Across The Borders
midwestern contemporary jazz with world music influences.
James Kennedy, midwest multi-instrumentalist and composer, offers up eight instrumental pieces designed beautifully to mix world musical flavors from South America to the Middle East.
Keyboard, Bass, Drums, Guitar, all performed with quality by Kennedy, filling the air with lush tapestries and exotic rhythms. Relaxing.
Kennedy's guitar work, particularly his single line melodies, are reminiscent of George Benson.
His electric work is pure Adult Contemporary ear candy, with sustained rich high notes - chorused, delayed, and reverb attached ala Scholz's Rockman timbre.
The highlight of the disc are the compositions themselves, as Kennedy mixes up interesting rhythms with jazz/fusion key changes within a more "easy listening" instrumental style.
The tone of the CD is based on Kennedy's dedication, "this project is for all the people who make their way, against all odds, Across the Borders to Freedom".
And the titles of the tunes reflect the inspiration as they are taken from historical geographic struggles from the world's history, from Desert freedom marches, to underground escapes - a sample of titles : "Freedom Train", "Panama", "Desert Nights", "Underground", and "Persia".
Enjoy Kennedy's journey, Across the Borders.