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GERALD ALBRIGHT-BERMUDA NIGHTS (ATLANTIC)
From the time of his 1987 Atlantic debut, the strong JUST BETWEEN US, Gerald Albright was one of the few contemporary jazz players who immediately achieved a lot of radio play and a strong fan base..

While it seemed at the time like Gerald Albright just popped on the scene with his 1986 Atlantic debut he had already been one of the rising stars in the jazz/R&B world. Despite its inital success, 1988's BERMUDA NIGHTS had fallen out of print over the years. In 2008, it was release in an MP3 only format. In 2013, it was reissued on CD.

Despite the "jazz" tag, this is a commercial jazz effort through and through. So much so, the album's first track is pure radio bait "When You Say You Love Me" with its intonations of new-jack swing and hip-hop. While it's well-done, it was also dated by 1990. Even early on, Gerald Albright did better with the ballads. The cover of the Whispers 1987 hit, "In the Mood" gets a methodical and assured turn by Albright as he gives his own musical stamp.

Fans of late '80s quiet storm and jazz formats will no doubt be familiar with the soothing title track, "Bermuda Nights" as it was received tons of airplay. A lot of BERMUDA NIGHTS has a half-remembered though pleasant energy that comes from the songs like the charming and poignant "Still In Love." That song like "Hook" only feature Albright and his then label mate Chuckii Booker doing all of the instrumentation. While "Truth" may bore, the album's last track is certainly a stand out. The spare and urbane "Too Cool" features the most intricate musical approach and Albright acquits himself quite nicely. BERMUDA NIGHTS isn't a great album, but it's a good one that displays the early work of one of jazz's most respected players.

Rating: 6


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Jason Elias's work has appeared in Upscale, AllMusic and Soul Train.com. He is a music journalist and pop culture historian.
  
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