“Passages” by Kenny G
Kenneth Bruce Gorelick, better known by Kenny G, is an American adult contemporary and smooth jazz saxophonist. His fourth album, Duotones, brought him breakthrough success in 1986. A phenomenally successful instrumentalist whose recordings make the pop charts, Gorlick is a fine player with an attractive sound and influenced by Grover Washington, Jr. who often put a lot of emotion into his solos. His music largely falls outside of jazz; however, since he is listed at the top of contemporary jazz charts and is identified with jazz in the minds of the music industry and public, he is classified jazz. Kenny Gorelick started playing professionally with Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra in 1976. He also recorded with Cold, Bold & Together which was Seattle-based funk group and also freelanced. Kenny G's own records have sold remarkably well. Gorlick’s music is what people would relate to as having romantic evening, background music, dinner, relaxation, or for a Sunday afternoon.
The song that I am particularly very fond of is titled “Passages”. As, I listen to this piece of music, the saxophone just speaks to my inner being. I am invited to daydream; as if sitting under the oak tree in a big field that has lots of green grass and hills full of wildflowers. Can fall away with the sounds of chimes as if the breeze in the air has released the little flower petals blow through the sky. The sax in this particular arrangement is the soprano tone along with smooth and warm sound.
I am also reminded at how simple life can be, if you just stop and take time out for family and friends. The sound of the sax helps me slow down and takes time to just relax and rejuvenate. In the song “Passages” the saxophone has a smooth but yet energizing. The percussion sound with the piano and slight hint of string instruments in the background is so slight.
I first heard Kenny in early 1990’s when my girlfriends and I were hanging...