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Classics in the Key of G

Kenny GAudio CD
2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)

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In a recording career that spans almost three decades and 23 albums, Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G has grafted elements of R&B, pop and Latin to a jazz foundation solidifying his reputation as the premiere artist in contemporary jazz. Since the early ‘80s, his combination of unparalleled instrumental chops and indelible melodies has resulted in sales of more than 75 ... Read more in Amazon's Kenny G Store

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  • Audio CD (June 29, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B00000JCN8
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,042 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Summertime - Kenny G
2. The Look Of Love
3. What A Wonderful World
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

Editorial Reviews

Offering a tribute to composers of previous generations, soprano saxophonist Kenny G uses his 11th career release to present his interpretations of various standards and assorted chestnuts from the past century. G's approach is as smooth and gentle as ever, and anyone in the market for mild-mannered, relaxing jazz should be satisfied with this package. Highlights include a slowly evolving version of George Gershwin's "Summertime," with George Benson on guitar, and a largely respectful rendering of Monk's "'Round Midnight." Subdued orchestral backing is used throughout the recording, and two vocal selections are included: a "duet" with the Louis Armstrong vocal track from "What a Wonderful World," and the subdued samba of "The Girl from Ipanema," which features singer Bebel Gilberto, daughter of the song's original vocalists. That selection is reprised instrumentally on an uncredited, nonindexed 11th track that is heard about 20 seconds after the conclusion of Harold Arlen's "Over the Rainbow." Languid listening from start to finish. --Terry Wood

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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent Kenny G album September 12, 2007
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If you like Kenny G, you will love this album. "Summertime" is, by itself, worth the price of the album. This sensuous, soulful rendition is awesome. Buy it already.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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Indulge me for a moment and imagine if you will a film about a massive graveyard where all the great jazz players have been buried. It is this place where all the icons of the idiom have been laid to rest: Lady Day, Satch, Pres, Hawk, Art Tatum, Cootie, Jelly Roll, Django, Duke, The Count, Mingus, Dizzy, Bird, Monk, Bud Powell, Trane, Albert Ayler, Miles, Sun Ra, Eric Dolphy, Don Cherry and countless others. Now imagine that during the course of this story some land developers, totally oblivious and ignorant to the proprietors' of what the developers see as "a waste of prime real estate" decide to purchase the land. After which, not unlike in another horror film, "Poltergiest," decide to forego the costly endeavor of having the bodies relocated and just remove the headstones. After which they undergo the entrepeneurial task of constructing a rather large shopping mall, enabling consumers from far and wide to sip mocha grandes at Starbucks and restock on khakis at The Gap... which is of course very, VERY important. Everyone has a very MEANINGFUL shopping experience and all the storeowners reap some very substantial profits. If such a film were to be made, this album by Kenny G would be the soundtrack. Mr. G's interpretations of these classics leave an impression equal to having read an edition of "Cliff's Notes" in order to better comprehend the content of works by Milton or Byron. From what I understand, proceeds from the sales of this embarassing collection go towards an endowment aimed at keeping musical education programs intact within our public education cirriculum. Such a charity I will salute, support and commend. But not even the most noble of causes, no matter how well intended, can rectify a project so insufferably devoid of craft. Another reviewer was right in stating, "It isn't bad for what it is." The problem is that what it is is a fetid pile of manure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I WOULD RATHER HAVE AN ENEMA WITH GASOLINE November 4, 1999
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Louis would turn in his grave... June 27, 2001
By David
Format:Audio CD
In the comments for one of Mr. G's other albums a user posted jazz guitarist Pat Metheny's comments on G's over-dubbing of Louis Armstrong's classic "What a wonderful world." The key phrase from that was "musical necrophilia."
I can't really top the economy of such a phrase, but I'll elaborate for those who don't know the history. Armstrong was perhaps the most dominant force in the development of jazz in the early 1920s. His playing of jazz trumpet modernized the music of the time in leaps and bounds, while at the same time remaining accessible to the public. Jazz was the *popular* music of the time until further innovators that jazz purists like to cite (e.g. Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane) pushed the music into another realm, admittedly less accessible. The reaction to that was the birth of rock and roll.
What this means is basically, no Louis, no rock and roll. No rock and roll, no pop. Granted, some people might find this link a little tenuous, but still, it's there.
So, to take a signature tune of a musical legend and imbue it with all the overproduction and commercialism symptomatic of a lot of music these days is basically the last straw. It's sickening.
All of you who do like this sort of music, at the very least search for the more commerical records of true musicians. While labeled as 'cheese' by most jazz purists, the more commerical output of musicians like Stan Getz or Wes Montgomery is much in the same vein as Kenny G's music, although played with more creativity, more flair and much more likely to lead you to listening to music that really touches the soul.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Kenny are a bad, bad man December 13, 2001
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What you did to "What a Wonderful World"...a classic tune of Louis Armstrong warrants his coming back from the grave to teach you a lesson.
This album contains the slick, slimy, disgusting commercialized bubble gum muzak we've come to expect from our good friend, Kenny G. An earlier reviewer had the gall to argue that Kenny G is talented because he "mastered the suspended tone" technique. To clarify what this means, Kenny G bastardized circular breathing in order to hold a note for a long time. If this constitutes talent, then the musical world is in severe, severe trouble.
In the words of Brian Bromberg, "What about vibe? What about soul?" Kenny G is lacking...incidentally, the TRUE Kenny G is Kenny Garrett, the master of the alto sax and forefront in REAL jazz. The "false" Kenny G (whose album I am currently attacking) is NOT talented, but is a marketing genius, and knows exactly what a group of people want to hear. (...)
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, the Agony of Wasted Time July 27, 2003
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After listening to "Classics in the Key of G," I experienced a disturbing revelation: for five years, I had been lying to myself about what jazz truly was. I thought Miles' "Kind of Blue" was a masterpiece, I thought Coleman's "The Shape of Jazz to Come" revolutionary, and The Quintet "Live at Massey Hall" a landmark performance. Since then I have trashed all of my jazz CD's, and replaced them with one definitive album: "Classics in the Key of G."
John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Don Ellis, Pharoah Sanders, Sonny Sharrock, Sonny Stitt, Cannonball Adderley, Elvin Jones, Art Blakey, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, who are they? Nothing but false idols when compared to the God of saxophone and jazz: Kenny G.
When Kenny plays all of these "classics," it makes me forget the musicians who made them "classics." Kenny makes Getz look like a four-fingered cripple with his sultry version of "The Girl from Ipanema." And even Louis Armstrong, the so-called "Father of Jazz," must relinquish his title to the True Messiah, Kenny "Jesus" Gorelick. God willing, I'd give this album a billion stars because for me, it can light up the night sky.

