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Published: 2005/04/06

The Dead Kenny Gs Open Tour Tonight

Master of saxophonics Skerik has assailed lite jazz’ in commenting, Smooth jazz is the equivalent of someone trying to sell children in a Mosque in Saudi Arabia. It uses a spiritual medium for the sole purpose of making money, it was only a matter of time before this happened.’ In turn he describes his current trio as what happens when people are influenced by Art Ensemble of Chicago and Bad Brains, and are also sick of the greed and commercial lies of the music world. The Dead Kenny Gs which also consists of Brian Haas (Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and Mike Dillon (Critters Buggin, Garage a Trois) will open their tour in Haas’ native Oklahoma this evening at Cain’s Ballroom and travel up the northeast before traveling south and landing in New Orleans during Jazz Fest.

In a related manner if youve never read Pat Methenys comments on Kenny G from June 2000, you should do so (and hang until Metheny describes the moment when Kenny decided to overdub himself over a Louis Armstrong track, whereby ‘kenny g decided that it was appropriate for him to defile the music of the man who is probably the greatest jazz musician that has ever lived by spewing his lame-ass, jive, pseudo bluesy, out-of-tune, noodling, wimped out, fucked up playing all over one of the great louiss tracks (even one of his lesser ones), he did something that i would not have imagined possible. he, in one move, through his unbelievably pretentious and calloused musical decision to embark on this most cynical of musical paths, shit all over the graves of all the musicians past and present who have risked their lives by going out there on the road for years and years developing their own music inspired by the standards of grace that louis armstrong brought to every single note he played over an amazing lifetime as a musician.’)

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