Gerald Albright is best known for his popular and signature sax sound.
His stage presence is brilliant. He wins the audience in seconds. His
newest repertoire consists of Groovology (2002) and Kickin’
It Up (2004) on GRP, followed by New Beginnings (2008) and
Sax for Stax (2009) on Peak Records, both GRAMMY® nominated in
the category of Best Pop Instrumental Album. His latest solo album is
Pushing The Envelope released in June 15, 2010 on Heads Up
At eye level reveals guitarist Norman
Brown. One can feel his vibrant energy, when Norman Brown fiercely
performs onstage. Assembling a huge fan community he is one of the
shining stars of this genre. All started with his debut Just
Between Us (1992), followed by the albums After The Storm
(1994), Better Days Ahead (1996), Celebration (2000), Just
Chillin' (2002), West Coast Coolin' (2004), Stay With Me
(2007) and Sending My Love, released June 22nd, 2010. Norman
Brown won a GRAMMY in the prestigious Best Pop Instrumental Category
for his critically acclaimed 2002 album, Just Chillin’.
Although both artists know each other since the '80's, this project is
the first one, they work together.
Because of the small time window was the disk recording really short.
Brown comments: “When we were recording the project, we didn’t have a
lot of time – so we were working on it 24/7!”
While Brown performs on lead and rhythm
guitars, Albright expands on alto, tenor and baritone saxophones,
flutes, bass guitar, electric wind instrument, percussion, programming
and background vocals. They are joined by keyboardist Tracy Carter,
rhythm guitarist Rick Watford and drummer Jay Williams; and
keyboardist Herman Jackson, bassist Byron Miller, drummer Charles
Streeter and percussionist Ramon Yslas.
The starting In The Moment exudes
great enthusiasm. Just as spontaneous as its pure originality. Both
musicians are feelin' good vibes. The upright Keep It Moving is
a composition of Gerald's longtime production partner Herman Jackson.
While the first part expands the melody, Brown and Albright add in the
second part some splendid jazz ornaments.
Perfect Love is somehow a
production of the Brown family presenting the guitarist’s daughter,
Rochella, and godson, DeMille Cole-Heard, on lead vocals. Gerald
Albright includes some splendid flute elements, which fluidly fit into
the melody. Albright's Buenos Amigos is influenced by late
American jazz percussionist Willie Bobo, who taught Gerald all about
Also a cover may not be missing on the album.
The duo chose The Brothers Johnson's Tomorrow, which was
originally sung by Tevin Campbell for Quincy Jones' Back on the
Block release in 1989. As Brown says: "Something familiar with a
twist". Yes I Can is further evidence of Brown's creativity.
Brown lets the guitar flow and Gerald has no problems to follow.
Selina, Albright's daughter, enchants the audience by
her own loveliness on 24/7.
If femininity has a voice, it's Selina's. One encore for Selina on
Champagne Life, a fine rendition of Grammy award winning singer
Ne-Yo's original from his album Libra Scale. This song will be
definitely performed on the supporting tour.
The Best Is Yet To Come
was composed by Norman Brown and Jeanette Harris, who also worked on
the horn arrangement together with Albright. Gerald enjoyed the
saxophone emphasized piece, which reminds him of music from good old
CTI Records. Power Of Your Smile closes the album with
orchestral assistance. The laidback song gives much time to dream.
Gerald Albright's and
Norman Brown's collaboration 24/7 shines with high quality,
pure enjoyment of music, and gorgeous ideas. Just an immaculate