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“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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Melannie Jay (The Key/WXPN)

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

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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Aipate Magazine

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

“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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Kyle Whiting (The Key/WXPN)

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

[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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Neon Music (United Kingdom)

Premiere of "Another Side"

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

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

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

Wendy Rollins (Radio Personality, 104.5 Philadelphia)

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

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.

 

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

Speaking on-air re: "Afflictions and Remedies"

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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Kathy Parsons (Author - MainlyPiano)

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

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Gone (Ft. Aaron Parnell Brown) available Now!

The third single on Joe Kenney's upcoming fourth album, Gone is a collaboration with vocalist/lyricist Aaron Parnell Brown. The soulful and bluesy tune released Friday, June 26th, and is available on all platforms.

Aipate Magazine delivers rave review of Another Side (Ft. Joy Ike).

In the latest of a flourish of reviews on the debut track from the upcoming fourth album, Aipate Magazine lauded the "the heartwarming and uplifting composition."

All's Not Lost (Ft. Laura Lizcano) releases with glowing review from The Key/WXPN.

All's Not Lost, The soulful and jazzy release co-written with Philadelphia vocalist/lyricist Laura Lizcano, debuted with a warm write-up by The Key's Melannie Jay: "All's Not Lost" truly succeeds as a collaboration between a gifted instrumentalist and vocalist." Read the full feature here.

NeonMusic (UK) Premieres Another Side

Another Side (Ft. 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.

WXPN/The Key covers Another Side( Ft. Joy Ike) 

The esteemed Philly blog The Key featured the debut single off album four, and highlighted the song's aim to be a positive anthem and raise money for NAMI as part of Mental Health Awareness Month.

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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. 

Upcoming Album to Feature Full Band, Six Featured Vocalists

The upcoming ten-track original album, Kenney's fourth, will be released in October and features a decorated group of artists -- including six vocalists -- and crossing several genres.