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Saxophonist extraordinaire Gerald Albright is back with his smooth grooves, hence the name of this, his ninth album. Chock full of passionate, fresh tracks and hooks that grab the listener and don't let go, Groovology delivers on every level.
Albright has brought in a top-flight roster of sidemen who bring on the funk, and the R&B and, of course, some of the coolest jazz. There are some fine offerings on this CD. "Old School Jam" and the title track (both tributes to James Brown), will immediately catch the listener's ear. "The Next Level" and "I Will Always Love You" are excellent tracks. The instrumental version of "We Fall Down" will wind up in extremely heavy rotation on smooth jazz stations and has a huge crossover appeal. But...it is the Jeff Lorber collaboration "Ain't No Stoppin"" that is the absolute highlight of this CD.
Groovology is by no means the perfect jazz album. It's very good, but it does have its flaws. The biggest, most glaring and ultimately the only one that really deserves criticism is the Eric Clapton cover. "Change The World" is muzak at best. It isn't bad, but I'm sure I'll be hearing it in an elevator somewhere very soon. Albright would have been better served had he just left the song in the studio.
Groovology is a terrific smooth jazz CD. It is a must for Albright fans.
Track Listing: 1. Old School Jam (Albright) - 4:25
2. Groovology (Albright/McQuitty) - 4:47
3. Bring a Li'l Love (Curtis/Walker) - 3:42
4. Ain't No Stoppin' (Albright/Lorber) - 4:19
5. Change the World (Kennedy/Kirkpatrick/Sims) - 5:02
6. I Will Always Love You (Albright/Hammond/Hanes) - 5:09
7. The Next Level (Albright) - 4:43
8. I Need You (Carter/Cymone) - 3:59
9. Don't Hold Back (Albright) - 4:22
10. We Fall Down (Matthews) - 5:49
Personnel: Gerald Albright - Arranger, Guitar (Bass), Keyboards, Sax (Alto), Sax (Baritone), Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor), Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements, Drum Programming, Mixing, Saxophone Arrangement
Paul Pesco - Guitar (Electric)
Bobby Lyle - Keyboards
Jeff Lorber - Keyboards, Producer, Engineer, Drum Programming
Chris Walker - Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
Bill McKinley - Guitar (Bass)
Chuckii Booker - Keyboards
Greg Curtis - Keyboards, Vocals, Vocals (bckgr), Producer, Engineer, Drum Programming, Mixing
Chuck Cymone - Keyboards, Drum Programming
Lynn Davis - Vocals (bckgr)
Bud Harner - Executive Producer
Paul Jackson Jr. - Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Electric)
Ricky Lawson - Drums
Lamont VanHook - Vocals (bckgr)
David Delhimme - Keyboards
Kenya Hathaway - Vocals (bckgr)
Anthony Jeffries - Engineer, Mixing
Maurice Fitzgerald - Guitar (Bass)
Tim Carmon - Organ, Keyboards
Rocky Schenck - Photography
Hollis King - Art Direction
Chris Bolton - Vocals (bckgr)
Marvin McQuitty - Drums, Drum Programming
Terrell Carter - Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
Steve Hall - Mastering
John Newcott - Release Coordinator
Luther "Mano" Hanes - Keyboards, Vocals (bckgr), Producer, Vocal Arrangement, Drum Sequencing
I love jazz because it's so different than pop and has an emotional pull that other music does not have.
I was first exposed to jazz when I saw Dave Brubeck in 1974.
The first jazz record I bought was Bitches Brew by Miles Davis.