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Violinist Joe Kennedy recorded surprisingly little through the years. In fact, this 1962 LP has his only project as a leader between 1946-1980. A mostly easy listening set, Kennedy's violin is joined by a dozen violins, two violas, two cellos, and a four-piece rhythm section. Kennedy is mostly in the spotlight, and the emphasis is on ballads, including "There's a Lull in My Life," "Day Dreaming," and "Sophisticated Gentleman." However, for variety, some of the songs are taken at faster tempos, and there are a few spots along the way for guitarist Kenny Burrell and pianist Hank Jones to take short solos. This is a nice album, long overdue to be reissued on CD.


Born: 17 November 1923 in Pittsburgh, PA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s

Though the recipient of classical training, violinist Joe Kennedy, Jr. is best known for his work in jazz, performing alongside his cousin, the saxophonist Benny Carter, as well as pianists Hank Jones and George Shearing. Kennedy was born in Pittsburgh in 1923, and his childhood friends included another future jazz great, pianist Ahmad Jamal. Inspired by classical violin grandmaster Yehudi Menuhin, Kennedy went on to perform with the Camp Lee Symphony Orchestra in Petersburg, VA, during World War...
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