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Pushing the Envelope

Gerald AlbrightAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 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 (June 15, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Telarc
  • ASIN: B003HLT06E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,102 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Certainly he is one of the most eclectic and consistent jazzmen on the market.
This is his 12th solo album in almost 25 years of recording career and fearures special guest appearances by Fred Wesley on trombone, Earl Klugh on acoustic guitar and George Duke on acoustic piano.
It's a pleasant and feel-good set, but do not be fooled by the ironical title.
In fact, if you expect to listen to something edgy and adventurous, you may be very disappointed.
There's no ground breaking on this one, on the contrary Gerald Albright sticks steadly on the Smooth Jazz territory.
Just consider the saccharine-rich version of Burt Bacharach's "Close To You" and the not memorable take on Michael Jackson's "Get On The Floor".
But we cannot say that there are not some good tracks.
The tribute to James Brown "What Would James Do" is at the funkier end of the music's spectrum with guest trombonist sounding uncannily like Fred Wesley.
On the Latin tip, you have another tribute (this time to percussionist Willie Bobo) in "Bobo's Groove" and "I Found The Klugh", which features Earl Klugh on acoustic guitar.
Other highlights are "Capetown Strut", (dedicated the South African city in the occasion of the FIFA 2010 Champonship), which blends Jazz, Pop, Funk and African grooves, and the mellow and very smooth "Road To Peace", dedicated to the Haiti earthquake victims.
"Highway 70" ups the tempo and returns to the funky side of things.
No doubt, the album will do very well on the Smooth Jazz radio Station and Contemporary Jazz Chart, and will appeal to the very man Albright's fans.
It would be nice, next time, to see Mr. Albright playing something really new and not cast of the Smooth/MOR Jazz mould.

Live At Birdland West
Sax for Stax
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG! August 11, 2010
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I purchased "Pushing the Envelope" yesterday. I was busy so I just loaded the songs onto my iPod.

Sitting at my desk I decided to play it. The first track is "What Would James Do?"

I get to work at 7 a.m. and I tell you, the first cut was better than an espresso shot! I could barely stay in my seat.

What I heard is exactly what James would do.

The entire CD is very nice. There is something for every mood. I listened to it all day long. Very nice mixture of tempos from funk to smooth and back again.

I love it!!!!!!!!!

Gerald, you made my week!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "WOW" WOW" The Best !!!!! August 15, 2010
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I've been a long time fan of Gerald Albright.. He really PUSHED THE ENVELOPE ON THIS CD..please check this one out buy it if you love smooth jazz. This is well worth the money & more please don't let this cd pass you by it's great!!! This is the best CD he's come out with in a long time that every songs sounds good...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply awesome June 15, 2010
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just received mr. albrights new CD. WOW

What an amazing piece of work by this premier saxophonist.

if track #8 dont put a tear in your eyes then go get your eyes tested for dryness.

well done brother man!!!!!!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album August 1, 2010
By daisy
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Saw Gerald Albright at the Broadmoor Jazz Festival in April and had to follow up with more of his music. He put on a great show and this album is just as good.I am not a Jazz techie but I know what I like!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars smooth August 6, 2010
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this is vintage GA. If you liked "smooth" or "live to love" this LP is up your alley.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pushing the Envelope July 15, 2010
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Gerald Albright's Pushing The Envelope is excellent. If you are into smooth Jazz you have got to have this one in your collection. Albright plays with an all star cast featuring Fed Wesley, Earl Klugh and George Duke. Crank up your cd,mp3 or Ipod and enjoy Gerald Albright's Pushing The Envelope!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting February 28, 2014
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Its "ok", but don't rush to buy it. Some studio sessions - no headliners. Gerald is an outstanding sax player and he has a few better Cd's out there but this is not one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
If you love smooth jazz,you will like this one.
Published 2 months ago by Peggy
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT CD
This CD is GREAT!

I have been a fan of Gerald Albright's since the early 80s.

His interpretation of music fits my lifestyle and I cannot get enough of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by High Hurdles
3.0 out of 5 stars Its okay
It is and was okay. Not really what I am use to with this artist. Will listen again soon but there is so much to catch up with or on
Published 10 months ago by Dan Nelms
5.0 out of 5 stars The Man
Music relaxes the soul and allows you to sit back and and enjoy the sounds. Old but good, better than tyoday's music.
Published 12 months ago by Southern Bell
4.0 out of 5 stars Not too bad
Great production. Not one of his best albums, but overall good songs and the musicians are very inspired. Great listening.
Published 15 months ago by BigE
5.0 out of 5 stars Great cd
I always liked Mr. Algright, he's very talented relaxing soothing music, I have been listening to his music for several years now
Published 18 months ago by Eric M. Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars PUSHING ENVELOPE
Published on September 12, 2011 by William P. Stokes
5.0 out of 5 stars Gerald Albright always pleases...
Gerald Albright is a great Sax player. We love this latest CD. It is inventive and fun to listen to. Read more
Published on May 31, 2011 by Lil Stevie T
5.0 out of 5 stars LISTENING TO THE SAMPLES
Just by listening to the samples I was hooked. I'm going to get this CD. The title was a throw-off, but I decided to give it a try. Read more
Published on December 14, 2010 by Sharon J. Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars He's done it again
Gerald Albright smooth sax sounds are still at their best. Great uptempo CD with a touch of new and his old sounds as well.
Published on August 24, 2010 by C. Jackson
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