Amidst life’s cacophony (discord) of conformity, there are times when we’re compelled to color outside the lines, to dance to the beat of a different drum while generously culling from vibrant new palates. All in the name of putting a little paint where it ain’t. Lauded and prolific Jazz/R&B musician Brian Culbertson sets his sights on a new canvas as he embarks on yet another exhilarating sonic excursion with his 15th studio album Funk! A 14-track opus dedicated to a venerable and indisputably influential genre, Funk! finds Culbertson stretching beyond the boundaries of the jazz world while paying homage to a litany of funk pioneers from yesteryear. Buoyed by the lead single “Been Around The World” the new album – released on September 30th – features Culbertson lending his superb jazz chops to a dynamic stew of original compositions certain to make Funk! one of the most feted albums of 2016.
After the untimely passing of both Prince and White this year, Culbertson saw it ﬁt to revisit his love for funk music and the memory of the two icons that acted as conduits for his first foray into the genre. “It was really important for me to pay tribute to those guys who were huge influences on me,” says Culbertson. “Not only as a kid growing up but their impact on me while working with the both of them. Funk! is dedicated to their incomparable legacies.” With that in mind, Culbertson began penning tunes at the intersection of Prince and White’s mutual ﬂashes of musical genius: funk. “My mission was to create songs that people could sing along with: simple, catchy and humorous,” says Culbertson. “Songs that reminded them of the feel of songs from back in the day.”
Culbertson says, “The concept for ‘Funk!’ was to make an old-school, throwback funkadelic record in the style of P-Funk meets Prince and to tour with the same band that appears on the album – my band plus Chance (Howard). The show we will be taking out on the road is unlike anything anyone has ever seen from me before. It’s on an entirely different level.”
Funk! is the feel good, toe tapping, finger snapping, get up on the floor and do your version of “dropping it like it’s hot” funk-a-fied record of 2016 … ABYSSJazz.
Tickets are now on sale for the Funk! Tour. For more information, visit http://www.brianculbertson.com/tour
Brian Culbertson Been Around The World Live in Scottsdale, AZ