Jazz and R&B icon Gerald Albright , considered one of the most innovative and successful jazz artists in the past decade, showcases his soulful vibe with the release of Pushing The Envelope and upcoming appearances at The Birchmere in Alexandria, Va., and Rams Head in Annapolis.

Released in June, Pushing the Envelope highlights Albright’s musicality while including fellow entertainers Earl Klugh on acoustic guitar, George Duke on piano and Fred Wesley on trombone.

The self-produced album features Albright playing soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, flutes, bass guitar, keyboards and a synthesizer. His band includes keyboardists Tracy Carter and Luther “Mano” Hanes, guitarist Ricky Watford and drummer Ricky Lawson on most of the album.

In addition, several tracks pay homage to late entertainers like “The Godfather of Soul” in the original “What Would James Do.” Albright also honors American jazz percussionist Willie Bobo in “Bobo’s Groove” and the resilient survivors of Haiti’s earthquake with “The Road to Peace (A Prayer for Haiti).

The musician said his latest album is his most rewarding release to date. “The title reflects all the tunes on the project,” Albright said in a statement. “I didn’t want to hold anything back. I really wanted to push the envelope and give people a little more edge. I come from the era where we didn’t think of a formula – we went from the gut.”

Gerald Albright appears at Andrea’s Place” Benefit Concert at the Birchmere, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35.  For tickets call 703-549-7500.  The Rams Head show is Oct. 24, 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $35. For tickets call 410-268-4545.
Learn more about the artist at geraldalbright.com.