Kenny G: Summertime




Kenny G (with George Benson)


Classics in the Key of G (Arista)

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Kenny G (soprano sax), George Benson (guitar),

Walter Afanasieff (piano, keyboards, synthesizer, programming); Randy Waldman (piano); Greg Phillanganes (Fender Rhodes piano); Greg Bieck (keyboards, synthesizer, programming); David Foster (keyboards); Dean Parks (acoustic guitar), Nathan East (bass), Ricky Lawson (drums), Paulinho Da Costa (percussion), Felipe Elgueta, David Reitzas, Adam Rossi (programming)


Composed by George Gershwin & DuBose Heyward


Recorded: CD released in 1999


Rating: 79/100 (learn more)

No surprises in this smooth jazz version of the Gershwin standard. Kenny G keeps fairly close to the sheet music chord changes, and relies on a tinkly piano background floating in a heavenly cloud of pseudo- strings. Mr. G. gets in a few good sax licks, but his solo is little more than an embellishment of the melody. George Benson makes a very brief cameo appearance, but doesn't even stay around for a solo. If this is summertime, I can hardly wait for school to start.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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