Gerald Albright

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Gerald Albright
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Background information
Born (1957-08-30) August 30, 1957 (age 61)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Saxophone
Years active 1987–present
Labels GRP, Peak, Atlantic/WEA, Polygram
Associated acts Will Downing, Phil Collins
Website geraldalbright.com

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

Studio Albums[edit]

Year Album Label
1987 Just Between Us Atlantic/Wea
1988 Bermuda Nights Atlantic/Wea
1990 Dream Come True Atlantic/Wea
1994 Smooth Atlantic/Wea
1995 Giving Myself to You Atlantic/Wea
1997 Live to Love Atlantic/Wea
1998 Pleasures of the Night with Will Downing Polygram
2002 Groovology GRP
2004 Kickin' It Up GRP
2006 New Beginnings Peak
2008 Sax for Stax Peak
2010 Pushing the Envelope Telarc
2012 24/7 with Norman Brown Concord
2013 Summer Horns / with Dave Koz, Mindi Abair, Richard Elliot Concord Records
2014 Slam Dunk Heads Up
2016 G Bright Music
2018 30 Bright Music

Compilation Albums[edit]

Year Album Label
2001 The Very Best of Gerald Albright Atlantic/Wea

Live Albums[edit]

Year Album Label
1991 Live at Birdland West Atlantic/Wea

Featured Artist[edit]

Year Album Label
2008 Gerald Alston Sings Sam Cooke LST CO

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