|Kenny G (USA) - saxophone |
Kenny G will release his first Latin Jazz album, Rhythm & Romance, with producer Walter Afanasieff and backed by Latin musicians like Paulino Da Costa and Alex Acuna. The result is a rich tapestry of samba and salsa, ballads and bossa nova, held together by beautiful melodies of Kenny G's signature sound. Kenny has established himself as the biggest-selling instrumental musician of the modern era, with global sales totaling more than 75 million albums. Romance is something Kenny G knows very well: he is a man who has made a career out of playing soft notes! After years of playing with Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra and Jeff Lorber Fusion, Kenny signed with Arista Records in 1982 where he released his first solo albums. His big moment came in 1988 when Kenny recorded "Songbird" from his fourth album Duotones. From there he went on to become a multi-platinum sensation, collaborating with Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra, Babyface, Toni Braxton, Brian McKnight, Barbara Streisand, Burt Bacharach and others. He recorded several solo albums, holiday compilations, jazz standards and duets. For the past twenty years, it brings Kenny great joy to introduce new material to a live audience. He has been a fixture in arenas, amphitheaters and concert halls and has performed for millions of people all over the world. When pressed about his theory as to why he has been so successful, Kenny offers, "I think my music gives people the opportunity to listen to their own thoughts. Tap into their imaginations. Create their own stories to songs without the limitation of words... plus it's a really beautiful instrument."