Secrets

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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
One of smooth jazz's brightest young keyboardists seems to be caught in the same marketing trap as his contemporaries -- aiming to please radio programmers first, and waiting till very late in the running order of the disc to challenge himself -- and listeners who have many other new and similarly likeable keyboard releases to choose from. When he finally blows his lid on Secrets and goes for broke, it's a joyous affair, as the eight-minute closing track "At the Backroom" finds Brian Culbertson jamming hardcore blues/funk and bouncing off the inspirations of older cats like Jeff Golub guitar and Ricky Peterson wicked on the Hammond B-3. The tune sounds like an outtake ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
One of smooth jazz's brightest young keyboardists seems to be caught in the same marketing trap as his contemporaries -- aiming to please radio programmers first, and waiting till very late in the running order of the disc to challenge himself -- and listeners who have many other new and similarly likeable keyboard releases to choose from. When he finally blows his lid on Secrets and goes for broke, it's a joyous affair, as the eight-minute closing track "At the Backroom" finds Brian Culbertson jamming hardcore blues/funk and bouncing off the inspirations of older cats like Jeff Golub guitar and Ricky Peterson wicked on the Hammond B-3. The tune sounds like an outtake from Golub's more adventurous solo efforts. Surprises abound -- Culbertson seems to close the piece, then after a short bit of silence, comes back playing smokin' trombone, giving the whole affair an authentic New Orleans club flavor. On the eight previous tracks, Culbertson once again shows a mastery of cool groovin', easygoing melodies, and some tight ensemble action -- and yet beyond the bouncy opening cut "So Good" and the Paul Brown-produced soul-inflected "Backstreet," he's just cruising in the middle of the road with pals like Gerald Albright and Dwight Sills. As a balladeer, oddly he has never matched the compelling emotion of the home recorded "Beautiful Liar" from his 1994 debut. That song had an urgency, just as "At the Backroom" does. Much of Culbertson's middle ground between those peaks has found him a bit too complacent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/16/1997
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 075679277541
  • Catalog Number: 92775

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 So Good (4:12)
  2. 2 On My Mind (4:29)
  3. 3 Back Street (4:02)
  4. 4 Straight to the Heart (3:53)
  5. 5 Secrets (5:04)
  6. 6 You'll Never Find (4:34)
  7. 7 One More Day (4:47)
  8. 8 You're the One (6:00)
  9. 9 At the Backroom - Jeff Golub of Avenue Blue (7:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brian Culbertson Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Bass, Piano, Trombone, Keyboards
Gerald Albright Alto Saxophone, Track Performer
Ricky Peterson Hammond Organ
Dwight Sills Guitar
Jeff Golub Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Paul Brown Keyboards
Lenny Castro Percussion, Conga
Nanette Frank Vocals, Background Vocals
Tim Gant Synthesizer, Keyboards
Steve Grisette Background Vocals, Talking
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Diane Madison Background Vocals
Richard Patterson Bass
Tim Redfield Bass, Keyboards
Todd Sucherman Cymbals, Hi Hat
Steve Finckle Keyboards, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Michelle Buss Background Vocals
Richie Davis Guitar, wah wah guitar
Teresa Davis Background Vocals
Oscar Seaton Drums, Hi Hat
Dee Alexander Background Vocals
Larry King Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Paul Brown Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Brian Culbertson Arranger, Producer, drum programming
Steve Gaboury Engineer
Tim Gant Arranger, Producer, drum programming
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
George Nauful Executive Producer
Tim Redfield Arranger, drum programming
Jim Snowden Executive Producer
Steve Weeder Engineer
Steve Finckle Arranger
Craig Bauer Engineer
Scott Steiner Producer, Engineer
Benjamin Niles Art Direction
M. Miller Composer
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