Nice & Slow

Nice & Slow

by Brian Culbertson


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Nice & Slow

The artists in smooth jazz whose success endures the longest are those who develop an identifying trademark in their style -- when you hear their song, you know it's them. A veteran of the genre at age 28, keyboardist Brian Culbertson has over the years made his particular imprint a very distinctive interaction with horns. On his latest, Nice & Slow, he's sometimes even the one playing them. On the throbbing, funky "Get It On," his high register piano musings take verses on their own, then blend on the chorus sections with Jim Reid's tenor and a snazzy trumpet and trombone section played by Culbertson; there's also a brief section where his horns do a call and response with the keys. Reid's tenor takes on a Steve Cole like "double tone" flavor on the mid-tempo groover "Without Your Love," which is given a bluesy effect with the Hammond B-3 of Ricky Peterson. Peterson's B-3 simmers coolly behind Culbertson's reflective melody -- which joins on the chorus with Kirk Whalum's lush tenor -- on "I Wanna Know." Culbertson wrote the moody, retro soul-flavored "Just Another Day" with Jeff Lorber, and duets on the chorus with the unmistakable breezy tones of Herb Alpert's trumpet. The soft-spoken "I Could Get Used to This" features Dave Koz's soprano in a more quiet harmonic role. Koz co-wrote one of the most memorable tracks, the ultra-hooky "All About You," but ironically doesn't play a note; thus we get to hear Culbertson adorned only with the balmy acoustic guitar caress of Michael Thompson. Culbertson has also become a happy member of the "soulful vocals are cool" brigade, providing the grooves behind an emotional Sheree & Trey Lorenz on the title track and the ultra-romantic "Someone," featuring Kenny Lattimore.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/05/2001
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0075678344428
catalogNumber: 83444

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brian Culbertson   Primary Artist,Bass,Piano,Strings,Trombone,Trumpet,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Synthesizer Bass
Herb Alpert   Trumpet
Dave Koz   Soprano Saxophone
John Patitucci   Sampling
Ricky Peterson   Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer
Jeff Lorber   fender rhodes
Sheree   Track Performer
Trey Lorenz   Vocals,Background Vocals
Alex Al   Bass
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Paul Jackson   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
John Skippy Lehmkuhl   Sampling
Tony Maiden   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Marcus Miller   Sampling
Richard Patterson   Bass
Donnell Spencer   Background Vocals
Kirk Whalum   Tenor Saxophone
Michael Hart Thompson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Synthesizer Guitar,E-bow
Kenny Lattimore   Vocals,Background Vocals
Eddie Miller & His Orchestra   fender rhodes
Eddie Miller   fender rhodes
Oscar Seaton   Drums
Stephen Lu   Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
Webb Brothers   Track Performer
Paul Mabin   Background Vocals
Jim Reid   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Jeff Lorber   Arranger,Engineer
Brian Culbertson   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming
Guy Eckstine   Arranger,Executive Producer
Donnell Spencer   Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Michael Hart Thompson   Engineer
Kenny Lattimore   Vocal Arrangements
Craig Bauer   Producer,Engineer
Scott Steiner   Producer,Engineer
Lynn Kowalewski   Art Direction
Stephen Lu   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements
Eddie King   Engineer
Jim Reid   Arranger

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