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Album Review

Smooth jazz saxophonist Kenny G delivers more of his trademark romantic saxophone sound, but with a Latin tinge on 2008's Rhythm and Romance. Rather than simply delivering a standard smooth jazz album with a few Latin beats, G has crafted a more of a straight-up Latin dance album. Moving from the frenetic and up-tempo salsa of "Sax-O-Loco," to the romantic and elegant orchestral ballad "Sabor a Mi" and the steamy fun of "Miramir Bailar," this is a rhythmically compelling and passionate affair that finds G in newly energized form. Where G can sometimes seem a little too programmed and predictable, here he and his fellow musicians are fired up with a kind of organic, playful joy. We even get to hear him burning through his solo on the gypsy-inflected "Peruvian Nights" with a visceral fortitude that's more post-bop than instrumental pop. Joining G here are such Latin music luminaries as former Weather Report drummer Alex Acuña, percussionists Paulinho Da Costa and Michito Sanchez, and guest vocals featuring Barbara Muñoz and the Mexican pop trio Camila.

Customer Reviews

It's his sound, his style, and his flair.

I don't want this to become a war between the Kenny G lovers and the haters. Whether you like him or hate him -- this album is typical Kenny G. It's his sound, his style, and his flair. No, it's not his most brilliant album ever (hard to top Breathless or Live), but it most definitely shows his ability and willingness to venture into other genres, and it shows his unquestionable prowess on the saxophone regardless of what he's doing on it. And -- Kenny G is one of the best improvisors you'll find. I might have liked to have heard more Tenor in this genre, thus the 4 star rating.

Awesome!

I went to a concert of his last year for christmas and he is absolutely great. Yes he is a smooth jazz musician, and decided to take on latino music, which he did wonderful with. Everyone says he doesn't do smooth jazz but the people who don't like to listen good music, judge him on the work he did in the 80's!!!! "BLAH BLAH BLAH ALL HE PLAYS IS POP" What genre of songs did you listen to? Oh yeah his 1980's pop style songs. If you even listened to his music rather than look back 20 years ago you might notice something different!

Kenny has done it again !!!!

Another great cd 2 add to your collection, I love it . The tracks 2 Check out are besame muho,Salsa Kenny,Tango,Sabor A Mi,Peruvian Nights & Mirame Bailar. A MUST HAVE IN YOUR CD COLLECTION !!!!!

Biography

Born: June 5, 1956 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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....
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