Too Many Pictures
World fusion jazz with freedom and conviction.
James Kennedy clearly demonstrates his versatile talents for jazz-fusion sounds. Too Many Pictures was composed like an impressionistic painting. In other words, the music is a blend of world and jazz in a soundscape of varied styles, textures and tones. James mixes traditional sounds and modern jazz to create a unique genre referred to as midwestern jazz. The musicianship is masterful on all six songs but I really enjoyed the ebb and flow on 'Summer Rain' a soft fluid instrumental with a subtle beat and fine string work. The music gently washes over the listener like light refreshing rain. 'Bailaora Misteriosa' is a saucy song with Spanish overtones, sexy guitars, funky beats and some cool sounds from the electric violin. It is a poignant and flavorful mix. James Kennedy clearly demonstrates his versatile talents on this unique CD of jazz fusion sounds. Recommended Tracks: 2,5 (Review by Laura Turner Lynch for Kweevak.com)