… Founding member of the Jazz/R&B band The Blackbirds, Kevin Toney (Piano) along with Michael Bradford (Bass), and Chris Coleman (Drums) blend traditional acoustic Jazz with the compositional expanse of classical music to create this musical mosaic, New American Suite, which pays homage to America the beautiful. … Ahhhh, what a feeling!
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In 2004 I opened my first feature on Brian Culbertson highlighting his impact on smooth jazz the following is a portion of that article:
… In some circles, Culbertson is being called the “It Man” of smooth jazz. The multitalented composer/arranger/producer/keyboardist/trombonist has skyrocketed to prominence in the smooth jazz arena by cranking out chart-topping recordings and successfully producing other artists’… As a matter of fact, when I spoke with Brian in early April, he was mixing down a cut from Lashell Griffin’s first CD, the Oprah Winfrey Pop Star Challenge winner, imagine that. And, the day before we spoke he had been working on the single, “Right Now”, from Norman Brown latest project due for release July, 2004 …
A year later in 2005 ABYSSJazz was fortunate enough to speak with Culbertson regarding his then latest release; it’s On Tonight, however the lead in to this piece was all about family support and ultimate success. Check it out!
… “Both my parents, my mother and father were completely into whatever I wanted to do … I’ve got to thank them for being so supportive of that. I remember when I first decided. I said, ‘you know what?’ I want to be a musician. And they said great. Thankfully they saw that I had a chance. That I had some talent and could actually do something.”
It’s May 25th the second day of the 2012 Jacksonville, Florida Jazz Festival and approximately six hours to his show-time when I sat down with Brian Culbertson in the nearly deserted restaurant/lounge at the Omni Hotel for what would be our third interview; ABYSSJazz and the “It Man” up close and personal.
buy Misoprostol online canadaBrian, Vivian Green, [featured vocalist on the track Still Here/Dreams] I had not heard of her before this record. She has a great voice. “She is amazing!” Tell me a little about her? “She’s been around for awhile. Put out a few records and had quite a bit of success on urban radio.” Okay. “She was definitely one of the names that came up [to collaborate with] early on when I was making this record [Dreams] cause I’m always looking to collaborate. I love to Collaborate!” I see. What is it about collaboration that you love so much? “I always learn and get ideas from everybody I work with. I’m always trying to get better. To learn more and do different things; you will never hear the same record from me twice!” I believe that.
Why is 2012 a pivotal year in your career? Is it the new record; A new mindset, what’s different? “I think finally [pause]; I can’t believe that it’s been eighteen years that I’ve been touring and putting out records. I started in ’94.” You did. “Isn’t that crazy? So, finally after all these years, I am really comfortable with what I’m doing and where I am in every aspect of my life. In your twenties you’re hustling trying to make things happen and in your thirties you’re getting there. So I feel comfortable with everything and that is very important to me. Understanding who you are as an artist and just going there.” I guess you have grown into who you are. “Yeah, yeah plus this year I’m starting my jazz festival. Did you know about that?” No I didn’t, no. “I’m starting my own jazz festival in Napa Valley.” Wow! “Several days event; comedy, wine tasting, dinners, and Q&A’s. Sinbad is going be there He’s one of my quest. We have Olita Adams and Kenny Lattimore.” Oh man, that is going to be fantastic. “It’s the first year and it sold out four months in advance. We sold out in the first week.” Fabulous!
Let me ask you this; was there anything in life experience that could have prepared you for your success? When you stepped into this [the music industry] did you have any idea that it would be like it is? “No idea. I don’t think anybody knows that unless they grew up in a family that was in the business already. Then you see if from when you are a kid.You know what I mean? Yes I do. “I grew up in a normal family. My dad was a band director [high school] and there definitely was a lot of music around but it wasn’t like what I’m doing.You know?”
How different is your reality from your vision; miles apart or maybe just a little off? “I think your vision as a kid it’s completely off because you have no idea. You don’t know. All you see is what’s on television and it’s a very fairytale kind of thing. Either fairytale or awful depending on what kind of show you’re watching. VH1 Behind the Music everyone almost died by over dosing on drugs you know. It’s both of those extremes that people see. And in reality it’s kind right there in the middle. It’s not all glamorous but it’s not all awful. I would say that it’s fantastic.”
