Gerald Albright

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Gerald Albright
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Background information
Born (1957-08-30) August 30, 1957 (age 57)
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Instruments Saxophone, Bass Guitar, Keyboard, Flute, Vocals
Years active 1987–present
Labels GRP, Peak, Atlantic/Wea, Polygram
Associated acts Will Downing, Phil Collins
Website Official website

Gerald Albright (born August 30, 1957) is an American jazz saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist.

Albright has sold over 1,000,000 albums in the U.S. alone[citation needed]. His self-produced music features him on bass guitar, keyboards, flutes, drum programming, and background vocals.

Biography[edit]

Born in Los Angeles, Albright grew up in its South Central neighborhood. He began piano lessons at an early age, even though he professed no great interest in the instrument. His love of music picked up considerably when he was given a saxophone that belonged to his piano teacher. It was further reinforced when he attended Locke High School, a breeding ground for many young West Coast musicians.[citation needed] After high school, he attended the University of Redlands where he received a B.S. degree in business management, minoring in music. Already a polished saxophonist by the time he enrolled in college, Albright suddenly switched to bass guitar after he saw Louis Johnson in concert.

Immediately after college, Albright began to master his talent by working extensively in the studio with such artists as Anita Baker, Ray Parker, Jr., The Temptations and Olivia Newton-John. A few months after graduating from college, Gerald joined Patrice Rushen, who was in the process of forming her own band, in which he played the saxophone. Later, when the bass player left in the middle of a tour, Albright replaced him and finished the tour on bass guitar. Consequently, he often performed on both instruments. Around the same time, he also began to tour Europe with drummer Alphonse Mouzon.

He has also toured with Jeff Lorber, Teena Marie, Quincy Jones, Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, Johnny Hallyday, Anita Baker and many others. In addition to numerous appearances at clubs and jazz festivals, Albright had also been a part of the popular Jazz Explosion tours, which saw him teaming up with contemporary jazz stars like Will Downing, Jonathan Butler, Hugh Masekela, Chaka Khan and Rachelle Ferrell, among others.

Albright has also made several television appearances on shows such as A Different World, Melrose Place and BET jazz segments, as well as piloting a show in Las Vegas with Designing Women star Meshach Taylor.

Albright was one of the ten featured saxophonists who performed at Bill Clinton’s inauguration. He was also featured at the Presidential Summit, as well as several private functions for the President.

Albright is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Albright now lives with his family near Denver, Colorado.

Equipment[edit]

Saxophones[edit]

Gerald Albright plays his own signature series model of saxophone made by Cannonball Musical Instruments. The GA5-SB is the current model shown above, with a polished black-nickel bell on a silver plated body.

Necks[edit]

Of the two necks that are furnished with the Cannonball saxophones, Gerald generally uses the "Fat Neck" (as shown above), with the octave vent tube located on the bottom of the neck—a design somewhat similar to that of some vintage Conn 6M models.

Mouthpieces & Reeds[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Gerald Albright's saxophone work is featured in the PlayStation video game Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. His saxophone work can be heard during the game's closing theme song "I Am the Wind" (which, coincidentally, also features smooth jazz keyboardist Jeff Lorber).[2]
  • Albright is an avid golfer, and a pair of golf clubs is somewhat hidden in the hand-engraving motif he helped design for his signature series saxophones.

Discography[edit]

titles year label
Just Between Us 1987 Atlantic/Wea
Bermuda Nights 1988 Atlantic/Wea
Dream Come True" 1990 Atlantic/Wea
Live at Birdland West 1991 Atlantic/Wea
Smooth 1994 Atlantic/Wea
Giving Myself to You 1995 Atlantic/Wea
Live to Love 1997 Atlantic/Wea
Pleasures of the Night with Will Downing 1998 Polygram
The Very Best of Gerald Albright 2001 Atlantic/Wea
Groovology 2002 GRP
Kickin' It Up 2004 GRP
New Beginnings 2006 Peak
Sax for Stax 2008 Peak
Gerald Alston Sings Sam Cooke with Gerald Alston 2008 LST CO. INC.
Pushing the Envelope 2010 Telarc
24/7 with Norman Brown 2012 Concord
Slam Dunk 2014 Heads Up

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