It's on Tonight

( 2 )

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Many smooth jazz artists are leading double lives. On-stage, they conduct themselves like real improvisers; they stretch out, they blow, and they savor the joys of interacting with real musicians in real time. But their studio recordings are another matter. In the studio, they go out of their way to avoid the slightest hints of spontaneity and carefully avoid doing anything that might jeopardize their exposure on NAC/smooth jazz radio stations. Clearly, the play-for-radio approach prevails on this 2005 release, which has "commercial NAC radio" written all over it. Pianist/keyboardist Brian Culbertson who also plays trumpet, trombone, and percussion is by no means a bad ...
See more details below
CD
$16.55
BN.com price
(Save 12%)$18.99 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (CD)
  • All (6) from $5.00   
  • New (3) from $11.10   
  • Used (3) from $0.00   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Many smooth jazz artists are leading double lives. On-stage, they conduct themselves like real improvisers; they stretch out, they blow, and they savor the joys of interacting with real musicians in real time. But their studio recordings are another matter. In the studio, they go out of their way to avoid the slightest hints of spontaneity and carefully avoid doing anything that might jeopardize their exposure on NAC/smooth jazz radio stations. Clearly, the play-for-radio approach prevails on this 2005 release, which has "commercial NAC radio" written all over it. Pianist/keyboardist Brian Culbertson who also plays trumpet, trombone, and percussion is by no means a bad musician; he definitely has chops, and he has the potential to provide a killer soul-jazz album in the tradition of Gene Harris and Joe Sample two of his influences. But It's On Tonight, like much of Culbertson's work, favors a very innocuous, totally predictable blend of jazz, R&B, and pop. The material is pleasant background music -- nothing horrible, but far from an adequate reflection of Culbertson's skills as an improviser. Singer Patti Austin has a likable spot on the urban/adult contemporary item "Love Will Never Let You Down" one of the few vocal offerings on a mostly instrumental CD, and trumpeter Chris Botti's appearance on "Secret Affair" gives that track a bit of Miles Davis-influenced mystery. Botti, for all his commercialism, has more integrity than most people in the smooth jazz/NAC field which isn't saying much given how appallingly low the genre's standards have generally been since the '80s -- at least when it comes to studio recordings. It's On Tonight does have its moments, but Culbertson is capable of much more.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2005
  • Label: Grp Records
  • UPC: 602498813607
  • Catalog Number: 000453502
  • Sales rank: 12,446

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let's Get Started (3:50)
  2. 2 Hookin' Up (4:43)
  3. 3 It's on Tonight (5:08)
  4. 4 Sensuality (6:32)
  5. 5 The Way You Feel (4:51)
  6. 6 Forbidden Love (4:34)
  7. 7 Dreaming of You (3:54)
  8. 8 Wear It Out (4:49)
  9. 9 Secret Affair (5:39)
  10. 10 Touch Me (5:46)
  11. 11 Love Will Never Let You Down (5:53)
  12. 12 Reflections (2:28)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brian Culbertson Primary Artist, Bass, Percussion, Piano, Trombone, Trumpet, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Hand Clapping, Synthesizer Bass
Patti Austin Vocals, Background Vocals
Will Downing Vocals
Ricky Peterson Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Marc Nelson Vocals, Background Vocals
Michael Thompson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Boney James Tenor Saxophone
Alex Al Bass
Chris Botti Trumpet
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar, Electric Guitar
Tony Maiden Guitar, wah wah guitar
Marcus Miller Bass
Greg Phillinganes fender rhodes
Kirk Whalum Tenor Saxophone
Scott Steiner Hand Clapping
J. Michael Thompson Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Jorge Evans Guitar
Stephen Lu Keyboards, Synthesizer Bass
Ledisi Vocals
Michelle Culbertson Violin, Vocals
Eric Darius Tenor Saxophone
Micah Otano Acoustic Guitar, Hand Clapping
Tim Stewart Electric Guitar, Guitar (Nylon String)
Technical Credits
Marc Nelson Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Brian Culbertson Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements, drum programming, Audio Production, Vocal Effect
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Bud Harner Executive Producer
Scott Steiner Producer, Engineer
Hollis King Art Direction
Stephen Lu Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, drum programming, Audio Production
Michelle Culbertson Vocal Effect
Micah Otano Engineer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(2)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The CD is absolutely awesome!

    If you enjoy smooth jazz this one is highly recommended. You will enjoy each and every track. Sultry vocals, and beautiful instrumentals. Purchase candles and a fine wine with this CD. Then listen with someone special. Brian Culbertson is amazing!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Incredible!! A must have!!

    Brian Culbertson did it again! This recording is impeccable. His sensual piano playing weaves throughout his intelligent melodies. He knows how to use his musicians from Boney James to Patti Austin everyone rises to the occasion to complete this sexy album. This CD does not disappoint!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews