AXMAN VS. SAXMAN
Don’t expect to find jazzbo guitarist Pat Metheny woodshedding with sax smoothie Kenny G anytime soon. Metheny recently posted a passionate anti-G screed on his website (www.patmethenygroup.com). Turns out the guitarist is incensed because G overdubbed his ”wimped out, f—ed up” sax playing on Louis Armstrong’s ”What a Wonderful World” for his recent album Classics in the Key of G — an act Metheny calls ”musical necrophilia.” He continues: ”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.” Metheny urges a ”boycott [of] Kenny G recordings, concerts, and anything he is associated with.” G declines to comment. But considering Metheny’s parting shot — ”If I ever do see him anywhere, at any function — he will get a piece of my mind (and maybe a guitar wrapped around his head)” — we’d advise G to watch his back.
— Additional reporting by Jeff Jensen