Kenny G – Duotones (1986)

FrontCover1Duotones is the fourth studio album by American saxophonist Kenny G, released on September 29, 1986 by Arista Records. It features one of Kenny G’s best-known songs, “Songbird”, which reached number four on the US Billboard Hot 100.
The album peaked at number one on the Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, number five on the Jazz Albums chart, number six on the Billboard 200 and number eight on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[ The album was later certified 5× Platinum by the RIAA. (by wikipedia)

Kenny G’s breakthrough effort featured the hit “Songbird,” which is the definitive example of the saxophonist’s smooth, lyrical playing; the rest of the album is nearly as good, highlighting his melodic, jazzy pop. (by Stephen Thomas Erlewine)
Great Night Car-Riding Music:
I heard the tune “Midnight Motions” on a jazz radio station, and I had to call to find out who was the artist. I bought it immediately. Midnight motions is like night car-riding music. It’s cool. It soothes me, as if I were walking through an empty Manhattan on a damp night after the rain, with a cool breeze. Or like cruising your car through the damp streets late at nite,hearing your tires on the wet pavement. Just feeling good and sailing. Midnight motions is soothing to the mind. I’m rather new to Kenny G’s music, but after this album, I plan to get to know his music better. (by Diamond M. Dominguezon)

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Personnel:
Walter Afanasieff (synthesized bass, keyboards, synthesizer)
Tony Gable (percussion)
Kenny G. (saxophone, background vocals, synthesized bass, keyboards, synthesizer)
Alan Glass (guitar, keyboards, synthesizer)
Greg “Gigi” Gonaway (drums,percussion)
Randy Jackson (bass, synthesized bass)
Cory Lerios (synthesized bass)
Kenny McDougald (drums)
Joe Plass (bass)
John Raymond (guitar)’
Corrado Rustici (guitar)
Roger Sause (keyboards, synthesizer)
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Sal Gallina (strings, violin, french horn on 03.)
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background vocals:
Kitty Beethoven – Gina Glass – Preston Glass – Yolanda Glass – Claytoven Richardson -Lenny Williams

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Tracklist:
01. Songbird” (Instrumental) (Kenny G.) 5.06
02. Midnight Motion  (Kenny G.) 4.10
03. Don’t Make Me Wait For Love (Afanasieff/Glass/Walden) 4.08
04. Sade (Kenny G.) 4.23
05. Champagne (Kenny G./McDougald) 4.48
06. What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) (Bristol/Bullock/Fugua) 4.09
07. Slip Of The Tongue (Glass/Walden/Pianka) 4.55
08. Three Of A Kind (Kenny G./Glass/Walden/Pianka) 4.48
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09.  Esther (Afanasieff/Kenny G./Glass/Walden)

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Arthur Barrow – In The Mood + Moonlight Serenade (1985)

FrontCover1This a carzy little 12 ” single … inspired by the motion picture “The Glenn Miller Story”.

Side one was recorded by Arthur Barrow:

Arthur Barrow – a young musician trying to find his way – decides to teach himself the electric bass in 1974 while attending the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. He was studying composition and organ, at the time but had different aspirations. The emerging fusion of rock and progressive music was taking hold, and Barrow became fascinated with the work of Frank Zappa. A year later (1975), he decides to move to Los Angeles with one of his main goals being to play in Zappa’s band. In 1978, he auditions and makes the cut.

In Zappa’s band, he spends the better part of twelve Zappa albums and four tours working that gig (including albums like Joe’s Garage Act I & II, Shut Up ’n Play Yer Guitar, You Are What You Is, and many more). Along the way, he also became a colleague with Robby Krieger from The Doors (who he is still working with) and played with everyone from Joe Cocker and Keith Emerson to Billy Idol and Janet Jackson.

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After his Zappa stint, he worked very closely with famed songwriter/producer Giorgio Moroder. You have heard his work in soundtracks for Scarface, Top Gun, The Doors and many more. He has his own slew of solo discs and has worked in many other band situations. Most recently, he has published a memoir of his music business experience titled, Of Course I Said Yes! – The Amazing Adventures of a Life In Music. (by notreble.com)

He recorded two versions of the Gelnn Miller classic “In The Mood” … including a very modern “dub” version …

On the B-side you´ll hear “Moonlight Sernenade” recorded by  Thelma Houston:

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Thelma Houston (born May 7, 1946) is an American singer and actress. She scored a number-one hit in 1977 with her cover version of the song “Don’t Leave Me This Way”, which won the Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. (by wikipedia)

She was often compared with Aretha Frankin !

What a great version of this song !

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Tracklist:

Arthur Barrow:
01. In The Mood (Garland) 5.39
02. In The Mood (dub version) 6.08

Thelma Houston:
03. Moonlight Serenade (Miller/Parish) 7.23

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This is another item from the great greygoose record collection.
Thanks a lot !