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Intuition

by Dan Kennedy

Gorgeous New Age music grounded with rock and jazz. "Infectious foot-tapping, nostalgia-inspiring melodies..." -Corin Nelsen, Grammy Award winner.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Easy Living
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2. Could Be
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3. Story Within a Story
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4. Redline
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5. Moving On
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6. At the Beginning
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7. Jade
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8. Troubadour
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9. Jumproping
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10. Clear As the Coast
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Intuition (2012)
Genre ~ New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
Dan Kennedy, piano
Mt. Pollux Music (ASCAP)
Corin Nelsen, producer

Genre ~ New Age:Contemporary Instrumental
Contact: dankennedypiano@yahoo.com


Track Listing
1 easy living 3:44
2 could be 4:30
3 story within a story 3:49
4 redline 6:57
5 moving on 3:29
6 at the beginning 4:46
7 jade 3:55
8 troubadour 4:59
9 jumproping 3:04
10 clear as the coast 1:57

dan kennedy ~ piano & keyboards
david cullen ~ guitar & bass
jeff haynes ~ percussion (track 6)
jill haley ~ english horn
mehuman jonson ~ vocals
premik russell tubbs ~ alto sax
steve holley ~ drums & percussion

produced, recorded, mixed & mastered by corin nelsen of synchrosonic productions ~ bremen, me
recorded at kakinoki studio ~ shohola, pa
the grand piano heard in this audiophile recording is a steinway
mehuman jonson recorded at graybrook studio ~ union, me
piano technician steve oliver ~ key piano service
design john harrison ~ satori creative
publicity danie cortese entertainment & publicity, inc. ~ toronto
press photography brian daigle ~ red sink media

all works composed by dan kennedy (ascap)
©℗ 2012 mt. pollux music (ascap)
all rights reserved. unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

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--accolades--


Dan Kennedy's Intuition extends far beyond a simple gut feeling
and reveals a sophisticated sensibility to his eclectic instrumental
compositions. The rhythmic energy throughout the album is
punctuated by world-class players accompanying Dan's piano and
intertwines elements of jazz and blues into a new age base. From
infectious foot-tapping to nostalgia-inspiring melodies he has
followed his heart with this new work.
-Corin Nelsen, SynchroSonic Productions


Dan's music has been played frequently on "Spa,"
SiriusXM Satellite Radio's new age station.


WMNR, WGRS, WGSK and WRXC in Monroe, CT
broadcasted Tracks 2-4 of Lantern in May, 2009
on the 'New Music Gallery.'


Dan's music is featured on a series of podcasts
by Sea Change Media.


Dan and his music are featured in an article written by
Jennifer Heshion of the Amherst (Mass.) Bulletin,
November 26, 2008 edition.


Lantern by Dan Kennedy charted at #67 for radio
airplay on the NAR charts for the month June '08
Now ranked by: Zone Music Reporter


Read a July '08 album review and interview of Dan
online at newagemusic.nu


KKUP 91.5 FM Radio in Cupertino, California,
has aired Dan's music under the label 'Visionary.'


Dan's music has been featured on the show "Music from Beyond the Lakes"
WDBX 91.1 FM Radio, Carbondale, Illinois, produced by Jerry Nelms and
Namdar Mogharreban. Sundays, 8-10 pm Central Time, USA




--blurbs--


From the exuberance of DULCIMER IN G to the intimacy of
BALLAD's melody, LANTERN is a wonderful recording in
every respect, filled with grace and surprises...I'm delighted
with this recording and am proud to have been a part of it.
-Will Ackerman, Imaginary Road Studios
Windham County, Vermont


A wonderful way to calm the mind and soothe the soul, in the
finest tradition of the Windham Hill label.
-Chris Lindquist, Director, The Westfield Athenaeum


Lantern is a short album; 19 minutes divided into four tracks.
From the very first rapid G notes on the first track you can hear
and feel Dan Kennedy's piano skills. The Steinway is played with
identity, giving each song a special touch; youthful and mature
at the same time.... I must mention the high quality recording. I only
got the 256 kbps MP3 to rely to, but they sound truly great. It is a
statement of how great Will Ackerman's studio is. It must be a
dream for any pianist to play there....Yes, the album is short -- but
not too short....In a world where most new artists need 14 tracks
and at least 60 minutes, it is in a way refreshing to find someone
who uses 4 tracks and 20 minutes to perfection.
-BT Fasmer, a.k.a. circle
Founder and author, newagemusic.nu, Bergen, Norway


