Breathless (Kenny G album)

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Breathless
Kenny G-Breathless (album cover).jpg
Studio album by Kenny G
Released October 20, 1992
Recorded 1992
Studio Studio G
(Seattle, Washington)
The Hit Factory
(New York, New York)
The Plant Recording Studios
(Sausalito, California)
Ocean Way Recording
Devonshire Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre Smooth jazz
Length

69:57 (U.S. version)

75:29 (International version)
Label Arista
Producer Kenny G
Walter Afanasieff
David Foster
Dan Shea
Kenny G chronology
Montage
(1990)Montage1990
Breathless
(1992)
Miracles: The Holiday Album
(1994)Miracles: The Holiday Album1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly D[2]

Breathless is the sixth studio album by American saxophonist Kenny G, released in 1992 on Arista Records. It reached number 1 on the Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and number 2 on the Billboard 200 and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.[3] The track "Forever in Love" won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition at the 1994 ceremony[4] and reached #18 on the Billboard Hot 100. Despite negative reviews from critics, the album was still certified Diamond for shipments of over 12 million copies in the US,[5] making it one of the top 100th best-selling albums in the United States.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Note: In the International Version "Jasmine Flower" is track 14 omitting "Natural Ride".

All music composed by Kenny G.

No. Title Length
1. "The Joy of Life" 4:23
2. "Forever in Love" 5:01
3. "In the Rain" 5:03
4. "Sentimental" (Composed by Kenny G / Walter Afanasieff) 6:38
5. "By the Time This Night Is Over (with Peabo Bryson)" (Composed by Michael Bolton / Diane Warren / Andy Goldmark) 4:50
6. "End of the Night" 5:25
7. "Alone" 5:28
8. "Morning" (Composed by Kenny G / Walter Afanasieff) 5:17
9. "Even if My Heart Would Break" (with Aaron Neville)" (Composed by Franne Golde / Adrian Gurvitz) 5:01
10. "G-Bop" (Composed by Dan Shea / Kenny G /Walter Afanasieff) 4:09
11. "Sister Rose" (Composed by Kenny G / Walter Afanasieff) 6:16
12. "A Year Ago" 5:18
13. "Homeland" 4:36
14. "Natural Ride (U.S Track)" (Composed by Kenny G / Walter Afanasieff) 5:17
15. "The Wedding Song (International Track)" (Composed by Kenny G / Walter Afanasieff) 3:25
16. "Jasmine Flower (Japan Bonus track)" (Composed by Traditional) 4:40

Personnel[edit]

  • Kenny G: arrangements, all other instruments (1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 12, 13), soprano sax (1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14), alto sax (3), drum programming (4, 8), tenor sax (6, 9, 12)
  • Walter Afanasieff: keyboards (4, 5, 8-11), synth bass (4, 5, 8, 9), arrangements (5), drums (5, 11), rhythm programming (5), all other instruments (5), guitar intro & solo (7), Hammond B3 organ (9), acoustic piano (9, 14), percussion (9, 11), Synclavier (11), acoustic guitar (11), bass (11), cello (11)
  • Alex Brown: backing vocals (11)
  • Peabo Bryson: lead vocals (5)
  • Gary Cirimelli: Macintosh programming (5, 9, 11), Synclavier programming (5, 9, 11)
  • Paulinho da Costa: percussion (1-4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13)
  • Lynn Davis: backing vocals (5, 9, 11)
  • Jim Gilstrap: backing vocals (5, 11)
  • Portia Griffin: backing vocals (5)
  • David Foster: arrangements (9)
  • Pat Hawk: backing vocals (5)
  • Phillip Ingram: backing vocals (5, 9, 11)
  • Vail Johnson: bass guitar (6)
  • Vann Johnson: backing vocals (5)
  • Randy Kerber: additional keyboards (9)
  • Ren Klyce: Akai AX60 programming (5, 9, 11), Synclavier programming (5, 9, 11)
  • Jean McLean: backing vocals (9)
  • Aaron Neville: lead vocals (9)
  • Dean Parks: guitar (1-4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13)
  • John Robinson: drums (9)
  • William Ross: string arrangements and conductor (8, 14)
  • Dan Shea: keyboards (5, 10), programming (5), rhythm programming (10), synth bass (10)
  • Rose Stone: backing vocals (5, 11)
  • Michael Thompson: guitar (5, 9)
  • Fred White: backing vocals (5, 11)

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Kenny G (tracks 1-4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14); Walter Afanasieff (tracks 5 & 9-11); David Foster (tracks 5 & 9).
  • Engineers: Kevin Becka (tracks 1-4, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14); Dana Jon Chappelle (tracks 5 & 11); Humberto Gatica (track 9); Manny LaCarrubba (track 10).
  • Assistant Engineers: Steve Shepherd (tracks 1-9, 12 & 14); Kevin Becka (tracks 5 & 9); Manny LaCarrubba (track 11).
  • Additional Engineering: David Gleeson (track 5); Jeffrey Woodruff (track 5); Kevin Becka (tracks 5 & 9); Steve Shepherd (tracks 5 & 9); Dana Jon Chappelle (track 9); Manny LaCarrubba (track 9).
  • Orchestra on tracks 8 & 14 engineered by John Richards, assisted by Eric Rudd.
  • Mixed by Mick Guzauski (tracks 1-9, 11-14); Steve Shepherd (track 10).
  • Design: Susan Mendola
  • Photography: Matthew Rolston
  • Liner Notes: Kenny G
  • Management: The Turner Management Group, Inc.

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1993 Australian ARIA Albums Chart 1
1993 UK Albums Chart[7] 4
1993 US Billboard 200 2

End of decade charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard 200[8] 15

All-time charts[edit]

Chart Position
US Billboard 200[9] 117

Singles[edit]

Information taken from this source.[10]

Year Title Chart Positions
US Adult Contemporary US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks US Hot 100 US Top 40 Mainstream US Rhythmic Top 40
1992 "Forever in Love"/"Joy Of Life" #1 #73 #18 #18 #33
1993 "By the Time This Night is Over" #1 #37 #25 #29
1993 "Sentimental" #27 #72
1994 "Even if My Heart Would Break" #28

Samples[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
Are You Gonna Go My Way
by Lenny Kravitz
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
May 16–22, 1993
Succeeded by
Pocket Full of Kryptonite by Spin Doctors