Kenny G is releasing his 14th studio album. ‘==Brazilian Nights==’ is a tribute to bossa nova – a blend of samba and jazz, which is very popular in the South American country his album is named after.
Point of view
When it comes to writing and playing my music, I just kind of lock my door.
“Bossa nova was something that I knew I wanted to work,” said the American musician. “Because I really like the way bossa nova sounds. I like the way those old jazz masters were playing certain licks, certain runs, certain chord changes. And I really like the way that sax sounds through that. So I thought, OK, I want to challenge myself to get this down.”
As well as recognisable bossa nova tunes such as ‘Corcovado’ and ‘Girl From Ipanema’ the album features several of the 58-year-old’s own compositions.
“I might listen to the old-school jazz guys because that’s good for technique, and I practice things like that a lot,” he said. “But when it comes to writing and playing my music, I just kind of lock my door.”
Kenny G debuted back in 1982. Since then, he has sold more than 75 million records. ‘Brazilian Nights’ is out in January.