Breathless (Kenny G album)

Breathless is the sixth studio album by American saxophonist Kenny G, released in October 20, 1992 on Arista Records. It reached number 1 on the Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and number 2 on the Billboard 200 and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.[3] The track "Forever in Love" won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition at the 1994 ceremony[4] and reached #18 on the Billboard Hot 100. Despite negative reviews from critics, the album was still certified Diamond for shipments of over 12 million copies in the US,[5] making it one of the top 100 best-selling albums in the United States.[6]

Breathless
Kenny G-Breathless (album cover).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 20, 1992
Recorded1992
StudioStudio G
(Seattle, Washington)
The Hit Factory
(New York, New York)
The Plant Recording Studios
(Sausalito, California)
Ocean Way Recording
Devonshire Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
GenreSmooth jazz
Length69:57 (US version)
75:29 (International version)
LabelArista
Producer
Kenny G chronology
Montage
(1990)
Breathless
(1992)
Miracles: The Holiday Album
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyD[2]

Track listingEdit

Note: On the international version, "Jasmine Flower" is track 14, omitting "Natural Ride".

All music is composed by Kenny G, unless otherwise indicated below.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Joy of Life" 4:23
2."Forever in Love" 5:01
3."In the Rain" 5:03
4."Sentimental"6:38
5."By the Time This Night Is Over" (with Peabo Bryson)4:50
6."End of the Night" 5:25
7."Alone" 5:28
8."Morning"
  • Kenny G
  • Afanasieff
5:17
9."Even if My Heart Would Break" (with Aaron Neville)5:01
10."G-Bop"
4:09
11."Sister Rose"
  • Kenny G
  • Afanasieff
6:16
12."A Year Ago" 5:18
13."Homeland" 4:36
14."Natural Ride" (US track)
  • Kenny G
  • Afanasieff
5:17
15."The Wedding Song" (International track)
  • Kenny G
  • Afanasieff
3:25
16."Jasmine Flower" (Japan bonus track)Traditional4:40

PersonnelEdit

  • Kenny G – arrangements, all other instruments (1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 12, 13), soprano saxophone (1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14), alto saxophone (3), drum programming (4, 8), tenor saxophone (6, 9, 12)
  • Walter Afanasieff – keyboards (4, 5, 8–11), synth bass (4, 5, 8, 9), arrangements (5), drums (5, 11), rhythm programming (5), all other instruments (5), guitar intro and solo (7), Hammond B3 organ (9), acoustic piano (9, 14), percussion (9, 11), Synclavier (11), acoustic guitar (11), bass (11), cello (11)
  • Gary Cirimelli – Macintosh programming (5, 9, 11), Synclavier programming (5, 9, 11)
  • Ren KlyceAkai AX60 programming (5, 9, 11), Synclavier programming (5, 9, 11)
  • Dan Shea – keyboards (5, 10), programming (5), rhythm programming (10), synth bass (10)
  • Randy Kerber – additional keyboards (9)
  • Dean Parks – guitar (1–4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13)
  • Michael Thompson – guitar (5, 9)
  • Vail Johnson – bass guitar (6)
  • John Robinson – drums (9)
  • Paulinho da Costa – percussion (1–4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13)
  • William Ross – string arrangements and conductor (8, 14)
  • David Foster – arrangements (9)
  • Peabo Bryson – lead vocals (5)
  • Lynn Davis – backing vocals (5, 9, 11)
  • Jim Gilstrap – backing vocals (5, 11)
  • Portia Griffin – backing vocals (5)
  • Pat Hawk – backing vocals (5)
  • Phillip Ingram – backing vocals (5, 9, 11)
  • Vann Johnson – backing vocals (5)
  • Rose Stone – backing vocals (5, 11)
  • Fred White – backing vocals (5, 11)
  • Jean McLean – backing vocals (9)
  • Aaron Neville – lead vocals (9)
  • Alex Brown – backing vocals (11)

ProductionEdit

  • Producers – Kenny G (tracks 1–4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14); Walter Afanasieff (tracks 5 & 9–11); David Foster (tracks 5 & 9).
  • Engineers – Kevin Becka (tracks 1–4, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14); Dana Jon Chappelle (tracks 5 & 11); Humberto Gatica (track 9); Manny LaCarrubba (track 10).
  • Assistant Engineers – Steve Shepherd (tracks 1–9, 12 & 14); Kevin Becka (tracks 5 & 9); Manny LaCarrubba (track 11).
  • Additional Engineering – David Gleeson (track 5); Jeffrey Woodruff (track 5); Kevin Becka (tracks 5 & 9); Steve Shepherd (tracks 5 & 9); Dana Jon Chappelle (track 9); Manny LaCarrubba (track 9).
  • Orchestra on tracks 8 & 14 engineered by John Richards, assisted by Eric Rudd.
  • Mixing – Mick Guzauski (tracks 1–9, 11–14); Steve Shepherd (track 10).
  • Design – Susan Mendola
  • Photography – Matthew Rolston
  • Liner Notes – Kenny G
  • Management – The Turner Management Group, Inc.

Chart positionsEdit

Certifications and salesEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[13] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[14] Platinum 250,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[15] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Germany 25,000[16]
Ireland 80,000[17]
Japan (RIAJ)[18] Gold 100,000^
Korea ≈1,000,000[19]
New Zealand (RMNZ)[20] Platinum 15,000^
Singapore 160,000[21]
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[22] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Taiwan 200,000[23]
United Kingdom (BPI)[24] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[25] 12× Platinum 12,000,000^
Summaries
Asia Pacific 3,000,000[19]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

SinglesEdit

Information taken from this source.[26]

Year Title Chart Positions
US Adult Contemporary US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks US Hot 100 US Top 40 Mainstream US Rhythmic Top 40
1992 "Forever in Love"/"Joy of Life" 1 73 18 18 33
1993 "By the Time This Night is Over" 1 37 25 29
1993 "Sentimental" 27 72
1994 "Even if My Heart Would Break" 28

SamplesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  26. ^ Billboard Singles at AllMusic