Duotones

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Duotones
Duotones.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 29, 1986 (1986-09-29)
Recorded1985–1986
StudioTarpan Studios (San Rafael, CA); Studio G (Seattle, WA).
GenreSmooth jazz
Length46:54
LabelArista
Producer
Kenny G chronology
Gravity
(1985)
Duotones
(1986)
Silhouette
(1988)
Singles from Duotones
  1. "Don't Make Me Wait for Love"
    Released: August 10, 1986
  2. "Songbird"
    Released: March 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Duotones 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 Albums chart.[2] The album was later certified 5× Platinum by the RIAA.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Songbird" (Instrumental) - 5:03 (Kenny G.)
  2. "Midnight Motion" - 4:08 (Kenny G.)
  3. "Don't Make Me Wait for Love" (lead vocal: Lenny Williams) - 4:56 (Walter Afanasieff, Preston Glass, Narada Michael Walden)
  4. "Sade" - 4:20 (Kenny G.)
  5. "Champagne" - 4:45 (Kenny G., Kenny McDougald)
  6. "What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)" (lead vocal: Ellis Hall) - 4:06 (Johnny Bristol, Vernon Bullock, Harvey Fuqua)
  7. "Slip of the Tongue" (Instrumental) - 4:53 (Preston Glass, Narada Michael Walden, Lloyd Pianka)
  8. "Three of a Kind" - 4:46 (Kenny G., Preston Glass, Narada Michael Walden, Lloyd Pianka)
  9. "Esther" - 5:24 (Kenny G., Lloyd Pianka)
  10. "You Make Me Believe" (lead vocal: Claytoven Richardson) - 5:19 (Walter Afanasieff, Kenny G., Preston Glass, Narada Michael Walden)

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Preston Glass for Perfection Light Productions, Inc.
  • Executive Producer: Narada Michael Walden for Perfection Light Productions, Inc.
  • Co-Producer on Tracks 1, 2, 4, & 9: Kenny G
  • Engineered by Gordon Lyon
  • Assistant Engineers: Kay Arbuckle, Stuart Hirotsu, Matt Rohr and Jim Weyeneth.
  • Mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound (New York, NY).
  • Art Direction: Kevin K. Takishita
  • Photography: Steven Rothfield
  • Management/Direction: Ken Fritz and Dennis Turner
  • Styling: Kurt DeMunbrun

Personnel[edit]

  • All saxophones, all instruments (Track 9): Kenny G
  • Drums: Greg "Gigi" Gonaway, Kenny McDougald
  • Percussion: Tony Gable, Greg Gigi Gonaway
  • Drum machine programming: Kenny G, Preston Glass, Cory Lerios
  • Wind chimes (Track 1): Preston Glass
  • Bass guitar: Randy Jackson, Joe Plass
  • Synthesized bass: Walter Afanasieff, Kenny G, Randy Jackson, Cory Lerios
  • Guitars: Alan Glass, John Raymond, Corrado Rustici
  • Keyboards, synthesizers: Walter Afanasieff, Kenny G, Preston Glass, Roger Sause
  • EWI Controller: Sal Gallina (Track 3), Kenny G (Track 9)
  • Strings, violin and French horn (Track 3): Sal Gallina
  • Background vocals: Kitty Beethoven, Gina Glass, Preston Glass, Yolanda Glass, Kenny G, Claytoven Richardson and Lenny Williams

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart Position
UK Albums Chart[4] 28
US Billboard 200 6

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart positions
U.S. Contemp
[5]
U.S. R&B
[5]
U.S.
[5]
1986 "Don't Make Me Wait for Love" 2 17 15
"What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)" 15
1987 "Songbird" 3 23 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Duotones - Kenny G - Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Charts & Awards". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2010-09-23.
  3. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". Riaa.com. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
  4. ^ "KENNY G - full Official Chart History - Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "allmusic ((( Duotones > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-01-01.