On a more shocking note: After reading "Bright Moments: The biography of Rahsaan Roland Kirk," I found out that it is alleged that Kenny G is not actually the record holder for the longest-sustained note! That's right!, the book alleges that Kirk sustained a tone for two-hours-and-forty-five-minutes. This coming from the guy who could breathe through his ears! How could a blind guy who played three saxes at once, a nose flute, and various bells, whistles, sirens, and gongs, hold a candle to the smooth, sustained, sop tone of Kenny G.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Get It
Classic Kenny G. This is easy listening. I play this album over and over. It helps me relax while I do my crafts.
Published 1 month ago by Karen Lee Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Soothing music!
My husband and I love Kenny G...we fall to sleep every night listening to it. It is a great way to wind down and relieve stress from a long day's work. Our first CD wore out... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Nancy Slack
5.0 out of 5 stars Some excellent bossa nova tunes (CD is now in my car)
Kenny G version of several bossa nova tunes is quite excellent!
If you like outstandingly beautiful renditions of bossa nova or smooth jazz,
then buy this CD. Read more
Published 16 months ago by J. D. Pendleton
5.0 out of 5 stars Kenny G
I've always enjoyed this musician and this particular CD of his work is wonderful. Just what I'd hoped it would be.
Published 18 months ago by Beverley
3.0 out of 5 stars GREAT SONGS --- OKAY PERFORMANCE
The much reviled saxophonist serves up his usual generic interpretations of ten classic standards.
I am not on the Kenny crucifixion squad... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Michael Butts
5.0 out of 5 stars good old favorite
I used to have this on cassette, and was thrilled to download the MP3. Good for using in the classroom during writing time.
Published 23 months ago by Thoma Thacker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mellowing music
This is classic Kenny G, take it or leave it. He has his own jazz style and has never pretended to be anything else than what he is: a talented sax player. Read more
Published on April 11, 2012 by shopper princess
4.0 out of 5 stars Key of G for "Good"
Add this to Kenny's "I'm in the Mood for Love" cd and it's even more complete.
I think Kenny is extremely good for what he does, but the "Key of G" could use a couple more... Read more
Published on March 20, 2010 by M. Garland
5.0 out of 5 stars Classics in the Key of G
With the likes of George Benson, David Foster, and Bebel Gilberto, in accompaniment, and with the digital overlaying of Louis Armstrong; make no mistake, this album while featuring... Read more
Published on February 4, 2010 by TREND700
4.0 out of 5 stars Classics in the key of G review
Just started to listen to the cd. If you like Kenny you like this effort, very nice. Why does the inside cover when discussing the song credits say that S. Cahn & J. Read more
Published on December 19, 2009 by DJ Simpson
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