The Very Best of Gerald Albright

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
The liner notes for this can't-miss compilation, of a saxman who was putting the "smooth" into jazz long before radio called it that, promise some serious smackin'. These 11 tunes remind the serious rhythm and jazz fan that Albright's been doing that in powerful, soul-stirring ways since the late '80s. Albright was playing with Anita Baker when he signed to Atlantic and launched his diverse career with Just Between Us in 1987. Sultry tunes like "Bermuda Nights" and "In the Mood" helped define new adult contemporary radio the maiden name of "smooth jazz" in the early days, but Albright never just wanted to be one thing. Just as his pop-jazz star was in full swing circa ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
The liner notes for this can't-miss compilation, of a saxman who was putting the "smooth" into jazz long before radio called it that, promise some serious smackin'. These 11 tunes remind the serious rhythm and jazz fan that Albright's been doing that in powerful, soul-stirring ways since the late '80s. Albright was playing with Anita Baker when he signed to Atlantic and launched his diverse career with Just Between Us in 1987. Sultry tunes like "Bermuda Nights" and "In the Mood" helped define new adult contemporary radio the maiden name of "smooth jazz" in the early days, but Albright never just wanted to be one thing. Just as his pop-jazz star was in full swing circa 1991, he took an exciting detour and put out the very straight-ahead-oriented disc Live at Birdland West, which only increased his popularity and respect with critics. There are no misses on this greatest-hits package, but the two most exciting cuts come from this date: an intense, highly improvisational "Georgia on My Mind" and jamming "Boss of Nova," which features powerful interaction between Albright's alto and Joe Sample's percussive piano chords as Harvey Mason keeps perfect bossa time on the skins. The other must-hear collaboration here is "G & Lee," featuring Lee Ritenour. The genre has become more competitive over the years with similar sounding saxmen, but Albright shows he's up to the challenge with the moody funk gem "When Morning Comes," the sole new track on the album. You could look at this as Atlantic just milking a great catalog, but be optimistic and say it's the perfect primer for those who are unfamiliar with one of the best saxmen in the business and a welcome package for longtime fans too.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/16/2007
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227996277
  • Catalog Number: 308156
  • Sales rank: 36,439

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 So Amazing (4:48)
  2. 2 Bermuda Nights (5:52)
  3. 3 In the Mood (5:41)
  4. 4 My, My, My (5:09)
  5. 5 Anniversary (5:14)
  6. 6 Georgia on My Mind (9:05)
  7. 7 G & Lee (6:32)
  8. 8 Boss of Nova (6:28)
  9. 9 Sooki Sooki (5:05)
  10. 10 When Morning Comes 2001 (4:47)
  11. 11 New Girl on the Block (5:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gerald Albright Primary Artist, Bass, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, keyboard bass
Rodney Franklin Piano, Keyboards, fender rhodes
Pete Escovedo Percussion
Bobby Lyle Synthesizer, Piano, fender rhodes, Synthesizer Strings
Joe Sample Piano
Onaje Allan Gumbs Synthesizer, Piano
Phyllis Saint James Background Vocals
Chuckii Booker Synthesizer, Guitar, Keyboards
Ray Brown Flugelhorn
Bridgette Bryant Vocals, Background Vocals
Melvin Davis Bass
Tony Dumas Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Harvey Mason Sr. Drums
Patrick Moten Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Keyboards
Derek Nakamoto Synthesizer, Strings
Morris Pleasure Keyboards
Land Richards Drums
Lee Ritenour Guitar
Angel Rogers Background Vocals
Donnell Spencer Drums
David Delhomme Keyboards
Mark Philpart Background Vocals
Arish Rountree Vocals
Selina Albright Background Vocals
Michael White Guitar
Technical Credits
Gerald Albright Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, drum programming
Chuckii Booker Producer, drum programming
Steve Hall Mastering
Patrick Moten Arranger
Derek Nakamoto Arranger
Donnell Spencer Arranger
Anthony Jeffries Engineer
A. Scott Galloway Liner Notes
Andrea Brooks Art Direction
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