Ultimate Kenny G

Ultimate Kenny G

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When it comes to smooth-jazz saxophone, Kenny G is still the main man. His latest collection of hits and popular selections adds to his previous official best-of collection, bringing on such new favorites as “What a Wonderful World” (G’s “duet” with Louis Armstrong), “One More Time” (with singer Chante Moore), and the saxophonist’s take on the bossa nova classic “The

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When it comes to smooth-jazz saxophone, Kenny G is still the main man. His latest collection of hits and popular selections adds to his previous official best-of collection, bringing on such new favorites as “What a Wonderful World” (G’s “duet” with Louis Armstrong), “One More Time” (with singer Chante Moore), and the saxophonist’s take on the bossa nova classic “The Girl from Ipanema,” complete with a vocal from Bebel Gilberto. Two unreleased cuts, including G’s rendition of Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” round out an album sure to please both longtime fans and newcomers to the pellucid sound of this ever-popular saxophonist.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Kenny G had a hits collection in 1997, spanning 17 songs and perfectly capturing the time when the smooth jazz saxophonist was one of the most reliable hitmakers in mainstream pop. Released in 2003, Ultimate Kenny G covers more territory, including two previously unreleased tracks (one being a cover of "My Heart Will Go On"), which does not necessarily mean that it's a superior collection, particularly because the albums he released since 1997 didn't quite qualify as big hits or as his best material. This gives the album a slightly stronger MOR bent -- which, of course, is remarkable, since Kenny G has always traveled in the middle of the road, but the emphasis on covers ("The Girl from Ipanema," "What a Wonderful World," "The Look of Love," "The Wedding Song") emphasizes this strain in his music; plus, the newer numbers are slicker and more polished than before. This is a small matter, since most of the collection is given over to his biggest songs, but it is enough to recommend Greatest Hits over this collection, even if this will likely satisfy the needs of most casual listeners.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2003
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0828765099721
catalogNumber:
50997
Rank:
20491

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kenny G   Primary Artist,Soprano Saxophone
Smokey Robinson   Vocals
Lenny Williams   Vocals
Walter Afanasieff   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Kenny G   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer
James Horner   Composer
Peter Bunetta   Producer
Rick Chudacoff   Producer
George Douglas   Composer
Preston Glass   Producer
L.A. Reid   Executive Producer
Steve Shepherd   Engineer
Walter Afanasieff   Arranger,Programming,Producer
Courtney Walter   Art Direction
J. N. Howard   Composer

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Ultimate Kenny G 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
TONYAT More than 1 year ago
BUY THIS!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Better hold on to your bootstraps, buddy cuz Big K is back in town. That's right, he's got a cd of 12 new numbers, backed with his band of meth-amphetamine driven hooligans. Right from the first track, you know he's got a strong album with the song "My tortured soul shall seeketh revenge". It's dark, it's goth, and it's all Kenny. He lightens things up in the next couple tracks with "I've always harbored a secret hatred for that Snuggles fabric softener bear" and "Runny eggs and a shot of whiskey". I won't ruin the whole album for you, but there are some real killer songs on here. Since he cut his hair and shaved his eyebrowes, Kenny has really taken a turn for the avant-garde. I heard he actually picked a fist fight with an old lady that was sitting in the front row of his concert last fall, just to "liven the show up". If you are a fan of Kenny's recent work since his auto accident, this cd should fall right in line with your expectations. Some of it is pretty mellow, but some of it can be a little borderline. I recommend sampling some of the tracks first.
Guest More than 1 year ago
wow if you thought his other cd's were great you are going to die hearing this one Kenny G has always uplifted my own spirits in a way that no other sax player can. Sorry Emmanuel .Ever since I have heard unchained melody , I have fallen in love with his amazing talent. If you are into music like I am than you are going to love this cd it is outrageously amazing I suggest everyone to get this!!!