Grammy award winner Kenny G is still the man when it comes to smooth jazz saxophone and his latest collection of hits and popular selections, entitled Ultimate Kenny G simply adds to his previous official best of collection.
Ultimate Kenny G truly lives up to its title. Basically, it’s an updated version of the Greatest Hits CD released in 1977. Only with an even stronger song selection.
I myself have been a huge Kenny G fan since the release of his breakthrough 1986 album Duotones.
The Ultimate Kenny G CD includes two unreleased tracks, including G’s rendition of Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On which is a track that had only been available as a free giveaway single with the initial pressings of the Greatest Hits CD.
The stand out track among the vocals is the classic What A Wonderful World. Performed with the late great Louis Armstrong’s original vocal track.
Of course his trademark ballads Songbird, Silhouette, Forever in Love and The Moment are all included here as well as tracks from his last studio album Paradise and his 1999 tribute to the standards Classics In The Key Of G.
Also included are the rare tracks Everlasting and Jasmine Flower which had only been available previously on the Japanese version of The Moment.
An impressive list of vocal contributors on the CD include include Smokey Robinson, Chante Moore, Peabo Bryson and Lenny Williams.
Truly I have to say this is The Ultimate Kenny G CD, and is sure to please both longtime fans and newcomers to the Kenny G sound.
Overall Ultimate Kenny G is very good listening and is certainly a CD that smooth jazz fans, and fans of Kenny G in particular, will definitely want to add to their collection of smooth jazz CDs.
Kenny G originally released Ultimate Kenny G on June 10, 2003 on the Arista record label.
CD track list follows:
4. What A Wonderful World
5. The Look Of Love
7. One More Time
8. Theme From ‘Dying Young’
9. Forever In Love
10. We’ve Saved The Best For Last
12. Jasmine Flower
13. The Girl From Ipanema
14. By The Time This Night Is Over
15. The Champion’s Theme
16. Don’t Make Me Wait For Love
17. The Moment
18. My Heart Will Go On (Love Theme From ‘Titanic’)
19. The Wedding Song
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