Kenny G Live is the first live album by saxophonist Kenny G. It was released by Arista Records in 1989, and peaked at number 2 on the Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and number 16 on the Billboard 200. This album was recorded live at Humphrey's Concerts By The Bay in San Diego, California. The lead track from the album, "Going Home" has become phenomenon worldwide, especially in China.
Silhouette is the fifth studio album by saxophonist Kenny G. It was released by Arista Records in 1988, and reached number 1 on the Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, number 8 on the Billboard 200, and number 10 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Through April 2011, the album has sold 25 million internationally.
Breathless is the sixth studio album by saxophonist Kenny G, released in 1992 on Arista Records. It reached number 1 on the Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and number 2 on the Billboard 200 and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts despite negative reviews from critics. The track "Forever in Love" won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition at the 1994 ceremony and reached #18 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album has been certified Diamond for shipments of over 12 million copies in the US, making it one of the top 100th best-selling albums in the United States.
Kenny G's work can be divided into three main categories: first, his improvisatory fusion efforts as a Jeff Lorber sideman in the late '70s; second, his R&B-oriented albums of 1982-1985; and third, the elevator Muzak he has specialized in since 1986. Falling into the second category, G Force is a fairly decent urban contemporary release that clearly benefits from the input of Kashif (who serves as executive producer). Kashif was hot at the time, and the R&B singer/producer/songwriter had been burning up the charts with hits by Evelyn "Champagne" King, George Benson, Howard Johnson and himself. Kashif's stamp is all over this sleek album; you can hear it on both the tunes with R&B vocals…
Faith: A Holiday Album is the second holiday album by saxophonist Kenny G. It was released by Arista Records in 1999, and peaked at number 1 on the Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, number 4 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, number 5 on the Internet Albums chart and number 6 on the Billboard 200. The album also received a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Faith: A Holiday Album was also the best-selling holiday album of 1999 in the United States according to sales figures from Nielsen/SoundScan, with total sales of 1,575,000 copies that year. As of November 2014, the album has sold 2,750,000 copies in the U.S. according to SoundScan. On November 5, 2002, Faith: A Holiday Album was certified Triple Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of three million copies in the U.S.
Kashif was obviously the star of the show on G Force, and the same thing is true of Kenny G's third album Gravity. With the R&B singer/producer/composer once again serving as G's executive producer, G delivers another generally decent urban contemporary-oriented effort.
Kenny G has long been the musician many jazz listeners love to hate. A phenomenally successful instrumentalist whose recordings make the pop charts, Kenny G's sound has been a staple on adult contemporary and smooth jazz radio stations since the mid-'80s, making him a household name. Kenny G is a fine player with an attractive sound (influenced a bit by Grover Washington, Jr.) who often caresses melodies, putting a lot of emotion into his solos.