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New Beginnings

Gerald AlbrightAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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One of the biggest stars of R&B, contemporary and straight-ahead jazz, Gerald Albright has earned his reputation as a “musician’s musician.” Born in Los Angeles, he began piano lessons at an early age. Albright’s love of music picked up considerably when he was given a saxophone that had belonged to his piano teacher. By the time he enrolled at the University of ... Read more in Amazon's Gerald Albright Store

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  • Audio CD (March 28, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Peak Records
  • ASIN: B000E5N67A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,991 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This CD finds the LA-born, smooth-jazz star Gerald Albright on a new label, with a new line of saxophones and a new home in Colorado. It's co-produced by some of his heavyweight contemporaries, including Jeff Lorber, Chuckii Booker, and Rex Rideout, and it features Albright's traveling band. All of the 12 tracks showcase Albright's assertive mix of Cannonball Adderley's bravura and Maceo Parker's funkiness--whether he's playing alto, baritone, tenor sax, or flute. His high school friend, Patrice Rushen, who let Albright steal the show with his burning solo on her 1982 single "Forget Me Nots," turns in a nice piano spotlight on the title track. The old Whispers hit "And the Beat Goes On" is reprised with that group's lead vocalists, and trumpeter Chris Botti's Milesiian trumpet leaves its footprint on "Big Shoes." Albright's rousing rendition of "Georgia on My Mind," shows why everybody, from Quincy Jones to Phil Collins, loves his sound. --Eugene Holley, Jr.

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One of today's leading contemporary saxophone artists, Gerald Albright has made his name with a musical voice that's lyrical, seductive, and deeply soulful. Those elements combine with funky rhythms and memorable melodies on New Beginnings, his debut album from Peak Records. Features keyboardists Jeff Lorber and Patrice Rushen, famed trumpeter Chris Botti, ace studio musician Chucki Booker, top guitarist Paul Jackson, Jr., and The Whispers. Universal. 2006.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new beginning... April 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD
It definitely shows! My understanding is that it made a debut at number one. There is an excellent reason for that. This cd is superb! I am equal parts happy and excited about this for him. We Got The Groove has a beat that keeps the repeat button on my cd player in constant motion. New Beginnings with Patrice Rushen is pure gold. It's extremely hard for me to choose favorites because honestly this is a solid effort from beginning to end. I'm a huge fan so I usually like anything he releases. This is destined to end up as one of my all time favorites. Other songs that stand out for me are I Need You, You Are My Love, Big Shoes and a guaranteed show stopper at any live show Georgia On My Mind and the reprise. He takes it to a whole new level. I am also a huge Jeff Lorber fan and they make a wonderful combination. Excellent cd! I love everything about it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SICK SICK SICK July 6, 2006
By Dewey K
Format:Audio CD
This album is one that just has your head boppin' or you jumping up and down in your seat. This is a must play for the car. The hooks are simple and memorable from beginning to end. I especially love the "Georgia on my mind." Just adding another to my Albright collection.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Mix March 28, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I had an opportunity to get an early glimpse of the CD and found it to be a fairly good session. I say that because it is not Gerald's best work, but definitely not his worst. I am a true fan of Gerald's music and eagerly wait with anticipation each release which seems to come about every two years after several years of back to back projects. What you will like on this project is the title track `New Beginnings' featuring Patrice Rushen which brings back fond old school memories of Grover Washington Jr. Also, `Last but not Least' has a catchy beat that will have you tapping your feet (I see this one getting some radio air time). But Gerald really shows his sax ability on his rendition of `Georgia On My Mind'. `I Need You' and `All the Love' puts a little modern day vocalize Rhythm to the CD. He gets somewhat funky with `Big Shoes' and `We Got the Groove' which turned out to be quite enjoyable and deserves radio air time. The other selections are ok at best. The CD is a good mix, good enough to add to your collection, but if you are looking for "Live at Birdland West' you may have to wait a couple of more years. ~the JazzeOne
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely beginning November 12, 2006
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As the CD title would suggest that smooth jazz stalwart Gerald Albright has indeed moved to a new lable, moreover, it would appear that this move has not damppened his enthauism, as this particular CD moves from strength to strength. Although some would argue that the vocals detract from the instrumentals, which would appear to be a rather persistent argument amongst listeners of jazz; however, I suspect that Mr. Albright and his producers have in this project found the balance between the two such that the entire collection is appealing and worthy of anyone's smooth jazz collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Beginnings Indeed May 6, 2006
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Gerald Albright hits the mark on this new CD. He is at the top of his game and you can feel the love that he put into this project. A new label and a new home for the Albright family must be perfect because this CD is going to be one of the hottest he has ever put out. Do yourself a favor. This is a must have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Saxman Supreme April 28, 2006
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One of my favorite saxophonist, his skills really come across in his recordings, as well as in the live concerts I've attended. This is especially evident in his rendition of "Georgia On My Mind." Instrumental Performance of the Year as far as I'm concerned. This CD is all about Gerald.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars sweet! October 31, 2006
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this is a really nice album. my favorite are "i want somebody" and "you are my love". definitely add this one to your collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of Gerald Albright! September 24, 2013
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I am so happy I was able to find this CD on Amazon. I love every song. Gerald Albright is my favorite sax. He always manages to make his horn sing the song and tell the story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Still In The Mood
I've been on several Smooth Jazz Cruises and Gerald is usually one of the headliners. This piece ranks high up there with another one of my favorites "Live To Love". Read more
Published 25 days ago by Cye
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Always does Great
Published 1 month ago by Terri L. Poplawski
5.0 out of 5 stars High quality album; a breath of fresh air at times
New Beginnings, reflects recent transitions in Gerald Albright's life, as he has moved from his longtime home of Los Angeles to the suburbs of Denver. Read more
Published on April 20, 2010 by J. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Gerald has done it again
This CD, I must say, must be up there as one of Gerald's bests! Once I start playing it, I can't go past it. Each track is worth repeating! Beautiful album indeed! Read more
Published on March 31, 2010 by Sakhe Mali
5.0 out of 5 stars Gerald Albright Does It, Again!
I was introduced to Gerald Albright's music in 1987 and I haven't missed an opportunity to share his musical joy with each new release. Read more
Published on September 11, 2009 by R. Darby
4.0 out of 5 stars Talk about pretty ...
"You are my love", despite being totally unable to find the lyrics for the song, is the prettiest song I have ever heard (over 50 years of music appreciation, and no silly name... Read more
Published on December 6, 2008 by C. Colbert
4.0 out of 5 stars Gerald on my mind (recommended)
Albright blows his toes off with the bluesy GEORGIA ON MY MIND that sounds like no prior rendition. If you can afford to purchase just one selection, let it be this. Read more
Published on April 12, 2008 by K. Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting Better & Better
I have already reviewed a couple of Gerald's previous projects with the overriding sentiment being that Gerald fares much better as a premiere session man rather than the... Read more
Published on October 3, 2007 by Raider Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars THE SAXSY SAX MAN
The Greatest enjoyment I have is listening to My SAX PLAYERS, Gerald Albright is one of the best, this CD is just the BEGINNING of his Smooth Groove, some things you cannot put... Read more
Published on August 23, 2007 by DEE
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