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Brian Culbertson: Dreams

Audio Samples

>Later Tonight
>No Limits
>Your Smile
>Still Here
>In the City
>You're My Music - (featuring Noel Gourdin)
>Dreams
>Madelena
>Lights Off
>Journey, The

Track List

>Later Tonight
>No Limits
>Your Smile
>Still Here
>In the City
>You're My Music - (featuring Noel Gourdin)
>Dreams
>Madelena
>Lights Off
>Journey, The

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

Brian Culbertson began his quest in music at the age of 8 on piano, adding drums at 9, trombone at 10 then bass at 12. He grew up in Decature, IL, loving genre-crossing jazz-pop artists such as Chicago , Blood Sweat & Tears, Tower of Power, the Brecker Brother, David Sanborn, Yellowjackets and Maynard Ferguson.

Brian releases Dreams June 12th on Verve. This release is more of an R&B record, and not just a smooth jazz record. The album features guest vocal from R&B favorites; Noel Gourdin, Vivian Green, and Stokley Williams of Mint Condition.

The album features 10 new songs and includes the hit singles "Still Here" feat. Vivian Green and "Your Smile"... With additional special guests Stokley from Mint Condition and Noel Gourdin.

AllHiphop.com
While I'll forever feel John Legend should've been called to lay a few vocals on this, I'll live with the instrumental of "Your Smile". While listening, you'll imagine being whisked away to your lovers beach house, showered with cool breeze and lots of sand in between your toes. I assume this is why the album is called Dreams. It's where we'd all like to be, however, since we're not, let's keep this on repeat.

FindingTheSide.com
R&B/Jazz artist Brian Culbertson is a musician who just keeps getting better. Brian has produced or performed on more than 25 No. 1 records and has worked with a very long list of our favorite artists, including Ledisi, Faith Evans, Kenny Lattimore, and Musiq Soulchild. Brian isn't showing any signs of slowing down and will soon release his thirteenth album, Dreams. The LP is the perfect return for Brian, as it delivers the classic smooth vibe for which he is well known. The album is one that you can play continuously from start to finish and features songs with Vivian Green, Noel Gourdin, and Stokley Williams.

RNB Magazine
2012 is certain to be a pivotal turning point in Brian's illustrious career. Dreams holds the key to a new dimension of the jazz listening experience by effortlessly combining elements of R&B and soul with spellbinding melodies and the marvel of inner visions. With Dreams, as with his previous efforts, Brian proceeds to keep the genre of jazz alive and viable by consistently injecting a fresh approach into his own unique sensibility. Dreams definitely proves that jazz and groove fit hand-in-glove.

AllMusic.com
On Dreams, Brian Culbertson attempts to dig further into the vein he opened on 2010's XII, where he seamlessly married adult-oriented R&B to contemporary jazz. In fact, Dreams feels like a bookend of sorts. He employs an alternating cast of studio aces who include Alex Al, John "Jubu" Smith, Eric Marienthal, Michael Stever, Ray Parker, Jr., Rex Rideout, and Rob "Fonksta" Bacon, as well as a trio of vocalists: Stokley Williams (Mint Condition), Vivian Green, and Noel Gourdin. There are some stellar numbers here, including the Williams vehicle, "No Limits," a midtempo babymaker. Culbertson's acoustic piano, Smith's guitar, and some pronounced loops ride atop the bassline to frame the singer's mellifluous tenor. This cut is the sweet spot where neo-soul, adult R&B, and contemporary jazz create a classy pop sound. Green's moment, "Still Here," juxtaposes her taut vocal against acoustic piano and Rideout's fat synth bass with an insistent loop. The result is dramatic. Opening instrumental "Later Tonight" features some nice horn work from Marienthal, Stever -- and Culbertson on trombone -- and very fine guitar from Bacon. Its melody is instantly recognizable with the horns being used sparely but effectively in the mix. "In the City" may be the strongest of the instrumentals, with a deep bass groove and chugging, almost dubwise, rhythm. Here too, the horns fill the backdrop as Smith's guitar accents the bassline. All of these cuts are in the first half of the album. "You're My Music," sung by Gourdin, is a nice soul-pop bubbler and the title track, with its infectious melody and contrasting acoustic and electric guitars, offers a wonderful palette of textures. The three closing instrumentals, however, are less distinguishable. They seem to blunt the impact of the set's previous cuts rather than provide the kind of balance -- one suspects -- Culbertson was looking to create. As "Chapter Two" of XII, this works well, but as an album, Dreams doesn't reach its predecessor's heights.

Topix.com
Brian Culbertson is one of smooth jazz's best and brightest - which also raises my expectations for each album he puts out.

Album Notes

Audio Mixer: Bob Horn.

Recording information: BCM Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Brandon Henderson's Home Studio, Philadelphia, PA; Cocoa-Butt Studios, Culver City, CA; Frogland Studio, Madrid, Spain.

Photographer: Daniel Ray.

Arranger: Brian Culbertson.

On Dreams, Brian Culbertson attempts to dig further into the vein he opened on 2010's XII, where he seamlessly married adult-oriented R&B to contemporary jazz. In fact, Dreams feels like a bookend of sorts. He employs an alternating cast of studio aces who include Alex Al, John "Jubu" Smith, Eric Marienthal, Michael Stever, Ray Parker, Jr., Rex Rideout, and Rob "Fonksta" Bacon, as well as a trio of vocalists: Stokley Williams (Mint Condition), Vivian Green, and Noel Gourdin. There are some stellar numbers here, including the Williams vehicle, "No Limits," a midtempo babymaker. Culbertson's acoustic piano, Smith's guitar, and some pronounced loops ride atop the bassline to frame the singer's mellifluous tenor. This cut is the sweet spot where neo-soul, adult R&B, and contemporary jazz create a classy pop sound. Green's moment, "Still Here," juxtaposes her taut vocal against acoustic piano and Rideout's fat synth bass with an insistent loop. The result is dramatic. Opening instrumental "Later Tonight" features some nice horn work from Marienthal, Stever -- and Culbertson on trombone -- and very fine guitar from Bacon. Its melody is instantly recognizable with the horns being used sparely but effectively in the mix. "In the City" may be the strongest of the instrumentals, with a deep bass groove and chugging, almost dubwise, rhythm. Here too, the horns fill the backdrop as Smith's guitar accents the bassline. All of these cuts are in the first half of the album. "You're My Music," sung by Gourdin, is a nice soul-pop bubbler and the title track, with its infectious melody and contrasting acoustic and electric guitars, offers a wonderful palette of textures. The three closing instrumentals, however, are less distinguishable. They seem to blunt the impact of the set's previous cuts rather than provide the kind of balance -- one suspects -- Culbertson was looking to create. As "Chapter Two" of XII, this works well, but as an album, Dreams doesn't reach its predecessor's heights. ~ Thom Jurek



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