Kenny G: Music in Tune by the Push of a Button? Not for Me!

Legendary saxophonist Kenny G releases his 13th studio album, "Heart & Soul," featuring R&B artists Robin Thicke and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds.
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NEW YORK (CBS) Having collaborated with vocal powerhouses Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Celine Dion, Kenny G knows a thing or two about what it takes to make quality music.

But with the digitization of music these days, sometimes the least talented and inexperienced artists top the charts.

"Obviously, it's not as authentic...There's people that can sing and there's people that can play and that talent won't go anywhere, but there's also the 'gimmicktry' of music where it's just a thing with a button and they push it, they loop this sound and harmonize this and auto-tune that," he told CBSNews.com.

For the legendary saxophonist, who's paved the way for solo instrumentalists, he admits that auto-tuning is his "little gripe" about the music industry.

"I could do a vocal record right now and sing perfectly in tune even if I'm not a very good singer because of the technology," he explained. "So, I think it's letting some people get away with putting records out when they probably don't quite have the talent to do it..."

"To practice an instrument, to learn how to play it, to play it or sing it in tune - that's a talent that requires years and years and years or a God-given gift. And it if you don't have either one of the two then it's not fair to really be able to do it. But that's just me," he added. "Technology is technology and we have our iPhones and Blackberrys and that stuff exists, so you've got to take the good with the bad."

But while Kenny G may not be the biggest fan of highly digitized music, he's not a technology-hater or technophobe.

In fact, he has been keeping up with the Digital Joneses while keeping his loyal, older and often less tech-savvy fans happy.

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While Kenny G values record stores, he welcomes the change in format and sees downloading music as "a way of the future and a "re-education process" for himself and his fans.

The multi-platinum selling, Grammy-winning recording artist recently released his 13th studio album, "Heart & Soul," featuring R&B singers Robin Thicke and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds.

"On this record...I feel like I hit  a home run. I think it's the best I've done. I am really proud of the record. I am really excited about it because it's got the modern sounds, but it still has my sound on it as well," he said. "It's everything that I wanted. I wanted to grow and be fresh, but still maintain my integrity and I think I did it on this record."

Watch Kenny G talk about his upcoming album and how technology has changed the music industry:

  • Melissa Castellanos

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