The Kennedy Dream

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The Kennedy Dream
The Kennedy Dream.jpg
Studio album by Oliver Nelson
Released Mid May 1967[1]
Recorded February 16-17, 1967
Capitol Studios, New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 28:59
Label Impulse!
Producer Bob Thiele
Oliver Nelson chronology
The Spirit of '67
The Kennedy Dream
Live from Los Angeles

The Kennedy Dream is an album by American composer/arranger Oliver Nelson recorded in tribute to John F. Kennedy in 1967 for the Impulse! label.[2]


The Allmusic review by Michael G. Nastos awarded the album 3½ stars stating "In February of 1967, Oliver Nelson recognized Kennedy's contributions and assembled a big band to play music in his honor, with taped segments of his speeches as preludes. The result is a heartfelt yet eerie combination, perhaps a bit off-putting, but absolutely relevant decades later. The music is reflective of the changing times as identified by Nelson, ranging from commercial movie score-type music, to soulful or straight-ahead jazz, bop, and the modern big-band sound that the leader, composer, and orchestrator owned... it's a stark reminder of how one man can positively influence the human condition aside from politics and corporate greed, and how another can change his world musically".[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Oliver Nelson except as indicated
  1. "Let the Word Go Forth" - 6:16
  2. "A Genuine Peace" - 2:37
  3. "The Rights of All" - 3:57
  4. "Tolerance" - 3:23
  5. "The Artists' Rightful Place" - 3:29
  6. "Jacqueline" - 2:15
  7. "Day in Dallas" - 3:40
  8. "John Kennedy Memory Waltz" (George David Weiss) - 3:22

Recorded on February 16 (#3, 4, 7) and February 17, 1967 (#1, 2, 5, 6, 8).


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Billboard May 13, 1967
  2. ^ Impulse! Records discography accessed April 11, 2011
  3. ^ a b Nastos, M. G. Allmusic Review accessed April 11, 2011