Personnel: Kenny G (vocals, flute, saxophone, synthesizer, percussion); Barry Johnson (vocals); Steve Horton, Marlon McClain, Ira Seigal (guitar); Kashif (keyboards, Synclavier, synthesizer, bass, percussion); Jeff Lorber, Barry Eastman, Paul Lawrence Jones III (keyboards); Peter Scherer (Synclavier); Wayne Braithwaite (synthesizer, bass, percussion); Omar Hakim, Leslie Ming, Yogi Horton (drums); Bashiri Johnson, Steve Kroon (percussion); Lillo Thomas, B.J. Nelson, Steve Horton, La La, Yolanda Lee, Freddie Jackson, Jan And Angie background vocals).
Recorded at Celestial Sounds Studios, New York, New York.
Liner Note Author: Alex Henderson .
Kenny G's work can be divided into three main categories: first, his improvisatory fusion efforts as a Jeff Lorber sideman in the late '70s; second, his R&B-oriented albums of 1982-1985; and third, the elevator Muzak he has specialized in since 1986. Falling into the second category, G Force is a fairly decent urban contemporary release that clearly benefits from the input of Kashif (who serves as executive producer). Kashif was hot at the time, and the R&B singer/producer/songwriter had been burning up the charts with hits by Evelyn "Champagne" King, George Benson, Howard Johnson and himself. Kashif's stamp is all over this sleek album; you can hear it on both the tunes with R&B vocals ("Hi, How Ya Doin'" and "Do Me Right") and groove-oriented instrumentals like "I've Been Missin' You" and "I Wanna Be Yours." G Force, Kenny G's second album, is a long way from the adventurous fusion Kenny G had recorded with Lorber, and the sax solos he was taking in 1983 were hardly breathtaking. But thanks to Kashif's participation, G Force is an enjoyable, R&B-oriented date and is probably the best album he did as a leader (which isn't saying a lot, considering how boring most of his subsequent projects would be). ~ Alex Henderson
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