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Melannie Jay (The Key/WXPN)

Review of "All's Not Lost (Ft. Laura Lizcano)"

“All’s Not Lost” truly succeeds as a collaboration between a gifted instrumentalist and vocalist. Kenney’s piano and Lizcano’s voice complement each other well, neither aspect overshadowing the other, and backing instrumentation by bassist Warren Mobley and drummer Lenny Mobley subtly intertwine Kenney and Lizcano even further.

The song itself is a quiet mediation on loss and human connection, both ephemeral and eternal, a point enforced by the music and lyrics alike. “All’s not lost, as we find our souls / Moving on, traveling different roads,” Lizcano sings in the chorus, and Kenney’s solo in the bridge is at once optimistic and melancholy, further reinforcing the bittersweet theme.

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Aipate Magazine

Review of "Another Side (Ft. Joy Ike)"

The music involves a piano-led soulful jazz-fusion instrumentation, with additional horn sounds. The singer’s honeyed vocals complements the heartwarming and uplifting composition. The therapeutic lyrics is a reminder to keep hope and always hold the belief that there’s some light at the end of whichever long dark tunnel you find yourself in.

 

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Kyle Whiting (The Key/WXPN)

Debut of "Gone" (Aaron Parnell Brown/Joe Kenney)

“Gone” is a soulful, bluesy tune about walking away from a toxic relationship. Guitar and brass flourishes provide big band textures, while sax and piano riffs provide a strong harmonic backdrop.

 

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Neon Music (United Kingdom)

Premiere of "Another Side"

[Another Side] is emotive but also spiritually uplifting, as it makes you look at your own life with fresh eyes. The lyrics shine through the musical styles, which are seamlessly stitched together.

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John Vettese (Editor and Social Media Coordinator, The Key (WXPN), Philadelphia)

On "Another Side (Ft. Joy Ike)", debut release on the upcoming fourth album

A collaboration with Philly pianist Joe Kenney — who made a splash several years back by releasing solo piano covers of modern rock and pop songs by Cold War Kids, Drake, and Tove Lo — “Another Side” is a release for Mental Health Awareness Month that speaks candidly of the fog we can often find ourselves in ('Some days it’s enough, to get up, and make it to the door') while offering reassurance that there’s a way through....[Featured Vocalist Joy] Ike repeats 'Live another day, fight another day' like a mantra throughout the song to graceful, emotive playing by Kenney and stirring band accents.

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Wendy Rollins (Radio Personality, 104.5 Philadelphia)

On Joe Kenney's Sophomore album, "1.5."

I'll admit, I'm a pretty harsh judge when it comes to covers but when an artist is able to completely re-imagine a song, in a totally different format....you have my attention. Joe Kenney has my attention

Meredith Hairston (Music Director/DJ at WJSU, Mississippi)

Speaking on-air re: "Afflictions and Remedies"

Life will inevitably be a series of ups, downs, highs, lows, lefts and rights.  Music, for many, is the solace at the very bottom of the low and the excitement at the peak of the high.  One listens for the shared encounter; the relatable mood.  The experiences Mr. Kenney shares with his audience on Afflictions & Remedies are commonplace and relatable for so many.  Heartache.  Suffering.  Love.  Hate.  While the experiences themselves may be brutal, blunt, and bare, the music on Afflictions & Remedies is just the opposite.  There’s something calm, gentle, and adorning in the melodies Mr. Kenney creates.  Pain and triumph linger in the ear, anxiously awaiting the next story to be told.  The album’s journey is not complete without the blues and ragtime feel of “Critical Departure”.  The vibe of this song is a true departure from the sweet, clean tones found in the music up to this point.  It’s clever with just the right amount of edge.  Afflictions & Remedies is a beautiful painting of a piano at work.

 

Kathy Parsons (Author - MainlyPiano)

On Joe's debut album, "Afflictions and Remedies" (2015).

More complex than many smooth jazz albums and more structured than many free-form jazz recordings, Kenney has created eight pieces that convey the spirit of improvisation while remaining melodic and accessible to a wide audience.

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FORTH Nominated for four Hometown Heroes Awards

The latest collaborative album by Joe Kenney continues to make a flourish; the 10-track multi-genre effort -- highlighted by features of six Philadelphia-area vocalists -- has been named a finalist in four categories in the 2020 Homey Awards. Hometown Heroes is a staple in the Delaware Valley Music Community spearheaded by Mark Rogers and Delaware Public Media; the four categories in which Kenney received nominations are Best Collaboration, Best R & B Song, Best Jazz Song, and Best Keyboardist.

FULL BAND SURPRISE RELEASE

On 5/14, Joe Kenney Band released MJ Medley, a bonus recording from the Forth album sessions. The piano-led jazz fusion arrangement is a staple at JKB shows and is part of a busy season of releases for Kenney, which has included the aforementioned collab album and the new collection of solo piano reflections. 

NEW Piano Collection Release: 

Coming off the highly successful release of Forth in October 2020, Joe Kenney has released the first three singles off his newest collection of solo piano improvisations. Listen to the latest single to drop, Reflection, No. 2: Respite (Jazz Break)

Joe Kenney wins a Bronze Medal at Global Music Awards for new album, Forth. 

The Global Music Awards, highly respected for their esteemed panel of judges and for reviewing submissions from across the world, selected Forth as a Bronze Medal Winner for its merit as an album release.

Forth posts debut on charts/ receives airplay on 85+ radio stations in US and Canada

The fourth studio album from Joe Kenney  has had impressive results on the airwaves since releasing last October. Forth debuted in the top 300 in the Community/College Radio Charts, and several stations reporting to the North American College and Community Radio Charts have listed Forth in the top 5 of their rotation.

The album has been featured on hip-hop shows, jazz shows, and more; a big win for the crossover album and its bid to reach widespread listeners across multiple genres. 

NeonMusic (UK) Premieres Another Side

Another Side (Feat. Joy Ike) was premiered with a glowing review by NeonMusic. "The song is emotive but also spiritually uplifting, as it makes you look at your own life with fresh eyes. The lyrics shine through the musical styles, which are seamlessly stitched together." Check the full review here.

Another Side selected as "XPN Philly Local Pick of the Day"

On-Air personality Helen Leicht selected the new release from the upcoming album as the "Local Pick of the Day" on Friday, 5/22.