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That’s my ideal day, time with my boys.
– Kenny G
I think everybody has to kind of decide what the word ‘jazz’ means to them, and that’s fine.
I started realizing that music is the one area where I’ve always let go. When that saxophone goes into my mouth, I get into a space where I never think about the notes I’ve already played or anticipate the notes ahead.
What is music anyway? It’s a form of communication, and that’s why I play the kind of music that I think – that I hope – can communicate with people.
I’ve learned that you simply can’t control those bad vibes.
Maybe I’m a dreamer, but I think the ordinary guy has just as much right to say ‘This is a good song’ as somebody who is in the music business.
The whole rise of new adult contemporary music and smooth jazz was a nice surprise.
I learned so much about playing and touring being on the road and in the studio with Jeff, but I’d always played a lot of gigs in Seattle even prior to joining the Fusion.
Finally, I was no longer a student and was making music for myself.
Just because people play songs with great technique doesn’t mean the records are better.
I’ve never personally criticized anyone else’s music, but I know that the public’s real problem is not the music I make but the perception that I play simple music for money only and for the notoriety and to increase my popularity.
It wasn’t until Duotones that I felt my true voice come out.
When I play live, I feel how the audience is going and follow and lead at the same time.
There are a few countries that, for whatever reason, really enjoy listening to my music.
You can’t just walk away when somebody recognizes you. You have to take some time out and talk to them. It’s not a waste of time – I just love talking to people. And I don’t do this to sell records. The truth is, I do what I do because I love it.
I listen to all the top 20 songs, and top 20 albums, even the rap albums. But I don’t like negative messages. If somebody is putting a lot of ego out there, I don’t like it. When I make my records I want it to be sincere.
Maybe the biggest thing that I’ve learned musically is that anything is possible. Things can work when maybe they don’t seem like they can.
I approach everything in my life the same way; if it feels right, I know it.
I’m just more into playing golf. It’s a great thing.
I really create everything I do from the heart.
The Moment is an album that contains the best music I have ever produced.
I don’t play the traditional Charlie Parker songs. But I do improvise and I do create with my instrument, and that to me is jazz. But there are people who use the word ‘jazz’ only in a traditional sense, and they would be offended by that, and that’s fine.
I’m responsive to my public, but I also follow my heart.
Being a purely instrumental album, it makes a musical statement, not a religious one, and I hope that people can feel the emotion of the great melodies, even without the words.
Just figure out what you think jazz is, and then if it fits into that category, it’s jazz, and if it doesn’t, it isn’t. It’s no big deal.
If I even lose my glasses or make a mistake. I become really disappointed in myself.