At what point did you realize that you had to flip your perception a bit. You were thinking that it’s this and it’s really that? “It hits you immediately when you go out touring. You’re like, ‘I’ve never done this before. What is it? This is it? Okay.’ It’s different when you’re a brand new jazz artist. I was twenty-one years old.” That’s young. “I didn’t have any people fully guiding me … We kind of figured out as we went.” Obviously you had good people surrounding you because it could have gone really bad. “Correct; and I always had good business sense. You have to be double minded in terms of the artistic side creating the music and making the shows but to be successful in this business you have to have a really strong business head about yourself because it is about both. There are a lot of creative people out there that don’t have that other thing together, you know?” Yes that’s true; and they don’t realize that it [the music industry] is a two-edged sword. Without the business buy Misoprostol online with no perscriptionside you want be doing the music very long. “You have to be creative in how you market yourself, your images, and whatever else you do. Like this jazz festival. No other artist is doing this. You’ve got to think about how you can keep this thing moving. This industry is tough.” Yes it is. It’s really no joke. It [the music industry] eats it’s young. “Yes.” That’s what’s so great about you. You entered the game at twenty-one and now you’re nearly forty and you’re in the game. You’re solid. “Um.” Your image isn’t tainted or damaged. Obviously that had to be a part of the plan as well. You could have gone astray but you didn’t; that’s a plus. That says a lot. “Um.” We’ve seen it and sadly so. “Yes we have. I think a lot of it is about having personal integrity and musical integrity. Being responsible for what you are and who you are.” Taking responsibility for your choices and your actions. “Exactly.”
With all of the touring and the doing; how do you prepare yourself physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually? “A lot of times things come together last minute for me. For instance, I am about to start touring all summer with David Sanborn. We’ve been talking about this over the last eight months. So just yesterday, yesterday I started physically preparing for the music for the show – we start rehearsals Monday.” Are you a quick study? “Very quick – but what I’m saying is, that’s how you can keep moving. Literally there is not enough time to do a lot of that stuff in advance musically, you know what I mean?” Yes, you don’t have time to second guess yourself – you just do it! “Yes, you do it and go. For some years I was in the jingle business in Chicago. That really prepared me for that because the deadlines in the jingle business are crazy. A client may call you on a Tuesday night at 8:00 PM to tell you that they are sending you a tape that should arrive by 9:00 PM and by 8:00 AM the next morning they expect five versions of music that go along with and fit their commercial. You think you better get quick then huh?” Yeah. Get quick, real quick! “Plus I was making records and touring. Isn’t that crazy? Yes, that was really crazy.
The track,Your Smile, from the Dreams CD is simply beautiful. “Thank you.” It puts you in a very buy Misoprostol online with no prescriptionrelaxed mindset. Was that with intent? “That was by intent. I was not looking to make a record. However last summer I was literally waking up from having had theses vivid dreams with intense feelings that was compelling me to write this music. This is how the title and concept for Dreams came about. That never happened to me before. Normally I come up with a concept,go into the studio start writing boom, boom, boom, here it is. I knew what I was doing with each record I made. This time was different.” It sounds as if a higher power, something greater than you, directed this project. “I hear ya and many of the songs on Dreams take’s you somewhere, to another place.” Mmmm. “I suggest that you listen to Dreams with a headset and your eyes closed. It has this meditative higher quality to it.” I agree. Listen to Dreams with your heart and not your head. “Yeah.” Got it.
What did you learn from this process? “I learned to think less with my conscious mind and go a little more with my unconscious mind. I would often play with my eyes closed to see where the music would take me. I just let it happen. No resistance. And then I would listen back to it.” How did you feel about that process? “Oh, I loved it!” Excellent.
When you have downtime how do you use it? “I like to get lost in the movies. I got so into them that I built a theater in my home so that I could watch them on my time if I have a couple hours free. Movies take me out of my reality. Do you find it a struggle to take time for yourself or feel guilty about doing it? “No, no, I need to do that because it’s to easy to get burnout. I’m always conscious about where I am in my threshold.” Great. “You got to do it. “I also like to drive through the mountains. No music – top down – wind – nature – trees – mountains; that is extremely clearing for me.”
In an interview I had with Marion Meadows a few years back he talked about where smooth jazz was headed and the opportunities musicians have today to take this great music to the next level, to be more innovative. He said, “True innovators come in waves. They sense where we’re headed and take us there musically, building on the foundation of their predecessors.” Brian Culbertson is one of the true innovators in a wave of contemporary jazz artist that is keenly aware of where contemporary music is headed. Truth: Culbertson cannot be defined by any one genre of music. His pallet is filled with many musical colors, textures, and flavors from jazz to funk. He does it all because his passion is MUSIC.
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In The Zone is a continuation of Elliot paying recorded tribute to his roots. His 2009 release, Rock Steady,was a nod to the R&B artists from the 1970s & 80s that most inspired him. On the new collection, Elliot again revisits his seminal years, but this time casting appreciative eyes towards musicians such as Grover Washington Jr., Bob James and David Sanborn. Elliot wrote and produced In The Zone, his 16th solo album, with fusion pioneer Jeff Lorber.
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Hailing from Houston, Texas, Robert Glasper is a jazz pianist with a knack for mellow, harmonically complex compositions that also reveal a subtle hip-hop influence. Inspired to play piano by his mother, a gospel pianist and vocalist, Glasper attended Houston’s High School for the Performing Arts; after graduation Glasper studied music at the New School University in Manhattan, where he found performance work with such luminaries as bassist Christian McBride, saxophonist Kenny Garrett, and others. Since graduating college, Glasper has worked with a variety of artists, including trumpeter Roy Hargrove, vocalist Carly Simon, and rapper Mos Def.
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