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Christmas Music Playlists with Kenny G Songs
Kenny G Gets Down To Brass Tracks
Factfile - Kenny G
- Kenny G's holiday albums are Miracles: The Holiday Album (1994), Faith: A Holiday Album (1999) and Wishes: A Holiday Album (2002).
- Miracles: The Holiday AlbumMiracles was the best-selling holiday album in the US in both 1994 and 1996 and in 1999 was certified as eight-times platinum in the US by the RIAA.
- Miracles: The Holiday Album was produced by Walter Afanasieff, famous for his writing with Mariah Carey.
- Faith: A Holiday Album was the best-selling holiday album of 1999 in the US and went on to be certified triple platinum.
On this side of the Atlantic we might be surprised to find out that saxophonist Kenny G’s 1994 album ‘Miracles: The Holiday Album’ is one of the best-selling Christmas albums of all time. It is certainly the biggest selling since the 1990’s which for a record with no vocals is some achievement. ‘Miracles’ was produced by Kenny G and Mariah Carey’s sometimes song writing collaborator Walter Afanasieff. There’s no denying the contemplate nature of Gorelick’s (the G) renditions of traditional staples ‘Winter Wonderland’, ‘Silver Bells’ and ‘Little Drummer Boy’ and he must be commended for tackling nativity based carols like ‘Away In A Manger’. Although it continues to sell well ‘Miracles’ is beginning to show its age but that won’t stop it holding the attention of those who frequent hotel lounges or take the lift in tall building's come December.
The success of Kenny G’s first Christmas album meant that others would surely follow and 5 years later in 1999 ‘Faith: A Holiday Album’ duly did. Despite its misleading title there were far more contemporary numbers this time with the result that ‘Faith’ certainly had more of a pep in its step than its predecessor. ‘Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!’ was the albums opener and had Kenny G in positively playful mood. ‘Sleigh Ride’ also saw G dropping the smooth and giving it socks. For once the sax is enhanced by a coterie of bouncing other instruments. The other notable track on ‘Faith’ was one borne out of the time it was released. ‘Auld Lang Syne: The Millennium Mix’ was 8 minutes of sax interspersed with clips from some of the greatest moments from the 20th century. A clever choice by Kenny G and one that was to prove immensely popular on New Year's Eve 1999.
Kenny G’s next holiday album, ‘Wishes: A Holiday Album’ came along 3 years later in 2002 and this time he introduced several medleys to the mix. It was a nice departure and infused some much needed life into the sax players' Christmas routine. ‘Deck The Halls/The Twelve Days of Christmas’ opened proceedings and was the perfect uplifting uptempo start. The ‘Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer/Frosty The Snowman’ was equally as ambitious and was boosted by the sprightly piano keys and boisterous trumpets.
Since his 3 hugely well received Christmas albums Kenny G has released as many holiday compilations which each reconfiguring what was released previously. It is unclear whether he will record new Christmas material but he can be assured that if he does it will have millions of easy listening fans enthralled.
Being a purely instrumental album, it makes a musical statement, not a religious one, and I hope that people can feel the emotion of the great melodies, even without the words.
Kenny G Christmas Album & Single Covers