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Kenny G: Playin' It Straight

Read "Playin' It Straight" reviewed by Ken Dryden

Kenny G has been categorized as a jazz musician by record companies simply because he plays saxophone. The reality is that his style is actually banal pop consisting of repetitious melodies with short passages of bland improvisation and, occasionally, long-held notes to show off his grasp of circular breathing—a technique Clark Terry and Rahsaan Roland Kirk employed in the construction of genuinely interesting solos. The good news is that G has changed direction in several ways with this ...

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At Last...The Duets Album

Read "At Last...The Duets Album" reviewed by Mark Sabbatini

This album is the pinnacle of artistic inspiration, an achievement nonpareil for annihilating depression, a lone triumph among the hundreds of albums scrutinized annually in search of gems. Kenny G's At Last -The Duets Album is, in short, everything a jazz reviewer might possibly hope for. The ultimate stage for creative indulgence, limited only by natural ability. Mine, of course, not his. Mr. Gorelick has never been the subject of a review at AAJ ...


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