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Brian Culbertson commemorates his twelfth release with 12 new songs that continue to reflect his broad-ranging musicality and mastery of intimate moods. The titles swing from the rapturous metaphorically rich love ballad "Skies Wide Open" (featuring R&B singing star Avant), the sexy bedroom baby-maker "I Wanna Love You" (featuring singer/guitarist Ray Parker Jr.), the strings-kissed dance jam "Another Love" (featuring 21st century soul man Kenny Lattimore) and the cool club persuader "Out On the Floor" (featuring balladeer supreme Brian McKnight) to the slammin' attitude jam "Don't U Know Me By Now" (featuring powerhouse Faith Evans), a journey through the many moods of being entitled "That's Life" (featuring Earl Klugh who co-penned it along with fellow Detroit native Parker and Culbertson), a think piece on the meaning of it all titled "I Don't Know" (featuring spoken word enchantress Natalie Stewart of Floetry), and an all-out Go-Go party jam titled "Feelin' It" (featuring the man who put Washington, D.C. Go-Go Music on the map, Chuck Brown in addition to a comedic appearance by Sinbad). Four more instrumentals round out the album, including the lovely dreamscape "Waiting for You" and the incredibly funky "Stay Wit It" on which he takes a rippin' Moog solo.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 20, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: GRP Records
  • ASIN: B003MX5ORQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,958 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I own everything that Brian Culbertson has ever done, and he's on my automatic purchase list. This new release, for the most part, delivers the goods. The instrumental tracks are 4-star outstanding tracks and a case could be made that this is some of his best work to date. My beef with this new release is the vocal tracks. First, he comes out of the gate with a gimmicky track featuring Sinbad in the intro and some incredibly lame and inane vocals by Chuck Brown. Here's an idea for ya Chuck...Shut Up!!! If the vocals would have been jettisoned from this track it would have been one of the killer tracks on the album, if not the best track. Brian, you need to understand that the music is timeless, but all this gimicky trash gets old really fast when you listen to the tracks repeatedly. Then there's a couple of bland R&B tracks. Look Brian, if I want to hear Kenny Latimore and Avant (I don't), I would buy their CDs. Why you want to be reduced to being a session player on 4 tracks of your own CD completely evades me. Why don't you release the vocal tracks as a side project "Brian and the Culbertones" or something like that, and just PLAY on your own CDs.
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Another good one from Brian Culbertson. Another reviewer used the word "consistent", which is definitely true, as in consistently good. Put it on and enjoy from start to finish.
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Got Modern Life a long time ago, got Another Long Night Out recently, like both, thought I'd look into his back catalog. When I looked at the back of this one and saw all of the "featured" artists, I was afraid there would be many vocals, so I put off listening for a week. Today, made myself skip through it a bit; think I heard four instrumentals out of twelve cuts. Sometimes a jazz album will have a vocal or two that are tolerable due to thoughtful lyrics; this does not appear to be one of those occasions. Like another reviewer said, should have been more careful before ordering this.
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By Jam 201 on August 22, 2010
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Brian is having fun!! From a fun,funky jazzy start on track 1 to a smooth middle tracks 2 thru 8 and a strong finish tracks 8,10 and 12!! Great cd!! If you have a Brian Culbertson cd chances are you're a fan or becoming one! I have 10 of Brian's cd! Why stop now! XII is worth it!! Jam on Brian!!!
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By Lee2807 on September 23, 2011
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If you have never heard of Brain Culbertson then you should listen to this CD and hopefully get to see him live. A favorite among jazz pianists whose musical experience also expands into saxaphones as well, this CD is another hit among his many CDs spanning the past ten years. Another favorite from the former CD101.9 jazz station.
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Each time a new album comes out, I just keep thinking that Brian Culbertson will not be able to top his last album, but I'm wrong. Great music, always. Different, eclectic approach to all moods of music -- and, let's face it, musical genius. You won't be disappointed in this album, guaranteed.
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what can I say that hasn't been said by others.Brian(cubby) Culbertson is right up there on top with his game.The "kid" is so smooth for his young age and I have followed him since the 90's and have most of his work.Love him.X11 is a smash with me.thank you.
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Overall, I say this is one of Culbertson's best work, but I did find some cons with the pros.

If you enjoy his music for his instrumentals, you will be satisfied with the following tracks:
"It's Time," "Waiting For You," "Stay Wit It," "Forever," "That's Life" and "I Don't Know."

If you're annoyed with vocals that adulterate a good instrumental artist's album, this one is not for you.

This album is just like Its On Tonight because there are great instrumentals that really show Culbertson's talent as a contemporary jazz recording artist, but, in my opinion, the vocals ruin the overall elegance of his work.

However, Culbertson does showcase some amazing elements of funk into some of the instrumental tunes, which really saves the album.

I would still recommend this album to any Culbertson fan, but not as highly as I initially would after listening to it.
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