17 Songs, 1 Hour 17 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s a long historical tension between easy listening and the imperatives of jazz authenticity, and no one has come to inhabit that division quite like Kenneth Gorelick—the soprano sax melodist to the masses better known as Kenny G. This 1997 hits package covers the first stage of the Seattle-born artist's dominance, leading off with the blockbuster ballad singles “Songbird” and “Silhouette” and breezing through the Latin-lite of “Havana” and the sleek nighttime funk of “Baby G.” Vocal guest spots from Babyface, Toni Braxton, Peabo Bryson, Michael Bolton, and even Frank Sinatra on “One for My Baby” (lifted from Sinatra’s 1993 Duets album) make it clear how Kenny G sat at the juncture of adult pop and light R&B, a sound that came to be called smooth jazz. (At times the mere presence of a saxophone was the genre’s only plausible jazz ingredient; the band dynamics and rhythmic codes of jazz were seldom present.) No matter how befuddling it might’ve been for hardcore jazz aficionados to fathom, Kenny G's formula made him a Pied Piper for the phenomenon—and one of the best-selling instrumental artists of all time.

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s a long historical tension between easy listening and the imperatives of jazz authenticity, and no one has come to inhabit that division quite like Kenneth Gorelick—the soprano sax melodist to the masses better known as Kenny G. This 1997 hits package covers the first stage of the Seattle-born artist's dominance, leading off with the blockbuster ballad singles “Songbird” and “Silhouette” and breezing through the Latin-lite of “Havana” and the sleek nighttime funk of “Baby G.” Vocal guest spots from Babyface, Toni Braxton, Peabo Bryson, Michael Bolton, and even Frank Sinatra on “One for My Baby” (lifted from Sinatra’s 1993 Duets album) make it clear how Kenny G sat at the juncture of adult pop and light R&B, a sound that came to be called smooth jazz. (At times the mere presence of a saxophone was the genre’s only plausible jazz ingredient; the band dynamics and rhythmic codes of jazz were seldom present.) No matter how befuddling it might’ve been for hardcore jazz aficionados to fathom, Kenny G's formula made him a Pied Piper for the phenomenon—and one of the best-selling instrumental artists of all time.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Cyntnia88888 ,

Awesome music

Awesome music great saxophone 🎷 appreciate it all thank you very much

Joshua Elisa ,

Great Song

The song "Forever in Love" is one of the best and saddest songs ever. I remember going to weddings as a child with my parents and hearing this song play. It just brings good ole memories of better times.

Echolipse ,

Remember

I remember getting this album around 10 years ago from a family member when I was a kid. I listened to it every night. I still remember my favorite songs and I can still remember why I enjoy jazz because of this cd.

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