Bits N Pieces

James Kennedy

Combine classic rock, jazz, world music, stir, and see what happens. Zesty. Another tasty effort by an obviously talented musician. Versatile, a variety of James Kennedy - Bits N Pieces Heart Consort Music - HCM-1005 This latest effort by Iowa's multifaceted guitarist James Kennedy shows why his versatility and ability to create music that is brimming with life has turned a lot of heads and ears in his direction. The lead track "Morocco" has a sly backdrop that makes you think of the North Africa nation, but there are elements of contemporary jazz and progressive rock weaved into a tasty stew, with soaring guitar solo work that would do Steve Morse proud. The ethnic feel on this CD continues with the snappy "That African Song" which laces sweet guitar harmonies with a jazzy, funky rhythm backdrop. "Through Your Eyes" gets into a sort of smooth groove like an avant-garde take on George Benson. Throughout the album, you feel a certain personality of jangly guitar, demurely plucked at one moment and furiously fingered the next, wonderfully painting the instrumental harmonic qualities of the music without vocals. Although the music has been actually written it has an improvisational quality to it, making it all the more entertaining. This is another tasty effort by an obviously talented musician who is unafraid to draw from a wealth of influences to create music that strays from the norm but in a comforting sort of way. Music Morsels review

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    Ancient Warriors

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    Time Will Tell

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    Through Your Eyes

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