No Turning Back
Joe Kennedy's musical artistry is a welcome change to the stale environment in today's vocoder-worshipping music industry. His dexterous combinations of Blues and Jazz recall classic performers while boldly paving a new path that is entirely his own. His style has been compared to that of Harry Connick Jr., James Taylor and Ray Charles and draws influence from a wide pool of influential artists such as Paul Simon, Richard Tee, Debussy and Satie. Piano fanatics will notice shades of Gene Harris, Ramsey Lewis, Herbie Hancock and other piano masters. Kennedy fully embraces the praise (and criticism) that his distinct style receives. "My style is too jazzy for blues and too bluesy for jazz," he says, "so I have been told. I like to take a jazz song and make it dirty," he explains, "or take a rough blues tune and clean it up just enough to get the story across on the piano instead of guitar." 'Joe Kennedy's sensational combination of ripe jazz riffs and catchy melodic lines make his refreshing musicality irresistible. If you like upbeat Jazz and fusion you will find Kennedy's tunes intoxicating. If there is one thing the music world needs it is a step back to when popular musicians were also talented musicians. Joe Kennedy is without a doubt a talented virtuoso with limitless marketing potential. I would not be surprised if Kennedy found his way into the mainstream, even while staying true to his jazz roots. . . . he has by far been one of the most musical artists that I have reviewed this year. His vocals are great for the songs, his melodies are catchy, and his grooves are, well, groovy. Kennedy is truly a musician that can be looked up to, learned from, and enjoyed. We can't wait to see what he does next. ' Rick Fonte - President of Artist Research & Development - Provayo Promotions.