[This] 19 1/2-minute, four-song CD was produced by the legendary
Will Ackerman at his Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont. Recorded
on the studio's Steinway Model B grand piano, the CD also features
Glen Velez on percussion, T-Bone Wolk on bass, and vocal colors by
Samite and Noah Wilding. The music has a sense of movement and
aliveness, yet it looks inward and conveys a feeling of serenity. The
four pieces are quite different from each other. "Dulcimer in G" is the
liveliest of the four tracks. Enthusiasm and excitement flow through
the piece like an electrical current, but the subtle voices keep it
grounded. A joyful, swirling dance "Dear Girl" is a little bit "folkie"
(a la George Winston or Philip Aaberg) and a little bit jazzy -- an
intriguing piece! Lantern is a fresh and fascinating introduction to
Dan Kennedy's music that definitely leaves the listener wanting more.
-Kathy Parsons, Reviewer, MainlyPiano.com


Dan Kennedy's music brings joy and light. It is bright like a butterfly
which flies on its weightless wings from one beautiful flower to another
on the lush summer meadow.
-Serge Kozlovsky
Minsk, BELARUS
(visit Serge's wonderful website site for new age music)


"Dear Girl," my favorite track on the album, displays some
blues and jazz influences that come as a pleasant surprise and add
depth and texture to the recording.
-Casey Hayman, Reviewer, Local Buzz


I've had a listen and I like it a lot!!!! I'll play all the record over the next 4 weeks
so if there is any feedback I'll let you know. Cheers,
-Paul Headon, Wollongong, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA


It'll most likely show up on the spins next week. Smooth sailing, Cheez Fans!
Capt. Christopher, WTUL Radio
Baton Rouge, LA


Dan, I absolutely love the "Ballad" piece. It's beautiful and soulful. Thanks
for mentioning the "1976 Steinway B" in the album description, because...I own
a 1976 Steinway B that I dearly love and I was looking for information about
the 1976 Steinway B on Google and found your CD.
-Abi Harbani


Thanks so much for your performance last night.
The music was beautiful -- impressive -- and your
stories brought really nice personal connection with
the crowd. You rock!
- Elizabeth Fowler


I can't say how profoundly good and beautiful [your concert] was,
how astonishing your playing and those other magical musicians, too, Dan.
How to do more? The CD is all committed to memory: we LOVE it.
-Denise Frame Harlan, Writer


Your music builds layers of sound that transport
the listener to their own private places to dream.
-Lori Tremblay, Composer, Musician


Hi Dan,
I LOVE the CD. It's full of energy, yet very relaxing. I can't
wait to play it on the radio next week.
-Jon Leachman, DJ, WMUA radio


Lantern...is luminous, lyrical, and
uplifting. I just LOVE it.
-Jonathan Dawson, Sustainability Educator, Findhorn


Greetings from the land of Phil Aaberg and
George Winston!...After 25+ years of following [such]
artists given birth to by Windham Hill, it is easy
to place your music in that great company.
-Jean Vaskey, Great Falls, MT


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REVIEWS NEW AGE

Smooth jazz y neoclásico en una proporción perfecta!
Siempre es un verdadero regalo disfrutar de un poco de smooth jazz, y si a éste se le suma un ligero toque de piano contemporáneo, el resultado no puede ser mejor. El segundo trabajo del pianista norteamericano, Dan Kennedy, fue uno de los mejores álbumes instrumentales del pasado año, un trabajo donde un piano lleno de frescura esgrime sus notas a golpe de jazz o rock contribuyendo a que el estado de ánimo del oyente sea regenerado por momentos. Para este segundo álbum, Kennedy cuenta con la inestimable participación de: Corin Nelsen (Ganador del Grammy, y productor del álbum), David Cullen (guitarras y bajo), Jeff Haynes (percusión), Jill Haley (cuerno inglés), Mehuman Jonson (voces), Premik Russell Tubbs (Saxo alto) y Steve Holley (percusión y batería).

“Easy Living” marcará el carácter general de Intuition. Una rítmica composición, donde el piano establece una agradable conversación con el cuerno inglés y el bajo. El sonido principal del cuerno hace que “Easy Living” sea una acaricia constante para los sentidos. Gran comienzo!.

