Personnel: Kenny G. (soprano saxophone, various instruments, drum programming); Peabo Bryson, Aaron Neville (vocals); Dean Parks, Michael Thompson (guitar); Walter Afanasieff (various instruments, keyboards, synthesizer bass, programming); Dan Shea (keyboards, synthesizer bass, programming); Vail Johnson (bass); John Robinson (drums); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Ren Klyce, Gary Cirimelli (programming); Phillip Ingram, Fred White, Lynn Davis, Rose Stone, Jim Glistrap, Vann Johnson, Portia Griffin, Pat Hawk, Jean McLean (background vocals).
Producers: Kenny G, Walter Afanasieff, David Foster, Dan Shea.
Engineers include: Kevin Becka, Dana Jon Chappelle, Humberto Gatica.
Recorded at Studio G, Seattle, Washington; The Plant Studio, Sausalito, California; Village Recorders, Los Angeles, California.
"Forever In Love" won the award for Instrumental Composition in the 36th Annual Grammy Awards. "Sentimental" was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Performance in the 37th Annual Grammy Awards.
Kenny G is the quintessence of easy listening. His listener-friendly soprano sax is accessible to all--no hot jazz riffs, no wailing emotions, just easy-to-take, new age pop music.
From the warm notes of the opening "The Joy Of Life" you know you are in a tranquil, meditative territory. Whether he is "Forever In Love" or walking "In The Rain," whether he is feeling "Sentimental" or all "Alone," this album is all about feelings. Kenny is an accomplished enough player to express those feelings through his distinctive, clear tones. The calm palette of his sound is made up of blissful blues and gentle greens, nothing brighter, nothing deeper; and it succeeds as such. Kenny's sax is up-front, with the subdued background instrumentation equally serene; this composer/arranger knows how to showcase his music. He never takes the focus off his saxophone, although he does share a duet with vocalist Peabo Bryson, on the slickly soulful "By The Time The Night Is Over."
Pretend you're floating on a lake, lying on a beach, or swinging on a star; this is music that will transport you to that relaxing place. Sit back, relax, listen, and forget your worries. It is the reason for BREATHLESS' existence.
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