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Gerald Albright: Smooth

Album Notes

Personnel: Gerald Albright (soprano, alto & tenor saxophone, flute, keyboards, bass, programming); Derek Nakamoto (strings); Chuckii Booker (keyboards, guitar, programming, background vocals); Arvel McClinton (keyboards, programming, background vocals); Travon Potts (keyboards, programming); Greg Phillanganes, Patrick Moten (keyboards); Paul Jackson Jr., Lee Ritenhour (guitar); Stanley Clarke, "Ready" Freddy Washington, Melvin Davis (bass); Land Richards (drums); Olivia McClurkin, Alfie Silas, Pattie Howard (background vocals); Lalah Hathaway, Will Downing, Howard Hewett, Vesta Williams.

Producers: Gerald Albright, Arvel McClinton, Chuckii Booker, Travon Potts.

Engineers: Gerald Albright, Keven Kadel, Anthony Jeffries.

Recorded at Aire Studios and Bright Music Studios, Los Angeles, California.

The title to Smooth is appropriate -- the album is a collection of slick fusion, drawing more from urban R&B than jazz. However, smooth can be good, as Gerald Albright proves throughout the album. The saxophonist is a proficient, graceful player and he can create a romantic atmosphere rather effortlessly. Jazz purists may disdain it, but Smooth would please any of the saxist's fans. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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