La pieza a destacar y single del álbum es “Could Be”, la mejor composición este trabajo, tanto en producción como en composición, es una maravilla. “Could Be” mantiene al oyente en una continua pero soportable y dulce tensión, gracias a un piano que marca notas bajas, mientras los teclados y las percusiones realizan su trabajo, dejando que la música fluya sin dificultad y mostrando al oyente un ingente optimismo. Esta pieza es una de las mejores que he escuchado en mucho tiempo.

“Story Within A Story” marca un pequeño paréntesis en Intuition. Un solo de piano nostálgico, donde Dan elige las notas y los acordes que calarán con fuerza. “Story Within A Story” dejará al oyente susceptible ante cualquier mínima emoción.

Vuelve el ritmo, la fuerza, y con ellos, otra de las mejores piezas que se incluyen en este álbum. “Redline”, la composición más smooth jazz de todo el álbum integra una saxo increíble que acompaña con energía y fuerza al piano de Dan; no contento sólo con la compañía del saxo, Kennedy añade a su piano la sutileza vocal de Mehuman Jonson quien le aporta a la pieza una emoción indescriptible. Otro grandísimo tema en Intuition!.

La pieza solista más neoclásica es “Moving On”. Nuevamente, Kennedy echa mano de su piano para ofrecernos, esta vez, una composición melancólica, capaz de dejar un ligero vacío, capaz de hacernos rememorar añejos recuerdos.

Una de cal y otra de arena. “At the Beginning” regresa con el tempo y los acordes vivos que tanto se aprecian en este álbum. Dan conoce el secreto para seducir al oyente, quizás no con una melodía pegadiza, pero sí con una producción y una fuerza que elevan la moral. Fantástica!.

Ya vamos entendiendo el orden de las pistas en Intuition. Jugar con el estado de ánimo del que escucha a base de cambiar el carácter de las pistas. “Jade” vuelve a ser un solo de piano, esta vez amable y entrañable.

Sin duda el saxo es uno de los mejores acompañantes en este álbum. “Troubadour” es magnífica, dejando una percusión que sólo marca el tempo de forma sutil al piano, al saxo y a la guitarra. Pero he de destacar la fuerza que ofrece el sonido del saxo, cuyas perfectas notas engrandecen cada segundo de esta pieza.

Algo de jazz a solo piano. “Jumproping” es una encantadora y brillante pieza, cuya melodía es capaz de alentar al corazón más afligido. Sin duda, el mejor solo de piano de Intuition.

Breve y entretenida es “Clear as the Coast”, la última composición de Intuition. El pianista juega con las notas bajas, creando una melodía independiente a la mano derecha y con un carácter travieso.


Intuition es la unión inteligente del smooth jazz con el piano neoclásico. Dan Kennedy juega con las emociones, alternando piezas solistas con rítmicas composiciones donde más de un instrumento realiza una intervención única. Intuition es uno de los mejores álbumes instrumentales del año pasado y no es de extrañar. La producción del mismo es perfecta y las composiciones siempre consiguen conectar con el oyente. Gran álbum, no cabe duda!.


reviewsnewage.com
02/07/13

Kathy Parsons

From MainlyPiano
"Intuition" is pianist/composer Dan Kennedy’s first full-length CD, following his 2007 EP, "Lantern," which was produced by the legendary Will Ackerman. This time out, the album was produced, recorded, mixed, and mastered by Grammy-winning Corin Nelsen, who is becoming a legend in his own right! In addition to his composer credits, Dan Kennedy appears on piano and keyboards backed by David Cullen on guitar and bass, Jeff Haynes on percussion, Jill Haley on English horn, Mehuman Jonson on vocals, Premik Russell Tubbs on alto sax, and Steve Holley on drums and percussion - a lively and exceptional ensemble! The ten tracks on this album present an eclectic mix of jazz, rock and new age genres, clearly demonstrating Kennedy’s diverse composing styles. Some of the pieces are solo piano and others are for piano and ensemble. A graduate of Oberlin College and New England Conservatory, Kennedy has had his works commissioned and performed by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Essex Chamber Music Players, at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Piano Performance, and at the Aspen Music Festival (partial list).

