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Kenny G: Brazilian Nights [Deluxe]

Track List

>Bossa Antigua
>Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)
>Bossa Réal
>Brazilian Nights
>April Rain
>Menina Moca
>Bu Bossa
>Girl From Ipanema
>Summer Love
>Loving You
>G Bop
>Forever In Love
>Heart and Soul

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

The biggest selling instrumental musician of the modern era and one of the bestselling artists of all-time returns with Brazilian Nights, his all-new salute to Bossa Nova.

Album Notes

Personnel: Walter Afanasieff (piano, synthesizer, drum programming, percussion programming).

Audio Mixer: Humberto Gatica.

Liner Note Author: Kenny G.

Recording information: The Birchmere.

Photographer: Chapman Baehler.

Arrangers: Kenny G; Walter Afanasieff.

So comfortable is the fit of Kenny G and Brazilian bossa nova that it's a wonder he didn't get around to a full-scale tribute until 2015. By waiting so long, the saxophonist perhaps sacrificed some production warmth -- there's a crispness to the presentation and certain instrumentation that is palpably digital -- but he's gained suppleness in his execution. Never known for aggressiveness, Kenny G nevertheless seems exceptionally laid-back here, easing into the nicely relaxed rhythms. At times, those rhythms feel a little buttoned-up for the intended mood -- they're precise, not sultry -- but that's where the saxophonist's decision to emphasize feel comes into play. There's never any indication that Brazilian Nights was intended as anything other than a bit of well-manicured romantic music and, on that level, it surely succeeds. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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