Gerald Albright/Norman Brown: 24/7

Audio Samples

>In the Moment
>Keep It Moving
>Perfect Love
>Buenos Amigos
>Tomorrow
>Yes I Can
>24/7
>Champagne Life
>Best Is Yet to Come, The
>Power of Your Smile

Track List

>In the Moment
>Keep It Moving
>Perfect Love
>Buenos Amigos
>Tomorrow
>Yes I Can
>24/7
>Champagne Life
>Best Is Yet to Come, The
>Power of Your Smile

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

CriticalJazz.com
A release that is full of flavor as well as some well placed musical surprises including some stellar Latin work from Albrights finds 24/7 at the very top of the contemporary heap for 2012. A virtually flawless effort that even the hyper-critical would struggle finding serious fault with.

TheSmoothJazzRide.com
The fluidity, dexterity, and mastery of the guitar by Brown coupled with the smoothness, emotion, soul, and total claiming of the sax by Gerald Albright make it all so very obvious as to why these two are at the top of their game and why they would decide to offer such a magnificent gift of collaboration to waiting jazzers everywhere.

Israbox.com
Released in 2012, 24/7 features the smooth jazz super-duo of guitarist Norman Brown and saxophonist Gerald Albright. Two of the biggest names in contemporary instrumental pop, Brown and Albright are a perfect pair to team up and 24/7 makes the most of the their talents. Sounding slick but never too slick, the album features stylish production by both artists along with keyboardist Herman Jackson. Brown and Albright primarily stick to the more soulful contemporary R&B end of smooth jazz here, and cuts such as the bright and melodic leadoff cut "In the Moment," the cinematic "Perfect Love," and the sensuous title track -- featuring vocals by Gerald's daughter Selina Albright -- are finger-snapping, head-bobbing numbers that set a romantic, positive-minded mood. Elsewhere, we get the Brazilian funk of "Buenos Amigos," the club-ready "Yes I Can," and the old-school R&B of "Champagne Life," once again featuring the attractive, sweetly soulful vocals of the younger Albright. More than a few cuts on 24/7 have an old-school vibe that, while never getting too deep into any decade-specific production, do evince a clear passion for various R&B sounds from the '70s through the '90s. For longtime fans of either of these contemporary jazz titans, 24/7 will certainly be a round-the-clock pleasure.

SoulTracks.com
Since the players have known each other for so long and have a variety of skill sets, the brevity of the CD (just ten tracks) adds an ironic twist to its choice of title, but that doesn't translate to the scope or the quality of the final product. With summer just beginning, expect fans of Mr. Albright and Mr. Brown to scoop it right on up and put it on 'repeat' for the first day, the first week... ..and yes, well beyond. Heartily Recommended.

Smooth Jazz Therapy
Written by Brown's long-term production partner Herman Jackson, 'Keep It Moving' is another feisty tune that showcases to perfection the chemistry that Albright and Brown have going on and, although the hip swinging, mid tempo 'Yes I Can' has the sort of edgy quality that is sure to play well with a live audience, a mellow cover of the Brothers Johnson 1976 hit 'Tomorrow' proves to be a highlight of a CD crammed full of them.

With strings courtesy of everyone's favorite contemporary jazz violinist Mark Cargill, '24/7' is brought to a thoughtful yet emotional end by the velvety Albright composition 'Power Of Your Smile'. Again the combined artistry of Albright and Brown is immense and like all great albums leaves the listener yearning for more.

24/7 is collaboration between Geral Albright and Norman Brown, two of the biggest stars in Contemporary Jazz.

Guest artist on the records: Gerald Albright, Norman Brown, Tracy Carter, Rick Walford, Jay Williams, Herman Jackson, Byron Miller, Charles Streeter, Ramon Ysalas, Rochella Brown, DeMille Cole-Heard, Phil Davis, Selina Albright, Ricky Lawson and Mark Cargill.

As listeners, we like to enjoy music 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So it s a good thing that contemporary jazz greats Gerald Albright and Norman Brown have been working overtime to produce 24/7, their first album together. This June 19, 2012 release on Concord Jazz, a division of Concord Music Group, offers ten killer soul-jazz tracks of music that never sleeps.

Ever since the debut of Norman Brown s critically acclaimed 2002 album, Just Chillin which won a GRAMMY in the prestigious Best Pop Instrumental Category this innovative and original guitarist has been front and center in the fast evolving fusion of pop, R&B and jazz that has captured the imagination of true music aficionados across the country and around the world.

On 24/7, Brown teams up with saxophone master Gerald Albright, whose high-profile recordings have established the Los Angeles-based musician as one of the most prominent artists and a true musicians musician. Whether he is playing contemporary or straight-ahead jazz, Albright stands in a class all by himself. His 2010 release, Pushing The Envelope, received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Pop Instrumental Album.

Album Notes

Audio Mixers: Don Murray ; Michael Blum.

Recording information: 2nd Bedroom Studios, Atlanta, GA; Ahhsum Studios, West Covina, CA; Bright Music Studios, Castle Rock, CO; CCI Media, Torrance, CA; Gitt Traxx Studios, Atlanta, GA; In Your Ear Studios; jLaj-Muzic Studios, Fredericksburg, VA; Permanent Studios, Sherman Oaks, CA; Reseource Studio, West Covina, CA; Titan Sound, Sherman Oaks, CA.

Photographer: Lori Stoll.

Released in 2012, 24/7 features the smooth jazz super-duo of guitarist Norman Brown and saxophonist Gerald Albright. Two of the biggest names in contemporary instrumental pop, Brown and Albright are a perfect pair to team up and 24/7 makes the most of their talents. Sounding slick but never too slick, the album features stylish production by both artists along with keyboardist Herman Jackson. Brown and Albright primarily stick to the more soulful contemporary R&B end of smooth jazz here, and cuts such as the bright and melodic leadoff cut "In the Moment," the cinematic "Perfect Love," and the sensuous title track -- featuring vocals by Gerald's daughter Selina Albright -- are finger-snapping, head-bobbing numbers that set a romantic, positive-minded mood. Elsewhere, we get the Brazilian funk of "Buenos Amigos," the club-ready "Yes I Can," and the old-school R&B of "Champagne Life," once again featuring the attractive, sweetly soulful vocals of the younger Albright. More than a few cuts on 24/7 have an old-school vibe that, while never getting too deep into any decade-specific production, do evince a clear passion for various R&B sounds from the '70s through the '90s. For longtime fans of either of these contemporary jazz titans, 24/7 will certainly be a round-the-clock pleasure. ~ Matt Collar



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