Entertainment Kenny G Discusses His Career Renaissance And Why Artists Like Kanye And The Weeknd Are Getting Involved
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is opening up about the "The Kenaissance".
The saxophonist, who has recently collaborated with artists like The Weeknd and Kanye West, joined ET Canada’s Carlos Bustamante to talk about the TIFF premiere of his new documentary, "Listening to Kenny G".
Speaking about how his music has evolved, Kenny said, "I mean, recently doing stuff with The Weeknd was amazing. I was really happy when I met him to find out that he really cares about his music the way I do mine."
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Continuing, "To be recognized by the young group like that, like him, Kanye, etc. It's definitely a resurgence."
On past criticism of Kenny, director Penny Lane said, "I mean, I think it just it just shows that, like, you know, that the music itself, the sound of the music itself was never really the issue. Was it right. Because that sound, when divorced from any particular cultural context, is cool."
Revealing how he remained unbothered by critics, Kenny added, "Here's the thing, you can care but you shouldn't let that affect what you do."
"So somebody said something bad about you. It might make you feel something but that doesn't mean you have to act on it. So I never acted out. I never changed my approach to my music because I read a review."
Kenny G Is Fine With Some People Hating His Music – Even Pat Metheny (Video) .
Some people are not fans of saxophone and jazz icon Kenny G, and one of his most vocal detractors was Pat Metheny, another jazz icon, whose harsh takedown became one of the most widely read pieces of jazz criticism ever. That exchange is a big moment in director Penny Lane's latest documentary, "Listening to Kenny G." Back in 2000, Metheny famously called out Kenny G for playing out of tune and not knowing advanced scales. But what he really took great exception to was Kenny's sharing the stage in a "duet" with one of the all-time jazz greats, Louis Armstrong, by overdubbing Armstrong's icon recording of "What a Wonderful World.