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    More: Unlikely, Jazz, Kenny G, Smooth jazz, smooth jazz, Soprano saxophone, Grover Washington, Jr., Kenny G., jazz guitar star Pat Metheny  
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2021-12-03 8:18:01 AM  
Great chicken?
 
2021-12-03 8:19:03 AM  
He's certainly no Micheal Bolton
 
2021-12-03 8:19:36 AM  
Or Michael Bolton even
 
2021-12-03 8:22:49 AM  
Because he invented the Frappuccino?
 
2021-12-03 8:38:02 AM  
I mean, the dude is obviously a talented player. The music is just so elevator bland.
 
2021-12-03 8:51:48 AM  
Because he deserves 110% of the hate, but we haven't figured out how to do that yet?
 
2021-12-03 8:52:18 AM  
He's not as bad as those horrible acoustic covers they play in coffee shops.
 
2021-12-03 8:55:37 AM  

Spandau: Or Michael Bolton even


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2021-12-03 8:55:42 AM  
Really? No one yet?
Richard Thompson - I Agree With Pat Metheny
Youtube ucgZQGPZOpk
 
2021-12-03 8:55:42 AM  
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GoreLick....uh huh huh huh huh
 
2021-12-03 8:56:14 AM  

Ass_Master_Flash: I mean, the dude is obviously a talented player. The music is just so elevator bland.


He knows. He can play interesting music too, but he's said publicly that he's pretty much just doing what people will pay him the most to do - play bland crap for bland people. Bland people buy CDs.
 
2021-12-03 8:56:21 AM  
Not all of it. Some should be reserved for John Tesh.
 
2021-12-03 8:56:29 AM  

Ass_Master_Flash: I mean, the dude is obviously a talented player. The music is just so elevator bland.


He made a shiatload of money off of it though, at least he's not stupid.

And yeah he's quite talented, just not my cup of tea
 
2021-12-03 8:57:53 AM  
man, i loved Kenny G for about two days, in 1986.

then i was like...hmmm. on second thought....
 
2021-12-03 8:58:25 AM  
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2021-12-03 8:58:35 AM  
Epic sax guy 10 hours
Youtube kxopViU98Xo
 
2021-12-03 8:59:35 AM  
Given all the horrible things going on in the world right now, I think we can give bland jazz a pass.
 
2021-12-03 9:01:52 AM  

Spandau: Or Michael Bolton even


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2021-12-03 9:02:23 AM  
I don't "hate" Kenny G.  I just don't care for him.  It's nothing personal.
 
2021-12-03 9:03:34 AM  

incendi: Ass_Master_Flash: I mean, the dude is obviously a talented player. The music is just so elevator bland.

He knows. He can play interesting music too, but he's said publicly that he's pretty much just doing what people will pay him the most to do - play bland crap for bland people. Bland people buy CDs.


So he's the Thomas Kincade of music.
 
2021-12-03 9:05:33 AM  

InfoFreako: incendi: Ass_Master_Flash: I mean, the dude is obviously a talented player. The music is just so elevator bland.

He knows. He can play interesting music too, but he's said publicly that he's pretty much just doing what people will pay him the most to do - play bland crap for bland people. Bland people buy CDs.

So he's the Thomas Kincade of music.


YES. Exactly. Precisely.
 
2021-12-03 9:08:24 AM  
It isn't my particular cup of tea, but I won't tell you not to like it. Even if I could bring up valid points to why someone else is better that still doesn't mean that you can't enjoy something for what it is. We got enough problems, jazz music isn't one of them.
 
2021-12-03 9:08:49 AM  
"But stunningly, as a 65-year-old man who's been playing jazz since he was a teenager, he tells Lane he's "honestly" never thought about his race before."

So he's either dishonest or.... ?
 
2021-12-03 9:09:55 AM  
He found a niche within the music industry and exploited it for fortune and fame. Say what you want haters but Kenneth Gorelick is probably laughing and snorting coke off a hooker's azz right now.
 
