Brian Culbertson spans his recording journey comprising 20 CD’s that includes his latest, XX
No matter what the music dictates, multi-tasking instrumentalist/composer Brian Culbertson always invests his energy on the road and in the studio with an ambitious mix of smooth and traditional jazz, R&B, pop, new age – along with his blazing brand of funk. In supporting the cause of keeping contemporary jazz relevant as an attractive vacation opportunity, Culbertson heads up the Napa Valley (California) and Chicago Jazz Getaways. Following up on the acoustic piano jazz setting of Winter Stories, a departure from his usual catalog, Culbertson is ready to release his latest CD, XX, capturing the spirit of his artistry that has earned him many Top 20 Billboard Jazz chartings.
Naturally, the longer the journey, the bigger the guest list on the eleven-track XX (BCM Entertainment). Starting with the funk, the opening number, “Get Up,” drops Mr. Talkbox, saxophonist Marcus Anderson and stereo guitars of Ray Parker, Jr. & Paul Jackson, Jr. All funk parties should include Bootsy Collins, who brings everything Funkadelic on “Dance Liike This.” XX also features riveting vocal performances like Avery Sunshine spicing up gospel and soul for the motivational “More Than Thankful” and the silky R&B ballad about patching up a broken romance, “The Truth,” with Noel Gourdin. “Time Flies” delivers calming pop in a pleasing atmosphere of multiple keyboards from Culberson and Nicholas Cole. Everette Harp takes part in the brass heavy, smooth jazz groovin’ “Keep Movin’.”
Congratulations to Brian Culbertson on XX for raising the contemporary jazz bar once again.
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