legend Gerald Albright started his career with Just Between Us
(1987), followed by Dream Come True in 1990, Live at
Birdland West in 1991, Smooth in 1994, and Live to
Love in 1997, all on Atlantic Records, Groovology (2002) and Kickin’
It Up (2004) on GRP, New Beginnings (2008) and
Sax for Stax (2009) on Peak Records, Pushing The Envelope
(2012) and Slam Dunk (2014) on Heads Up
International. His newest album is G, which is released
on his own label Bright Music Records.
Gerald comments the first track on his new album꞉
"Taking Control is a special song for me in that it
directly reflects where I am in my career presently. I'm taking
total control of my artistry and creativity with this song and the
entire 'G' project. My musical center is in R&B and Contemporary
Jazz. Taking Control, as the first single, mirrors those
two genres in an effort to uplift the listener and promote the
ultimate energetic groove."
On Taking Control Gerald performs all the horns and in a
double feature also the bass. The forceful sax is the kicking solo
instrument, while the agile bass runs in between as second solo
part. Read Your Mind was an R&B hit by singer Avant from
the album Private Room (2003). Gerald Albright fine
arranged cover delivers the right shape, depth, and characteristic
that you have been missed on the original.
Boom Boom opens the window to earlier times with a well tuned
arrangement keeping connection to Motown music. Bill Withers'
megahit Lovely Day is among the most covered songs of the
smooth jazz genre. With Michael McDonald on his vocal side Gerald's
rendition counts to the finest harmonious supremacy music history
Frankie B. is
Gerald's tribute to Frankie Beverly and one of Albright’s
favorite bands, Maze. How can you celebrate such an outstanding
singer than with the best, Gerald has to offer, the ultimate groove?
Something funky should never be missed on a good smooth jazz album.
Funkism dives deep into Funk and adds a great portion of
On I Miss You Gerald shows his skills on a great array of
instruments. He performs alto, tenor and bari sax, in addition to C
flutes, alto flutes, bass flute and bass guitar. A soothing love
ballade with enormous emotional expression. On G and Doug E.
Gerald is joined by American rapper Doug E. Fresh for a dynamite hip
hop song. Albright gives an impressive air of authenticity in all
genres he touches especially when he performs the funky bass like on
We Came to Play (La Calle).
Gerald aptly entitles the final tune as Closure. The sax
guided melody is harmonically floating to homey and cozy ambiance.
Gerald Albright has created his new album G with a carefully
designed concept. Extremely meticulous mastery of instruments and
blessed moments of sparkling ideas provide a significantly enhanced
sound experience of music-historical rarity.
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Artist: Gerald Albright
Genre: General Jazz
Label: Bright Music Records
1 Taking Control 4:04
2 Read Your Mind 4:19
3 Boom Boom 4:31
4 Lovely Day (feat. Michael McDonald) 5:03
5 Frankie B. 5:39
6 Funkism 4:11
7 I Miss You 4:55
8 G and Doug E. (feat. Doug E. Fresh) 4:58
9 We Came to Play (La Calle) 4:38
10 Closure 4:54
11 We Came to Play (La Calle) [feat. Rick Watford] [Remix Bonus
Sax For Stax
Pushing The Envelope