Perhaps his most outspoken critic is the jazz guitarist Pat Metheny, who once referred to Gorelick’s work as “lame-ass, jive, pseudo bluesy, out-of-tune, noodling, wimped out, fucked up playing,” and described Gorelick’s version of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” as “a new low point in modern culture—something that we all should be totally embarrassed about—and afraid of.”
Regardless of what you think of Kenny G or Pat Metheny, I greatly appreciate an honest opinion. So much of the interactions I witness have pulled punches and unsaid truths because it won’t do to upset the apple cart. You don’t have to be mean or rude. But once you’ve lost the impact and core what you mean to say, you might as well say nothing…because that’s the end result. All your words wind up being meaningless. The above is not new, it happened years ago. But it was refreshing to run across it in what I thought was going to be a half a puff piece promoting the new film. Nice!