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On alto saxophone, his main instrument, he has an attractively mellow sound, rooted in soul and gospel and sharpened with just a hint of metallic tang.
—New York Times
Gerald Albright’s musical muse has taken him to so many places in contemporary R&B and urban jazz that he defies easy categorization.
Playing both saxophone and bass guitar, Albright was the consummate session and touring musician in the 1980s, working with such artists as Anita Baker, Atlantic Starr, the Temptations, Maurice White, the Winans, and Whitney Houston. He launched his solo saxophone career in the ’80s and has been a core part of the smooth jazz genre since. In the late ’90s, he led a big band for and toured with pop star Phil Collins, and he released a record of romantic ballads with R&B singer Will Downing called Pleasures of the Night.
Albright has been nominated for nine Grammy Awards during his solo career, most recently for Best Improvised Jazz Solo at the 2023 Grammys for his featured work on Hank Bilal’s “Keep Holding On.” His most recent release, the G-Stream 2—Turn It Up EP, came out in April 2022.
Producer’s Circle member Tom G.