Because of You
Itís a Manís, Manís, Manís World
Sparkle in Your Eyes Interlude
Sparkle in Your Eyes
Where Did We Go Wrong?
The Gospel Interlude
Gerald Albright (saxes, flute, bass guitar, drum programming, vocals ); Chris Davis (keyboards): Rick Watford (guitar); Jerohn Garnett (drums): Selina
Albright and Dawn Tallman (backing vocals); Asa Livingston (bass guitar on Sparkle in Your Eyes); Peabo Bryson (vocals on Where Did We Go Wrong?)
Recorded at Bright Music Studios, Castle Rock, CO and CDS Studios, Wallingford, CT
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Saxophonist and bassist (also flautist and vocalist) Gerald Albright is pretty much a one-man band when the overdubberís art gets to work on his music but
the core of his band is himself, Chris Davis, the keyboard player, guitarist Rick Watford and drummer Jerohn Garnett. They are joined by other musicians
along the route of Albrightís latest, disappointing disc.
Those versed in the lexicon of 1970s funk may welcome this relentless groove more than others who may yearn for greater variety Ė not of instrumentation,
or indeed tempo (there is some of that) but of ethos. Even Phil Collinsí True Colours canít quite escape the stylistic straitjacketing imposed on
it. The results, via the frequent overdubbing, backing vocals and pumped up sax are mired even deeper by the synthesized horn backings. Thereís no doubting
the leaderís excellence as a sax player, in this kind of music Ė his bass playing is more uneven Ė but itís telling that Chris Davisí piano playing in the
slow but brief Sparkle in Your Eyes Interlude Ė which prefaces the interlude-less Sparkle in Your Eyes proper Ė comes as a welcome
relief. The fatuous parlando of guest vocalist Peabo Bryson doesnít do very much.
A rawer sound would have served Albright better, as would less studio knob-twiddling.