Kenny G - Duotones
Original Release Date: 1986
Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
Bitrate: 192 kbps
If there\'s one thing that bugs me about music, it\'s the fact that many people are music snobs. Just because an artist chooses a particular style does not make him/her any better or worse than someone who chooses a different style.
A lot of people get hung up on the fact that Kenny G and others like him are labeled as \"jazz\", like \"jazz\" is some exclusive club that only a select few may be members of. Kenny G plays \"smooth jazz\", which is a subset of the genre. Like \"light rock\" is a subset of \"rock\". But since jazz is a more close-knit genre than rock, they get labeled in together, which is unfortunate. You wouldn\'t expect a heavy metal fan to rate a light rock album too highly, so it\'s no surprise that a \"jazz snob\" (you all know who you are) will trash an artist like Kenny G.
I\'ll rate this album as a fan of both Kenny G and the smooth jazz genre. I also listen to a lot of the more traditional jazz, like Coltrane and Parker and big band music, as well as many other genres. I am also a fairly accomplished sax player myself, so I can attest to the more technical attributes of the music.
I own all of Kenny G\'s albums, and this one is my favorite. It is the only one that I give five stars. Why? On the first three Kenny G albums (\"Kenny G\", \"G Force\", \"Gravity\"), he had not yet found his \"voice\". On this one (the first one that I owned, shortly after it came out), he found the right mix of songs, vocals, and textures. His earlier efforts were a little too inconsistent, and his later efforts have drifted towards the very mellow. This is just my personal preference - some people prefer the really mellow stuff, and some like the funk and the vocals of the earlier albums, but to me this is the right mix.
This CD has more tenor sax (and some alto, I believe) than his later ones, which helps with the variety and pace of the CD. In fact, the soprano doesn\'t come out until the last three tunes. Maybe that\'s what I like the best - I\'m more of a fan of the tenor, and it plays a lot more prominently on this CD.
If you have some of the later Kenny G CDs, and if you like them, you\'ll like this one as well. It has a different sound, but not so different that you won\'t enjoy it. Definitely a more uptempo feel, with a deeper sound (due to the use of the tenor sax). If you\'re a fan and don\'t have this one, by all means get it. If you\'re not a fan of his later albums, you may still like this one. If you\'re a \"jazz snob\", you already know you won\'t like it. ~ jeffrey343
Kenny G - Duotones
02 Midnight Motion
03 Don\'t Make Me Wait For Love
06 What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)
07 Slip Of The Tongue
08 Three Of A Kind
10 You Make Me Believe