He's a fine player with an attractive sound influenced a bit by Grover Washington, Jr. Because he does not improvise much sticking mostly to predictable melody statementshis music largely falls outside of jazz. However, because he is listed at the top of "contemporary jazz" charts and is identified with jazz in the minds of the mass public, he is classified as jazz.
Soon he was signed to Arista, recording his debut as a leader in His fourth album, Duotones which included the very popular "Songbird"made him into a star. Soon he was in demand for guest appearances on recordings of such famous singers as Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, and Natalie Cole.
Kenny G's own records have sold remarkably well, particularly Breathless, which has easily topped eight million copies in the U. The holiday album Miracles, released inand 's Moment continued the momentum of his massive commercial success.
A Holiday Album was released that same year, followed by a limited-edition re-release of the Greatest Hits disc. This was followed by a music video collection, another holiday album, entitled Wishes, and, ina second greatest-hits collection, Ultimate Kenny G.