November 14, 2007

Era Over For Kenny G And Arista; Signs With Concord

KennyG_Smiling07a.jpgKenny G and Arista Records have gone their own ways, ending a 25-year relationship where the saxophonist became the No. 1 selling instrumental artist in history, selling close to 80 million albums worldwide.

The saxophonist has signed a new recording contract with the Concord Music Group, which is also home to Peak Records, co-founded by Russ Freeman of the Rippingtons, and the Heads Up label, which works with many smooth jazz musicians. (It's the second sax coup for Concord recently. In January 2006, another high-profile saxophonist, Boney James, signed to the Concord Music Group after 13 years with Warner Bros.) Kenny G, a close friend of Arista founder Clive Davis, released his debut CD with Arista in 1982 and has compiled 12 No. 1 smooth jazz albums for the label, including his latest titled Im in the Mood for Love The Most Romantic Ballads of All Time.

His fifth studio album, Breathless, became the No. 1 best selling instrumental album ever, with more than 15 million copies sold, of which 12 million were in the U.S. He broke another record when his first holiday album, Miracles, sold more than 13 million copies, making it the most successful Christmas album to date.

Kenny G's debut CD for Concord, Rhythm and Romance, is scheduled to be released in February.

Posted by Brian Soergel at November 14, 2007 5:35 AM