World-renowned jazz musician Kenny G introduces Latin classic romance to the smooth sultry sounds of his saxophone, on the new Rhythm & Romance.
Kenny G is a musical genius whose music bridges the gap between races, genders, and nationalities. His music has an alluring quality, combined with a seductiveness about it that has the power to compel unbridled passion.
Kenny G has been playing the saxophone since he was a teenager. He plays the alto and tenor saxophone as well as the flute, but his main instrument of choice is the soprano saxophone. Kenny G’s career began when he took his first job as a saxophonist in 1976 when he was only 20 years of age. His first solo was played in Grammy-Award winning Barry White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra. White was impressed by Kenny G’s mastery of the blues scale, and that was the start of his journey in jazz.
He also has exceptional control over his breathing. He uses a technique referred to as circular breathing. Due to the fact that he is extremely proficient at this method, he is able to hold a note longer than many other saxophone players. This takes skill and discipline that most musicians lack, thus separating Kenny G from many other artists, even those who consider themselves as the best in the business.
Rhythm & Romance has a total of 12 tracks. My favorite is track 8, “Besame Mucho,” which translates to “Kiss Me A Lot.” It’s mellow and enticing. It lingers in the senses and causes the recesses of the mind to crave romantically inclined situations.
I also have to acknowledge the other band members Walter Afanasiefe (piano), Ramon Stagnero and Pablo Hurtado (guitar), John Pena and Nathan East (bass), Alex Acuna (drums), Enrique Martinez (accordion), Michito Sanchez, Rafeal Padilla, Paulinho Da Costa, and Ron Powell (percussion), Gary Grant and Dan Fornero (trumpet), Bill Reichenbach and Andy Martin (trombone), and Dan Higgins (saxes).
Individually they all sound great but together they are phenomenal. They compliment each other well… kind of like Spanish guitars and amorous ballads.
2. Ritmo Y Romance (Rhythm & Romance)
3. Sabor A Mi
5. Mirame Bailar (featuring Barbara Munoz)
6. Peruvian Nights
8. Besame Mucho
9. Fiesta Loca
10. Es Hora De Decir featuring Camila
11. Copa De Amor
12. Salsa Kenny