Gerald Albright and Jonathan Butler often perform together and having these two signature talents sharing the same stage always is a transcendent treat for audiences.
One of the biggest stars of R&B, contemporary and straight-ahead jazz, Albright has earned his reputation as a musician’s musician, a master on the saxophone who also can play bass guitar and keyboards. He has been a sideman for an impressive, mammoth roster of artists.
He launched his solo career in the late 1980’s in the infancy of what became the smooth jazz format. Ever since, he has been a core part of the genre with chart-topping albums, countless radio hits and as a member of many all-star tours.
Albright has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards and is one of the biggest stars of R&B, contemporary and straight-ahead jazz.
He is known for his searing and soulful sax lines as well as his exceptional skill as a bassist, along with his ebullient tenor, baritone and soprano saxophone arrangements of his own compositions.
Albright’s 2018 CD 30 represents the 30 years since the release of his debut CD Just Between Us.
Ever since boyhood, Butler has been using his gifts of song, composition and instrumentation to communicate the messages of his soul.
Butler, an acclaimed guitarist and vocalist, has used music as a springboard from that boyhood in which he shared a three-bedroom shack with his parents, 12 siblings and another 13 nieces and nephews while growing up in South Africa.
He remains a captivating and powerful performer, pouring his heart into selections from his immense catalogue.
His soaring, gritty but beautiful voice transports listeners to deeper realms both emotionally and spiritually.
Butler’s latest album is Close To You was inspired by the songbook of Hal David and Burt Bacharach.