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Gerald Albright: Live to Love

Album Notes

Personnel: Gerald Albright (soprano, alto & tenor saxophones, flute, alto flute, keyboards, synthesizer, bass, programming, background vocals); Jonathan Butler, Wallace Scott (vocals, acoustic guitar); Michael White (vocals, drums); Will Downing, Lalah Hathaway (vocals); Ray Brown (flugelhorn); Jacques Richmond (keyboards, guitar, programming); David Delhomme (keyboards, synthesizer, programming); Gordon Campbell (keyboards, programming); Morris Pleasure, David Goldblatt (keyboards); Paul Jackson Jr. (acoustic & electric guitars); Tim Carmon (bass); Marc Scarborough (programming); Selina Albright, Shyronda Felder, Sy Smith, Tim Owens, Walter Scott (background vocals).

Producers include: Gerald Albright, Marc Scarborough, David Delhomme, Jacques Richmond, Steve Harvey.

Engineers: Anthony Jeffries, Gerald Albright.

All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.

Live to Love finds Gerald Albright returning to urban R&B, turning in an album of laid-back, polished soul and smooth jazz. Several vocalists, including Albright's daughter Selina, his longtime partner Will Downing, and the Whispers' Walter and Wallace Scott, contribute their skills to these well-crafted tracks. The vocal cuts form the core of Live to Love, making it more of interest to an urban audience than to fusion jazz fans, although there are a few instrumental interludes as well. However, the key thing distinguishing Live to Love is focus -- Albright hasn't had such a consistently engaging set of songs in years, and that's what makes the album such a pleasure for fans of his work. ~ Leo Stanley


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