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Gerald Albright - Slam Dunk (2014)


SLAM DUNK features classics by Phil Collins and James Brown, with special guest vocalist Peabo Bryson (international release dates may vary)

"As a composer, instrumentalist, arranger/producer/artist, he truly redefines the word 'consummate' and raises the bar for the meaning of the word 'musician.'" -- Michael McDonald, from the liner notes

For four decades, the million-selling, GRAMMY®-nominated saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist/ composer/bandleader Gerald Albright has put his serpentine-fired, solo signature on many of the greatest hits of the latter half of the twentieth century; from Patrice Rushen's "Forget Me Nots," to Quincy Jones' "Setembro." And, he's been one of the most accomplished contemporary/traditional jazz artists on the scene, as evidenced by his fourteen records as a leader.

With the August 5, 2014 release of Slam Dunk on Heads Up, a division of Concord Music Group, Albright continues his reign supreme as the genre'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 and James Brown, with special guest vocalist Peabo Bryson.

"This record is synonymous with my previous records, in that it has the direct influence of James Brown, the Philly International sound, and the Motown sound," Albright says. "But what we wanted to do on this record was to take those instruments that are normally in the background -- bass, flute and horns -- and bring them up front. In terms of being a bassist, I was inspired by Louis Johnson [of the Brothers Johnson] back in college. A lot of people don't know that I play bass, flute and some of the other we decided to make it -- no pun intended -- a slam dunk project, and bring all of those elements to the forefront."

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