Berks Jazz Fest 2012: Will Downing & Gerald Albright

Saturday night, singer Will Downing and saxophonist Gerald Albright shared the stage at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, the show was sold out. Those two artists have been collaborating for a long time, and they blended very well together. In the band, I recognized Mike Logan on keyboards and Bruce Wayne on guitar. The show was opened by Will Downing doing "I Can't Help It", followed by Gerald Albright going back playing "Bermuda Nights" from 1989, handing the stage over to Will Downing for the Barry White classic "Deeper And Deeper" that went down with the crowd very well, followed by a cherished Luther Vandross track. Gerald Albright kept things moving with Grover Washington, Jr.'s "Winelight", a track he covered an a tribute CD a few years back, before Will Downing sang some of his own classic songs. In between songs, Will Downing gave the fellows some advice on romantic issues, revealing a considerable talent as a comedian. After a couple of instrumentals featuring Gerald Albright, the both artists reunited on stage doing the highlight of the whole show, an incredible version of "Stop, Look, Listen To Your Heart" with beautiful interplay and improvisation. This was a truly great show by two consummate and unique artists, pure bliss.