Modern Life

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
The jazz world keeps so busy talking about the young lions on the straight-ahead side, it's easy to overlook the enormous potential of contemporary wunderkinds like keyboard whiz Brian Culbertson. The Chicago native's Long Night Out was one of last year's radio smashes, but he reaches even deeper into his vast melodic artistry for a unique perspective on Modern Life. While his success hinges on a sprightly solo synth touch and remarkably spry compositions, Culbertson's true evolution this time is in the area of subtle production textures and breeding with ace ensemble players like saxmen Mark Colby and Gerald Albright, trumpeter Jim Culbertson, bassist Steve Rodby, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
The jazz world keeps so busy talking about the young lions on the straight-ahead side, it's easy to overlook the enormous potential of contemporary wunderkinds like keyboard whiz Brian Culbertson. The Chicago native's Long Night Out was one of last year's radio smashes, but he reaches even deeper into his vast melodic artistry for a unique perspective on Modern Life. While his success hinges on a sprightly solo synth touch and remarkably spry compositions, Culbertson's true evolution this time is in the area of subtle production textures and breeding with ace ensemble players like saxmen Mark Colby and Gerald Albright, trumpeter Jim Culbertson, bassist Steve Rodby, and the nylon graces of Fareed Haque. He perfectly balances energetic R&B tempos with a rich sense of atmospheric moods, pausing his sense of invention only briefly for a fairly by-the-book though still beautiful reading of "Save the Best for Last." Establishing himself as somewhat of a lighthearted visionary in addition to his skills as purveyor of the radio gem, Culbertson makes an art form out of merging fun fluff with vibrant swings which almost defy commercial expectations.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/28/1995
  • Label: Mesa / Bluemoon
  • UPC: 075679250728
  • Catalog Number: 92507

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brian Culbertson Primary Artist, Percussion, Piano, Trombone, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Gerald Albright Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Fareed Haque Acoustic Guitar, Steel Guitar
Mark Colby Soprano Saxophone
Bob Bowker Background Vocals
Scott Hall Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Muted Trumpet
Jeffrey Morrow Background Vocals
Chris Nicholson Guitar
Steve Rodby Acoustic Bass
Darryl Thompson Acoustic Guitar
Mark Walker Percussion, Drums
Harry Mura Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Elizabeth Anderson Cello
Steve Finckle Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Tom Hipskind Cymbals, Hi Hat
Jeff Morrow Background Vocals
Sharay Reed Bass
Cheryl Smith Violin
Josie Warnell Background Vocals
Michelle Buss Vocals, Background Vocals
Jim Culbertson Trumpet, Muted Trumpet
Technical Credits
Scott Ahaus Engineer
Brian Culbertson Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, drum programming
Bill Dickens Arranger, Producer
Tony Green Composer
Steve Hall Mastering
James Mack String Contractor
Harry Mura Producer
Tom Hipskind Drum Fills
Dave Kresl Engineer
Jeff Lane Engineer
Craig Bauer Engineer
Scott Steiner Engineer, Vocal Arrangements
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