Josef Woodard
July 23, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Classics in the Key of G

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Kenny G
Producers
Arista
genre
Jazz

We gave it a D+

Classic in the Key of G addresses the nagging question, Can Kenny G play ”real” jazz? The verdict: barely. He makes the mistake of performing alongside those who have, like George Benson and Louis Armstrong (extra karmic demerits for his posthumous ”duet” with Satchmo on ”What a Wonderful World”). His shortcomings are accentuated in jazz mode, with a gee-whiz/Cheez Whiz tone strangely slathered in reverb and stiff, simpleton phrasing on standards like ”Body and Soul” and ”’Round Midnight.” G best not give up his ”smooth” day job. D+

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