native Iowa should be proud of. His CD Blind World has been heralded as \"original,\" \"masterful,\" and even \"a real midwestern gem.\" One of America\'s finest exports, the music and welcome originality of James Kennedy is something sure to catch on in this increasingly shrinking world. Fusion with a sometimes ethnic flavor . . . reminiscent all at once of Jean Luc Ponty, Yes and early Genesis. An off-white wedding; a joyful union of guitar and violin. This is one marriage we hope will last!



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Sean B. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team

Unique and winning blend of jazz, blues & folk music
"Q.E.D." is the latest album released by the prolific guitarist and composer, James Kennedy. The musical style on this new CD has been described as "Midwestern Contemporary Music," since it is really an amalgam of jazz, blues, and folk, all led by James' playing on the 6 and 12 string guitar. Yet he also incorporates a good amount of Latin and World music influences, so it is a difficult album to quickly describe. "Down To the River" is a slower, folksy tune that uses the violin and guitar to paint a mental picture of antiquated American river life. Then, in "Raiders of the Silk Road," we have a very different tune, in which ambient noises and exotic sounds are used to create a feeling that’s straight out of The Arabian Nights. For "Your Love Spell," James opts to let the guitar do the talking in a smooth and pleasant love song. "Q.E.D." is perfect for those who enjoy instrumental albums that can paint pictures of different places in your mind. It is also a great album for those who enjoy the guitar and violin, as there are many instances of beautifully played interactions between the two instruments.