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Pushing The Envelope
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Jazz and R&B icon Gerald Albright is considered to be one of the most innovative and successful artists of the last twenty-five years. With the release of Pushing The Envelope, Albright's super cool side is back. With its polished soul/jazz vibe, Pushing The Envelope is a showcase for Albright's remarkably fine balance of songcraft and musicianship, and features special guest appearances by Fred Wesley on trombone, Earl Klugh on acoustic guitar and George Duke on acoustic piano.
Produced and arranged by Albright, Pushing The Envelope provides the perfect opportunity for this master musician/saxophonist/songwriter to exhibit his skills. He plays soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, flutes, bass guitar, and keyboards, and also handles synthesizer, EWI and drum programming. Albright's band on most of the album includes keyboardists Tracy Carter and Luther "Mano" Hanes, guitarist Ricky Watford and drummer Ricky Lawson.
Pushing the Envelope is easily Gerald Albright's most rewarding session to date. "The title reflects all the tunes on the project," Albright says. "I didn't want to hold anything back. I really wanted to push the envelope and give people a little more edge. I come from the era where we didn't think of a formula - we went from the gut."
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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.Read more ›
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!
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 it.
Can't wait for him to come back to St Louis and play the Pageant again.
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!!!!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
He is one of my favorite artists. I am glad to add this to my collection.Published 18 months ago by David Haskins
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.Published on February 28, 2014 by Jay Robbie
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 onPublished on November 30, 2013 by Dan Nelms
Music relaxes the soul and allows you to sit back and and enjoy the sounds. Old but good, better than tyoday's music.Published on October 7, 2013 by Southern Bell
Great production. Not one of his best albums, but overall good songs and the musicians are very inspired. Great listening.Published on July 14, 2013 by BigE
I always liked Mr. Algright, he's very talented relaxing soothing music, I have been listening to his music for several years nowPublished on April 26, 2013 by Eric M. Bell