Havana (Kenny G composition)

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"Havana" is the title of a 1997 single and instrumental by jazz musician Kenny G. It was the second single taken from his 1996 studio album The Moment, released on Arista Records.

"Havana"
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Single by Kenny G
from the album The Moment
Released1997
Recorded1996
Genre
Length
  • 7:22 (album version)
  • 3:59 (single version)
LabelArista
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Kenny G
  • Walter Afanasieff
Kenny G singles chronology
"The Moment"
(1996)
"Havana"
(1997)
"What a Wonderful World"
(1999)

ProductionEdit

The song was written and produced by Kenny G and Walter Afanasieff. As with virtually all of his songs, Kenny G plays the saxophone on this track. The music was arranged by Bill Ross. The song peaked at number 66 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in early 1997.

RemixEdit

More noteworthy, however, is the fact that the song was remixed by two well-known DJs Todd Terry and Tony Moran. These mixes gave the song a completely different sound, with an electronic house music backdrop layered in with the original recording. These mixes were released to dance clubs on promotional 12-inch singles, and the remixed "Havana" went to number one on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart in April 1997. To date, this is Kenny's only number one song on this chart. Both the original and dance versions received radio airplay in the United States as well.[1]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Billboard - 1 Feb 1997 - Page 29 Vol. 109, No. 5 ... Among the numerous club-friendly items due from Arista in the coming weeks are Kenny G's "Havana," as interpreted by Tony Moran ...