I think Kenny G catches so much shade is because he was everywhere on the radio in the 80s and 90s. Sort of like Christopher Cross for a few years: oversaturated. Both are phenomenal musicians.
Kenny holds the world record for the longest-held note by any wind player--including dij artists. Yes, he used circular breathing to break the record.
I remember when the christopher cross record came out... it sounded pretty fresh... and you are totally right, he got wildly over exposed and destroyed.
A long time ago, I was in a bar in aspen and two stools down, I saw david gates. It took me a minute... and finally I said, 'excuse me, I just wanted to say that I'm a big fan of your guitar playing.'
He laughed and said, 'well, thank you for recognizing me, and thanks for the compliment.' I nodded. After a minute, he said, 'are you a musician?' I said, 'oh, I play in a band.' and he laughed and moved down and we talked for awhile. He said that while he was eternally grateful for his success with bread, he was sorry that for most people he was only that. I shared that I knew he was a studio guy too and that he and russell bridges were friends and jimmy webb and he said something like 'it is a fickle thing, this one gets respect, this one gets dismissed, this one gets ignored, this one gets rich.' he asked where we were playing and I told him, but he didn't make the gig.
That story I rarely tell, because it reminds me that my brother's story about meeting Robin Ventura in a bar and their convo pale... I miss Lefty's in SF, I will never forgive the Handlery dude for wrecking it.
I’m a Gates/Bread/pop music fan.
I saw Bread at Palmer Auditorium (now Palmer Event Center) circa 1970.
It may have been my first concert.
I can’t recall whether I saw them, or the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band first.
Very cool that you got to talk to him, and have a real conversation.
Totally. Like Freddy Mercury if he had to sing thru Glenn Danzig’s throat.Me too. I think its intrinsic sound is ghastly whether played by John Coltrane, Sidney Bechet or Kenny G. Yet all those players find it a great tool to get their musical ideas out. Is there something about it that makes it easier to play than an alto sax for example.
Ugggh... too much autotune... LOL!
Kenny G totally shreds on Giant Steps.
I always dug this... eric gale, so good on guitar and Hank.
I always believed the dudes who did the soundtrack for Blade Runner ripped this off, but, why not? it is an amazing piece.
That's one of the funniest things I've heard on this forum! You go Branford!In Kenny G's Wikipedia entry, Branford Marsalis is quoted as follows, "When all these jazz guys get in a tizzy over Kenny G, they need to leave Kenny alone. He's not stealing jazz. The audience he has wouldn't be caught dead at a real jazz concert or club. It's not like some guy says, 'You know, I used to listen to Miles, Trane and Ornette. And then I heard Kenny G, and I never put on another Miles record.' It's a completely different audience."
When I was 17, somebody gave me a Rod McKuen book and record; I liked them for a while. I also really liked Roger Whitaker and Bobby Goldsboro. I moved on. Now I like sappy songs by Jesse Winchester.