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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Given the widespread critical acclaim and commercial success Brian Culbertson garnered from 2008's retro Bringing Back the Funk, it would be understandably tempting for him -- or any musician -- to revisit it wholesale. However, Culbertson throws a changeup on XII and comes up with a set of collaborative originals with stellar guests that relies more on modern adult R&B than funk, and more on sophisticated pop than it does on contemporary jazz. He's got real star power on this set; it's a groover that includes everything from club to go-go funk, up- and midtempo R&B, and polished bedroom ballads, and it all holds together seamlessly. The set opens with "Feelin' It," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Given the widespread critical acclaim and commercial success Brian Culbertson garnered from 2008's retro Bringing Back the Funk, it would be understandably tempting for him -- or any musician -- to revisit it wholesale. However, Culbertson throws a changeup on XII and comes up with a set of collaborative originals with stellar guests that relies more on modern adult R&B than funk, and more on sophisticated pop than it does on contemporary jazz. He's got real star power on this set; it's a groover that includes everything from club to go-go funk, up- and midtempo R&B, and polished bedroom ballads, and it all holds together seamlessly. The set opens with "Feelin' It," which features some comedy from Sinbad in the intro and outro, but more importantly, Chuck Brown's vocals are the centerpiece -- Culbertson's piano line quotes liberally from Brown's classic "Bustin' Loose" (he gets a co-write). Ray Parker, Jr.'s guitar and Alex Al's bassline turn it into a monster. Next up is a soulful stepper in "Another Love," with vocals by Kenny Lattimore. Club makes another appearance in "Out on the Floor," with Brian McKnight laying down his brand of smooth groove above a killer string arrangement and a lockstep funky backbeat. Nu-soul balladeer Avant sings on the hit single "Skies Wide Open"; with Randy Bowland's guitar playing an excellent counterpoint to his vocal, it is among the standout cuts here. Faith Evans fronts Culbertson's band on "Don't U Know Me by Now," a midtempo attitude strutter. Parker makes a fine yet minimal vocal appearance on the simmering babymaker "I Wanna Love You," compensated for by killer guitar work and the spoken word bit from Floetry's Natalie Stewart on set closer "I Don't Know." Of the four instrumental tracks, the most notable are "It's Time" and the transcendently joyful contemporary jazz number "That's Life," co-written by Culbertson, Parker, and Earl Klugh, who also plays on it. While nothing on XII breaks new ground, one suspects that this wasn't Culbertson's intention: he was looking to write and record an album that had "quality" stamped all over it. For its diversity, imagination, and execution, he gets high marks: XII stands among his best.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/20/2010
  • Label: Grp Records
  • UPC: 602527424811
  • Catalog Number: 001446002
  • Sales rank: 23,634

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Feelin' It (4:29)
  2. 2 Another Love - Kenny Lattimore (4:05)
  3. 3 It's Time (4:05)
  4. 4 Out On the Floor (5:03)
  5. 5 Waiting For You (4:38)
  6. 6 Stay Wit It (4:05)
  7. 7 Skies Wide Open (4:38)
  8. 8 Forever (4:26)
  9. 9 Don't U Know Me by Now - Faith Evans (4:49)
  10. 10 That's Life (4:38)
  11. 11 I Wanna Love You - Ray Parker Jr. (5:41)
  12. 12 I Don't Know (5:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brian Culbertson Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Piano, Trombone, Euphonium, Keyboards, Vocals, Clavinet, cowbell, fender rhodes, Synthesizer Bass, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Chuck Brown Guitar, Vocals, wah wah guitar, Soloist
Earl Klugh Acoustic Guitar
Marc Nelson Background Vocals
Brian McKnight Vocals, Background Vocals
Alex Al Bass
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Greg Boyer Trombone
Lenny Castro Percussion, Conga
Dan Fornero Trumpet
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Nick Lane Conductor
David Low Cello
Eric Marienthal Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Ray Parker Jr. Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Marilyn Reynolds Vocals
Sheldon Reynolds Vocals
Rex Rideout Keyboards, fender rhodes, Synthesizer Bass
Bruce Watson Acoustic Guitar
Faith Evans Vocals, Guest Appearance
Kenny Lattimore Vocals
Scott Steiner Euphonium
Nathan Watts Bass
Jorge Evans Guitar, Electric Guitar
Darrin McCann Viola
Julian Hallmark Violin
Bryan Mills Tenor Saxophone
Natalie Stewart Spoken Word
Sara Perkins Violin
Andrew Duckles Viola
Brad Clements Trumpet
Uno Background Vocals
Oscar Seaton Jr. Drums, Hi Hat
Micahel Thompson Guitar, Soloist
Kevin Connolly Violin
Avant Vocals
Technical Credits
Earl Klugh Composer
Brian McKnight Composer
Greg Boyer Horn Arrangements
Brian Culbertson Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, String Arrangements, drum programming
Bob Horn Engineer
Nick Lane Orchestration, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Ray Parker Jr. Composer
Sheldon Reynolds Composer, Engineer
Rex Rideout Arranger, Composer, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, drum programming
Steven Miller Engineer
Kenny Lattimore Composer
Scott Steiner Producer, Engineer, Piano Engineer
Vartan Art Direction
Kevin Reagan Artwork
Stephen Lu Composer
Michael Thompson Engineer
Eddie King Engineer
Natalie Stewart Composer
Brad Todd Engineer
Michael Stever Horn Arrangements
Uno Composer
Dahlia Ambach-Caplin Executive Producer
Kurt Weiss Photo Assistance
C. Brown Composer
Marcus Young Engineer
David Britz Executive Producer
Chris Geringer Mastering
Avant Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Culbertson at his best!

    In my opinion, Brian has always done well. But with time he has really
    come to BE HIMSELF and what an awesome gift he has brought himself to be! I loved it.

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