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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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Product Details

  • 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: #103,265 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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This is a must play for the car.
Dewey K
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.
Tawana Hawkins
This CD, I must say, must be up there as one of Gerald's bests!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tawana Hawkins on 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 By Dewey K on July 6, 2006
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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 By Sherman L. Dantzler on March 28, 2006
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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 By LT Leonard on 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 By Universal Writer on 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 By R. McRae on 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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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. This is Gerald's debut album on Peak Records (although it is his 9th solo studio release), and it is certainly one of the best albums of his well-established career.

Take the lead track (and first radio single) "We Got the Groove," which is nothing short of a breath of fresh air. Gerald goes all out, playing not only alto and tenor sax, but also flute, bass, and bari sax as well. The bari sax in particular gives this song its unique flair - this is not your stereotypical smooth jazz song! After starting off with this truly unique track, the album contains a good balance of funky, under-produced, live-sounding jazzy pieces (such as "New Beginnings," "Georgia On My Mind," and "Big Shoes") and more heavily-produced, beat heavy, smooth jazz grooves (such as "Deep Into My Soul," "I Want Somebody," and "I Need You").

There's a couple of cover tracks on the album, including the aforementioned "Georgia On My Mind" as well as a fantastic remake of "And the Beat Goes On" featuring two of the original members of The Whispers on background vocals.

The list of producers on the album is solid: Jeff Lorber, Rex Rideout, Chuckii Booker, Luther "Mano" Hanes, and even Gerald himself on a few tracks. The Lorber-produced "Take Your Time" sounds like the musical continuation of the song "Sun Ra" from Lorber's album Flipside. Special guest artists include Chris Botti, Paul Jackson Jr., and Jeff Lorber (on both keys and guitar).

The album ends on a perfect note, with a reprise of "Georgia On My Mind" that captures the fantastic feeling of hearing Gerald perform live.
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