Personalities | Kenny G | Eighties | Jazz & Blues

(Soprano and alto saxophones, b. 1956)

Kenny Gorelick came up as a sideman in Jeff Lorber’s fusion band of the 1970s, before releasing his first R&B-flavoured recordings as a leader in the early 1980s. He hit pay dirt in 1986 with his phenomenally successful Duotones, which sold millions on the strength of his huge radioplay hit ‘Songbird’. His lyrical, emotive soprano sax playing has come to define smooth jazz, earning him a huge following (as well as hordes of detractors).

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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