Shannon Kennedy

Angel Eyes

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Angel Eyes is Shannon Kennedy’s debut album, recording live in the basement recording studio at her high school. This album is no longer in print.

The Release of Angel Eyes marks the end of Shannon Kennedy’s high school career and features her playing and arranging talents. Angel Eyes was recorded June 6th and 7th in the basement recording studio live at the Orange County High School of the Arts. The project mostly features Shannon Kennedy on soprano and alto saxophones as well as flute, but also features other musicians on bari saxophone, bass, keyboards and drums.

Released: 2005 | Copyright: 2005 Shannon Kennedy | Genres: Jazz, Music, Standards

Credits: Shannon Kennedy – alto sax and flute | Dan Reckard – keyboards | Tyler Hindsley – bass | Cindy Gould – drums | Engineered by Kyle Gish

The Making of Angel Eyes

Everything is a process, so this is just a little bit about the process that went into making this CD. “Angel Eyes” was my first CD and I had a blast recording it with my friends. I was constantly learning on this project – and it was one of the best musical experiences I have had so far in my career. I am already looking forward to my next project. We recorded the CD in two days at OCHSA in the basement recording studio.

The Members of the Group:
Cindy Gould – Drums
Dan Reckard – Keys
Shannon Kennedy – Saxes and Flute
Tyler Hindsley – Bass

We recorded Angel Eyes in two days in the basement at the Orange County High School of the Arts in Santa Ana, California. There were six of us total working on the project the two days – Kyle Gish was recording us, and then there was the four of us playing.

The songs I chose for the CD are all songs I either love, and the ones I know people love to hear me play – when you listen to the CD, I am sure you will be able to determine which is which.

The first day we recorded “Angel Eyes”, “Alone Together”, and “Infant Eyes”. I came up with the arrangement we did on “Angel Eyes” the night before we recorded it, and was pretty pleased on how well the group took to it in rehearsal the next day.

The whole project was kind of last minute, and I was doubtful it was even going to happen, but was very pleased when it did. We rehearsed twenty minutes before each day of the recording and we never had to do more than two takes on each song, so the sessions went pretty quick.

The second day, we recorded “Song for my Father”, “Maputo”, and “Friends and Strangers”. Greg Vail played bari on Song for my Father – it was fun having him play with us. Greg and I play “Song for my Father” every time we play together. Since I was recording it, I knew I had to have him play on it just out of tradition. “Maputo” and “Friends and Strangers” were interesting to record because the other kids in the band had never heard them before and had never played them. The night before, I had found recordings of the two songs, and brought them in only to find out that they didn’t sound anything like how I had imagined them to, so we recorded them the way that I heard them.

Once the music side of the CD was done, the art and title part of the CD came up – and I have to say that naming it was harder than playing on it. My friend Rheuben Allen told me just to call it “Angel Eyes” because it was my favorite song on the CD and it is what I ended up calling the CD.

Angel Eyes Booklet Information:

Track 1: Angel Eyes 5:59
Copyright 1946 (Renewed 1973) Dorsey Brothers Music Words by Earl Brent Music by Matt Dennis
Arr. by Shannon Kennedy
Shannon Kennedy – flute and alto saxophone
Dan Reckard – piano
Tyler Hindsley – bass
Cindy Gould – drums

Track 2: Alone Together 7:00
Copyright 1932 Warner Bros. Inc Words and Music by Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz
Arr. by Shannon Kennedy and Dan Reckard
Shannon Kennedy – alto saxophone
Dan Reckard – piano
Tyler Hindsley – bass
Cindy Gould – drums

Track 3: Friends and Strangers 4:17
Copyright 1977 National Legency Music, At Home Music, Fizz Music, Jeffix Music, Administered by National Laque Music
By William Jeffrey
Shannon Kennedy – flute
Dan Reckard – piano
Tyler Hindsley – bass
Cindy Gould – drums

Track 4: Infant Eyes 6:13
Copyright 1965 & 1983
Copryright 1985 Miyako Music
Written by Wayne Shorter
Arr. by Shannon Kennedy
Shannon Kennedy – soprano saxophone
Dan Reckard – piano
Tyler Hindsley – bass
Cindy Gould – drums

Track 5: Maputo 5:25
Copyright 1974 MCA Music Publishing, A Division of Universal Studios and Thriller Miller Music
By Marcus Miller
Shannon Kennedy – alto saxophone
Dan Reckard – piano
Tyler Hindsley – bass
Cindy Gould – drums

Track 6: Song for my Father 7:36
Written by Horace Silver
Shannon Kennedy – alto saxophone
Dan Reckard – piano
Tyler Hindsley – bass
Cindy Gould – drums