*“Discipline is just choosing between what you want now and what you want most.”
I saw that quote on jazz legend Gerald Albright’s Facebook page, and instantly fell in love with it. As it had no attribution, I called Albright to get the scoop on who was behind those wondrous words.
“I’m not sure who said it,” Albright confessed with a laugh, “but that is one of the main quotes from my life right now — on a lot of different levels, musical and otherwise.”
(As it turns out, the quote is from psychotherapist and yoga instructor Augusta F. Kantra…but I’ll have to tell you about her another time! When you have a jazz legend on the phone, and he mentions his musical path, you have to ask him about that! And when I did, I found out about Albright’s upcoming album, G.)
“Top to bottom,” Albright says, “I wanted my new album to take the listener on a musical journey with different textures, rhythms, chord progressions and moods. I want people to know where I’ve been and where I’m going, and to let them hear that I’m in a really good place in my life.”
After listening to G, I’ve concluded that Albright may be in the best place he’s ever been, as G may be the best album he’s ever released. The first track and lead single, “Taking Control,” is a rhythmic romp that has special meaning for Albright. Continue reading