Kenny G is the latest artist to turn to a wealth of fellow recording artists for an album of collaborations. Due Nov. 23 via Arista, “At Last… The Duets Album” features the saxophonist joined by the likes of LeAnn Rimes, Brian McKnight, Yolanda Adams and Burt Bacharach on classic and contemporary numbers.
Rimes worked with Kenny G on a version of Bryan Adams’ “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You,” while Bacharach remakes his classic movie theme “Alfie.” Adams joins in for a rendition of R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” and McKnight and guitarist Earl Klugh participate in a new take on Wham’s “Careless Whisper.”
At deadline, the full track list was still being determined. Other artists who have recorded songs for the album are Chaka Khan (”Beautiful”), Gladys Knight (”Misty”), Earth Wind & Fire (”The Way You Move”), Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall (”Can’t Help Falling in Love”), Daryl Hall (”Baby Come to Me”), David Benoit (”Don’t Know Why”), Richard Marx (”Sorry Seems To be the Hardest Word”) and Arturo Sandoval (”At Last”).
Walter Afanasieff produced the album, while Raphael Saadiq was behind the boards for a handful of tracks.
“The songs on this album are timeless,” Kenny G says. “It has truly been an honor and joy to have worked with such great contemporary and legendary artists on this project.”
Last year, the BMG Heritage/Arista collection “Ultimate Kenny G” debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and No. 42 on The Billboard 200. The artist’s last non-holiday studio album of new material, 2002’s “Paradise” (Arista), debuted at No. 2 on the Contemporary Jazz tally and No. 9 on The Billboard 200.