Sing along with Kenny G

New on CD

Music: In Concert, CDs

January 06, 2005|By Howard Cohen | Howard Cohen,KNIGHT RIDDER / TRIBUNE

This optimistically titled CD - were you really hungering for a duets album by Kenny G and, if so, do you have a life? - is a bit of a surprise. It works. Sometimes.

Yes, your finger will work your CD's skip button when Richard Marx and the smooth jazz saxophonist take on Elton John's depressing "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" or the overrated Yolanda Adams warbles R. Kelly's anthem "I Believe I Can Fly." LeAnn Rimes sings well, but she's given Bryan Adams' sickening "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You," so it's all for naught.

Now on to the better stuff. Kenny G ties his admittedly sappy soprano sax into a nice playful bow around Arturo Sandoval's brassy, sassy trumpet on the title tune and it works so well you forget you're listening to Kenny G. He and David Sanborn work up a froth on a faithful read of the Average White Band's '70s funk staple "Pick Up the Pieces" and Barbra (Mrs. Focker) Streisand is her usual regal self on "The Music That Makes Me Dance." Barbra, being Barbra, is credited as not only the vocalist but the song's producer and executive producer. Oh, Babs, you still make us all ferklempt.

Kenny G

At Last ... The Duets Album (Arista) **1/2

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