2021-12-03 9:15:46 AM  
He really could have only been a huge pop star in the late 80s and 90s, Boomers loved that bland easy listening smooth jazz stuff. Good for him though to capitalize off that.
 
2021-12-03 9:18:05 AM  
Didn't we have this thread over the summer.

1) He's a very technically proficient musician
2) He's wasted his talents on insipid elevator-music style "smooth jazz" that happens to sell very well to women of a certain age with multiple cats.
 
2021-12-03 9:18:44 AM  

Tyrone Slothrop: Given all the horrible things going on in the world right now, I think we can give bland jazz a pass.


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2021-12-03 9:23:34 AM  
My dislike for him stems from a 1996 TV special for the 30th Anniversary of Star Trek. They were doing a tribute to the artistry of the visual effects while he played. And they kept cutting to close ups of him blowing his horn instead of showing the clip package.
It's not about you Kenny!
 
2021-12-03 9:25:03 AM  

Ass_Master_Flash: I mean, the dude is obviously a talented player. The music is just so elevator bland.


Kenny G - Esther (from Kenny G Live)
Youtube MV4hrOBC2zc


This is the most beautiful song in the world to me. Quite dramatic, really.
 
2021-12-03 9:26:53 AM  

iamskibibitz: He found a niche within the music industry and exploited it for fortune and fame. Say what you want haters but Kenneth Gorelick is probably laughing and snorting coke off a hooker's azz right now.


He got to call Mila Kunis a biatch in A Bad Moms Christmas movie.
 
2021-12-03 9:27:18 AM  
The guy can play, sounded great on the Jeff Lorber records. I've met and chatted with him when he was still Kenny Gorelick. He was open and engaging, said he wanted to sell records. Regardless, I'm not much interested in what he has done as "Kenny G."
 
2021-12-03 9:27:27 AM  

FrancoFile: Didn't we have this thread over the summer.

1) He's a very technically proficient musician
2) He's wasted his talents on insipid elevator-music style "smooth jazz" that happens to sell very well to women of a certain age with multiple cats.


I only have one cat, tyvm.
 
2021-12-03 9:28:51 AM  
I went to a dentist who had Kenny G music (and a lot of Sting's solo stuff) playing in the background. I honestly preferred something that could better accompany the dentist drill like my own screaming, but alas, I could not get a sweet recording contact like Mr. G.
 
2021-12-03 9:31:07 AM  
Dude is super talented and his live CD seemed to work wonders on the women I dated in college.
 
2021-12-03 9:31:54 AM  

TheJoe03: He really could have only been a huge pop star in the late 80s and 90s, Boomers loved that bland easy listening smooth jazz stuff. Good for him though to capitalize off that.


Boomers were teenagers in the 60s and early 70s. We like the stones, Hendrix and later the Ramones and Elvis Costello. But you keep living in your hate filled fantasy world.
 
2021-12-03 9:32:19 AM  
He knows what he's farkin doing. Like Zamfir.

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"He's sold more albums worldwide than The Beatles, and the music is better too"
                                     - Hank Hill
 
2021-12-03 9:32:36 AM  
Hey, The Weather Channel needs background music when they show the auto-generated weather maps.
 
2021-12-03 9:34:59 AM  

Sorelian's Ghost: Dude is super talented and his live CD seemed to work wonders on the women I dated in college.


Are you certain you weren't confusing the dorms with a nearby senior living facility?
 
2021-12-03 9:37:19 AM  

holdmybones: Sorelian's Ghost: Dude is super talented and his live CD seemed to work wonders on the women I dated in college.

Are you certain you weren't confusing the dorms with a nearby senior living facility?


Hey, no pregnancy scares.

/prolapse problems...forget it, I'm not going there...
 
2021-12-03 9:38:13 AM  

Schmerd1948: TheJoe03: He really could have only been a huge pop star in the late 80s and 90s, Boomers loved that bland easy listening smooth jazz stuff. Good for him though to capitalize off that.

Boomers were teenagers in the 60s and early 70s. We like the stones, Hendrix and later the Ramones and Elvis Costello. But you keep living in your hate filled fantasy world.


