|Genres:||Easy Listening Jazz|
|Tags:||smooth jazz saxophone jazz gerald albright instrumental|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
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1957, Los Angeles, California, USA. A technically adroit alto saxophonist, Albright spent about 15 years with keyboard player Bobby Lyle. Subsequently, he played and sometimes recorded with Oscar Brashear, Anita Baker and Marlena Shaw, and he also toured with a Whitney Houston package. In 1995 he was on the Jazz Explosion tour with Rachelle Ferrell, ex-Earth, Wind And Fire drummer Michael White, and singer Will Downing. He was also on a later edition of this tour that featured Herbie Hancock. Influenced in his formative years by John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderley, with the growth of his experience Albright has developed a distinctive musical voice of his own, especially on alto, which remains his principal instrument although he is also accomplished on tenor and soprano and additionally plays flute. His ballad playing, sumptuous and lyrical, is especially satisfying. He has recorded solo sets for MCA, Atlantic Records, GRP Records and Peak.