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Not to be confused with Duotone, a generic term for multitone printing.
Studio album by Kenny G
Released September 1986
Recorded 1985-1986
Genre Smooth jazz, jazz-funk
Length 46:54
Label Arista
Producer Kenny G
Narada Michael Walden and Preston Glass for Perfection Light Productions
Kenny G chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Duotones is the fourth studio album by saxophonist Kenny G, released by Arista Records in 1986. 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/Hip-Hop Albums chart.[2]

The album was certified 5× Platinum by the RIAA.[3]

Sample from Kenny G's "Songbird". From the album Duotones.

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Track listing[edit]

  1. "Songbird" - 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" - 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)


  • Produced by Narada Michael Walden, Kenny G. and Preston Glass
  • Engineered by Gordon Lyon


  • Drums, percussion: Cory Lerios, Tony Gable, Preston Glass, Greg Gonaway, Kenny McDougal
  • Drum machine programming: Cory Lerios, Matt Pianka
  • Bass: Randy Jackson, Joe Plass
  • Synthesized bass: Walter Afanasieff, Cory Lerios
  • Guitars: Alan Glass, John Raymond, Corrado Rustici
  • Keyboards, synthesizers: Walter Afanasieff, Kenny G., Preston Glass, Roger Sause
  • Various programming: Sal Gallina, Preston Glass
  • Other instruments (strings, violin, French horn): Sal Gallina

Chart positions[edit]


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


Year Title Chart positions
U.S. Contemp
U.S. R&B
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


  • The song "Sade" was indeed created with the group of the same name in mind. However, Kenny claims he's never met the band nor Sade herself.
  • There are at least three versions of the CD that have been released in the US. The earlier release has a longer version of "What Does It Take". The later one has a shortened version identical to the one usually played by radio stations. There is also a version that features a different track order while including a bonus track "And You Know That" with an uncredited vocalist.