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Gerald Albright – G

Saxophone 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.

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Gerald Albright – G

gPossessing a strong sense of musicality and as a double threat on saxophone and bass guitar, Gerald Albright has collaborated with over 200 artists in numerous genres since he came on the scene in the mid-eighties.Balancing a schedule of session work and solo artistry with seventeen CD’s to his credit, his body of work encompassing multi Grammy nominations and a Soul Music Hall of Fame induction speaks for itself.

Two years removed from his last major label release, Slam Dunk, Albright writes another chapter in a remarkable career with the upcoming release, “G”, in his debut as record label CEO with Bright Music Records. Reflecting his incredible artistry, “G” spotlights Albright’s musical versatility, including a hip-hop and funk duet featuring beat box guru Doug E Fresh, a special original tribute to urban music legends Frankie Beverly & Maze and his rendition of Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day,” fueled by iconic pop/soul vocalist, Michael McDonald. Continue reading

Gerald Albright – Slam Dunk

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.

Slam Dunk is Albright’s fifteens album as a leader. According to Gerald there is a difference to the predecessors꞉ “But what we wanted to do on this record was to take those instruments that are normally in the background – bass, flute and horns – and bring them up front.”

Slam Dunk is a shot in which a player thrusts the ball forcefully down through the basket. This energy puts Albright in his new album. Here are assisting him keyboardist Chris “Big Dog” Davis, drummer Jerohn Garnett, guitarist Rick Watford, and his daughter, Selina Albright, on vocals.

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Gerald Albright – Slam Dunk

SlamDunk“As a composer, instrumentalist, arranger/producer/artist, he truly redefines the word ‘consummate’ and raises the bar for the meaning of the word ‘musician.’” – Michael McDonald, from the liner notes

For four decades, the million-selling, GRAMMY®-nominated saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist/ composer/bandleader Gerald Albright has put his serpentine-fired, solo signature on many of the greatest hits of the latter half of the twentieth century; from Patrice Rushen’s “Forget Me Nots,” to Quincy Jones’ “Setembro.” And, he’s been one of the most accomplished contemporary/traditional jazz artists on the scene, as evidenced by his fourteen records as a leader.

With the August 5, 2014 release of Slam Dunk on Heads Up, a division of Concord Music Group, Albright continues his reign supreme as the genre’s most compelling and consistent artist. Fans will hear his searing and soulful sax lines on this twelve-track recording. And, they’ll be in for a surprise, as Albright shows off his chops as a bassist, along with his ebullient tenor, baritone and soprano saxophone arrangements on his own compositions, and his super covers of classics by Phil Collins and James Brown, with special guest vocalist Peabo Bryson. Continue reading

Jim Samuel – Now

NowWith something for every Smooth Jazz fan, NOW offers jazz that is more funk and dance than smooth. An album full of melodies that will stay with you long after the music stops thanks to outstanding performances from guest artists Gerald Albright, Rob Tardik and Tony Neenan, NOW is the time to jump on the Jim Samuel bandwagon. You are in for a fun ride!

Outstanding originals, cool covers and intoxicating melodies make NOW the time to discover ths unique brand of Smooth Jazz at CDBaby.

Gerald Albright and Norman Brown – 24/7

Two heavy hitters in contemporary jazz come together in celebration of music lovers’ all-day, all-night passion. Saxophonist Gerald Albright and guitarist Norman Brown present 24/7 (Concord, 2012).

Albright, a Grammy nominee, is a native of Los Angeles. His career is marked by associations with Patrice Rushen, Anita Baker, Ray Parker, Atlantic Starr, Olivia Newton-John, Maurice White and many others. New Beginnings (Peak, 2008) and Sax for Stax (Peak, 2009) both received Grammy nominations for Best Pop Instrumental Album.

Brown was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and raised in Kansas City, Kansas. His 2002 release, Just Chillin’, received the Grammy award for Best Pop Instrumental Album. Inspired by Jimi Hendrix and Wes Montgomery, Brown has often been compared to George Benson, both in his style of playing guitar and his vocal scat. During the waning years of Warner Bros. Jazz, Brown also collaborated on several projects with saxophonist Kirk Whalum and trumpeter Rick Braun. The trio, backed by several other musicians, was known as BWB.

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Gerald Albright and Norman Brown – 24/7

Saxophonist 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 International.

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.

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.

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