Reviewed Sept. 29, 1993.
Kenny G doesn’t sing. He rarely speaks. And he hardly moves on stage. Yet, he easily mesmerized a sellout crowd Wednesday at the Greek Theater with silky saxophone stylings that were applauded at every turn. The instrumentalist concludes a four-night SRO stand on Saturday.
And it didn’t seem to matter that the G-man offered little new or different from past outings. In the eyes of the audience, the saxophonist could do no wrong. He even borrowed from singer Michael Bolton’s tour by appearing in the back of the house and performing as he wound his way back to the stage, just as Bolton and G did on several stops of the pop crooner’s tour last year.
G (it stands for Gorelick) drew mainly from his latest Arista disc “Breathless”– which has sold an astonishing 5 million copies to date — while mixing in tunes from earlier albums. “Songbird” and “The Wedding Song” were particular crowd faves.
As expected, G was joined midset by Peabo Bryson for a well-planned reading of “By the Time This Night Is Over,” which Bryson also performs on the “Breathless” disc.The song will appear on the singer’s sophomore Columbia Records album “Peabo,” set for an early ’94 release.
Bryson wowed the house during this appearance, just as he did during a too-brief set that kicked off the evening.
Wisely bookending his opening set with the Oscar-winning themes from the films “Aladdin” (“A Whole New World”) and “Beauty and the Beast,” Bryson’s performance was filled with class and style.