I know that the "great debate" continues on Kenny G and his music. There are some jazz "purests" out there that feel that his music isn't really jazz at all. I've always differed with that assessment and I think that his new CD bears that out. This CD is produced by David Foster and contains alot of "strings" and exceptionally smooth sounds, which is "G's" trademark.
His rendition of "Summertime" is fabulous. His ability of improvise at key moments of the song lends itself to mild but descriptive melody in keeping with his tradition. What he does with the song "What A Wonderful World" (with Louis Armstrong overlayed) is layed-back, smooth, and in-tune with the origional composition. Its not exactly "creative" but exceptionally well done.
The selection of songs on this CD are momentous...."The Look of Love", "Desafinado", "In a Sentimenal Mood", Stranger on the Shore", "Body and Soul", "Round Midnight", "Over the Rainbow" and, again, one of my all-time favorites, "Girl From Ipanema". This is an excellent CD for those who get caught up in the stressful world of which we are all a part, and simply enjoy settling back and relaxing with a nice drink and unwinding for a bit.