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Kenny G

A phenomenally successful instrumentalist whose recordings routinely made the pop, R&B, and jazz charts during the 1980s and '90s, Kenny G's sound became a staple on adult contemporary and smooth jazz radio stations. He's a fine player with an attractive sound (influenced a bit by Grover Washington, Jr.) who often caresses melodies, putting a lot of emotion into his solos. Because he does not improvise much (sticking mostly to predictable melody statements), his music largely falls outside of jazz. However, because he is listed at the top of "contemporary jazz" charts and is identified with jazz in the minds of the mass public, he is classified as jazz.

Kenny Gorelick started playing professionally with Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra in 1976. He recorded with Cold, Bold & Together (a Seattle-based funk group) and freelanced locally. After graduating from the University of Washington, Kenny G worked with Jeff Lorber Fusion, making two albums with the group. Soon he was signed to Arista, recording his debut as a leader in 1982. His fourth album, Duotones (which included the very popular "Songbird"), made him into a star. Soon he was in demand for guest appearances on recordings of such famous singers as Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, and Natalie Cole. Kenny G's own records have sold remarkably well, particularly Breathless, which has easily topped eight million copies in the U.S.; his total album sales top 30 million copies. The holiday album Miracles, released in 1994, and 1996's Moment continued the momentum of his massive commercial success. He also recorded his own version of the Celine Dion/Titanic smash "My Heart Will Go On" in 1998, but the following year he released Classics in the Key of G, a collection of jazz standards like "'Round Midnight" and "Body and Soul," possibly to reclaim some jazz credibility.

Faith: A Holiday Album was released that same year, followed by a limited-edition re-release of the 1997 Greatest Hits disc. In 2002 Kenny G dipped into tropical territory with Paradise, which featured guest appearances by Brian McKnight and Chanté Moore. This was followed by a music video collection, another holiday album, entitled Wishes, and, in 2003, a second greatest-hits collection, Ultimate Kenny G. Perhaps in a bid to shake up his discography a bit, in 2004 Kenny G released At Last...The Duets Album, which featured "duets" with LeAnn Rimes and Chaka Khan. Two years later, smooth jazz's king of the soprano sax returned to a purely instrumental approach on the brassy, big-band-inspired albums Holiday Collection and I'm in the Mood for Love; 2006 was also the year the artist was dubbed the best golfer in music by Golf Digest, beating out Vince Gill for the number one spot. In 2008, Kenny G released the Latin-inspired Rhythm and Romance. The sax player next drifted toward R&B for 2010's Heart and Soul, which featured guest vocals from Robin Thicke and Babyface. A collection with Rahul Sharma called Namaste followed in 2012, and in 2015 Kenny G released a tribute to bossa nova titled Brazilian Nights. ~ Scott Yanow
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Heart And Soul

1. Heart And Soul

4. Letters From Home

5. The Promise

7. My Devotion

8. G-Walkin'

9. Sunrise

10. One Breath

11. Encore

12. After Hours

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Track List: Ultimate Kenny G

