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Various Artists – Smooth Jazz Hits: #1 Chart-Toppers

SJHThis collection features 12 of the hottest, recent Smooth Jazz hits, straight from the tops of the Smooth AC and Smooth Jazz charts. Featuring tracks by Mindi Abair, George Benson, Boney James, Kenny G, and Dave Koz, among other stars of the genre, Smooth Jazz Hits: #1 Chart-Toppers features original hit songs, plus grooving covers of favorites such as the Beatles’ ‘Got to Get You Into My Life,’ Michael Jackson’s ‘Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground),’ and Ne-Yo’s ‘Champagne Life.’ This collection delivers a soulful, classy, and fun way to get the party started!

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Kenny G – Brazilian Nights

kenny g brazilian nightsKenny G has had one of the most eclectic and dominant careers the music business has ever seen. He’s maintained a high level of creative excellence through decades of unprecedented commercial success by never allowing himself to stay in one place too long. That reputation for musical curiosity stays well intact on his fourteenth studio album Brazilian Nights, set for release on January 27th, 2015 via Concord Records. Pre-order the album here: http://found.ee/KGBrazilAmazon.

“I’ve been in love with bossa nova my whole life,” says the saxophonist in the album’s liner notes. “I think the first song that ‘won me over’ was Cannonball Adderley’s version of “Quiet Nights”. And more recently I’ve been listening (non-stop!) to Stan Getz’s album called Getz For Lovers. I think I’ve listened to that record almost every day for the past 5 years and it really was the inspiration in making this album. My goal was not only to make a bossa nova album that pays tribute to the “Masters” who I’ve been listening to (Cannonball Adderley, Paul Desmond and Stan Getz) but also to write and record original bossa novas that I hope can ‘hold their own’ in this distinguished company. I humbly say that I feel we’ve succeeded.”

Starting with melodious sounds of “Bossa Antiqua,” the ten-song set is a mixture of classics and Kenny G originals. Writing five of the ten tracks with longtime collaborator (and co-producer) Walter Afanasieff, the veteran performer plays alto, tenor and soprano sax and is dazzling on such cuts as “Bossa Real, ”the gently pulsating “April Rain,” and the relaxed yet dramatic flair of the title cut. Continue reading

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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Kenny G – Heart and Soul

Concord Records proudly presents multi-platinum selling and Grammy-award winning artist Kenny G in his new album, Heart and Soul, available June 29th. Kenny returns to his R&B roots on Heart and Soul, which features guest vocalists Robin Thicke on the album single “Fall Again” as well as Babyface.

Multi-platinum selling, Grammy-winning recording artist Kenny G, will release his 13th studio album entitled Heart and Soul June 29, 2010 on Concord Records. Kenny and renowned studio master Walter Afanasieff (Christina Aguilera Michael Bolton Mariah Carey, Céline Dion, Whitney Houston, Mika, Barbra Streisand) produced and arranged the album, the follow-up to 2008’s Latin jazz collection Rhythm and Romance. Heart and Soul, returns Kenny to his R&B roots including tracks with guest artists Robin Thicke and Babyface.

Fans will recognize Kenny signature style on the sensual “Fall Again,” featuring R&B crooner Robin Thicke, the album’s first single. Commenting on the collaboration with Thicke whom he’s known since Robin was a teenager, Kenny said, “His voice is so emotional and soulful, the combination of his voice and my saxophone really hits the perfect tones for my new album.”

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