So comfortable is the fit of Kenny G and Brazilian bossa nova that it's a wonder he didn't get around to a full-scale tribute until 2015. By waiting so long, the saxophonist perhaps sacrificed some production warmth -- there's a crispness to the presentation and certain instrumentation that is palpably digital -- but he's gained suppleness in his execution. Never known for aggressiveness, Kenny G nevertheless seems exceptionally laid-back here, easing into the nicely relaxed rhythms. At times, those rhythms feel a little buttoned-up for the intended mood -- they're precise, not sultry -- but that's where the saxophonist's decision to emphasize feel comes into play. There's never any indication that Brazilian Nights was intended as anything other than a bit of well-manicured romantic music and, on that level, it surely succeeds.
Performance CreditsKenny G Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Walter Afanasieff Synthesizer,Piano
Sam Hirsch Piano
Technical CreditsKenny G Arranger,Composer,Producer
Vinícius de Moraes Composer
Paul Desmond Composer
Jorge Calandrelli Orchestral Arrangements
Mauricio Einhorn Composer
Durval Ferreira Composer
Norman Gimbel Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Steve Shepherd Engineer
Walter Afanasieff Arranger,Composer,Producer,drum programming,Orchestral Arrangements,Percussion Programming
Todd Gallopo Art Direction
Tyler Gordon Engineer
Luis Antonio Composer
Adrian Bradford Engineer
Martin Nessi Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Bossa Real based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Loved Rhythm and Romance CD. Although this CD is very easy to listen to, and has some nice melodies, it does not have that Brazilian flavor I was expecting.