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  • Kenny G (2012)

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    Whether you can name him or not, you know that signature sound on soprano saxophone: you might hear it in the grocery store, perhaps at the dentist, maybe on the massage table. For every one person who can identify other players of the instrument such as Sidney Bechet or Steve Lacy or John Coltrane, there are thousands who can identify Kenny G.

    Kenny has been a staple on the instrumental pop music scene for many years. He grew up in Seattle, began on alto saxophone before finding his soprano, and has been playing professionally since his teens, notably with Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra. He made two albums with The Jeff Lorber Fusion, and then hit it really big in 1986 with "Songbird" from his fourth recording "Duotones".

    As a result, everybody wanted a piece of that smooth sound on their recordings: Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole, … Now Kenny is a household name in entertainment, with some 75 million record sales, something quite unheard of for instrumental music.

    Kenny demonstrates great facility on his instruments (he still plays alto, and occasionally tenor), but that facility comes only as a result of three hours per day of practice.

    But it's not all music for Kenny: he's a scratch golfer (named by Golf Digest number-one and number-two best golfer among musicians in 2006 and 2008); and he loves to fly his DeHavilland Beaver seaplane.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Grover Washington jr Inner City Blues Inner City Blues Kudu
    # 2 Cannonball Adderley Cannonball's Bossa Nova Groovy Samba Blue Note
    # 3 Dexter Gordon Go Love for Sale Blue Note
    # 4 Stan Getz Plays for Lovers How Long Has This Been Going On? Verve
    # 5 Tower of Power Tower of Power What's Hip? Warner Bros
    # 6 John Coltrane Giant Steps Naima Atlantic
    # 7 Kenny G The Holiday Album Miracles Arista
             
    Book Stephen King, "The Stand"
             
    Luxury Item "My soprano saxophone and DeHavilland Beaver seaplane"
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