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The Dead Kenny Gs: Operation Long Leash

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Never before has a jazz combo’s name so perfectly conveyed its ethos. The Dead Kenny Gs manages to both reference an iconoclastic hardcore punk band and express disdain for pandering-to-the-masses smooth jazz while keeping a sense of humor about it all. Look inside the jacket: There are the trio’s members in curly Kenny G wigs, gesturing at the camera.

Kenny G may pretend he plays jazz, but these guys don’t. There’s a little bit of rock, a little bit of funk and a whole bunch of heavy metal in these 36 minutes. A lot of noise comes out of only three guys, but consider that Skerik shreds saxophones and keyboards, Mike Dillon smacks vibraphone, drums and percussion, and Brad Houser pummels bass and baritone sax. Charlie Hunter adds guitar to one tune.

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