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Published: 2005/09/27

The Return of the Dead Kenny Gs

The Dead Kenny Gs will return for five west coast dates beginning this Sunday at the Nightlight Lounge in Bellingham, WA. The trio consists of Brian Haas (Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey) on keys, Skerik (Critters Buggin, Garage a Trois) on saxophonics and Mike Dillon (Critters Buggin, Garage a Trois) on drums. The group will travel from Bellingham on to Seattle (Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley), Portland, OR (Doug Fir Lounge) and McKinleyville, CA (Six Rivers Brewery) on successive nights before wrapping up their brief tour on Thursday October 6 at Oaklands Yoshi’s at Jack London Square.

Whenever we mention the Dead Kenny Gs, were always happy to remind our readers that after Pat Metheny learned that Kenny G(orelick) had overdubbed himself on top of a Louis Armstrong record, Metheny responded that Gorelick 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. By disrespecting Louis, his legacy and by default, everyone who has ever tried to do something positive with improvised music and what it can be, Kenny G has created a new low point in modern culture – something that we all should be totally embarrassed about – and afraid of.

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