Live At Birdland West

April 21, 2009 | Format: MP3

$6.99
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 27, 2008
  • Release Date: May 27, 2008
  • Label: Rhino Atlantic
  • Copyright: 1991 Atlantic Recording Corp.
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  • Total Length: 1:06:25
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  • ASIN: B001A3IY68
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,521 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Gerald tackles some jazz standards with simply amazing results.
D. Collins
And from that album with his greatest hits, there's 2 hits from this live album that I really didn't like, plus I like the studio sound of music anyway.
Ronald Francis
Some of the solos that he trades with other saxophonists are purely amazing.
Trombone.Antonio

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 1, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I think Gerald has the best sounding Alto Sax. With this CD
its PUREEEEEEE sax Baby, not over loaded with smooth sounds and singing like most of his other CD'S. This CD clearly stands out from all the others. It is a bluesy soulful sound of traditional quartet style stuff kicked up a few thousand notches with Gerald's kick ass horn. Funny thing about this Disc, I typically don't like older style traditional stuff but someone told me that I had give this a shot, and thank GOD I did.
Listen to " Georgia on my mind" in its entirety, opp's I forgot you can only sample parts of the songs. Too bad because, as you know most smoking horn solo's don't even start until ˝ way through the songs. I have turned so many Jazz fans on to this Disc It's a great departure from typical smooth Jazz where ever artist now sounds the same. GREAT STUFF check it out!
P.S. I wish Gerald would make another CD like this, even though I know he cant top "Live At Birdland West"
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Walter Edwards on July 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Unlike other more "smooth jazz" albums of Albright's, this one is more likely to pique the interest of the jazz purist. This album does contain a ballad or two, and also includes a very soulful, almost gospel tinged version of "Georgia on my Mind." Watch that solo, it is definitely off the charts! The sound quality is very superior as well. While listening to it, you'll forget that it is actually a "Live" album. Whether you're a jazz purist or love the modern sounds of CD 101.9, you have to add this to your jazz collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jazzman on January 31, 2005
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This By Far is Gerald's Best work even though I love Smooth Jazz,

this is a departure that is wonderful. This CD clearly stands out from all the others. It is a bluesy soulful sound of traditional quartet style with Gerald's kick ass horn. Funny thing about this Disc is I typically don't like older style traditional stuff but someone told me that I had give this a shot, and thank GOD I did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Collins on February 20, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Whew! Where to begin? This CD s one of my all-time favorites, not only because of Gerald Albright's amazing playing on it, but also because it gave me an all new respect for his playing ability. If you're only accustomed to his more tame smooth jazz work, consider yourself informed! Gerald tackles some jazz standards with simply amazing results. From the first track, you'll find yourself caught up in Albright's blistering technique and seemingly endless melodic ideas. Only the frst half of the CD is live, but it's great from start to finish. It even features another of my favorite artists, Kirk Whalum, on "Limehouse Blues." Kirk should raise a few eyebrows as well. Back to the album, I really can't say enough about it. This album alone has been a huge influence on my saxophone playing and it never gets old. The crown jewel of this album is undoubetdly "Georgia On My Mind." It makes this album a must-have all by itself. Gerald pulls out all the stops and constructs a gripping solo packed wth emotion and lightning speed. If this one doesn't get your hands and feet tapping, it's time to check your pulse. "C Jamm Blues" never slows down and shows off Gerald's abilty to take a simple head and turn it upside-down. It's easy to hear shades of bop in this one. Not all of the tracks are so fast-paced though. "My One And Only Love" and "Softly At Sunrise" gripping ballads to say the least, especially in the hands of a master saxophonist like Gerald Albright. No collection should be without this CD. I only wish Gerald would release another like it, but I can hardly call that criticism. Run and get this CD if you don't have it already! No collection deserves to be without it.

-Dave
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Willmoth -. Riley on May 31, 2005
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I recently purchased the Gerald Albright CD Live at Birdland West. The alto and tenor playing on it is superb. Georgia on my Mind is so soulful and passionate that listening to it made me quite emotional. Not something that happens to me that often when listening to a CD. Some of the intensisty displayed by Gerald's playing is not dissimilar to the playing of David Sanborn. I rate this as one of my top ten CD favourites. Buy it now, you won't be disappointed!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Gomez Pardo HALL OF FAME on September 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This notable gave a real tour de force with sensitive mood and undeniable charisma in this well balanced CD that presents him in a live performance.

His version of Georgia in my mind remains a recent classic. Another bright themes are Softly at sunrise, Too cool and Boss of Nova.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yogi TheBro on May 17, 2011
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This is by far Gerald Albright's best ever. He raised the bar so high with this album that I really don't care for any of his other CDs. I've been waiting for a few years (decades) for him to make another CD on this level. Song after song is just superb. Just hit "play" and don't even think about skipping a song.
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This is a live album by Gerald Albright that I can do without listening to, and just stick with listening to his original studio-albums. There's also a greatest hits album by Gerald Albright. And from that album with his greatest hits, there's 2 hits from this live album that I really didn't like, plus I like the studio sound of music anyway. I have nine orginal albums by Gerald Albright that are my favorite, except this one. So I would save myself the trouble of buying this album and wasting my money on it.
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