Billboard Bits: Kenny G, Glassjaw, Edwin McCain
News on Kenny G, Glassjaw, Edwin McCainSmooth jazz mainstay Kenny G will release his third holiday album, "Wishes," Oct. 22 via Arista. The set follows the saxophonist's 1994 release "Miracles - The Holiday Album" and 1999's "Faith - A Holiday Album," both of which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and topped the Top Holiday Albums tally.
The title song is the sole original composition on the 10-track "Wishes," which features nine seasonal favorites, including "Joy to the World," and medleys of "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer/Frosty the Snowman" and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/O Come All Ye Faithful," among others. The set closes with a new version of "Auld Lang Syne (The Millennium Mix)," an audio collage that was included as an unlisted cut on "Faith."
Last week the artist's latest album, "Paradise," debuted at No. 2 on the Top Contemporary Jazz albums chart and No. 9 on The Billboard 200.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Hard rock act Glassjaw has postponed a 10-day European tour after singer Daryl Palumbo suffered a relapse of the digestive ailment Crohn's Disease. The band is planning to reschedule the shows for December; a month-long North American tour, due to kick off Oct. 16 in New York, is expected to continue as scheduled.
Despite the disease, Palumbo has soldiered through tours for several years. "I'm just praying I don't get sick," he told Billboard.com last month. "I take a lot of medicine but I just pray I don't get hurt." Glassjaw is touring in support of its Warner Bros. debut, "Worship and Tribute," debuted at No. 82 on The Billboard 200 in late July.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Singer/songwriter Edwin McCain is prepping the release of a new album, "The Austin Sessions." Due in February 2003 via ATC Records, the set is a collection of new material and "carefully selected fan favorites of both original material and cover songs" regularly performed by the artist, and was recorded in Austin, Texas, and Nashville.
In advance of the album's release, McCain is on the road, performing tonight (Oct. 2) at Boston's Paradise nightclub. For details of his itinerary, which includes shows through the end of the year, visit his official Web site.
McCain's site and shows are currently the only place fans can purchase the new DVD "Mile Marker: Stories and Songs from the Acoustic Highway," a compilation of video clips spanning the artist's career. The video features performances and interviews partially culminated from a TV pilot hosted by McCain that is seeking a home at a cable network.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.