19 Songs, 1 Hour 18 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The saxophonist’s third greatest-hits collection, Ultimate Kenny G, further charts his reign as jazz-pop’s preeminent instrumentalist throughout the ’80s and ’90s. In addition to many of his signature originals, including the lush ballads “Silhouette” and “Songbird,” the set spotlights several duets and covers. The Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto and Kenny G playfully dance around each other on an intoxicating rendition of “The Girl from Ipanema.” He also tackles “My Heart Will Go On,” transforming the passionate love theme from Titanic into a showcase for his inimitable horn style.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The saxophonist’s third greatest-hits collection, Ultimate Kenny G, further charts his reign as jazz-pop’s preeminent instrumentalist throughout the ’80s and ’90s. In addition to many of his signature originals, including the lush ballads “Silhouette” and “Songbird,” the set spotlights several duets and covers. The Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto and Kenny G playfully dance around each other on an intoxicating rendition of “The Girl from Ipanema.” He also tackles “My Heart Will Go On,” transforming the passionate love theme from Titanic into a showcase for his inimitable horn style.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.8 out of 5
242 Ratings
242 Ratings

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saxman2004

Anyone who even thinks of buying this albulm is a ... My future 2 yr old plays better than this guy. Doing drills and trills on a horn does not make you an experienced player. This guys is horrible.

Listen For Yourself... he plays from his heart, to your soul.

dreamin4life

Kenny G is an amazing artist. he plays from his heart, and he plays to the souls of all who listen. reguardless of what others may say. take a listen to silhouette and songbird. its hard to listen to a jazz radio station and not hear at least one of these songs on the playlist at least once everyday, and i never get tired of them. listen to the music. and regardless of what other ratings may say, i find it hard to beleive that a "future" 2yr can play better than this multimillion dollar platinum artist can.... check him out. you may be surprised.

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Briolli

Yeah! But cannonball and Parker are every saxophonist is going to sound different!! Don't get me wrong about Parker and cannonball they are great saxophone players! But after awhile of listening to them I get bored of them. Kenny G is relaxing, but Parker and cannonball aren't I would rather be relaxed!

About 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, which peaked at number one on the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. In 2017, G kept up his active concert schedule, even pairing with fellow smooth jazz legend George Benson for the limited engagement Breezin' & Breathless Tour. ~ Scott Yanow

HOMETOWN
Seattle, WA
GENRE
Jazz
BORN
June 5, 1956

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