Rhythm and Romance

Rhythm and Romance

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by Kenny G
     
 

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With a success record like his, it would be easy for Kenny G to coast at this stage. So it's to the saxophonist's credit that he shifts his signature sound every so slightly in a Latin direction. No one would mistake Kenny for a Mario Rivera or Jimmy Bosch -- his soloing is blissfully ignorant of the rhythmic demands of the clavé, but plenty of more serious jazz

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With a success record like his, it would be easy for Kenny G to coast at this stage. So it's to the saxophonist's credit that he shifts his signature sound every so slightly in a Latin direction. No one would mistake Kenny for a Mario Rivera or Jimmy Bosch -- his soloing is blissfully ignorant of the rhythmic demands of the clavé, but plenty of more serious jazz musicians made the same gringo moves back in the '50s. Mixing up his Latin bag with Brazilian, tango, and South American rhythms, Kenny's album is almost a nostalgic glimpse at the Ricky Ricardo era, as he plies melodic run over melodic run, skipping across the percolating beat of the bongos. What Kenny G triumphs at on Rhythm & Romance is what he's best at: creating a sustained, undemanding backdrop for casual listening -- and fans will welcome this mildly spicy departure.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matt Collar
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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/05/2008
Label:
Concord Records
UPC:
0888072306707
catalogNumber:
30670
Rank:
6950

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kenny G   Primary Artist,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Alex Acuña   Drums
Jorge Calandrelli   Conductor
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Nathan East   Bass
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Dan Higgins   Saxophone
Andy Martin   Trombone
Rafael Padilla   Percussion
John Pena   Bass
Ron Powell   Percussion
Michito Sánchez   Percussion
Walter Afanasieff   Piano
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Enrique Martinez   Accordion
Mario Domm   Vocals
Pablo Hurtado   Guitar
Barbara Muñoz   Vocals
Daniel Fornero   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Kenny G   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Alvaro Carrillo   Composer
Claudia Brant   Composer
Jorge Calandrelli   Orchestral Arrangements
Steve Churchyard   Engineer
Humberto Gatica   Engineer
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
Walter Afanasieff   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
Rodolfo Vazquez   Vocal Engineer
Emanuel Kiriakou   Programming
Chris Brooke   Engineer
Consuelo Velázquez   Composer
Danielle Decker   grooming
Tyler Gordon   Programming
Matt Taylor   Art Direction

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Rhythm and Romance 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Despite the grumblings of true jazz lovers, Kenny G had used his musical talents to successfully blend a pop-oriented appeal with a smooth jazz sound into much success over the years. But even he must have realized that the time had come to take his music into a new direction. With "Rhythm and Romance," it seems he has hit all the right notes! These lovely Latin songs are a natural fit for Kenny as evidenced by such arrangements as the classic "Besame Mucho." The percussions are strong but not overwhelming and you'll soon find yourself wishing you were on a island getaway. I have attended a Kenny G live concert recently and discovered there is much more to this wonderful artist than meets the eye. He is one of the most friendly, outgoing people you could meet and makes every effort to mingle right into his audiences for a more up close and personal experience, even after the show. For Kenny G fans, this album will be another "slam dunk" success story. For the rest of you, put it on when you're having a bad day and watch how fast things change.
she1959 More than 1 year ago
I LOVE ALL OF HIS MUSIC.
cj_w More than 1 year ago
I have wanted to see Kenny G for years and he's one of my "must see" artist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago