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Kenny G: Rhythm & Romance

It seems only right that a Kenny G CD would wind up in Starbucks coffee stores, as the Seattle native, now living on the beach in L.A., had the insight to snap up stock when the coffee giant offered its IPO. This CD, his first after breaking away from Clive Davis and Arista, is pure Kenny G, all the way. It’s marketed as a project of Latin love songs, and the fire and passion you’d expect from that is here, but as always it’s the G-way or the highway. As one of the song titles says-you don’t know if he’s being tongue-in-cheek or oblivious-it’s “Salsa Kenny.” The saxophonist surrounds himself with first-rate Latin musicians Alex Acuña, Ramon Stagnaro, John Pena, Michito Sanchez, Enrique Martinez and Paulinho da Costa. These guys can work up a sweat, but they’re tuned down to fit G’s laidback style.

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