A tiny percentage of boomers listened to that stuff.
 
2021-12-03 9:39:57 AM  

AcneVulgaris: Schmerd1948: TheJoe03: He really could have only been a huge pop star in the late 80s and 90s, Boomers loved that bland easy listening smooth jazz stuff. Good for him though to capitalize off that.

Boomers were teenagers in the 60s and early 70s. We like the stones, Hendrix and later the Ramones and Elvis Costello. But you keep living in your hate filled fantasy world.

A tiny percentage of boomers listened to that stuff.


Elvis Costello was more popular with Gen X than the Boomers.  Mainstay of campus and alternative radio in the 80s and 90s.
 
2021-12-03 9:40:36 AM  
Because there is also Hitler. They should split all the hate 50/50.
 
2021-12-03 9:41:24 AM  

Schmerd1948: TheJoe03: He really could have only been a huge pop star in the late 80s and 90s, Boomers loved that bland easy listening smooth jazz stuff. Good for him though to capitalize off that.

Boomers were teenagers in the 60s and early 70s. We like the stones, Hendrix and later the Ramones and Elvis Costello. But you keep living in your hate filled fantasy world.


Plenty of boomers were in their 30s in the 80s and 90s listening to Sting and Yanni and and Celine Dion. Kenny G is an actual baby boomer. You're just in denial. Why you are, I don't know, but it's funny. I also like how you think people only listen to music when they're kids. I'm sure it was the Gen X teens of the 90s buying Kenny G and smooth jazz records and definitely not aging Boomers.

/Nothing I said was even hate filled, not even close
 
2021-12-03 9:41:56 AM  

ComaToast: I went to a dentist who had Kenny G music (and a lot of Sting's solo stuff) playing in the background. I honestly preferred something that could better accompany the dentist drill like my own screaming, but alas, I could not get a sweet recording contact like Mr. G.


Here you go:

Merzbow - Pulse Demon (full album)
Youtube ukZYP5Dy43E

VOLUME WARNING
 
2021-12-03 9:44:24 AM  
music for people who think mayo is too spicy
 
2021-12-03 9:44:25 AM  
Gen X here -- Kenny G, Costello, Genesis, Phil Collins, Robert Palmer, GnR, a farkload of hair bands, and Led Zeppelin dominate in my digital music collection (and I still have many of the original Cds and a ton of vinyl).

Know what's not in my play list? Ramones, Stones, Beatles, Fleetwood Mac and U2.
 
2021-12-03 9:46:22 AM  

TheJoe03: He really could have only been a huge pop star in the late 80s and 90s, Boomers loved that bland easy listening smooth jazz stuff. Good for him though to capitalize off that.

Yuppies

liked that stuff. Boomers is too broad a term.

/you can look up "yuppie" on your own
//Gen Xer...equally disgusted by Kenny G and mumblecore/whatever-the-f*ck they're calling music today
 
2021-12-03 9:49:45 AM  

beezeltown: TheJoe03: He really could have only been a huge pop star in the late 80s and 90s, Boomers loved that bland easy listening smooth jazz stuff. Good for him though to capitalize off that.

Yuppies liked that stuff. Boomers is too broad a term.

/you can look up "yuppie" on your own
//Gen Xer...equally disgusted by Kenny G and mumblecore/whatever-the-f*ck they're calling music today


I know what yuppies are, they still exist and they still suck. But fair point.
 
2021-12-03 9:55:07 AM  

SansNeural: "But stunningly, as a 65-year-old man who's been playing jazz since he was a teenager, he tells Lane he's "honestly" never thought about his race before."

So he's either dishonest or.... ?


Or Jewish people also have a long history with funky folk music??

André Rieu - Hava Nagila (הבה נגילה)
Youtube xZweLtjNxZY
 
2021-12-03 9:59:17 AM  
He got his thing, he's doing his thing. Fine. Honestly damned entertaining to start a "Kenny G is/isn't real jazz" fight if you can back out of it fast enough to be on the sidelines and grab popcorn.
 
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