The Moment (Kenny G album)

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The Moment
Kenny G The Moment.jpg
Studio album by Kenny G
Released October 1, 1996
Recorded 1996 at Studio G (Seattle, WA), Skywalker Ranch (Marion County, CA) and Signet Sound Studios (Los Angeles, CA).
Genre Smooth jazz
Length 64:46
Label Arista
Producer Kenny G
Walter Afanasieff
Babyface
Steve Albini
Kenny G chronology
The Very Best of Kenny G
(1994)
The Moment
(1996)
Six of Hearts
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 1.5/4 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B[3]
Los Angeles Times 2/4 stars[4]

The Moment is the seventh studio album by saxophonist Kenny G. It was released by Arista Records in 1996, and reached #1 on the Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, #2 on the Billboard 200, #9 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #16 on the Canadian Albums Chart.[5]

The second single taken from this album, "Havana", was remixed and released to dance clubs in the United States, and these remixes went to #1 on the Hot Dance Club Play chart in 1997, earning Kenny G his first #1 on this chart. The remixes, by Todd Terry and Tony Moran, are different from the album version of the song.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Moment" (Kenny G) – 6:02
  2. "Passages" (Kenny G) – 5:57
  3. "Havana" (Kenny G/Walter Afanasieff) – 7:22
  4. "Always" (Kenny G) – 5:35
  5. "That Somebody Was You" (with Toni Braxton) (Kenny G/Babyface/Walter Afanasieff) – 5:02
  6. "The Champion's Theme" (Kenny G/Walter Afanasieff) – 4:21
  7. "Eastside Jam" (Kenny G) – 5:09
  8. "Moonlight" (Kenny G/Walter Afanasieff) – 5:59
  9. "Gettin' On The Step" (Kenny G/Walter Afanasieff) – 4:17
  10. "Every Time I Close My Eyes" (with Babyface) (Babyface) – 4:58
  11. "Northern Lights" (Kenny G/Walter Afanasieff) – 5:01
  12. "Innocence" (Kenny G/Walter Afanasieff) - 3:58
  13. "Remember" (Kenny G/Walter Afanasieff) - 5:52 (China)
  14. "Havana (Remix)" (with Savion Glover) (Kenny G/Walter Afanasieff) - 3:59 (bonus track)

Personnel[edit]

  • Kenny G: all other instuments (1, 2, 4, 7), soprano sax (1-7, 9, 10, 12), alto sax (8), tenor sax (11), drums (11), bass (11)
  • Walter Afanasieff: keyboards (3, 5, 6, 8, 11), all other instruments (5, 6, 8), acoustic piano (9), drums (9, 11), bass (9, 11), guitar (12)
  • Babyface: backing vocals (5, 10), lead vocals (10), keyboards (10), drum programming (10)
  • Chris Bordman: string arrangements (2, 11)
  • Toni Braxton: lead and backing vocals (5)
  • Paulinho da Costa: percussion (1-9, 11)
  • Nathan East: bass guitar (10)
  • Sheila E: percussion (10)
  • Marc Nelson: backing vocals (5)
  • DeDe O'Neal: backing vocals (5)
  • Greg Phillinganes: acoustic piano (10)
  • William Ross: string arrangements (1, 3, 6, 8, 12)
  • Dan Shea: keyboards (5), drum programming (5), rhythm programming (5)
  • Michael Thompson: guitar (1-11)

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Kenny G; Walter Afanasieff (tracks 3, 5, 6, 8 & 11); Babyface (tracks 5 & 10).
  • Engineers: Steve Shepherd (tracks 1-4, 6, 7, 9, 11 & 12); Dana Jon Chappelle (tracks 5 & 8); Brad Gilderman (track 10).
  • Additional Engineering: Dana Jon Chappelle (tracks 3 & 12); Steve Shepherd (track 8).
  • Strings recorded by Johnny Richards (tracks 2, 4 & 11); Humberto Gatica (tracks 3 & 12); Dana Jon Chappelle (track 8).
  • Vocals on track 5 engineered by Brad Gilderman
  • Mixed by Mick Guzauski
  • Remix on track 13: Tony Moran and Todd Terry
  • Design: Angelo Skouras
  • Photography: Matthew Rolston
  • Management: Dennis Turner

Singles[edit]

Information taken from this source.[6]

Year Title Chart Positions
US Adult Contemporary US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks US Hot 100 US Hot Dance Club Play
1996 "The Moment" #16 #62 #63
1997 "Havana" #66 #1

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