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Gerald Albright

A native Californian, Gerald Albright grew up in South Central Los Angeles. After high school, he attended the University of Redlands where he received a B.S. degree in Business Management, minoring in Music. Immediately after college, Albright began to master his talent by working extensively in the studio with such artists as Patrice Rushen, Anita Baker, Ray Parker, Jr., Lola Folana, Atlantic Starr, The Winans, Olivia Newton-John, The Temptations, and Maurice White. He also toured with Les McCann, Rodney Franklin, Jeff Lorber, Teena Marie, Marlene Shaw, Debra and Eloise Laws, Quincy Jones, Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, and many others

Album

Imaginary World

Label: Blue Hour Productions
Released: 2021
Track listing: Trailblazer; New Day; Daybreak; Living Underground; Discovery; Boulevard East; Tiger Lily; Looking Back; Turbocharged; Time's Arrow; Imaginary World.

Album

Prom Drama (feat. Gerald Albright)

Label: Def Left Ear
Released: 2021
Track listing: Prom Drama

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Article: Album Review

Randal Clark: Imaginary World

Read "Imaginary World" reviewed by Jim Worsley


Randal Clark's Imaginary World stretches beyond the conscious boundaries and illuminates the dark corners. It's clear from the onset that it is steeped in jazz tradition with a giant foothold on both rhythmic and melodic foundations. Clark establishes himself early and never lets go. Too often a buoyant blast off can ultimately fade away into the ...

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Article: Talking 2 Musicians

Ronny Jordan: A pioneer of Acid Jazz, a Staple of Smooth Jazz

Read "Ronny Jordan: A pioneer of Acid Jazz, a Staple of Smooth Jazz" reviewed by Alan Bryson


This month marks guitarist Ronny Jordan's 55th birthday. A trailblazer in acid jazz, his debut album The Antidote foreshadowed Miles Davis' embrace of hip hop with the album Doo-Bop by six months. Moreover, Jordan's track “After Hours" also had a profound impact on smooth jazz as you will read in the following interview. This interview was ...

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Article: Profile

Tribute to Art Porter Jr.: Reflections of a Grateful Art

Read "Tribute to Art Porter Jr.: Reflections of a Grateful Art" reviewed by Liz Goodwin


During the early to mid '90s, soprano and alto saxophonist-composer Art Porter, Jr. was charting a blazing course on the contemporary jazz soundscape. The 35-year-old Little Rock, Arkansas native had recorded and released four albums for Verve Records. He had been a guest on the albums of such titans as keyboardists Ramsey Lewis; Jeff Lorber (who ...

News: Video / DVD

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Gerald Albright

StLJN Saturday Video Showcase: Spotlight on Gerald Albright

This week, StLJN's video spotlight shines on saxophonist Gerald Albright, who will be back in St. Louis to perform on Friday, June 16 at the Sheldon Concert Hall as part of “A Salute to Fathers and Mentors," also featuring singer Denise Thimes, saxophonist Tim Cunningham, and comedian James Stephens III. A native of Los Angeles, Albright ...

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Article: Interview

Walter Smith III: Jazz Explorer

Read "Walter Smith III: Jazz Explorer" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


Walter Smith stands straight when he raises his tenor sax to his mouth to embark on a solo, or play enthralling, serpentine, contrapuntal lines in unison with band mates like Ambrose Akinmusire. [Check out “Confessions To My Unborn Daughter" from Akinmusire's When the Heart Emerges Glistening.] It's a muscular sound that emerged from his horn. Authoritative. ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

MCG Jazz does Christmas: New Holiday Releases From Ann Hampton Callaway and the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra

Read "MCG Jazz does Christmas:  New Holiday Releases From Ann Hampton Callaway and the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


The inevitability of new Christmas albums often fills jazz journalists with dread. And while some may assume it's because we're a cynical breed with unreasonable standards and upturned noses, that couldn't be further from the truth (in most cases). The reason jazz journalists approach new Christmas albums with caution is simple: the number of slipshod, hastily-produced, ...

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News: Recording

Jazz Royalty “Open Up” “The Vault” To Help Departed Friend’s Family

Jazz Royalty “Open Up” “The Vault” To Help Departed Friend’s Family

New single from the late guitarist Jeff Golub debuts in the Billboard Top 20 ahead of Tuesday’s album release with sales benefitting The Golub family. New York, NY: A few days prior to New Year’s Day, the day guitarist Jeff Golub passed away at age 59, his frequent collaborators Steven Miller, Rick Braun and Bud Harner ...


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