on 9 January 2014
I have long been an admirer of Kenny G's work, but not known the best way of getting a good "best of" collection. Having liked him since the early "Duotones" days, many collections emphasise the "hit" ballads, but in so doing miss the earlier more funky stuff. This comprehensive 2 CD collection (currently a bargain £4.99) does the trick as it has the room to cover the full expanse of Kenny G. It starts with the early stuff, so you get the funky "Sade", "Slip Of The Tongue" and "Against Doctor's Orders", which all give a great introduction. Across the set, you also get a wonderful selection of guest vocal tracks (Lenny Williams on "Don't Make Me Wait For Love", Ellis Hall on "What Does It Take", Smokey Robinson on "We've Saved The Best For Last", and Peabo Bryson on "By The Time This Night Is Over" - and that is just disc 1), and, of course, some great, relaxing ballads ("Songbird". "Silhouette", "Forever In Love" and "Morning"). What really made the set attractive to me, though, was its comprehensive nature means that disc 2 comes up to date enough to include tracks from the great "At Last...The Duets" album, and also includes what are the very best tracks - a great version of "Pick Up The Pieces" with David Sanborn, a fantastic reading of "Beautiful" with Chaka Khan, and "The Way You Move" with EWF. This means that the quality (and variety) continues right through both CDs. I bought this CD hoping to like it, but have ended up totally loving it. Great, relaxing, smooth R&B/Jazz. Highly Recommended.