JazzTimes - p.149
"NEW BEGINNINGS indeed sounds like a rejuvenation. Albright is on the smooth-jazz team, but he possesses gutsier, bluesier chops than many of his contemporaries."
Personnel: Gerald Albright (flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, bass guitar, drum programming); Walter Scott, Wallace "Scotty" Scott (vocals); Jeff Lorber (guitar, keyboards, drum programming); Marlon McClain, Paul Jackson, Jr. , Darrell Crooks (guitar); Chris Botti (trumpet); Patrice Rushen (piano); Chuckii Booker (keyboards, drum programming, background vocals); Rex Rideout (keyboards, drum programming); Luther "Mano" Hanes (keyboards, background vocals); Tracy Carter (keyboards); Melvin Davis (bass guitar); Teddy Campbell (drums).
Audio Mixer: Anthony Jeffries.
Liner Note Author: Phil Collins.
Recording information: Castle Oaks Studios, Calabasas, CA; Dacrib Studio, Los Angeles, CA; JHL SOund, Pacific Palisades, CA; KAR Studio, Sherman Oaks, CA; Riverphlo Studios, Anaheim, CA.
Photographer: Carl Studna.
Arrangers: Chuckii Booker; Gerald Albright; Jeff Lorber; Rex Rideout; Tracy Carter; Luther "Mano" Hanes.
Veteran smooth jazz saxophonist Gerald Albright is no one-dimensional purveyor of musical wallpaper--his excellent NEW BEGINNINGS collection is wide-ranging enough to cover a sultry version of "Georgia on My Mind" and a swaying, uptempo cover of the Whispers' disco-era hit "And the Beat Goes On." The pianist Patrice Rushen makes a guest appearance on the album's title track, and Albright's colleague Jeff Lorber performs on cuts including the velvety "We Got the Groove" and the sinuous "Take Your Time."