Label: Warner Classics
The celebrated classical violinist has always had the talent, taste and skill to make every avenue that he explores a worthwhile listen. This 2010 set is not only a successful meeting between American jazz and European classical, it also finds Kennedy working his London sensibilities with a dazzling Polish group of avant-modernists. The music is beautiful instead of bombastic, even though they literally rock out on concluding number "Oy." A nearly unrecognizably powerful Boy George sings on the cover of Nick Drake's devastating "River Man."