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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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Gerald Albright – 30

Gerald Albright is praised by critics to the skies for years. He has earned it through albums and performances. Compared to other saxophonists, he succeeds to keep a personal touch to the game.

His new album 30 (2018) represents 30 years since the release of Gerald’s debut release Just Between Us. This anniversary project is a reflection of some of Gerald’s favorite music that he has written over the past decades. Although the songs are action packed with new and unique arrangements, spearheaded by Albright, Chris Big Dog Davis, and James JRob Roberson, this CD is one of Gerald Albright’s finest releases to date.

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Vandell Andrew – 30

Hailing from the “Birthplace of Jazz” New Orleans, Vandell Andrew is a part of the new generation of the jazz genre. Years Later… (2011) was his debut album followed by Turn It Up (2014). Since the release of Turn It Up Vandell has been afforded the opportunity to play venues and festivals around the world, such as the Catalina Island Jazz Trax Festival and the Legendary Ronnie Scott’s in London,UK. In 2016 he released with All For Love an amazing textural piece of sax in the lead.

“The new album is called 30 and it reflects the thoughts that go into reaching that age milestone,” Vandell says. “I’ve always felt like turning 30 is when you become a true adult and your career and life goals become clearer. Musically, I’ve reached a place where I’m confident in what I write, play and perform. My true sound has become evident and the music is much more mature. Don’t get me wrong, I still play a lot of funk live – I’ve just got other things on my mind. This album is so emotional that you can feel me on a whole different level.”

His new album 30 is an all-star cast of musicians/vocalists like De’Marcus Walker, LeTempest Barnes, Britt Frappier, Landa Morgan, Marcus Anderson, Julian C. Vaughn, Matt Godina, Lew Laing Jr, Dirk Pate, Kerry Marshall, Andre Frappier, Phil Martin & Andrew Freeman. With 10 original tracks it is available on CDBaby.