Monday, July 28, 2014

Critical acclaim for Gerald Albright's "Slam Dunk" (release date 8/5) #jazz

“Albright’s decision to play the bass on Slam Dunk might have been the result of a fit of nostalgia, but the move added a challenge to the creative process, and Albright responds with highly competent bass playing and creative and inspired sax playing. It reminds his fans of the broad talent that this music man possesses and gives a fresh, personal sound to this solid release. Recommended.”
Soul Tracks
“Albright’s 17th project, it continues his well-developed mixture of smooth jazz, and adult contemporary music. He delivers the expected full, warm tones on his tenor and alto saxes — and also shows off his flare on bass, recalling the likes of Louis Johnson and Marcus Miller…an always solid, and often inspired, collection…”
Something Else! Reviews
“Co-produced by Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis, Slam Dunk continues Albright’s reign as one of the most compelling and consistent artists in jazz. In addition to showcasing his amazing sax prowess, Albright displays his skills as bassist and vocalist on Slam Dunk, with ebullient arrangements of classic covers as well as his own compositions.”
“[Albright’s] latest Heads Up collection Slam Dunk, in addition to featuring covers of classics by Collins and James Brown and a guest appearance by Peabo Bryson, is influenced directly by the classic R&B he grew up with – James Brown, the Philly International sound and Motown. He collaborates for the first time with top urban jazz producer Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis. The set also features Albright’s talented vocalist daughter Selina Albright”
Jazz Monthly
“Overall, Gerald Albright has assessed how to tap into the musical inspirations presented to him and has exploited that creativity. By making Slam Dunk happen today, out of that will grow his next level of aspirations. And that is how Gerald Albright has risen to great heights over the past four decades.”
“Very few artists can be proficient behind the scenes as a studio musician, and then break out with a successful career as a solo artist. Gerald Albright is one such artist.”
iRock Jazz
On August 5, 2014, the Grammy-nominated saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist/composer releases Slam Dunk and continues his reign supreme as contemporary jazz’s most compelling and consistent artist. Fans will hear his searing and soulful sax lines on this twelve-track recording. And, they’ll be in for a surprise, as Albright shows off his chops as a bassist, along with his ebullient tenor, baritone and soprano saxophone arrangements on his own compositions, and his super covers of classics by Phil Collins (“True Colors”) and James Brown (“It’s a Man’s, Man’s Man’s World”), with special guest vocalist Peabo Bryson.

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