New Beginnings

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Make no mistake: Gerald Albright has chops -- serious chops -- not to mention strong improvisational skills on both tenor and alto sax and a healthy amount of gritty, down-home soulfulness. But having a lot of positive attributes and actually making the most of them are two different things -- and while the saxman has excelled at times 1991's Live at Birdland West remains his most essential disc, he has also delivered his share of forgettable, knee-jerk fluff 1989's Bermuda Nights and 1990's Dream Come True were among the worst offenders. Drawing on both soul-jazz and smooth jazz, New Beginnings is a mixed bag that isn't in a class with Live at Birdland West but is still...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Make no mistake: Gerald Albright has chops -- serious chops -- not to mention strong improvisational skills on both tenor and alto sax and a healthy amount of gritty, down-home soulfulness. But having a lot of positive attributes and actually making the most of them are two different things -- and while the saxman has excelled at times 1991's Live at Birdland West remains his most essential disc, he has also delivered his share of forgettable, knee-jerk fluff 1989's Bermuda Nights and 1990's Dream Come True were among the worst offenders. Drawing on both soul-jazz and smooth jazz, New Beginnings is a mixed bag that isn't in a class with Live at Birdland West but is still one of his more worthwhile commercial outings. There are some weak tracks, to be sure; Albright's note-for-note cover of the Whispers' 1979 hit "And the Beat Goes On" pales in comparison to the original version -- and a few other automatic-pilot tracks are equally boring. But when Albright lets loose, New Beginnings becomes a treat that brings to mind Grover Washington, Jr. and early Ronnie Laws rather than Najee, Kenny G., or George Howard. Albright really soars on a gospel-drenched performance of Hoagy Carmichael's "Georgia on My Mind," and he has some enjoyably funky moments on "Big Shoes" and "We Got the Groove" both of which keyboardist Jeff Lorber co-wrote with the saxman as well as the title track which features Patrice Rushen on acoustic piano. Is Albright capable of much more than what he does on New Beginnings? No question. Albright is quite capable of providing a five-star masterpiece, which New Beginnings is not. Nonetheless, this 2006 release has more pluses than minuses -- and it is certainly superior to Dream Come True, Bermuda Nights, and some of the other duds he recorded for Atlantic in the '80s and '90s.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/28/2006
  • Label: Peak Records
  • UPC: 013431854029
  • Catalog Number: 8540
  • Sales rank: 49,782

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gerald Albright Primary Artist, Bass, Flute, Bass Guitar, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Patrice Rushen Piano
Jeff Lorber Guitar, Keyboards
Marlon McClain Guitar
Chuckii Booker Keyboards, Background Vocals
Chris Botti Trumpet
Darrell Crooks Guitar
Melvin Davis Bass, Bass Guitar
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Rex Rideout Keyboards
Wallace "Scotty" Scott Vocals
Tracy Carter Keyboards
Walter Scott Vocals
Luther "Mano" Hanes Keyboards, Background Vocals
Teddy Campbell Drums
Technical Credits
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Phil Collins Liner Notes
Leon F. Sylvers III Composer
Gerald Albright Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Jeff Lorber Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Marlon McClain Composer
Chuckii Booker Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Steve Hall Mastering
Sonny Mediana Art Direction
David Rideau Engineer
Rex Rideout Arranger, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Mark Wexler Executive Producer
Stuart Gorrell Composer
Anthony Jeffries Engineer
Tracy Carter Arranger, Engineer
Andi Howard Executive Producer
Luther "Mano" Hanes Arranger, Composer, Producer
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