Ultimate Kenny G

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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.
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2003
  • Label: Arista
  • UPC: 828765099721
  • Catalog Number: 50997
  • Sales rank: 4,406

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Everlasting (4:18)
  2. 2 Havana (4:00)
  3. 3 Brazil (4:13)
  4. 4 What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong (3:01)
  5. 5 The Look of Love (5:16)
  6. 6 Silhouette (4:27)
  7. 7 One More Time - Chanté Moore (4:02)
  8. 8 Theme from Dying Young (4:01)
  9. 9 Forever in Love (4:07)
  10. 10 We've Saved the Best for Last (4:18)
  11. 11 Songbird (3:57)
  12. 12 Jasmine Flower (4:38)
  13. 13 The Girl from Ipanema - Bebel Gilberto (4:02)
  14. 14 By the Time This Night Is Over (4:24)
  15. 15 The Champion's Theme (4:19)
  16. 16 Don't Make Me Wait for Love (4:04)
  17. 17 The Moment (4:41)
  18. 18 My Heart Will Go On (4:23)
  19. 19 The Wedding Song (3:20)
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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
Tom Coyne Mastering
Courtney Walter Art Direction
J. N. Howard Composer
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  • Posted March 28, 2013

    BUY THIS!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wow

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    G's back with a new batch, friends

    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.

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