1. Everlasting

2. Havana

3. Brazil

5. The Look Of Love

6. Silhouette

7. One More Time (feat. Chante Moore)

8. Theme From Dying Young

9. Forever In Love

10. We've Saved The Best For Last

11. Songbird

12. Jasmine Flower

13. The Girl From Ipanema (feat. Bebel Gilberto)

15. The Champion's Theme

16. Don't Make Me Wait For Love

17. The Moment

18. My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From Titanic)

19. The Wedding Song

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Track List: Paradise

1. Brazil

2. Paradise

3. Malibu Dreams

4. One More Time

5. Spanish Nights

6. Seaside Jam

7. Ocean Breeze

8. Falling In The Moonlight

9. All The Way

10. Midnight Magic

11. Peace

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Track List: Live

1. Going Home

2. Sade

3. Silhouette

5. Home

8. Esther

9. Tribeca

10. Songbird

11. Uncle Al

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Track List: Silhouette

1. Silhouette

2. Tradewinds

3. I'll Be Alright

4. Against Doctor's Orders

5. Pastel

6. We've Saved The Best For Last

7. All In One Night

8. Summer Song

9. Let Go

10. Home

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Track List: Duotones

1. Songbird (Live)

2. Midnight Motion

3. Don't Make Me Wait For Love

4. Sade

5. Champagne

6. What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)

7. Slip Of The Tongue

8. Three Of A Kind

9. Esther

10. You Make Me Believe

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Track List: Kenny G

1. Mercy Mercy Mercy

2. Here We Are

3. Stop And Go

4. I Can't Tell You Why

5. The Shuffle

6. Tell Me

7. Find A Way

8. Crystal Mountain

9. Come Close

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Track List: At Last... The Duets Album

1. (Everything I Do) I Do It For You (feat. Leann Rimes)

2. At Last (feat. Arturo Sandoval)

3. I Believe I Can Fly (feat. Yolanda Adams)

4. Careless Whisper (feat. Brian Mcknight)

5. Beautiful (feat. Chaka Khan)

6. Pick Up The Pieces (feat. David Sanborn)

7. Baby Come To Me (feat. Daryl Hall)

8. Misty (feat. Gladys Knight)

9. Don't Know Why (feat. David Benoit)

10. The Way You Move (feat. - Earth, Wind & Fire)

11. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word (feat. Richard Marx)

12. Alfie (feat. Burt Bacharach)

13. The Music That Makes Me Dance (feat. Barbra Streisand)

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Track List: Brazilian Nights (Deluxe Edition)

1. Bossa Antigua

4. Brazilian Nights

5. April Rain

6. Menina Moca

7. Bu Bossa

8. Clouds

9. Girl From Ipanema

10. Summer Love

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Track List: Breathless

1. The Joy Of Life

2. Forever In Love

3. In The Rain

4. Sentimental

5. By The Time This Night Is Over

6. End Of The Night

7. Alone

8. Morning

9. Even If My Heart Would Break

10. G-Bop

11. Sister Rose

12. A Year Ago

13. Homeland

14. The Wedding Song

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Track List: Classics In The Key Of G

1. Summertime

2. The Look Of Love

4. Desafinado

5. In A Sentimental Mood

6. The Girl From Ipanema

7. Stranger On The Shore

8. Body And Soul

9. 'Round Midnight

10. Over The Rainbow

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Track List: I'm In The Mood For Love...The Most Romantic Melodies Of All Time

1. You're Beautiful

2. The Way We Were

3. Yesterday

4. I'm In The Mood For Love

5. If

6. The Way You Look Tonight

7. If I Ain't Got You

8. Love Theme From

9. It Had To Be You

10. The Shadow Of Your Smile

11. Fly Me To The Moon / You Make Me Feel So Young

12. As Time Goes By

13. You Raise Me Up

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Track List: Rhythm & Romance

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Track List: The Moment

1. The Moment

2. Passages

3. Havana

4. Always

5. That Somebody Was You (feat. Toni Braxton)

6. The Champion's Theme

7. Eastside Jam

8. Moonlight

9. Gettin' On The Step

10. Everytime I Close My Eyes (feat. Babyface)

11. Northern Lights

12. Innocence

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Kenny G is a proven artist who has not let this listener down. Unlike Najee who changed his style after his first album only to return to that style in later releases (but I did not return to him), Mr. Gorelick has a consistency with just enough unpredictabi l i t y to keep his music interesting, fun, romantic, and appropriate in any setting. Always a listening pleasure as his passion (sticking to the notes such as speaking fluent language) is not a problem and keeps him great!
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cathyrobinso n 7 3 8
Beautiful music thanks PANDORA
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Nice, haven't heard him in years since 1986/87 when I graduated from Highschool!
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To: my new & best sister rose!!
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I'm with Nyrah Taylor....th a t ' s what I'm talking about
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Hey! The song from Cars!
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LIKE !!!!!!!!!!!!
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Nice, Kenny!!!!!!! ! ! Way too cool, way, way too BLESSED!!!!! ! ! !
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This, CDs my favorite!! Mood maker!! Relaxing, bout to get my butt up. lol

What's going on today beautiful??
Me , probably relaxing!! For bit, then go see kids. Playing by ear!!
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I LOVE
Kenny G!!!

