Friday, October 13, 2006

Kenny G | I'm In The Mood For Love..

Kenny G -- acclaimed as the biggest-selling instrumental musician and biggest-selling jazz musician of the modern era, with total global sales of more than 75 million albums, singles and videos over the past 24 years (45 million in the U.S. alone), Arista recording artist, -- will release his first newly- recorded all-instrumental album of popular material in more than four years, when I'm In The Mood For Love ... The Most Romantic Melodies Of All Time arrives in stores on November 14th.

Following his heart, the world's most renowned soprano saxophone stylist lends his instrumental craft, for the first time, to an entire program of romantic songs featuring several of today's most recent chart hits: "If I Ain't Got You" (Alicia Keys), "You're Beautiful" (James Blunt), and "You Raise Me Up" (Josh Groban). Kenny's choices also pay homage to the great 20th century American Songbook, from "The Way You Look Tonight" and "I'm In The Mood For Love" (both extolling the pen of songwriter Dorothy Fields), to Bread's "If" and Barbra Streisand's "The Way We Were" (written by Alan & Marilyn Bergman and Marvin Hamlisch).

The movies provide three highlights: Nino Rota's "Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet", Johnny Mandel's "The Shadow of Your Smile" (Love Theme from The Sandpiper), and "As Time Goes By" (from Casablanca). And no collection of love songs would be complete without the Beatles' "Yesterday." Also included is a spirited medley and tribute to Sinatra's "Fly Me To The Moon and "You Make Me Feel So Young." I'm In The Mood For Love ... finds Kenny working once again with his longtime collaborator, producer, arranger and keyboardist Walter Afanasieff (whose credits include Mariah Carey, Luther Vandross, Barbara Streisand, Celine Dion, Barry Manilow, and many others).

I'm In The Mood For Love ... The Most Romantic Melodies Of All Time, Kenny G's 17th album for Arista Records, follows up last year's indispensable collection of seasonal tunes, The Greatest Holiday Classics, his fourth holiday best-seller. Prior to that in 2004, Kenny released the RIAA gold At Last ... The Duets Album, on which he was joined by such stellar vocalists and fellow instrumentalists as Barbra Streisand, LeAnn Rimes, Gladys Knight, Earth Wind & Fire, Yolanda Adams, Chaka Khan, Burt Bacharach, and Arturo Sandoval. Both albums rose to #1 on Billboard's Top Contemporary Jazz chart, and both were top 30 R&B and top 40 pop crossover successes.

It is Kenny G's innate ability to create and set different moods with his music that has made him such an enduring force and earned him Grammy, American Music, Soul Train, World Music and NAACP Image Awards as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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