Kenny G: Summertime
Kenny G (with George Benson)
Classics in the Key of G (Arista)
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