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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.

Get the album right now on Amazon.com.

Dave Koz and Friends – Summer Horns II From A To Z

Five years ago, after Dave Koz and Friends released Summer Horns—the GRAMMY-nominated album that paid tribute to classic songs featuring killer horn sections—all that the musicians could think about was how much fun they’d just had. They toured behind the album during the summer of 2013, then vowed to spend the following summer doing it all over again.

“The second tour was even better than the first,” says Koz, the world-class saxophonist who piloted the release, which rocketed to No. 1 on Billboard’s Current Contemporary Jazz Albums chart. “We had a total blast and the fans really gravitated toward it.”

There was no question in Koz’s mind that a sequel was in the stars, but getting everyone’s schedules to align was never going to be easy, each participant being a headliner with bookings well into the future. It took a few years but finally, says Koz, through “divine intervention,” a window of time opened up so that everyone could be in the same place at the same time.

Summer Horns II From A To Z, scheduled for release on June 22, 2018 via Concord Records, is the result, a stunning set of 11 more timeless tunes re-imagined by Koz (soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxes), joined by alto saxophonist Gerald Albright and tenor saxophonist Richard Elliot—both returnees from the earlier session—with new additions Rick Braun (trumpet) and Aubrey Logan (trombone and vocals). A crew of ace rhythm players collaborates with the Summer Horns lineup along with a who’s who of arrangers: Tom Scott (who’s worked with everyone from Frank Sinatra to Aretha Franklin to Steely Dan), Greg Adams (best known for Tower of Power, but also Santana and Elton John) and GRAMMY-winning arranger Gordon Goodwin. Braun, himself a legend of contemporary jazz, produced the album, with co-production by Koz. Continue reading

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

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