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Kenny G

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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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Albums by
Kenny G

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    Namaste

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    Miracles: The Holiday Album

    12 songs

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    Heart and Soul

    12 songs

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    Rhythm and Romance

    13 songs

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    I'm in the Mood for Love: The Most Romantic Melodies of All Time

    11 songs

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    Classics in the Key of G [Japan Bonus Track]

    16 songs

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    The Greatest Holiday Classics

    13 songs

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    At Last...The Duets Album

    10 songs

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    Wishes: A Holiday Album

    11 songs

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    Paradise

    12 songs

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    Faith: A Holiday Album

    12 songs

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    The Moment

    14 songs

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    Breathless

    10 songs

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    Silhouette

    10 songs

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    Duotones

    9 songs

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    Gravity

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    G Force

    9 songs

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    Kenny G

    14 songs

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    Brazilian Nights

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    Brazilian Nights

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    Bossa Réal

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    Namaste

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    Dance Vault Mixes - Havana

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    The Classic Christmas Album

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Top Songs by
Kenny G

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  2.   Songbird
  3.   Deck the Halls/The Twelve Days of Christmas
  4.   Winter Wonderland
  5.   Silver Bells
  6.   Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  7.   White Christmas
  8.   Greensleeves
  9.   One Breath
  10.   Fall Again
  11.   Déjà Vu
  12.   Tango
  13.   Silent Night
  14.   The Chanukah Song
  15.   The Joy of Life
  16.   Silhouette
  17.   Forever in Love
  18.   Going Home
  19.   The Moment
  20.   No Place Like Home
  21.   Bossa Réal
  22.   Sax-O-Loco
  23.   Missing You Now
  24.   Loving You
  25.   You're Beautiful
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Kenny G

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    Soothing Lullabies

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    Holiday Party

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    Hanukkah

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    Top Christmas Hits

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    Smooth Jazz

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    Holiday Deep Dive

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    Smooth Jazz Instrumentals

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    Classic Soft Hits

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    Sinatra And Friends

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    Nothing But Love Songs


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