Gerald starts the album with the ultra-funky What
Would James Do? Albright's personal tribute to the godfather of soul
James Brown features Fred Wesley, J.B.'s trombone player. This is
triple A. Finest quality music.
Get On The Floor is a fantastic cover of
Michael Jackson's hit (Off The Wall). Gerald arranges the song with a
twinkling smile to the good, old disco time. The horns are superb.
Bobo's Groove is Albright's dedication to
his former mentor. “I used to play bass and saxophone with Willie,”
says Albright. “He schooled me on Latin jazz and provided me with the
discipline to become a solid bass player.“ The tune takes a formidable
twist to salsa elements in the middle part.
Capetown Strut is the perfect township jive,
the South African groove, which let us swing and dance. Hugh Masekela
called it "an integral part of South African mainstream music. It’s
the core of the feeling of today’s township youth". By the way the
South African Jazz Festival is one of the greatest worldwide.
Burt Bacharach and Hal David wrote the song
Close To You, which became popular by The Carpenters. Albright's
daughter Selina shares the song with Gerald's sax in wonderful
“Earl and I have been friends for a long time,”
Albright comments the next song. “I’ve appreciated his music for a
number of years, and when I wrote this tune, I heard Earl on it. He
has a sound all his own.” I Found The Klugh is the best fusion
of acoustic guitar and sax, you can imagine.
Embrace The Spirit let the sun shine on
Gerald's romantic side. He interprets the song with great sensibility.
The Road To Peace (A Prayer For Haiti) keeps this atmosphere
going and presents the king of keys George Duke on piano, who performs
with great noblesse.
Back to the party scene with Highway 70, an
uplifting song with a great horn arrangement. Get out of your seat!
Gerald closes the album with the contemplative ballade From The
Soul. This is the true Gerald Albright, full of love and kindness.
With his new album Pushing The Envelope
Gerald Albright shows all facets of his musical character. Heartfelt
romantic meets energetic funk. Pure Gerald Albright.