Culbertson is the wonder boy of smooth jazz. Sure, he has reached a
decent age, but how he graces his music, that speaks for the energy of
his youth. He plays with music like formats never existed. With
eleven albums Long Night Out (1994), Modern Life (1995),
After Hours (1996), Secrets (1997), Somethin' Bout
Love (1999), Nice & Slow (2001), Come On Up (2003),
It's On Tonight (2005), A Soulful Christmas (2006),
Bringing Back the Funk (2008) and Live From The Inside
(2009) he won a respectable place in the smooth jazz community. Where
Brian is, you find the groove.
His next album is called XII (2010) and scheduled for release
July 20, 2010. On his well-designed
website you will find a lot of information about the new album.
Brian is also a friend of social networks like twitter, myspace and
facebook and documented the recording in many video-blogs. So his fans
are best informed about the making of this brilliant album.
Brian lives his music and loves the life and parties. When Brian
played on the Capital Jazz Super Cruise last year, he attended the
show of Chuck Brown. Brian remembers: “I went to see his show and was
blown away – two hours of non-stop funk. And I was right there in the
middle of the dance floor with everybody else…gettin’ down! When I got
back, I called him to be on my record…’cuz I had to have a taste of
That said Feelin' It just start there, where Funkin’ Like My
Bringing Back the Funk stopped. The song features Chuck
Brown playing guitar and singing and comedian Sinbad, who makes sure
that the song has a terrific atmosphere.
Do you remember groups like Chic or Sisters Sledge? The dance jam
Another Love with the fantastic Kenny Lattimore sings you to the
bass bridge conjuring the bass line of Rappers Delight. You see, we're
just in the middle of good old time. And as the icing of the cake
Brian adds his piano overlay.
Those, who are searching Brian's style and identity I can offer
It's Time. Painting with a few piano strokes the great melody is
his own specialty. But he avoids the fault, to dominate the whole
album with his personality. Instead he presents a lot of vocals like
Out On The Floor interpreted by premium singer Brian McKnight.
The R&B driven groove makes the album so accessible and appealing.
Smooth ballades like Waiting For You are Brian's contribution
to his fans of earlier time. But he flavors the song with an intimate
Moog bass. With hard key attacks and funky beats Brian executes the
mid-tempo Stay Wit It. On Skies Wide Open Brian dives
anew into the Urban music scene. Featured singer of this song is Avant.
His self-titled debut album was released in 2008.
On Forever Brian lightens the romantic candle in the style of
Jim Brickman or Richard Clyderman. Don't U Know Me By Now
features Grammy Awarded songstress Faith Evans. Evans recently signed
a deal with E1 Entertainment and will release her new album in between
the next months. A terrific song with great hit potential.
The instrumental That's Life displays Brian's signature piano
sound. The song features the two guitar heroes Earl Klugh and Ray
Parker Jr. More time for reflection with I Wanna Love You.
While Brian impressively marks the melody, Ray sets vocal
spots. The dark and moody I Don't Know (featuring the voice of
spoken word enchantress Natalie Stewart of the duo Floetry) indicates
Brian deep knowledge of musical effects especially in modern keyboard
Legendary keyboardist Brian Culbertson presents with XII
excellence in performance, composition and arrangement. Complex, when
intended, melodious in every facet, filled with musical emotion,
fueled by the adventurous spirit of a groove pioneer.
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Artist: Brian Culbertson
Genre: General Jazz
Label: The Verve Music Group
01 Feelin' It [4:30]
02 Another Love [4:06]
03 It's Time [4:06]
04 Out On The Floor [5:04]
05 Waiting For You [4:39]
06 Stay Wit It [4:06]
07 Skies Wide Open [4:39]
08 Forever [4:27]
09 Don't U Know Me By Now [4:50]
10 That's Life [4:39]
11 I Wanna Love You [5:42]
12 I Don't Know [5:11]
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