MORE EASY LISTENING NIGHTS WITH KENNY G

 

ALBUM TITLE                        :        BRAZILIAN NIGHTS

ARTIST                                   :        KENNY G

GENRE                                    :        CONTEMPORARY JAZZ

DATE RELEASED                   :        2015

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If you think that you are really through with Kenny G at this point in time then, you haven’t listen to this album yet.  There are indeed many people who claimed that they are done with appreciating the musicality and jazz artistry of Kenny G as he sounded the same over the years.  I believe that this notion is quite unfair as the only generic in his musical artistry is of course the use of saxophone as his weapon of trade.  Musically, he did many above average jazz music songs and some crossed over to pop charts and even R and B charts.  Did you know that he topped the dance charts as well?

In this album, the master of sax dabbled in bossa nova which he claimed that he is always fascinated with this genre and fortunately he was not so over zealous with his rendition of classic bossa nova.  He remained true to form with music like “The Girl From Ipanema,” Corcovado,” and “Menina Moca”.  One of the best things that you can say with his bossa nova invasion is that the did not raid the catalogue instead he just limit his cover with few songs and he included several original bossa nova songs written with his former co-writers like Paul Desmond and Walter Afanaseiff.

As a result, you have a mix of the old and new and of course he sounded the same but this time he used tenor sax instead of the usual sax which we frequently heard on his earlier records.  Of course, many of the tracks in her will end up as elevator music but you cannot deny the fact that this is a good album.

I rate this record 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it

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