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Kenny G???? - Can you pick him out?

Taz

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Hmmm, not really sure, but I think my money would be on number 4
 

aldevis

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Number four is the closest to Kenny G current style. But we could be surprised: in the past he was known to have also some musical ideas. Is Number 2 Ernie Watts?
 

spike

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I find this very interesting Kev -

I've got masses of stuff from every one of the possibles - quite a few of them worked with Jeff Lorbeer and Russ Freeman. It must be a live recording from around the time of the Doutones Album in the style of Midnight Motion. I don't think it's #4 or #5. and I can't recall Kenny playing a dirty altissimo on tenor as well as the alternative honking fingerings on C#. And some of the suggestions in the list are predominantly alto players, and we can pretty much rule out Koz, Marienthal, Whalum, Albright, and I don't think Candy is in there either. Greg Vail is a bit of not so sure. So who does that leave and how to implement the process of elimination.
Players like Euge Groove, Everette Harp, Boney James, Richard Elliot, Jeff Kashiwa surfed on the wave Kenny's rise to fame and fortune.
The vid stems from 2011 - The question begs asking - Do you actually know the correct answer? If so what's the last posting date and what's the prize? Like Aldevious says
but we could be surprised
 

kevgermany

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- The question begs asking - Do you actually know the correct answer?
No idea. I found it on youtube, thought it'd be easy - and came short, no real idea. Struck me that it'd be a good test for the Kenny G knockers on here, like me. And made me think a lot.

My money's on #2, but it's no more than a guess.
 

gregerhillman

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The correct answer is #3!
Is that a bootleg by the way?

The reason I know this is because I listened to everything by Kenny back in the day when I got started on the sax. He's probably easier to spot when he plays the soprano for most people as that sound is very.... well Kenny.

On the tenor he has lot more body to his sound and as you can hear his playing style is a bit more aggressive than what you here on his well polished CD's. This song, Midnight Motion, was released on Arista records back in 1989 as part of the Live album.

As a side note on Kenny:
You may know that he has sold over 90 million CD's already but did you know that he is owns A LOT of shares in Starbucks?
You may like him or not, but you have to hand it to the guy that he has a big nose(!) for business.
 

Greg Strange

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I think I agree with Spike on this - there is a few possibilities -

I don't think Ernie Watts is among them because he's got a pretty distinctiveness tonal quality...

Kirk Whalum played tenor and soprano with Bob James in the 1980s...one possibility

Sam Riney is another player to consider - played in a L.A. fusion band called Kittyhawk - Richard Elliott was a member at one time, Boney James could be...Gary Meek played with the Jeff Lorber Group like Mr. Gorelick...Brandon Fields with the Rippington tended to play alto alot - the problem which one is which?:confused2:

Greg S.

P.S. After a bit of a think... #1 Sax Gordon? #3 Kenny G? #6 Jimmy Z (Zavala)?
 
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aldevis

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Let me be judgmental:
In the dark era of modern sax playing (80s) many musicians ended up simplifying their stile and adding reverb. Playing quite similar to each other,


I am sure Mr. Watts is not in the list, but think of him in Charlie Haden's quartet or in Blade Runner.
 

aldevis

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The correct answer is #3!
Is that a bootleg by the way?

The reason I know this is because I listened to everything by Kenny back in the day when I got started on the sax. He's probably easier to spot when he plays the soprano for most people as that sound is very.... well Kenny.
This is scary! It means there is someone that recorded number 4 in KG's style!
Replicants shaped like KG are taking over the saxophone world!
 

Colin the Bear

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Like or dislike his playing as you wish, but it must be the Michael Bolton effect why males have such a vehement reaction to "him".

Get your Blady hair cut lad.
 

Greg Strange

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I think I agree with Spike on this - there is a few possibilities -

I don't think Ernie Watts is among them because he's got a pretty distinctiveness tonal quality...

Kirk Whalum played tenor and soprano with Bob James in the 1980s...one possibility

Sam Riney is another player to consider - played in a L.A. fusion band called Kittyhawk - Richard Elliott was a member at one time, Boney James could be...Gary Meek played with the Jeff Lorber Group like Mr. Gorelick...Brandon Fields with the Rippington tended to play alto alot - the problem which one is which?:confused2:

Greg S.

P.S. After a bit of a think... #1 Sax Gordon? #3 Kenny G? #6 Jimmy Z (Zavala)?
When I nominted the above players I didn't realise the poster of the original video had a selection of a total of 13 players to choose from including Tom Scott...one thing I'm pretty certain of is Tom Scott is not among them. The first player employs certain devices and techniques that Sax Gordon uses...

Greg S.
 
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