At Last... The Duets Album

At Last... The Duets Album

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by Kenny G
     
 

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When Kenny G decided to record a duets album, he knew the right people to call. At Last finds the saxophone superstar paired with vocal giants ranging from Barbra Streisand, Gladys Knight, and Chaka Khan to pop stars including LeAnn Rimes, Daryl Hall, Richard Marx, and Earth, Wind and Fire. Instrumental heavyweights pitch in also: trumpeter Arturo Sandoval,See more details below

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When Kenny G decided to record a duets album, he knew the right people to call. At Last finds the saxophone superstar paired with vocal giants ranging from Barbra Streisand, Gladys Knight, and Chaka Khan to pop stars including LeAnn Rimes, Daryl Hall, Richard Marx, and Earth, Wind and Fire. Instrumental heavyweights pitch in also: trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, saxophonist David Sanborn, pianist David Benoit, and the legendary composer Burt Bacharach. The G man sounds stoked by the A-list company; his soprano and tenor saxophone work is as soaring, lusty, and affecting as it was when he first broke into the big leagues nearly 20 years ago. Reinterpreting classic pop hits puts the leader and his guests on familiar ground; everyone sounds both comfortable and inspired. For ultimate proof of this synergy turn to the album’s final performance, “The Music That Makes Me Dance,” featuring Streisand. The diva -- in magnificent voice -- and the obviously delighted saxman conspire to make beautiful music together.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Smooth jazz icon saxophonist Kenny G delivers his first all-guest-star album with At Last...The Duets Album. Featuring a coterie of big-name artists from the pop music world, including Barbra Streisand, Burt Bacharach, LeAnn Rimes, and others, At Last essentially maximizes the vocal crossover aesthetic prominent on many of G's prior albums. The formula largely works, coming off as a breezy, laid-back concert with G adding soft asides to his guest's vocal performances. To these ends, Brian McKnight reinvigorates "Careless Whisper" with a quiet storm intensity; Chaka Khan actually betters Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful," suffusing it with an infectious gospel/soul vibe; and Earth, Wind & Fire pull a "no brainer" on OutKast's "The Way You Move." Add to this a fairly organic production style that mixes in lush orchestral arrangements, funky organs, and real percussion as well as artists who seem to really enjoy themselves, and you've got one of Kenny G's most pleasing efforts...At Last.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/23/2004
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0828766247022
catalogNumber:
62470

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kenny G   Primary Artist,Saxophone
Philip Bailey   Vocals
Barbra Streisand   Vocals
Gladys Knight   Vocals
Maurice White   Vocals
Pete Escovedo   Percussion
Earl Klugh   Guitar
David Sanborn   Saxophone
Arturo Sandoval   Trumpet
Burt Bacharach   Piano
Daryl Hall   Vocals
Brian McKnight   Vocals
Yolanda Adams   Vocals
David Benoit   Piano
Gary Bias   Saxophone
Chaka Khan   Vocals
Nathan East   Bass
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Jerry Hey   Trumpet
Dorian Holley   Background Vocals
Ralph Humphrey   Drums
Michael Landau   Electric Guitar
Michael Lang   Piano
Richard Marx   Vocals
Dean Parks   Guitar
Greg Phillinganes   fender rhodes
Barbara Wilson   Background Vocals
LeAnn Rimes   Vocals
Walter Afanasieff   Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Emanuel Kiriakou   Guitar
Conesha Monet   Background Vocals
Abe Laboriel   Drums
T-Bone Wolk   Accordion
Clark Anderson   Background Vocals
Mabvuto Carpenter   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Elton John   Composer
George Michael   Composer
Erroll Garner   Composer
Michael Kamen   Composer
Ralph Burns   Arranger
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Alan Gorrie   Composer
Roger Ball   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Jorge Calandrelli   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Hal David   Composer
Malcolm Duncan   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
Joel Iwataki   Engineer
Robert John "Mutt" Lange   Composer
Robbie McIntosh   Composer
Linda Perry   Composer
Dave Reitzas   Engineer
Schmitt   Engineer
Steve Shepherd   Engineer
Hamish Stuart   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Bernie Taupin   Composer
Rod Temperton   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Raphael Saadiq   Producer
Bob Merrill   Composer
Jesse Harris   Composer
Owen McIntyre   Composer
Walter Afanasieff   Arranger,Programming,Producer
William Ross   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Carlton "Carl Mo" Mahone   Composer
Robert Kelly   Composer
David Channing   Engineer
Emanuel Kiriakou   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Digital Editing
Joe Yannece   Mastering
Antwan Patton   Composer
Alexis Yraola   Art Direction
Joe Wohlmuth   Digital Editing
Debbi Datz Pyle   String Contractor
Patrick Brown   Composer
Jonathan Duckett   Engineer
Chris Wood   Engineer

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