Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Gerald Albright - Kickin' It Up (2004)

I like listening to smooth jazz, particularly at work. I usually pick up a few used smooth jazz CDs when I'm at a used CD store so that I can vary my workday listening. This CD fits the bill - I picked it up at a Half Price Books for $4.98 in 2008. The writing and production is well done and the disc is very easy to listen to. Albright is multi-talented, playing bass and keyboards as well as woodwind instruments.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks: I'm sure I've heard To the Max on smooth jazz radio. The other originals have a similar "funk-lite" feel to them. Albright is a good writer, but he includes three covers as well. The first is a nice take on John Mayer's Why Georgia. The next is a pedestrian cover of Condition of My Heart including a vocal by Shawn Stockman doing his best imitation of Brian McKnight. The CD closes with a cover of Gamble & Huff's If You Don't Know Me by Now. I love soul music, but I don't care for this particular song. This version does little to change my mind about it.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: Back when Yahoo first had its own streaming radio, I would hear tracks from this release all the time. I remember I was in grad school at the University of Houston at the time, so that must have been around 2005.

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