Gerald Albright – 30

Among the legions of saxophonists is only one who rules the genre. Gerald Albright is the living epitome of passion, competence and mastery. He is a legend. This year he looks back on 30 years of artistic activity. How could you celebrate this better than with an album?

The aptly titled album 30 is a retrospective revisiting twelve albums with ten songs newly recorded. Gerald performs on this album alto, tenor, baritone saxophones, C flutes, bass and alto flutes, bass guitar and drum programming. He is joined by James Roberson (keyboards, drums, drum programming), Cory Baker (keyboard bass), Rick Watford (guitars), Sethe Tucker, Selina Albright (vocals), Chris “Big Dog” Davis (keyboards, keyboard bass), Judge “JJ” Williams, Chris Coleman (drums).

The journey starts with Sooki Sooki from Gerald’s 7th Atlantic release Live To Love (1997), re-released on Concord Records in 2009, also to find on the compilations Funky Jazz Partyand The Very Best of Gerald Albright. The original is a groovy smooth jazz ballad, while the new version has an edgier funky attitude with a more pronounced horn arrangement and a modern keyboard accompaniment.

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