"Intuition" begins with “Easy Living,” a smooth jazz piece as easy-going as the title suggests. Jill Haley’s English horn provides a very pleasing contrast to the piano, bass and percussion and gets the album off to a mellow, rhythmic start. “Could Be” is a bit more atmospheric with a gentle but engaging rhythm that propels the piano and subtle keyboard washes. “Story Within A Story” is a lovely piano solo that tells part of its story in a classical style (complete with trills!) and part of it in a more contemporary ballad style. “Redline” starts out as a smooth jazz piece that builds momentum as it evolves and features great sax playing by Premik Russell Tubbs. “Moving On” is an expressive piano solo with a flowing left hand and a simple melody on the right. I really like “Jade,” also a solo, with its gentle flow and graceful, dreamy mood. “Troubadour” brings back the sax, guitar, and percussion for another colorful favorite. Sometimes playful and sometimes poignant, it’s a great piece!

"Intuition" should go a long way to bringing Dan Kennedy’s music the attention it deserves. Recommended.

Raj Manoharan (www.rajmanreviews.blogspot.com)

The RajMan Review
Dan Kennedy’s latest release is a pleasant collection of contemporary instrumental tunes that features great musicianship from a solid lineup of accomplished players.

This CD establishes Kennedy as a creative and dynamic composer, a gifted keyboardist, and a very effective bandleader.

The snappy and elegant compositions by Kennedy are brought to life by the artist’s graceful piano playing and lush synthesizer textures, with fantastic support provided by David Cullen on guitar and bass, Jeff Haynes on percussion, Jill Haley on English horn, Mehuman Jonson on vocals, Premik Russell Tubbs on alto saxophone, and Steve Holley on drums and percussion.

The result is an album of fine instrumental pop jazz that should engage fans of the genre.

Serge Kozlovsky

Writings by Serge Kozlovsky / http://sergekozlovsky.com
What does stay behind the mind? What is deeper than the human’s intellect? Certainly, this is intuition. Dan Kennedy gave such a name to his newest release not by accident. His recent album is a celebration of vivid, not conditioned music where improvisation reigns.
This is not the only important feature of the album “Intuition”. The piano solos of Dan Kennedy are very profound and impressive. Soft arrangements with guitar, bass, alto sax, English horn, vocals, drums and percussions emphasize the depth and refinement of Dan Kennedy’s performing. And this is not casually because “Intuition” was produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by none other than Corin Nelsen who is a renowned sound master.
The newest album of Dan Kennedy has other significant peculiarities. Optimism and hope for the better are present in his music. Piano parts flow very easily and united into a single whole, therefore the album is listened to in one breath.
“Intuition” is a bright example of perfect contemporary instrumental new age. Listen to this album and sense the joy of life with the music of Dan Kennedy filled with sincerity and vital energy.

Michael Diamond (www.michaeldiamondmusic.com)

Reveiw excerpt from Music and Media Focus
Dan Kennedy’s current release, “Intuition,” is a follow up to his critically acclaimed album Lantern, which was produced by Windham Hill founder Will Ackerman. “Intuition” was produced by another Grammy-winning producer, Corin Nelsen. The studio musicians on this album are world class and include drummer Steve Holley who played with Paul McCartney and Elton John, percussionist Jeff Haynes from the Pat Metheney Group, Premik Russell Tubbs on alto sax, whose credits include Santana, Whitney Houston, and Lady Gaga, Grammy winning guitarist and bassist David Cullen, session star Jill Haley on English horn, and award winning vocalist Mehuman Jonson.

The music on “Intuition” is a hybrid of new age with elements of jazz. Although there are traces of female background vocals, the music also fits well into the contemporary instrumental category. The funky bass line that kicks off the first track, “Easy Living,” signals that this is new age music with some groove to it. As the title implies, the music is laid back, yet with forward momentum. “A Story Within A Story” reveals another side of Dan’s repertoire, as a solo piano composition takes a more introspective turn, as it does on a few other solo pieces that are interspersed throughout the album. However, the groove returns on “Redline,” with a strong backbeat laying it down for piano and sax to solo over, accented by touches of female background vocals.

In general, the supporting instruments on the album provide just the right amount of flavor to spice up the arrangements without overpowering the piano, which is the main course. I really like the way that the various elements, jazz in particular, are integrated into the music, giving it the ability to appeal to a wider audience. As well received as Dan’s “Lantern” CD was, including airplay on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, I believe that this new release shows even greater potential. “Intuition” is a multi-faceted album that sparkles with the talent of a promising instrumentalist.

To read a feature article on this CD, and others, please visit: www.michaeldiamondmusic.com