He Moves me!!!!!

0';o))))
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Now, we can slow dance!! This is special. So, romantic and peaceful!!
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I will FOREVER bathe in the smooth sensual sounds of Kenny G!!! SO ROMANTICALLY AWESOME!!!!!
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Love "Havana". Kenny at his best.
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patriciad45
Kenny G has long been the musician many jazz listeners love to hate.... What a negative way to start off this bio! Some are just too full of themselves. Since when does jazz have to be so pure? everyone should be able to interpret and create and improvise as they feel it. Beautiful, no matter how one looks at it.
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I remember Duotones. "Songbird" was popular when I was in college. Ah the memories! Thanks for many years of great music!
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odo.recker
The Music that nourishes my soul! God Bless you, Kenny G.
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Such a amazing artist
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And my dad likes your music������
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I love your music kenny
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LIKE !!!!!!!!!!!
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Very creative, lots of talent, and one of a kind artist, Keep up the good work Kenny
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Sabor a mi Kenny G
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Me and Kenny be in the same world....... s o smooth and relaxed..... . h e puts me right to sleep......l o v e him to the moon and back again
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It's sooo relaxing and his lovely interpretati o n transport me to a beautiful world.
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althea_thoma s
I love Kenny G,, his music is so relaxing and sexy. I like to get on the open highway, put me some Kenny G on and let it take me wherever.
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LOVE ME SOME KENNY G
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LIKE !!!!!!!!!!!! !
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lnelson10020 8
Preferred love it����������
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rgspops
The sounds that he brings to the CD give me peace !!!
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I must say the first time I heard Kenny G play was on the album

Wizard Island,with Jeff Lorber Fusion.I also had the opportunity to see Him live at Rockafellas in Houston,Texa s , i n 1979.I immediatpely fell in love with his style of playing.I think that his best playing is also on the album Wizard Island.The title track,Wizard Island,Fusio n Juice.
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michaeledean
Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life.Tomorro w will be the best day of your life.Don't stop now this is freaky.But if you ignore it you will get bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes.When You are done press space and your crush will appear on the screen.This is so creepy.
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AWESOME!
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Excellent Jazz music. Not sure Love to Hate really applies to him. Been listening since 1993 when my wife had Ester played as she walked down the isle.
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Mr. Yanow's comment that Kenny G does not improvise much and that jazz does not follow any predictable pattern is double-nonse n s e . The second assertion -- perhaps found in textbooks or in theory classes -- misses the obvious: without a pattern, jazz is formless and thus no actual genre. Secondly, Kenny G's being listed at the top of 'contemporar y jazz' charts and identified with jazz in the minds of the mass public (and hence classified as jazz) strikes me as sour grapes, not truth.

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No one compares
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maria0411.mm
Amazing
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Listened to Kenny g since doutones came out. Soooo relaxing
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Love his music. I have seen him in concert twice. If you ever get the chance, his concerts are amazing! He and his band are so talented and really reach out to their audience.
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terricounts2 9
Love me some Kenny G, I could listen to his music all day long! ��������
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I started loving on Kenny G music in 1997. Kenny G is a very special man.
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This music is not only soothing but very peaceful.... i t s so beautiful
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karenlynne9
Incredible! I'm totally at peace when I hear his music . . .MellowYello w
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jimdaire2
Quietly, powerfully moving. My all-time favorite soprano sax soloist. I'm glad he's still in the scene.
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Love this kind of romantic music
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gypsyme3
❌⭕️
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maggiekksb
Have a great tomorrow!!!L o t s a luv!!!!!Nite bye for now
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Love his music ������
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cyn-don.frea d
Kenny G played at the Hilbert Circle Theater in Indianapolis for a Pops Concert in 2015. It was fantastic. He was very personable and the music was outstanding.
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asstastic482 4 4
was introduced to this artist during desert storm. smooth jazz it is.a master at his calling
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