Slam Dunk

Slam Dunk

by Gerald AlbrightGerald Albright


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Gerald Albright's 14th career album, 2014's Slam Dunk, once again showcases the veteran saxophonist's funky take on smooth jazz and instrumental R&B. The album is Albright's first actual solo release since 2010's Pushing the Envelope. It also comes on the heels of his 2012 collaboration with guitarist Norman Brown, 24/7. As with those and other past Albright releases, Slam Dunk is a highly dynamic album with tracks that run the gamut from kinetic, finger-snapping funk ("Slam Dunk") to atmospheric, sensual slow jams ("Because of You") to layered, Latin-inflected numbers ("Fiesta Interlude"). Albright also makes room for a few well-chosen covers in James Brown's "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" and the Cyndi Lauper '80s classic "True Colors." Similarly engaging are such cuts as the George Duke-inspired midtempo groover "The Duke," the evocative Peabo Bryson vocal feature "Where Did We Go Wrong?," and the uplifting album closer "Gospel." Instrumentally, Slam Dunk shines a spotlight on Albright's generous musical ability, and many of the tracks here feature multi-tracked saxophone intros (all played by Albright). Of course, the main draw with Albright is his soulful improvisation, and of that, Slam Dunk has plenty. Ultimately, Slam Dunk might not be a game-changer for Albright, but for longtime fans looking for an album that delivers on his urbane, sophisticated smooth jazz sound, it's a sure thing.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/05/2014
Label: Heads Up
UPC: 0888072354036
catalogNumber: 35403
Rank: 79644

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gerald Albright   Primary Artist,Bass,Flute,Bass Guitar,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Background Vocals,Soloist,Lead
Peabo Bryson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Dawn Tallman   Background Vocals
Rick Watford   Guitar
Selina Albright   Background Vocals
Chris Davis   Keyboards
Asa "Ace" Livingston   Bass Guitar
Jerohn Garnett   Drums

Technical Credits

James Brown   Composer
Michael McDonald   Liner Notes
Gerald Albright   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,drum programming,Flute Arrangement
Tom Kelly   Composer
Thom "TK" Kidd   Vocal Engineer
Billy Steinberg   Composer
Selina Albright   Vocal Arrangements
Betty Jean Newsome   Composer
Chris Davis   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Albert J. Roman   Art Direction
Angela Bassett   Liner Notes

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