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Kenny G – Heart And Soul

Kenneth Bruce Gorelick better known as Kenny G is certainly the most successful smooth jazz musician in music history. The Grammy awarded musician sold more than 50 millions albums only in the USA. Originally a member of The Jeff Lorber Fusion he started his solo career in 1982. His album Breathless (1992) sold over 15 millions copies, his album Miracles (1994) 13 million copies. For a complete summary of his discography visit Wikipedia.

What made Kenny G so phenomenally successful? At that time the smooth jazz format was very popular and Kenny G was the icon, pillar and sign of nearly every smooth jazz radio station. Time has changed. Some of the largest broadcast groups, especially Clear Channel and Arbitron, made the decision to dump smooth jazz in all markets. The audience has aged and younger people prefer other formats.

The term smooth jazz was always besieged by jazz purists like a barricade of wagons and Kenny G was entitled as regent of the smoothiverse. But Kenny G is still the most popular artist, the smooth jazz genre has ever seen. The release of a new Kenny G album is a highlight of the year and generates greatest attention.

Kenny’s 13th studio album Heart And Soul is scheduled for release on June 29th at Concord Records. The album is produced by Walter Afanasieff, who counts Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, and Mariah Carey to his clients, and by Kenny G himself. So await smooth jazz with an Urban/AC twist. Further artists on this album are Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds (No Place Like Home) and Robin Thicke (Fall Again).

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