Author: Robert Kennedy

Phineas Newborn, and Revisiting the Question of “What Good are Scales?”

As students of music we aim to train our ears to hear each note on its own terms, and when we improvise, to intend each note on its own terms. To many of us, especially jazz students, scales can be crutches that work against the goal of musical intent because relying on rules like “every…


Fun with Fills, What Good are Scales, and Thoughts on Growing Musical Vocabulary

You know how every now and then you hear something and you’re like, “What was THAT?!?” Well, I was listening to music in the car a while back and this amazing fill caught my ear big-time. I made a note to come back to it because it sounded fantastic and a big part of it…


A Disappointment with My New Organ Clone

I’ve had my Viscount Legend Live for over nine months now, and a couple of months back I discovered a problem with it that I feel like I need to share because my blog posts here about the Legend Live have been getting quite a bit of traffic from people looking for which clone they…


Musing on Music Media: CD, Vinyl, and Streaming — Audio Media Sound Quality, and How We Got Here

In an offhand comment on Facebook I mentioned that putting music on an LP entails some necessary sonic compromises for engineering reasons, and a friend replied, “Are you saying the sonic compromises are still being made for today’s vinyl, or for CDs and other digital formats too?” This post is an edited version of my…


Hammond Lesson Samples from PianoGroove now on YouTube

Just a couple of days ago, Hayden, the founder and head honcho at PianoGroove, posted three of my Jazz Hammond Organ lessons on YouTube. To get the full ten-lesson series you still have to subscribe to PianoGroove; these three will give you some idea of what the lessons are like. The three sample lessons are:…


Launched: My New Organ Course on PianoGroove!

In an earlier post, I announced that I had recorded a series of introductory Hammond Organ lessons for PianoGroove, and now I’m happy to share that Hayden and I finished post-production and the course launched a bit over a week ago! Anyone can check out some free material related to the course on PianoGroove’s site,…


Update from Behind the Scenes: Teaching. (Me? Teaching?!?)

I’m not much of an entrepreneur, especially in the web space, but I’ve recently gotten a really nice gig due to the entrepreneurship of others who are full-time small business owner / entrepreneur / operators on the web. A close friend of mine from college is the founder and head honcho of Literate Computing and…


My New (But Now Not So New) Organ Clone

[ Edit added in January, 2020: If you are reading this to understand how the different organ clones compare, make sure you check out my more recent blog post about a disappointing problem with my Viscount Legend Live. ] In an earlier post I discussed the Viscount Legend Live that I purchased in late March,…


My New Organ Clone

[ Edit added in January, 2020: If you are reading this to understand how the different organ clones compare, make sure you check out my more recent blog post about a disappointing problem with my Viscount Legend Live. ] I play Hammond console organs, the kind whose best known exemplar is the famous B-3. There…


Charting Scrapbook

This page is a work-in-progress link farm with a record of all the chart appearances I can figure out how to link to. Closer to Home On JazzWeek Weekly Jazz Album Chart 22 January, 2018: on the most-added list 29 January, 2018: on the biggest gainers and most-added lists 5 February, 2018: appearing at #36…