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Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: April 13, 1946

The title of Al Green’s Lay It Down truly tells it like it is. Conceived as a collaboration between the soul legend and a handful of gifted young admirers from the worlds of contemporary R&B and hip hop, the album is drawn from a series of inspired sessions that yielded the most high-spirited, funky and often lushly romantic songs of Green’s latter-day career. The album is a refreshingly old school jam, with everyone laying down the music together, face to face, heart to heart, soul to soul.

The project features the sophisticated R&B voices of singer-songwriters John Legend, Anthony Hamilton and Corinne Bailey Rae, and it was co-produced with Green by two of hip-hop’s most innovative players, drummer Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson from the Roots and keyboardist James Poyser, the go-to guy for high-profile artists ranging from Erykah Badu to Common. Add in Brooklyn’s celebrated Dap-King Horns (Sharon Jones, Amy Winehouse), guitarist Chalmers “Spanky” Alford (Mighty Clouds of Joy, Joss Stone) and bassist Adam Blackstone (Jill Scott, DJ Jazzy Jeff), among others, and you’ve got a modern soul-music dream team, fronted by the most expressive voice in the business....
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Lay It Down

Blue Note Records
2008
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    Green Is Blues - 40th Anniversary Edition

    Audio Fidelity
    2009
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    Lay It Down

    Blue Note Records
    2008
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    I Can't Stop

    Audio Fidelity
    2003
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    Gets Next To You

    Audio Fidelity
    2003
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    Green Is Blues

    Audio Fidelity
    2003
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    I Can

    Blue Note Records
    2003
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    Everything's Gonna Be Alright

    Audio Fidelity
    1987
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