Gerald Albright

    Genre : Instrumental Jazz

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About This Act :

Gerald Albright is a master when it comes to covering songs. In the past, he has worked wonders out of modern day soul hits such as Tony Toni Tone's "Anniversary," Luther Vandross' "So Amazing," Johnny Gill's "My, My, My" and (from Grooveology) a galvanizing rendition of Donnie McClurkin's contemporary gospel gem "We Fall Down." On Kickin' It Up, he reaches a bit further back to one of the earliest gold-selling gems to come out of Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff's Philadelphia International empire, "If You Don't Know Me By Now," recorded in 1972 by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes featuring Teddy Pendergrass. "(Verve President) Ron Goldstein heard it coming into work one morning and thought I'd sound good covering it," Gerald shares. "That song is an anthem - a very heartfelt ballad that gives you a lot of room to express yourself. (Producer) Rex Rideout did a stellar job of employing all the right elements."

Immediately after college, Albright began to master his talent by working extensively in the studio with such artists as Patrice Rushen, Anita Baker, Ray Parker, Lola Folana, Atlantic Starr, The Winans, Olivia Newton-John, The Temptations, and Maurice White. He also toured with Les McCann, Rodney Franklin, Jeff Lorber, Teena Marie, Marlene Shaw, Debra and Eloise Laws, Quincy Jones, Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, and many others. In addition to numerous appearances at clubs and jazz festivals, Albright was also a part of the popular Jazz Explosion tours, which saw him teaming up with contemporary jazz stars like Will Downing, Jonathan Butler, Hugh Masekela, Chaka Khan, and Rachelle Ferrell, to name a few.

Gerald Albright has also branched out as a TV Star to his already-substantial resume. The saxman has appeared on numerous shows such as "A Different World", "Melrose Place", Channels 2 and 5 "Morning News Shows", "BET" jazz segments as well as piloting a show in Las Vegas with "Designing Women" star Meshach Taylor.

Albright has recorded 7 CDs on the Atlantic Record label. His contemporary and straight-ahead collections have established the Los Angeles-based musician as one of the most prominent artists in the world. Albright was one of the ten featured saxophonists who performed at President Clinton's inauguration. His smooth sounds were also featured at the Presidential Summit, and several private functions for the President.

Albright has sold over 1,000,000 albums in the U.S. alone. In addition to saxophone, his self-produced music features him on bass guitar, keyboards, flutes, drum programming, and background vocals. Gerald has definitely earned the reputation as the "musician's musician."