World renown, Grammy nominated Saxophonist - Gerald Albright is set to release his new album, “Slam Dunk,” August 5, 2014 on Heads Up/Concord Music Group. This marks his fourteenth solo album, featuring 12 selections including covers from James Brown, Phil Collins and a tribute to George Duke.
On this album, Albright displays his ability to play multiple instruments such the bass, flutes, lead and background horns with their respective arrangements, and even some vocals.
“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 instruments…so we decided to make it – no pun intended – a slam dunk project, and bring all of those elements to the forefront.”
The album was recorded in Denver, Colorado and Wallingford, Connecticut. Musicians featured on the album are - Chris “Big Dog” Davis on keyboards (Co-Producer of the album), Jerohn Garnett on drums, Rick Watford on guitar and his daughter, Selina Albright, on vocals.
“The musicians are handpicked,” Albright says. “They’re guys I’ve known for a long time, and I trust their artistry. Chris has been my keyboard player on and off for several years. I like his energy. And the way he approaches both production and the keyboards is unique. My regular drummer, Jerohn, the newest member of my touring band, is also a dynamic multi-instrumentalist in his own right. Rick is from Atlanta. He’s a dynamic guitarist in the gospel world, but he also plays R&B. And my daughter, Selina, is a recording artist in her own right.”
The album also features and appearance by Peabo Bryson on the ballad “Where Did WE Go Wrong?”
“We’ve been friends for a long, long time,” Albright says. “I had the pleasure of doing a saxophone solo on his hit, ‘Show and Tell.’ We recently performed together at the Berks Jazz Fest, and his voice was in rare form. After the show I said, ‘man, I’m doing this record, and I have a song that you’d be ideal for. Would you be interested?’ He said, ‘absolutely.’ So we have this wonderful friendship and camaraderie, and it’s reflected on ‘Where Did We Go Wrong?’”